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News Digest

Issue of September 27 – October 10, 2009The following items are condensed. For the complete articles, please read the print edition of The Catholic New World. To subscribe, call (312) 534-7777.

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Two schools get Blue Ribbons

Two Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic schools - St. Joseph in Libertyville and St. Raymond in Mount Prospect - will receive the U.S. Department of Education's No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon Schools Award this year.

The schools were eligible for the award because they scored in the top 10 percent of schools on nationally normed standardized tests.

They are among 320 schools to be honored this year.

Mass of the Angels planned

A Mass of the Angels will be offered to remember infants and children who have died due to miscarriage, stillbirth, infant death, childhood illness, abortion and other causes. This Mass will be held at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29, the Feast pf the Archangels, at St. Edna Parish, 2525 N. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights.

Refreshments will be provided after Mass by Rest in His Arms, a not-for-profit organization that provides funerals for babies who have been abandoned. For information, visit

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Heavy workloads must not let bishops forget time for Christ

As priests and bishops juggle an ever-increasing workload attending to their pastoral and administrative duties, they must never forget to make time for Christ, Pope Benedict XVI said.

The secret to a fruitful ministry is being fully "incorporated by Christ," he said during a Sept. 21 audience with newly ordained bishops. The bishops were participating in a special meeting hosted by the Vatican's Congregation for Bishops.

Second volume of 'Jesus of Nazareth' expected next spring

Pope Benedict XVI's second volume on the life of Jesus is likely to be completed sometime next spring, a Vatican spokesman said.

The book is expected to cover Christ's childhood, passion, death and resurrection. The first volume, the best-selling "Jesus of Nazareth," was published in 2007.

ND leader forms pro-life panel, will lead Mass for life

With President Barack Obama's controversial May commencement speech at the University of Notre Dame several months past, the president of the Indiana school has forged ahead with plans for a national discussion on abortion.

Holy Cross Father John Jenkins has announced the formation of a task force "on supporting the choice for life," and he has pledged to lead a Mass for life in Washington this coming Jan. 22, the anniversary of the Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion nationwide.