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Advocates say vouchers for school choice about fairness, not 'handouts'

Hundreds of Catholic school students, parents and other supporters joined a school choice rally Sept. 25 at a Chicago building that houses Illinois state government offices.

The rally was aimed at demonstrating the need for more families to be able to enroll their children in the schools they choose, whether they are Catholic schools, other private schools, charter schools or other public schools.

In most cases, speakers said, the main barriers to school choice are economic.

Business leaders explore ways to carry Catholic values to the office

Venture capitalist Frank Hanna believes that just because he's a Catholic business owner, his faith and values don't have to be checked at the office door.

If anything, Catholic virtue and a deep feeling of solidarity with colleagues, customers and poor people around the world guide his decision-making to, as Hanna puts it, help humanity flourish.

Rector says cathedral design lets people 'know they are loved by God'

Christ Cathedral has a multilayered mission -- and with the rollout of the new design plans that will transform the former Crystal Cathedral into the mother church of the Orange diocese, it has taken a big step toward realizing that mission.

"We're trying to create a place that is welcoming to Catholics, certainly, but to people of all faiths, and even of no faith at all," said cathedral rector Fr. Christopher Smith at an afternoon news conference Wednesday. "[To let them] know that they are loved by God. That was the central message of Rev. Robert Schuller."



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