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Mysterious deaths of mentally ill draw concern from South Africa bishops

Mysterious deaths of mentally ill draw concern from South Africa bishops

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Sep. 22, 2016–The unexplained deaths of three dozen mentally ill patients in a South African province show the need for action to help this vunerable population, the country’s bishops have said. “As a society, we should never forget that the lives of the mentally ill are precious before God. The lives of [...]

NEWARK, N.J., Sep 22, 2016–Archbishop emeritus Peter Leo Gerety of Newark, the oldest Catholic bishop in the world, passed away Sept. 20 at the age of 104 – 77 years after his ordination as a priest and after 50 years as a bishop. “Today this local Church of Newark mourns a remarkable Churchman whose love [...]

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ROME, Italy, Sep 22, 2016–Known around the globe as simply “Padre Pio,” Saint Pio of Pietrelcina has been called one of the “most active” saints in the Church, and continues to work miracles for those who pray through his intercession. “St. Padre Pio is a pretty powerful intercessor…a priest said to me once that he’s [...]

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VATICAN, Sep. 21, 2016–A region of Cameroon that traditionally believed women to have no value now sees them as equal to men, thanks to a lay Catholic apostolate in the area. “Before the coming of the Focolare Movement, the women had no say, but the movement has taught us a lot of things,” said Nicasius [...]

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Do something about forced migration, cardinal exhorts UN

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y., Sep 20, 2016–The Vatican Secretary of State pleaded Monday for an increased commitment from the international community in addressing the root causes of forced migration, particularly those which are man-made, such as war and arms trading. “Since human choices provoke conflicts and wars, it is well within our power and responsibility [...]

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MEXICO City, Mexico, Sep 20, 2016–One day after they were kidnapped from their parish, Mexican priests Alejo Nabor Jiménez Juárez and José Alfredo Suárez de la Cruz were found murdered in a field. The Mexican Bishops Conference confirmed the priests’ deaths and extended their condolences and prayers to the Diocese of Papantla, Mexico, where the [...]

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WASHINTON D.C., Sep 19, 2016–In light of Pope Francis’ call to pray for the victims of sexual abuse, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will support a Worldwide Day of Prayer for Sexual Abuse Survivors, highlighting the importance of healing and noting the progress the Church has made over the years. “With a pastor’s heart, [...]

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WASHINGTON D.C., Sep 17, 2016–Catholic advocates are praising the U.S. for hosting an international refugee summit, but insist the administration can do more to address an unprecedented global refugee crisis. “We are very pleased at the historical role that the United States government has played in welcoming more refugees than any other country,” Jill Marie [...]

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BERLIN, Germany, Sep 17, 2016–More than 7,500 people took part in the annual March for Life in Berlin on Saturday, under the motto: “No Child is Unsuitable.” The peaceful gathering was organized by the Federal Association for the Right to Life. Participants brandished placards supporting the right to life from conception to natural death. Five [...]

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New Catholic university launches Sacred Art master’s

DENVER, Colo., Sep 16, 2016–A new Catholic university has announced the launch of their Masters of Sacred Art degree program, which is available online. The program will include the study of theology, philosophy, architecture, film, music and art, and is available through Pontifex University, a Catholic University established in 2015 by the Solidarity Association of [...]

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WASHINTON D.C., Sep 15, 2016–If the U.S. uses its moral authority’ to pressure Vietnam on human rights issues, the southeast Asian country will change for the better, religious freedom advocates maintained at a conference on Monday. “Vietnam wants to be part of the world, and I’m sure it does. It needs to not treat religious [...]

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VIENNA, Austria, Sep 14, 2016–Cardinal Christoph Schönborn has warned that Europe risks forfeiting its “Christian inheritance” and that an “Islamic conquest” could be in its future.   Speaking in the Cathedral of Vienna on Sunday, Sept. 11, the Archbishop of Vienna referenced the feast day that commemorates the decisive victory of a Christian coalition over [...]

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US Bishops to government: End legal standoff with the Little Sisters

WASHINGTON D.C., Sep 12, 2016–The United States government has an opportunity to end its legal battle with the Little Sisters of the Poor and the administration must “seize that opportunity,” legal experts are maintaining. “In a nation dedicated to religious liberty, church-state conflict on this scale should be avoided whenever possible – and once started, [...]

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PARIS, Sep 13, 2016–On Sundays, the Saint-Germain-des-Pres quarter of Paris — known for its artistic cafes, expensive boutiques and numerous bookstores — is filled with people in embroidered shirts who speak Ukrainian. Since 1943, the Ukrainian Catholic community has prayed at the Cathedral of St. Volodymyr the Great on the Boulevard Saint-Germain. Through the years, [...]

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WASHINGTON D.C., Sep 12, 2016–Christians can’t be second-class citizens if they are to remain in the Middle East, and the next United States administration will need to stand up for their rights, the head of the Knights of Columbus has said. Speaking at the National Advocacy Convention 2016 for persecuted Middle Eastern Christians, Supreme Knight [...]

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NEW York, N.Y., Sep 11, 2016–On the clear, sunny morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Fr. Kevin Madigan heard an explosion overhead. He grabbed oils for anointing and ran out the door of St. Peter’s parish in New York city and wandered towards the center of the commotion – the World Trade Center only a block [...]

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