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Mass in sign language? Over 20 Spanish priests celebrate it every week

Mass in sign language? Over 20 Spanish priests celebrate it every week

MADRID, Spain, Jan 31, 2016–In the Catholic Church, the spoken language is central to the liturgy: we recite the Nicene Creed as one, we praise the Lord with the Gloria that we sing, and we bow our heads to hear the blessing we receive at the end of Mass. But there’s a different reality for [...]

ROME, Italy, Jan 30, 2016–Rome’s Circus Maximus was the site of a massive rally against a proposed law which would allow same-sex unions across the country of Italy.  Hundreds of thousands are estimated to have gathered for ‘Family Day’ at the historic site in the capital city a week ahead of a vote which could [...]

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ALBANY, N.Y., Jan 30, 2016–Catholic faithful are banding together to help rescue a possible relic of St. Kateri Tekawitha in a strange – and thoroughly modern – way: by using a crowdsourcing internet forum. “It’s my first GoFundMe,” said Bill Jacobs, co-founder and president of the Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Conservation Center. Speaking to CNA about [...]

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CALGARY, Canada, Jan 29, 2016–“Totalitarianism.” That was the word the Bishop of Calgary used to describe the Alberta government’s new mandatory gender guidelines. The Alberta provincial government’s gender education guidelines “show no evidence of consultation with, or sensitivity to, the Catholic community,” Bishop Frederick Henry of Calgary charged Jan. 25. “They breathe pure secularism. This [...]

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ROME, Italy, Jan 28, 2016–Bishop Santo Loku Pio Doggale joined his brother prelates from South Sudan and Sudan for a time of rest and prayer in Rome last week, during which they were able to discuss key issues the two countries face, including decades of internal conflict and war. South Sudan, which won its independence from [...]

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Keep working for peace, US bishops urge as Middle East crises continue

WASHINGTON D.C., Jan 26, 2016–The multiple crises in the Middle East show the need for continued peacemaking and humanitarian efforts, the U.S. Catholic bishops have told foreign policy leaders in the Obama administration. “As Pope Francis has said on a number of occasions, we need to build bridges, not walls. I pray that the United [...]

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LOS ANGELES, Calif., Jan 25, 2016–The dignity of every human life was the focus of a major pro-life event in Los Angeles on Saturday. More than 15,000 people joined speakers, religious leaders and entertainers to encourage outreach to those in need. “OneLife LA means sharing the love of God with others – especially those who [...]

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Satellite images confirm: Iraq’s oldest monastery destroyed by Islamic State

MOSUL, Iraq, Jan 22, 2016–St. Elijah’s Monastery in Mosul dated back to the sixth century, making it the oldest Christian monastery in Iraq. Muslims and Christians alike have made pilgrimages to the Chaldean Catholic monastery, invoking both poets and historians to write about its religious impact within the Middle East. The Associated Press obtained satellite images [...]

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WASHINGTON D.C., Jan 22, 2016–Pro-lifers must make their lives a Nativity scene where they provide a welcoming witness and  see Christ in the faces of the unborn, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York said at the Jan. 21 March for Life vigil Mass in Washington, D.C. “In the tiny baby, born or pre-born, we see [...]

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Relics of St. Maximilian Kolbe start tour of US

WASHINGTON D.C., Jan 21, 2016–The major relics of Maximilian Kolbe, who was canonized by St. John Paul II, began an 8-month tour Jan. 15-17 in Ellicott City, Md., at the Shrine of St. Anthony. The tour started with noon Mass at the shrine. The tour sponsored by the Franciscan Friars Minor Conventual of the Our Lady [...]

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WASHINGTON D.C., Jan 21, 2016–It was an event that wasn’t supposed to have anniversaries. When the March for Life started 43 years ago, abortion on demand up to the point of birth had just been legalized by the United States Supreme Court in Roe vs. Wade. At that point, pro-life issues weren’t nearly as politically [...]

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Pilgrims beware! Mexican bishops warn against papal ticket scams

MEXICO CITY, Mexico, Jan 19, 2016–Following the rise of fraudulent papal ticket “sales” online, the Mexican Conference of Catholic Bishops has reminded the faithful that tickets to attend events during Pope Francis’ trip are free.   Pope Francis will visit Mexico in a highly anticipated trip Feb. 12-18. In the weeks leading up to his [...]

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WASHINGTON D.C., Jan 19, 2016–The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on an immigration enforcement case will affect many immigrants in the U.S., and the Los Angeles archbishop says the court should rule on the side of humanity. “I cannot speak to the constitutional questions in this case. I speak as a pastor. And as a pastor, [...]

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WASHINGTON D.C., Jan 18, 2016–The Catholic University of America may have closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, but around 700 students, faculty, and staff observed the holiday by serving their Washington, D.C. community. “Seeing Christ’s face in other people and serving them has an effect on you,” said Catholic University senior Joey Dichoso, who [...]

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ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Jan 17, 2016–Last week Catholics in Southern Arabia gathered in Abu Dhabi to celebrate the ordination of two Capuchin Franciscan priests by Bishop Paul Hinder, Vicar Apostolic of Southern Arabia. Fr. Darick Paul D’Souza and Fr. Arun Raj Manuel were ordained at a Mass in St. Joseph’s Cathedral in the [...]

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US bishops: Deporting children and families won’t solve migration crisis

WASHINGTON D.C., Jan 16, 2016–The recent deportation raids targeting Central American immigrants will not discourage immigrants who are fleeing their countries as a last resort, the U.S. bishops said. From Jan. 2 to Jan. 4, the Department of Homeland Security searched communities in Georgia, Texas, and North Carolina for immigrants who were in the country [...]

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