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Claire Cummings is an extraordinarily impressive student at Baltimore’s Loyola University Maryland. She came to the March her school’s Loyola Alive group. She’s passionate about protecting life and treating others with dignity and respect. In this video interview I did for CatholicReview.org at the March for Life, she says college students can bring about change and here’s how:

Madeline Hill and Dominick Tardogno are two teens who came from Howard County to take part in the March for Life. First, though, they went to a rally and Mass at the Verizon Center in Washington. Hill is a parishioner of Church of the Resurrection in Ellicott City and Tardogno is a parishioner of St. Augustine’s in Elkridge.
Both are passionate and eloquent when talking about their stances on the pro-life movement in this interview I did for Catholic Review. If this is the future of the movement, it’s in good hands. Enjoy.

As a student at St. John Regional School in Frederick, Nicholas Thomason goes about his day like everyone else. But, in my CatholicReview.org video interview with him at the Rally for Life Mass Jan. 23, 2012, Nicholas revealed he’s pretty exceptional. Take a minute or two to watch this and hear about why he went to Washington for the March for Life with his parish, St. Timothy in Walkersville.

The March for Life brought out thousands of people Jan. 23, 2012. The crowd was overflowing with teenagers passionate about protecting the unborn. Here is a short example of students from The John Carroll School in Bel Air, Md. showing they care about the issue.

Monsignor Charles Pope, a priest in the Archdiocese of Washington, had people on their feet Jan. 23 at the Rally for Life Mass inside the Verizon Center. His homily was a call to action for the estimated 17,000 teens who were ready to participate in the March for Life.

In case you missed it, here’s your chance to listen to his homily.

I was over my in-laws house this past weekend when I saw a copy of Parade Magazine, which featured a cover story with Daniel Radcliffe, the utterly charming actor who grew up as the title character in the Harry Potter film series.
Radcliffe’s enthusiasm was infectious when he promoted the movies. It was a series that never got particularly religious, but would sprinkle aspects of Christianity throughout. Characters routinely celebrated Christmas, while Harry had a beloved godfather, Sirius Black.
But, faith has never been a big part of Radcliffe’s life, as you’ll see in the answer below to a question about it in the Parade profile. In fact, he says he doesn’t believe in God at all.

Parade: Your dad is a Protestant from Ulster and your mom is English and Jewish. Were you raised in a particular religion?
Radcliffe: “There was never [religious] faith in the house. I think of myself as being Jewish and Irish, despite the fact that I’m English. My dad believes in God, I think. I’m not sure if my mom does. I don’t. I have a problem with religion or anything that says, ‘We have all the answers,’ because there’s no such thing as ‘the answers.’ We’re complex. We change our minds on issues all the time. Religion leaves no room for human complexity.”

In some ways, you can’t blame the 20-something actor. He was raised without God and religion and, thus, has little understanding of those things. Religion, more than anything, ponders the complexity of life, rather than dismisses it. Religion’s question make us think about so many things bigger than ourselves. It’s disappointing to think that Radcliffe, appears as closed-minded as he makes religion sound.

If you’ve never been to Camp GLOW in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, I highly recommend doing so. It’s an outreach at the Monsignor O’Dwyer Retreat House for people with special needs. I have a story coming up at CatholicReview.org
about the Camp GLOW Christmas party. Until then, enjoy this video of Camp GLOW attendee Bonnie Block singing “O Holy Night,” a song she practiced for a while to get right. It’s inspiring and humbling to see someone give new light to the song. I will have more videos of these wonderful people.