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Nebraska private school students gather inside the state Capitol rotunda in Lincoln Jan. 24 for the annual school choice rally, sponsored by School Choice Nebraska. Students wore yellow scarves to promote the bill LB670, the Opportunity Scholarships Act, which would establish tax credits for donations to nonprofit scholarship-granting organizations. COURTESY PHOTO
Post date: 01/30/2019
For the Catholic Church, providing a high-quality education where every child can succeed is not merely a matter of equity, but one of social justice.  That’s why Catholics from across the state show up in force for the annual school choice rally, the culminating event of National School Choice Week. This year’s rally, held Jan. 24 at the state...

Santa Esquivel helps her daughter Christy, 9, with her homework as Kimberly, 11, works on her assignment Jan. 19 at their home in Millard. MIKE MAY/STAFF
Post date: 01/30/2019
When Latino children have the opportunity for a Catholic education, the faith of the whole family can grow. That’s a benefit the Esquivel family of Omaha experiences with the help of the Archdiocese of Omaha’s Latino Catholic Scholarship. With six children, four of whom attend Mary Our Queen School, parents Jaime and Santa depend on the...

Independent Christian filmmaker Jon Erwin checks a shot during filming.
Post date: 01/18/2019
A pre-term baby condemned to death by abortion – but somehow surviving and years later telling the tale. An abusive father’s spiritual transformation and a son’s forgiveness. The powerful stories told in the recent films “October Baby” and “I Can Only Imagine” highlight the work of independent filmmakers Jon and Andrew Erwin – films with Christian...

Pro-life advocate Rebekah Buell Hagan, right, tours an Essential Pregnancy Services (EPS) facility in Omaha while in Nebraska Jan. 11 to support new pro-life legislation at the state capitol in Lincoln later that day. Erika Choquette, a nurse at EPS, explains the facility’s ultrasound equipment used to give pregnant women a glimpse of their unborn children. The machine was donated by the Nebraska Knights of Columbus Culture of Life Foundation, largely through donations to the annual One Rose-One Life campaign. MIKE MAY/STAFF
Post date: 01/18/2019
Nebraska State Senator Joni Albrecht, District 17, introduced legislation in the Unicameral Jan. 11 that is both pro-life and “pro-choice.” LB209 would expand the state’s informed consent law to include information about an available treatment to reverse the effects of the abortion pill, or medication abortion. During a news conference that day at...

The Pohlman family of St. Gerald Parish in Ralston gathers in their home Dec. 26; from left, Clara, Katie, Brent, Zachary, Michele, Matthew and Amanda. MIKE MAY/STAFF
Post date: 01/18/2019
Giving back to the church is nothing new for Brent and Michele Pohlman. But now they stand poised to give their greatest gift of all. Members of St. Gerald Parish in Ralston, they are thankful for the many gifts their faith, their parish and Catholic schools have given them and their five children.  And one of their children, Matthew, 21, is now...

Michael Emmerich practices Jan. 4 on the St. Cecilia Cathedral’s dual temperament Pasi organ. (DANIKA LANG/FOR THE CATHOLIC VOICE)
Post date: 01/18/2019
A Jan. 20 concert at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha will mark a homecoming of sorts for organist Michael Emmerich.  Hired last year as associate director of music for the archdiocese’s Saint Cecilia Institute for Sacred Liturgy, Music and the Arts, Emmerich will give the concert as part of the St. Cecilia’s Cathedral Arts Project series “Welcome...
Post date: 01/18/2019
St. John Paul II Newman Center resident and University of Nebraska at Omaha student Jack Flaxbeard presents Father Joseph Taphorn with a St. John Paul II-themed chasuble and stole during a Dec. 13 community night at the center. More than 100 students came together to wish Father Taphorn well as he prepared to leave his post as pastor and director...
Post date: 01/18/2019
Born alive during a failed abortion and living to tell, Gianna Jessen will bring her story of survival and hope to the 45th annual Celebration of Life Dinner Jan. 25 at Omaha’s DC Centre. Jessen will be the keynote speaker at the dinner, sponsored by Nebraskans Embracing Life (NEL), formerly Nebraskans United for Life. Despite her cerebral palsy...
Post date: 01/18/2019
Ultrasound technology is helping save unborn babies around the state thanks to the efforts of the Nebraska Knights of Columbus Culture of Life Foundation. Seven of 10 women’s resource centers in the state that received ultrasound machines donated by the foundation estimate that 2,027 of 2,463 abortion-minded or abortion-vulnerable clients chose...

Protesters against sex abuse by clergy and cover-up in the Catholic Church gather outside the hotel in Baltimore where the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops was meeting during its fall general assembly in November. With the clergy sexual abuse crisis topping the agenda for the Nov. 12-14 meeting, the bishops held off voting on specific resolutions at the direction of Pope Francis, pending the worldwide meeting of bishops in Rome to address the issue in February. RICK MUSACCHIO/TENNESSEE REGISTER/CNS PHOTO
Post date: 01/04/2019
 A growing clergy sex abuse crisis in the Catholic Church that included revelations of episcopal cover-up in Chile, accusations against a retired U.S. cardinal and a wide-ranging attorney general’s report in Pennsylvania on six dioceses had repercussions in the Archdiocese of Omaha as the Nebraska attorney general requested 40 years of...

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