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Black mass organizers face lawsuit over stolen Host

Black mass organizers face lawsuit over stolen Host

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla., Aug 20, 2014–Organizers of a satanic black mass slated to take place in Oklahoma City next month face a lawsuit on grounds that the consecrated Host used for the sacrilegious event is stolen. “We are honored to represent Archbishop Coakley in this fight against the desecration of the Blessed Sacrament,” attorney Michael [...]

WASHINGTON D.C., Aug 20, 2014–Calling for work that honors the dignity of the human person, Archbishop Thomas G. Wenksi of Miami echoed the words of Pope Francis, noting the troubling rise of young adult unemployment. “Our challenge this Labor Day is to rise to the challenge of solidarity posed by Jesus,” said a Sept. 1 [...]

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ST. LOUIS, Mo., Aug 19, 2014–Following more than a week of protests after the death of an African-American teen, the Archdiocese of St. Louis is asking Catholics to offer special prayers for peace in the coming days. “We are all aware of the turmoil and tragedy our St. Louis community is experiencing. The residents of [...]

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HOUSTON, Texas, Aug 18, 2014–If Christianity could be contained in one tweet, it might read: God creates man, man sins against God, God sends his only Son into the world to bring man back to Him. It’s a difficult task to fit the entire Gospel into 140 characters or less. But that doesn’t mean the [...]

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Islamist violence has led to new ‘unity’ among Christians, Church of Iraq–Mosul bishop

ERBIL, Aug 16, 2014–In a dark moment in the history of Iraq and the Christian minority, it is necessary to keep hope alive because for people “who lost everything” what matters is that “we are still united” and this is a “positive sign”. Indeed, this tragic situation has boosted and strengthened our ties, and “made [...]

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WASHINGTON, Aug 16m 2014–In their 2014 Labor Day statement, the U.S. bishops denounced the fact young adults have “borne the brunt” of unemployment and underemployment in this country and around the world. “Our younger generations are counting on us to leave them a world better than the one we inherited,” wrote Miami Archbishop Thomas G. [...]

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PHOENIX, Aug 15, 2014–As the heart-rending images of Christians and Yezidis fleeing for their lives continue to pour in from Iraq, the Vatican called on Muslim leaders to condemn the “barbarity” and “unspeakable criminal acts” of Islamic State militants in Iraq From 7,000 miles away, Msgr. Felix Shabi, a native of Iraq serving the Chaldean [...]

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Students of Benedict XVI to discuss theology of the cross at encounter

ROME, Italy, Aug 13, 2014–The annual meeting of Benedict XVI’s students from his time at the University of Regensburg will gather next week to discuss the theology of the cross, a member of the circle has said. The Ratzinger “Schuelerkreis,” or “students’ circle,” has met to discuss topics in theology and the life of the [...]

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NEW HAVEN, Conn., Aug 12, 2014–The Knights of Columbus have established a matching fund to assist Christians and other religious minorities facing severe persecution or displacement in Iraq and nearby countries. “The unprovoked and systematic persecution and violent elimination of Middle East Christians, as well as other minority groups, especially in Iraq, has created an enormous humanitarian [...]

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WASHINGTON D.C., Aug 11, 2014–Catholics in various parts of the U.S. have organized efforts to pray for peace in Iraq, especially for persecuted Christians. The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ international justice and peace committee, Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines, has called for collective prayer for peace in Iraq on Aug. 17 using a [...]

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Root fraternity in faith, cardinals tell Knights of Columbus

ORLANDO, Fla., August 9, 2014–Two cardinals addressed the Knights of Columbus’ States Dinner in Orlando on Tuesday, exhorting them to practice Catholic fraternity and to continue their charitable work. “Do not wait just to do great things, spectacular events that are noteworthy. Love as Jesus did, every moment of every day. Love every person that [...]

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ROME, Italy, August 8, 2014–Ursuline Sister Cristina Scuccia, the young Italian religious who won the last season of The Voice Italy, renewed her temporary vows of poverty, chastity and obedience on July 29 at one of the congregation’s convents in Sicily. A member of the Ursuline Sisters of the Sacred Family in Milan informed CNA [...]

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WARSAW, Poland, August 8, 2014–The head of Caritas in Ukraine warned of a growing humanitarian crisis in the country’s east, as the Vatican’s nuncio also highlighted the worsening plight of Catholics in the country’s conflict. Andrij Waskowycz, Caritas Ukraine president, called the destruction in eastern Ukraine “enormous” and said help was needed from the international [...]

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OKLAHOMA CITY, August 8, 2014–Archbishop Paul S. Coakley has asked Catholics to offer prayer and penance to prevent a Satanic group from holding a “black mass” Sept. 21 at the Civic Center Music Hall in Oklahoma City. “Even though tickets are being sold for this event as if it were merely some sort of dark [...]

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Knights of Columbus set record for global charitable giving

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug 7, 2014–The Knights of Columbus continued to set records for charitable giving and volunteer hours, making this the 14th consecutive year they’ve increased their contributions. For the 2013 year, the Knights donated nearly $170 million and volunteered more than 70.5 million hours, according to their Annual Survey of Fraternal Activity discussed at [...]

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WASHINGTON D.C., Aug 7, 2014–A Baptist missionary held captive in North Korea says he feels “abandoned” by the U.S. government after nearly two years of detainment. Kenneth Bae feels “abandoned by the United States government,” quoted Choson Sinbo, a pro-North Korea newspaper based in Japan, in a July 31 video interview. The video and stills [...]

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