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There will be no Catholic Herald issue published on June 1, 2006. The next issue will be June 8, 2006.
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May 25, 2006 Edition   •   Volume 136, No. 20   •   Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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Catholic Herald wins awards
in Catholic Press competition

-- Posted: 6/1/2006, 2:11 p.m. Central Time

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Catholic Herald, official newspaper of the Diocese of Madison, Wis., won five awards in the 2006 Catholic Press Awards competition.

Winners were announced May 26 at the annual convention of the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada held in Nashville. The awards were given for material published in the year 2005.

Articles on St. Raphael Cathedral

The Catholic Herald won three first place awards. Two were for coverage of the St. Raphael Cathedral fire in March of 2005, including "best news writing on a local/regional event" for articles written primarily by Catholic Herald reporter Julianne Nornberg and "best general news photo" by Bernadette Galvez for a picture of firefighters rescuing the ciborium from the cathedral.   Full story ...

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News & Features:

Cardinal McCarrick retires: Archbishop Wuerl appointed

Youth activities: Around the diocese


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St. Peter: Was strong, impulsive, openhearted, religious character

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Clergy changes: New appointments of priests in parishes throughout the Diocese of Madison effective June 15, 2006 are listed here.

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Pope Benedict XVI and Bishop Robert C. Morlino greet one another after the Swiss Guard anniversary celebration at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome on May 6. (Photo by Servizio Fotografico de "L.O.R.")

State bishops: Urge Governor Doyle to rethink emphasis on embryonic stem cell research

In a letter to Governor Jim Doyle on May 22, Archbishop Timothy Dolan and Bishop Robert Morlino urged the governor to rethink the state's policy regarding the destruction of human embryos. The letter was written in response to an earlier announcement that more funds will be invested in embryonic stem cell research.

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The bishops said they were troubled by the emphasis on the economic development value of embryonic stem cell research discussed in Executive Order #147.

"Generally, support for research that involves destroying embryos is justified by the potential it holds to treat and cure illness, an understandable, but morally flawed justification," they wrote. "However, to justify such research on economic grounds takes the conversation in a disconcerting direction - a direction that further diminishes human embryos to mere commodities."   Full story ...

St. Dennis Parish: Kicks off golden jubilee celebration

MADISON -- St. Dennis Parish will be declaring a "Jubilee Year" when it kicks off the celebration of its 50th anniversary on the weekend of June 3 and 4, according to Fr. Kent A. Schmitt, pastor.

Joy and thankfulness

"When we think about celebrating 50 years as a parish, there is a real sense of joy and thankfulness," said Father Schmitt.

"First of all, we say thanks to God for all the blessings to St. Dennis Parish; then thanks to the charter members and all of us who are a party of St. Dennis."   Full story ...

Catholic Herald summer publication schedule

During the summer months, The Catholic Herald will continue to be published weekly except for three issues. Issues to be skipped include: June 1, July 13, and August 10. At right are deadlines for the issues prior to the weeks skipped:

Issue Weeks covered Deadline Issue skipped
May 25 first two weeks of June May 18 June 1
July 6 first two weeks of July June 29 July 13
Aug. 3 first two weeks of Aug. July 27 Aug. 10

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