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Italian bishop: Catholics in ‘irregular’ relationships welcome in Church

Italian bishop: Catholics in ‘irregular’ relationships welcome in Church

ROME, Italy, Aug 30, 2014–Those who are in irregular marital situations cannot receive Holy Communion but are still Christian faithful and “must feel at home” in Catholic churches, a leading Italian bishop has said. Bishop Nunzio Galantino of Cassano all’Jonio told a national liturgical gathering of the Center of Liturgical Action Aug. 27 in Orvieto, [...]

MADRID, Spain, Aug 29, 2014–The appointment of Carlos Osoro Sierra as the new Archbishop of Madrid is another step forward in the renewal of the ranks of the Spanish bishops that at the same time raises expectations for Curia reform. The Vatican announced Aug. 28 that Archbishop Osoro, who headed the Valencia archdiocese, would go [...]

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BEIRUT (CNS), Aug 28, 2014–Catholic and Orthodox patriarchs of the Middle East denounced attacks on Christians and called upon the international community to work toward eradicating terrorist groups. The patriarchs met Aug. 27 at the Maronite Catholic patriarchate at Bkerke, north of Beirut, for a special summit to address the crisis in the region. They [...]

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Catholics denounce use of hashtags for ‘paramilitary warfare’

ROME, Italy, Aug 28, 2014–Reacting to an internet campaign launched by ISIS threatening the life of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff, Catholic leaders stressed that evil is not the final verdict and encouraged faithful to adhere to Christ. “We oppose the genocide with the beauty of witness. In front of the superficiality of political leaders we [...]

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ORLANDO, Fla., Aug 27, 2014–Amidst increasing violent religious persecution in the Middle East and Africa, it is vital for Christians in the U.S. to remain on guard of their own freedoms, said Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore. “I’m not given to apocalyptic predictions, but I do believe that we have to be vigilant,” Archbishop Lori [...]

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Knights partner with actor Gary Sinise to help veterans

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug 23, 2014–Actor Gary Sinise’s respect and admiration for military men and women goes far beyond his role as Lieutenant Dan in the popular 1994 film, “Forrest Gump.” For generations, members of his family and his wife’s family have served their country, which inspired Sinise to support veterans for years and ultimately start [...]

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DETROIT, Mich., Aug 23, 2014–Cardinal Edmund Casimir Szoka, who had served as Archbishop of Detroit and president of the Vatican City State, died of natural causes at the age of 86 at the local Providence Park Hospital. “We mourn the loss of a dedicated shepherd. For sixty years, Cardinal Szoka gave himself totally to his [...]

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OKLAHOMA CITY, Aug 22, 2014–A stolen consecrated host that was at the center of a lawsuit filed by Archbishop Paul S. Coakley and intended for use at a planned Satanic “black mass” in Oklahoma City has been returned. According to the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, an attorney representing the head of the satanic group presented [...]

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MOSCOW, Aug 22, 2014–Speaking at the second All-Church pilgrimage in the Patriarchal Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ, Mgr Sviatoslav Shevchuk, major archbishop of Kyiv-Halych (Kiev-Galicia), warned yesterday that the Greek Catholic Church is experiencing a time of martyrdom in eastern Ukraine. “Today believers of our Church in Donetsk and Luhansk are suffering a time [...]

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VATICAN CITY, Aug 22, 2014–As Ukrainians prepared to mark their Aug. 24 Independence Day under the cloud of fierce fighting in the East, Catholic leaders condemned the threat to Ukraine’s territorial integrity and prayed for a speedy end to the hostilities. At the same time, Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, major archbishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, [...]

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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 [...]

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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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