Gaffigans offer Catholic University graduates witty banter, sage advice

True happiness exists in the love of faith, family and fresh guacamole, comedian Jim Gaffigan and his wife and writing partner, Jeannie, told graduates.

Through blogs, Catholic moms share faith as 'digital disciples'

One of Mary's titles is "Christ's First Disciple," and some of Christ's earliest followers were women, two of whom he appeared to first after his resurrection.

Now, some 2,000 years later, another special group of women, specifically Catholic moms who blog on the Internet about their faith, the Catholic church, as well as the joys and challenges of parenthood and everyday family life, can be considered among Christ's newest evangelizers or "digital disciples."

Washington rally gathers 2,000 in support of religious freedom

WASHINGTON -- In prayerful celebration, more than 2,000 Catholics from all regions of the Archdiocese of Washington gathered Sunday as part of the local church's "fortnight for freedom" campaign in support of the United States' "first and most cherished freedom" -- religious liberty.

The U.S. bishops dedicated June 21 to July 4 as days to encourage Catholics nationwide to focus on prayer, education and action in defense of religious freedom.

Catholic University president inaugurated in Washington

WASHINGTON -- Calling for a rebirth in Catholic intellectual life, a pursuit that leads to virtue, John H. Garvey was sworn in Jan. 25 as the 15th president of The Catholic University of America in Washington.

"As Pope Benedict said at this university in 2008, 'this is a place to encounter the living God. ... This relationship elicits a desire to grow in the knowledge and understanding of Christ and his teaching,'" Garvey said in his inaugural address.

Washington Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl, Catholic University's chancellor, was the main celebrant and homilist for the inaugural Mass, celebrated at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

He was joined by Chicago Cardinal Francis E. George, Boston Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley, as well as Archbishop Pietro Sambi, the Vatican's apostolic nuncio to the United States, and by more than a dozen bishops from around the United States, and nearly 100 priests.

"The Catholic University is a university -- a community of scholars united in a common effort to find goodness, truth and beauty," said Garvey, 62, who was dean of Boston College's Law School when he was appointed to his new post.