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Knights of Columbus unveil new campaign to aid Middle East Christians

Knights of Columbus unveil new campaign to aid Middle East Christians

NEW HAVEN, Conn., July 27, 2015–As Christians continue to face unprecedented persecution – especially in the Middle East – the Knights of Columbus have announced a new campaign to send humanitarian aid and raise awareness about their plight. “Pope Francis has urged the international community to take action to help Christians in the Middle East, [...]

CHICAGO, July 27, 2015–Archbishop Blase J. Cupich has set a goal of benchmarking all 2,700 buildings in the Archdiocese of Chicago to ensure that they are as energy efficient as possible. He announced the goal during a July 24 news conference at Old St. Mary’s School on Michigan Avenue. The news conference was held after [...]

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With a tap on an iPad, Pope Francis registers for World Youth Day 2016

VATICAN CITY, July 26, 2015–Pope Francis has invited the youth of the world on pilgrimage to World Youth Day 2016–and on Sunday he became the first pilgrim to register himself. “Today we open registration for the thirty-first World Youth Day, to be held next year in Poland,” he said. “I invite the youth of the [...]

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WASHINGTON D.C., July 24, 2015–After a federal appeals court ruled that the Little Sisters of the Poor must obey the federal contraception mandate, the sisters have announced that they are appealing to the Supreme Court. Sr. Loraine Marie Maguire, mother provincial of the Little Sisters of the Poor, emphasized that the religious women “dedicate our [...]

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WASHINGTON DC, JULY 24, 2015–Cardinal William W. Baum, the archbishop of Washington from 1973 to 1980, died July 23 at the age of 88 after a long illness. He was a cardinal for 39 years — the longest such tenure in U.S. church history. Cardinal Baum witnessed history from the Second Vatican Council through the [...]

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Less ‘euro-centric,’ please – what African bishops want from the synod

NAIROBI, Kenya, July 22, 2015–October’s synod of bishops on the family should take on a global perspective, rather than sticking to isolated issues found primarily in western society, African Church leaders have said. The chance that voices of the European Church could dominate synod discussion is “a danger of a Eurocentric Synod without strong input [...]

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WASHINGTON DC, July 21, 2015–In an era where Catholics are pretty much an afterthought on television, the sight of any cleric on the small screen almost immediately evokes thoughts of “the next Bishop Sheen” — the 1950s prime-time inspirational program host Archbishop Fulton Sheen. But in pretty much all past cases, those clerics weren’t bishops [...]

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PARIS, France, July 21, 2015–Bishop Thierry Scherrer of Laval, France, and the Bioethics Committee of his diocese are pleading with doctors at a hospital in Reims not to end the life of a young quadriplegic man. “Human life is a gift from God, and doctors are at its service. The omnipotence that technology gives us [...]

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After deadly Chattanooga shooting, bishop rallies ‘shaken’ community to prayer

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., July 19, 2015–Bishop Richard Stika of Knoxville is calling the faith community to prayer after Thursday’s fatal shooting at a military recruiting center in Chattanooga, on the southern end of his diocese. “We ask for your prayers for the souls of those who lost their lives, the recovery of the police officer wounded [...]

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WASHINGTON DC, July 18, 2015–More than half of young Catholic families participating in a recent survey identified themselves as Latino or Hispanic, a finding the president of Holy Cross Family Ministries said will require new ways of ministering in the U.S. Catholic Church. Overall, 54 percent of young couples in the 25- to 45-year-old age [...]

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CARACAS, Venezuela, July 17, 2015–The Venezuelan bishops last week warned that marriage and families in their nation will be weakened as a result of a court decision ruling that spouses can divorce without any evidence of wrongdoing on either’s part. “The theoretical basis for the ruling signals a jurisprudence that can dismantle at will the [...]

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‘It’s hard to think there was no complicity’ – Mexican bishop on ‘El Chapo’ escape

TOLUCA, Mexico, July 16, 2015–Three Mexican bishops have spoken out in recent days about public sector corruption in their nation, highlighting the escape of the drug lord Joaquín Guzmán Loera, from a maximum security prison on Saturday. Guzmán, known as “El Chapo”, is head of the Sinaloa Cartel, and has an estimated wealth of $1 [...]

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ROME, Italy, July 16, 2015–Podcasts are arguably the greatest comeback-kids of the internet. Once thought to be slowing fading into oblivion, the boom of smartphones and Bluetooth technology, and hits like “Serial,” brought the medium back with a force. There are podcasts about every subject under the sun, from sports to mystery stories to in-depth [...]

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BOLOGNA, Italy, July 15, 2015–Humour, realism and culture characterized the life of Cardinal Giacomo Biffi, who died July 11 at the age of 87. The former Archbishop of Bologna had retired in 2003 and was living in small house near Bologna, but had been hospitalized for the past year in a clinic, where he died [...]

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Spectacular Paraguay altar destined to be broken down, recycled

ASUNCION, Paraguay, July 12, 2015–The more than 60,000 corncobs, 20,000 squashes and 150,000 coconuts that adorn the altarpiece in Asuncion’s Ñu Guazú park where Pope Francis celebrated Mass on the last day of his visit to Paraguay won’t be going to waste. Now that the Mass and the Pope have come and gone, the products [...]

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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla., July 10, 2015–More than 500 people at a July 7 vespers service at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine greeted a first-class relic of the saint that is the patron of the city, the cathedral basilica and the Diocese of St. Augustine. The relic of St. Augustine of Hippo is on loan [...]

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