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March 17, 2006

Archbishop Curtiss:
"˜The DaVinci Code': Catholic themes turned into fiction with too many prejudicial biases

March 17, 2006
Features:
Rite of Election
Jim Lombardo said he has found a home in the Catholic Church.
Although baptized Catholic, the 24-year-old Omahan was not raised in the faith and spent several years exploring other religions. But with the help of his sponsors, Will Fabian and April Schaeffer of St. Leo Parish in Omaha, he has embraced the Catholic faith and will become a full member of the church at the Easter Vigil. Read more >>
Black students find support through Catholic program
Erin Dailey is one of five black students who attend Duchesne Academy in Omaha.
Being a minority in the all-girls Catholic school can be challenging at times, she said. That's why she got involved in the Rise and Shine Program offered through the archdiocese's Office of Black Catholic Ministry. Read more >>
Collaborative efforts take form in O'Neill
For several months, agencies of the Archdiocese of Omaha have been working to discover ways to collaborate with each other to better serve the people of northeast Nebraska. Read more >>
Preparing for a lifetime together
While much of planning a wedding focuses on the dress, the reception and the invitations, the real focus is preparing for a lifetime together. Read more >>
Archdiocesan appeal surpasses goal
A 16-percent increase in the number of households making pledges has helped push the 2005 Feed My Sheep appeal past its $2.5 million goal, according to appeal reports as of March 13.
Pledges totaled $2,517,397 as of that date, about $370,000 ahead of pledges made at the same time last year. Read more >>

Prayer form emphasizes repetitive song and silence
Editor's note: This is the fourth and final story of the series on prayer.|Amanda Homan is a typical high school freshman, with homework and social activities that take up much of her time. Still, the 15-year-old takes an hour of her busy schedule once a month to spend with God. Read more >>

Couples find help, hope through Retrouville
Couples don't marry with the idea of hurting one another or of making spouses suffer. They get married because they love each other.
Over the years, however, that love can fade and couples may find themselves in a hurtful relationship and on the verge of divorce. Read more >>

The importance of marriage preparation
Faith in terms of marriage preparation might often be associated with the Sacrament of Marriage or planning the wedding liturgy. Read more >>

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March 17, 2006
COMMENTARY>>

Marriage: a lifetime commitment
As a Catholic, I believe marriage is based on the Old Testament idea of covenant, in which God loves beyond reason his people, and the best marriage is based on the New Testament idea of sacrament because it's a sign of God's love. Read more>>

Legislature's full-day sessions reflect urgency
With three-fourths of its 2006 session already completed, and only 15 legislative days to go, the Nebraska Unicameral has shifted into an upgraded sense of urgency, characterized by full-day floor sessions, some of which extend into the evening.Even though there really isn't anything that this second session of the 90thRead more>>

The reality behind abortion's link to feminism
In its 1992 Planned Parenthood v. Casey ruling, the United States Supreme Court reaffirmed its 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing abortion. Read more>>

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