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March 2013

Sharing history while sharing ideas

Like other history making days - both triumphant and tragic - we will remember where we were early afternoon on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, when white smoke appeared above the Vatican.  We will remember well where we were and with whom we shared the moments before the curtain opened and our new Holy Father was presented to the world.

Priority bills include death penalty, health care and tax study

The Nebraska Legislature has eclipsed the halfway point in its 2013 session, but it won't be a downward glide to the finish line for the remaining 40-some days of the session. There are weighty issues on the overall agenda, pretty much dictating some lengthy days of action on the floor of the George W. Norris Legislative Chamber.

Sense of hope wraps around Pope Francis

The reactions began almost the moment Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio stepped to the front of the window balcony of St. Peter Basilica as Pope Francis.

The 76-year-old cardinal from Buenos Aires was analyzed from almost every perspective - his Jesuit heritage, his Latin American connection, his Italian roots, his views on the poor and other issues, his place in the College of Cardinals and his runner-up finish to Pope Benedict eight years ago,

Parish's Easter candle is symbol of prayers

The Easter candle - at churches all around the world - symbolizes Christ as light of the world and his presence in the midst of his people.

And at St. Pius X Parish in Omaha, it also symbolizes people's prayers of praise and petition from the past year. That's because the stubs of the beeswax candles used throughout the liturgical year at St. Pius X are cleaned, melted and used to make the parish's Easter candle.

Easter has special meaning for new Catholics

Three people who joined the church last Easter say this first Lenten season as Catholics is a time to deepen their faith.

Carl Jennings, a member of Christ the King Parish in Omaha; Nick Cook, a member of St. Peter Parish in Fullerton; and Melissa Watzke, a member of St. Wenceslaus Parish in Omaha, received the sacraments of confirmation and first Communion last year at the Easter Vigil as part of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults program.

Easter has special meaning for new Catholics

Three people who joined the church last Easter say this first Lenten season as Catholics is a time to deepen their faith.

Carl Jennings, a member of Christ the King Parish in Omaha; Nick Cook, a member of St. Peter Parish in Fullerton; and Melissa Watzke, a member of St. Wenceslaus Parish in Omaha, received the sacraments of confirmation and first Communion last year at the Easter Vigil as part of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults program.

Mercy High School names new principal

The president and principal of a Catholic high school in Florida has been named principal of Mercy High School in Omaha, replacing Carolyn Jaworski, who is retiring in June after 25 years in the post.

Sarah Regan, president and principal of Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School in the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Fla., for the past five years, has 13 years of administrative experience and has led curriculum development and strategic planning efforts, said David Levy, a member of Mercy High's board of directors and head of the school's search committee.

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