NEW HAVEN – Mutts are gaining new respect at two Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford, where a curriculum that draws upon children’s love of animals is helping students build confidence, learn responsible decision-making and develop social and emotional skills.
Called the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum, the project was developed by the Pet Savers Foundation of North Shore Animal League America (NSALA) in collaboration with Yale University’s School of the 21st Century.
The innovative program uses the rescue and adoption of shelter dogs as a way to introduce students to the concepts of compassion and social responsibility. The goal is to teach children empathy while developing social awareness, relationship skills and problem-solving abilities.
Four people who helped bring a new-old confessional to St. Mary the Immaculate Conception Parish in Derby stand in front of it. From left: Timothy Conlon, who transported the confessional from a church in Iowa; Father Janusz Kukulka, pastor; Lisa Knott, who donated the funds; and her husband, Patrick Knott, who helped locate the confessional.
VATICAN CITY (CNS) – Cardinal-electors are caught in a Catch-22. They are eager to give the world a new pope; however, they need time to pick the right leader, said South Africa's cardinal.
"There might be a need for a long delay" as the cardinals try to gauge how much they do or don't know enough about each other, Cardinal Wilfrid Napier told Catholic News Service March 1, the first day of the "sede vacante."
No Church leader wants to be away from his diocese for too long, he said, and no one wants to miss Easter, March 31.
VATICAN CITY (CNS) – The Clementine Hall is traditionally the place where cardinals bid farewell to popes at the end of a pontificate, but usually when the pope in question is lying in state before his funeral.
But on Feb. 28, hours before resigning from the papacy, Pope Benedict XVI briefly addressed the College of Cardinals, calling for unity and harmony among the men who will choose his successor and pledging his "unconditional reverence and obedience" to the next pope.
Pope Benedict addressed144 cardinals, including many of the 115 under the age of 80 who are eligible and expected to vote in the upcoming conclave.
Archbishop Henry J. Mansell ordained Carlos Arturo Castrillon Castro, left, and Timothy Shawn Hickey to the transitional diaconate on Feb. 23 in the chapel at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield. Transitional deacons go on to be ordained to the priesthood; permanent deacons do not. See gallery for more photos. (Photo by David Royce)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) – On his last full day as pope, Pope Benedict XVI delivered an unusually personal and emotional farewell address, thanking the faithful around the world for their support and assuring them that he would remain in their service even in retirement.
"I will continue to accompany the path of the Church with prayer and reflection, with that dedication to the Lord and to his bride that I have tried to live every day till now and that I want to live always," the pope told a crowd in St. Peter's Square Feb. 27, the eve of his resignation.