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March 24, 2017 issue

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Local stories:

  • A lasting gift: Love for students, joy for teaching and faith in God define St. Theodora winner
    • Finalists for teaching honor come from throughout the archdiocese
  • Interactive exhibit brings to life special story of chapel built by Italian prisoners of war
    • ‘Play along’ to get the most out of the Chapel on the Meadow exhibit
  • Pre-K bill to expand pilot program advances in Senate
  • Men’s conference gives early Lenten boost in faith to participants
  • Lenten penance services are scheduled at archdiocesan parishes
  • Two wrestlers ‘go to the mat’ to offer a lesson in friendship

Regular local features:

  • The Face of Mercy: Religious women, men are witnesses to hope
    • Los hombres y mujeres religiosos son testigos de esperanza
  • Editorial: Our Lenten journey and reconciliation
  • From the Editor Emeritus: Checking up on the work of Food for the Poor in Jamaica
  • Cornucopia: The cross and divine mercy during Lent
  • Emmaus Walk: Pray not to stray toward the devil, his words of prey
  • Letters to the Editor
    • As Christians, we are called to be activists for the witness of truth
    • Criterion has jumped on bandwagon as adversary of president, reader says
  • Events Calendar
    • Divorce and Beyond offered on Tuesdays from April 18-May 23 in Indianapolis
    • On April 6-9, Agape Performing Arts to perform Les Miserables School Edition
    • Regnum Christi will offer one-day silent retreat for women on April 8
  • Obituaries
    • General listing
  • My Journey to God: Soft Landings

Catholic News Service:

  • School vouchers gain support, see smoother path ahead
  • Nuncio: Evangelization, mercy, encounter mark pope’s first four years
  • At 50, ‘Populorum Progressio’ takes on new life through Pope Francis
  • Senate confirmation hearings open for Trump’s Supreme Court nominee
  • Make confession more available, God’s heart is always open, pope says
  • Lent provides an opportunity to focus attention on homeless
  • Head of Knights says those targeted for genocide still need aid, prayers
  • Amid warm relations, pope to visit Egypt
  • House bill’s ‘protections’ said laudable, other aspects ‘troubling’
  • The path toward corruption is a slippery road, Pope Francis says
  • Column: The cross and divine mercy during Lent
  • The Sunday Readings: Fourth Sunday of Lent
  • Question Corner: Text of Hail Mary prayer rooted in Scripture and Church’s tradition


  • Saints provide strong examples of prayer, fasting and almsgiving
  • The saints celebrated during Lent show the faithful how to live the Gospel

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Love for students, joy for teaching and faith in God define St. Theodora winner

Teacher and studentsSome moments from childhood stay with you forever, influencing the person you become and impacting the people you come to love. Even as an adult, Leah Massingale has kept the wonder and sense of beauty for the world that she knew as a child—the wonder and beauty that she first experienced as she stood by the ocean, looked up at the stars and entered a deep cavern beneath the Earth. For Massingale, that childhood wonder has evolved into her deep belief in “the beautiful design” of the world that God has created. And she especially sees the wonder and beauty of the world in the middle-school students she teaches. (Page 1)
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Interactive exhibit brings to life special story of chapel built by Italian prisoners of war

Grassroots groupOn the far west side of Johnson County Park in Edinburgh stands a small structure, just 11 feet by 16 feet. Unassuming in stature, the little building is teeming with history. If its walls could talk, they would tell the story of the tiny structure’s creation in 1943 as a Catholic chapel, a small space of peace and spiritual respite built by several of the 3,000 Italian prisoners of war interned in Camp Atterbury during World War II. In an ongoing, rotating series of exhibits called “You Are There,” the Indiana Historical Society (IHS) in Indianapolis has given voice to some of the possible stories the chapel walls could tell. Using a photo taken in late August of 1943, the history center has re-created the interior of the chapel. For the next 18 months, visitors can “step into” the scene and interact with actors portraying actual men who worked at or were interned in the camp. (Page 1)
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Men’s conference gives early Lenten boost in faith to participants

Men at conferenceMUNCIE, IND.—When four graduate students at Ball State University took on an awareness campaign, they hoped it would have a global reach. Then, a global institution reached back. “I honestly couldn’t believe it. Not because I didn’t believe we had the ability to do a successful project,” said Aistė Manfredini, who is handling social media for the group. “I guess we just didn’t expect any major iconic hub to want to take on a campaign like this.” That “major iconic hub” is the Vatican. (Page 9)
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Lenten resources

Lenten image Each year, the Archdiocese of Indianapolis provides special Lenten resources – the daily readings, archived columns , Stations of the Cross and links of interest – on our special site ( We encourage you to share this link with others, most particularly because it also includes the full listing of penance schedules from around the archdiocese.
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