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Catholic colleges to undocumented students: You’re still welcome

Catholic colleges to undocumented students: You’re still welcome

WASHINGTON D.C., Dec 6, 2016–More than 100 presidents of Catholic colleges and universities have reaffirmed their support for undocumented students in light of questions about the future of U.S. immigration policy. “Many of us count among our students young men and women who are undocumented, their families having fled violence and instability,” said the statement [...]

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla., Dec. 5, 2016–Pope Francis has recognized the martyrdom of Father Stanley Rother, a priest of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City who served in Guatemala, making him the first martyr to have been born in the United States. “Servant of God Fr. Stanley Rother has been approved for beatification!” Archbishop Paul Coakley of [...]

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ROME, Italy, Dec 3, 2016–A nun in the Democratic Republic of Congo was murdered earlier this week by unknown suspects in an apparent robbery, the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions has reported. Sister Marie Claire Agano, a religious of the Franciscan Congregation of Christ the King, was killed the afternoon of Nov. 29 in her [...]

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LOS ANGELES, Calif., Dec 2, 2016–The image of the Virgin of Guadalupe made its way through the narrow halls of the Century Regional Women Detention Facility in Lynwood, California on Sunday, Nov. 27. Stopping at several two-tier cells at the facility’s east and west towers, Gonzalo de Vivero, director of the L.A. Archdiocese’s Office of [...]

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Humanitarian needs going unmet in Iraq, Catholic leaders tell Congress

WASHINGTON D.C., Nov 30, 2016–Given new and expanded humanitarian crises in Iraq and elsewhere, Congress should respond generously to a request to approve additional aid funding, the U.S. bishops and Catholic Relief Services leaders have said in a letter. “As we have already learned in Iraq, individuals, communities, and countries divided by war face significant [...]

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OSLO, Norway, Nov 30, 2016–In an unusual turn of events, the Catholic Church in Norway is under fire for reportedly lying about its number of parishioners in order to receive more state monetary aid. Scandinavian prosecutors fined the Diocese of Oslo more than $140,000 – or one million kroner – on Monday for the apparent [...]

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RIONEGRO, Colombia, Nov 29, 2016–A wave of solidarity and calls for prayer have inundated social networks and the media following Monday’s crash in Colombia of a plane carrying 81 people, including Brazil’s Chapecoense soccer team. Only six persons reportedly survived the Nov. 28 accident. The plane’s pilot reported electrical failures as it approached Medellin around [...]

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BENIN CITY, Nigeria, Nov 29, 2016–As the Catholic Church’s Year of Mercy came to a close, a gathering of Nigerians took the time to reflect on God’s mercy and prayed to be more merciful towards others in their lives. “All who are suffering and who feel that God is distant should have recourse to the [...]

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WASHINGTON D.C., Nov 28, 2016–Bishop Gregory John Mansour, a Maronite bishop with experience in Middle East issues, will be the next chairman of Catholic Relief Services, the foreign aid arm of the U.S. bishops. “It is my honor and privilege to be appointed as chairman of the CRS board of directors,” Bishop Mansour said Nov. [...]

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GUADALAJARA, Mexico, Nov 28, 2016–The Archbishop of Guadalajara has announced that his diocese is calling off its distribution of a list of missing persons, because of fears of retaliation against family and friends of those who have gone missing in the Mexican state of Jalisco. “The people, because of fear, do not want their names [...]

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MALAGASY, Nov. 25, 2016–“We  dedicate today the destiny of our beautiful country, Madagascar, and its children confronted with all kinds of miseries: Non -respect for life, abortion, crimes against humanity, irresponsible exploitation of our natural wealth, crime, insecurity, thirst for power and money, injustice, corruption, fear of truth, egoism, a spirit of hatred, vengeance and [...]

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WASHINGTON, Nov. 23, 2016–The president and vice president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said Nov. 23 that Thanksgiving Day is a time for the nation to pause and “give God thanks for the abundant blessings he has bestowed upon us.” “It is a grateful tradition people of many faiths have honored since even [...]

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American cardinals reflect after Pope’s anti-division comments

VATICAN CITY, Nov 19, 2016–When Pope Francis spoke out sharply against the “virus of polarization,” three new American cardinals saw a chance for a serious examination of conscience. “I thought it was very timely, what the Holy Father said,” Cardinal Joseph Tobin told journalists Nov. 19. He said that for him, the first thing to [...]

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NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 18, 2016–Ahead of Kenya’s 2017 elections, the country’s Catholic bishops warned about the potential for inflammatory language and politician-driven ethnic tensions to add to violence and endanger the country. “The well-being and prosperity of our country depends on all of us,” the bishops said in a Nov. 11 statement. “This is the [...]

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BALTIMORE, Md., Nov 16, 2016–Infidelity, divorce, sexual violence, pornography, hook-up culture – all things that have both increased en masse in society over the last few decades, and have seared pain into the lives of individual men and women. So how do we even begin to address the problem? By people – especially the youth [...]

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MIT to host first ‘Gold Mass’ for Catholic scientists

BOSTON, Mass., Nov 12, 2016–The Society of Catholic Scientists will hold its first ever Gold Mass on Nov. 15, the feast day of St. Albert the Great, patron saint of scientists. The Mass will be held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) chapel on Tuesday at 5:15 p.m., and both science educators and students [...]

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