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Head Knight of Columbus honored for aiding persecuted Christians

BELMONT N.C., Mar 1, 2017–Praising his “resolute defense of persecuted Christians,” an institute at Belmont Abbey College has awarded its Benedict Leadership Award to Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus. The Benedict Leadership Institute cited Anderson’s leading role in advocating protection for Christians facing genocide in Iraq, Syria, and elsewhere. The Knights […]

MOSTAR, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Feb 28, 2017–The bishop of the local Church where Medjugorje is located reiterated on Sunday his long-held belief that the alleged Marian apparitions at the site are false. “The position of this Curia throughout this period has been clear and resolute: these are not true apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary,” […]

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Bishop Conley: Mass deportations will not fix our immigration system

LINCOLN, Neb., Feb 27, 2017–Controversial immigration policies issued by United States President Donald Trump’s have thus far prompted numerous critiques from concerned U.S. Catholic bishops. The most recent order, issued Feb. 20, directed officials to more aggressively find, arrest, and deport illegal immigrants, regardless of whether they have committed serious crimes. In his most recent […]

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WASHINGTON D.C., Feb 27, 2017–The U.S. bishops are responding with solidarity and concern for the Jewish community, following a surge in anti-Semitic actions in recent weeks. “On behalf of the Bishops and people of the Catholic Church, as the Chairman of the Bishops’ Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, I want to express our deep […]

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ARMAGH, Northern Ireland, Feb 27, 2017–Ahead of Northern Ireland’s assembly elections, the region’s Catholic bishops have reflected on situation facing voters and the importance of voting with well-formed consciences. “Far from separating us from concern about society and its development, the Gospel commandment to love one’s neighbor as oneself commits us ‘to work for the […]

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BROWNSVILLE, Texas, Feb 17, 2017–Along the U.S.-Mexico border, Catholic bishops of both countries stressed the right of people to migrate and the need for the Church to welcome them. “In this difficult moment in our history we hear the cry of our migrant brothers and sisters whose voices reflect the voice of Christ Himself,” the […]

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SEATTLE, Wash., Feb 16, 2017–A Washington state florist must pay fines and legal costs for conscientiously objecting to serving a same-sex wedding, as the state’s supreme court upheld a lower court’s decision on Thursday. “It’s wrong for the state to force any citizen to support a particular view about marriage or anything else against their […]

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ZURICH, Switzerland, Feb 16, 2017–Meet Elina Berglund: a nuclear physicist who will be known as the woman who developed the first natural cycle fertility app to have been internationally certified as an effective means of avoiding pregnancy. While the Catholic Church teaches that the use of contraception is immoral, because it separates procreation from the […]

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WASHINGTON D.C., Feb 11, 2017–After President Donald Trump pushed for the creation of safe zones for refugees in the Middle East, advocates and humanitarian aid groups are divided over whether the policy will work. “We think it’s within the United States’ national security interests to support the creation of safe zones to at least stop […]

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WASHINGTON D.C., Feb 10, 2017–The U.S. bishops welcomed a federal appeals court ruling that affirmed a legal injunction against a Trump administration executive order on refugee resettlement and travel bans targeting Muslim countries. “We respect the rule of law and the American judicial process,” said Bishop Joe Vasquez of Austin, Texas, speaking in his role […]

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AMMAN, Jordan, Feb 10, 2017–Jerusalem Bishop William Shomali, newly appointed to the Latin Patriarchate of Jordan, says that although Christians are a very small minority in Jordan, through the Catholic schools, hospitals and charities their presence is strongly felt in the communities. Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, after consultation […]

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Portland, Ore., Feb 9, 2017–A week after Hispanic Catholics experienced racial harassment and taunts from a group of men during a Spanish Mass, the local community in Portland, Oregon sprang into action to show their support for the churchgoers. Despite the chill and the rain, an estimated 200-300 people created a human barrier on Sunday, […]

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A Swiss bishop publishes 9 points on ‘Amoris laetitia’

CHUR, Switzerland, Feb 3, 2017–Referring extensively to Pope Francis’ writing in Amoris laetitia, a Swiss bishop on Thursday gave direction on how to implement the exhortation, emphasizing respect for the sanctity of the marriage bond. “The task of pastoral care is to convey to the people an awareness of the sanctity of the marriage bond, or […]

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ABUJA, Nigeria, Feb 2, 2017–For one Catholic bishop in Nigeria, social media and family life are two keys for evangelization and sharing the values of the Catholic Church. “We need to invent new means of forming people’s consciences. We need to form new means of confronting the agents of non-values that are among us. We […]

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MADRID, Spain, Feb 2, 2017–Most fathers like to share their hobbies with their sons. But for José Manuel this proved a challenge – given that his fourth child Pablo suffers from a severe form of cerebral palsy. Despite this, however, José Manuel had idea. “I don’t remember when we began to run together. I know […]

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WASHINGTON D.C., Feb 1, 2017–The U.S. bishops are concerned by the Trump administration’s decision to maintain a “troubling” Obama-era executive order that could demand federal contractors violate their religious beliefs on marriage and gender ideology. “In seeking to remedy instances of discrimination, it creates new forms of discrimination against people of faith. Keeping the executive […]

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