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Cuban bishops: prepare for Pope’s visit with works of mercy

Cuban bishops: prepare for Pope’s visit with works of mercy

HAVANA, Cuba, July 2, 2015–In preparation for Pope Francis’ visit to Cuba this fall, the bishops of the island nation are asking the faithful to perform acts of mercy during the first Fridays of July, August and September. “Pope Francis never stops talking about mercy,” the bishops said in a June 29 message. “The first [...]

WASHINGTON D.C., July 2, 2015–God and comedy clubs are not generally something most families throw together; then again, most families don’t create a cable comedy show either.   But for Jim and Jeannie Gaffigan, this mix of faith and funny is a vital part of their family life – a life that they draw upon [...]

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BROOLYN, N.Y., July 2, 2015–A Dominican Republic court decision rescinding the citizenship of Haitians born in that country “has caused a moral and civil outcry against this seemingly unjust law,” Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio said at a special Mass. “We come tonight, not to enter into a political discussion, but to support the human dignity [...]

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Marriage has had its day at Court, but religious freedom could soon follow

WASHINGTON D.C., June 29, 2015–Friday’s Supreme Court ruling against the traditional understanding of marriage may pose huge obstacles to the free exercise of religion and conscience across the US, the nation’s bishops have said in response to the decision. “The free exercise of religion means that we have a right not only to debate it [...]

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SACRAMENTO, Calif., June 29, 2015–An assisted suicide bill in California has been temporarily pulled from a key committee in the state legislature, but its opponents say more work is necessary to sway legislators against it. Bill opponent Californians Against Assisted Suicide said the move was only “a brief respite.” “We know that the death promoters [...]

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ROME, Italy, June 27, 2015–A pro-family demonstration drew hundreds of thousands of participants to Rome on Saturday, where the rally gathered those opposed to the introduction of gender ideology in Italian schools and to a bill which would expand the rights of those in civil unions. “We want to bear witness to the beauty of [...]

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US bishops encourage Catholics to maintain witness to the truth of marriage

WASHINGTON D.C., June 26, 2015–Catholics are called to witness to the truth of marriage despite the Supreme Court of the United States recognizing a legal right to same-sex marriage, the nation’s bishops said on Friday. “Regardless of what a narrow majority of the Supreme Court may declare at this moment in history, the nature of [...]

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WASHINGTON DC, June 26, 2015–The president of the U.S. bishops’ conference called the Supreme Court’s June 26 marriage ruling “a tragic error” and he urged Catholics to move forward with faith “in the unchanging truth about marriage being between one man and one woman.” “Regardless of what a narrow majority of the Supreme Court may [...]

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California legislators renew push against Junipero Serra, saint and Hispanic ‘founding father’

SACRAMENTO, Calif., June 25, 2015–A statue of Franciscan missionary and saint-to-be Father Junipero Serra has stood in the U.S. Capitol since 1931, but its future may depend on an upcoming hearing in the California legislature and the success of a “Let’s Save Serra” campaign. The legislature could vote to remove the priest’s statue and replace [...]

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VATICAN CITY, June 25, 2015–More than 1.5 million people are expected for the Mass with Pope Francis in Philadelphia this September, said organizers of the next World Meeting of Families. A high-level delegation from Philadelphia, led by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, was in Rome as of June 22 to meet with Vatican officials, review some [...]

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KHARKIV, Ukraine, June 24, 2015–In post-Soviet Ukraine, churches are rebuilding. Not just structures, but parish communities as well. A delegation from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops got to see for themselves the progress that Roman Catholic and Ukrainian Greek Catholic communities were making during a fact-finding trip June 20-24. At almost every stop, the [...]

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MANCHESTER, England, June 24, 2015–Bishops across the European Union are calling on member states to be generous toward tens of thousands of migrants flooding across the Mediterranean. French, German and Italian bishops have issued formal statements in response to a crisis that has seen more than 100,000 migrants, many of them refugees from wars in [...]

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After mass shooting horror, S.C. Catholics mourn with Charleston church

CHARLESTON, S.C., June 22, 2015–A mass shooting at a historic African-American church in Charleston, S.C. drew prayers and sympathy from the state’s Catholics, aghast at the horror of the crime which may have had racial motivations. “The inside of any church is a sanctuary. When a person enters, he or she has the right to [...]

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WARSAW, Poland, June 19, 2015—The head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church expressed concern that the world’s richest countries are failing to honor a 1994 agreement that promised Ukraine security for giving up its Soviet-era nuclear weapons.   Ukrainian Catholic Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of Kiev-Halych said that the so-called G-7, a group of seven industrialized [...]

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Top US bishops unwavering in support of traditional marriage ahead of Synod

ST. LOUISE, Mo., June 18, 2015–In their spring general assembly held last week, just four months before the Synod on the Family in Rome, top U.S. bishops took a united stand in support of marriage and family life as the Church has always understood it. “We need to be more effective in our communication of [...]

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WASHINGTON DC, June 17, 2015–In a new Pew Research Center survey conducted prior to the release of Pope Francis’ encyclical focusing on the environment, U.S. Catholics were asked their views both on global warming and the pope himself. Out of the overall U.S. population, 68 percent said they believe the earth is warming, with 71 [...]

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