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US bishops praise continuing Civil Rights movement

WASHINGTON D.C., Sept. 17, 2014–The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was “a monumental step forward” for human dignity, but continued work is necessary to fight the “destructive influence of racism,” said the head of the U.S. bishops’ conference. “As America celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 this year, I join [...]

HAVANA, Cuba, Sept. 16, 2014–The Church in Cuba recently unveiled its pastoral plan for 2014-2020, which will encourage the faithful to engage in evangelization and respond to the call of Pope Francis. Entitled “On the Road to Emmaus,” the plan offers a three-part reflection on the social and political reality and on the Church in [...]

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BEAUPRE, Quebec, Sept. 16, 2104–The Canadian bishops will partner with two other movements in a national strategy to fight the push to legalize euthanasia in their country. Gatineau Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher, president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, called it a “campaign for palliative care and against euthanasia.” The archbishop described the campaign, set [...]

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NEW YORK, Sept. 16, 2014–Twenty-six Sisters of Charity of New York will soon move into assisted living facilities at Jewish Home Lifecare in the Bronx after a multiyear study conducted by the religious congregation found it was “no longer feasible to continue doing our retirement ministry on our own.” Most of the sisters had been [...]

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NEW YORK CITY, N.Y., Sep 15, 2014–Controversy over the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade continues as the Catholic League has withdrawn its delegation, charging that parade organizers have not fulfilled a promise to include a pro-life Catholic group. “The decision is disappointing. The Catholic League will always be welcome in the parade,” said [...]

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Christian leaders prayerfully remember 9/11 at historic summit

WASHINGTON D.C., Sep 13, 2014–On the 13th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, Christian patriarchs denounced terrorism and emphasized the need for peaceful unity between Christians and Muslims in the Middle East. “The symbolism and significance of our presence here in Washington, D.C. on September 11 is lost to no one. We are here [...]

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MOSCOW, Sept. 13, 2014–The Greek Catholic Church has issued a plea to the international community to end the bloodshed in Ukraine, caused, it said, by Russia. This comes as non-Russian Catholic and Muslim clergymen face difficulty in getting residence permits in the Crimea, the peninsula on the Black Sea annexed by Moscow after a referendum [...]

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JERUSALEM, Sept 12, 2014–U.S. bishops visiting the Holy Land said an on-the-ground tour and briefing about the situation in East Jerusalem heightened their awareness of the settlement issue in the divided city. “The expansion of settlements is quickly driving (the possibility of a two-state solution) off the drawing board,” said Bishop Richard E. Pates of [...]

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WASHINGTON DC, Sept 12, 2014–A Catholic bishop criticized Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, for politicizing a conference of diverse political and church leaders working on behalf of Christians and other minorities in the Middle East. “When you come to a hard political stance on anything, it’s going to cause a flare-up, and that’s what happened last [...]

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Promoting religious freedom is ‘root’ of Middle East peace

WASHINGTON D.C., Sep 9, 2014–Encouraging robust religious freedom is a critical foundation for peace and stability in the Middle East, said panelists discussing the ongoing violence facing Christians in the region. “If you don’t have religious freedom, you’re not going to have a stable democracy, you’re not going to have stable growth,” said Dr. Tom [...]

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VATICAN CITY, Sep 9, 2014–In a recent meeting with Pope Francis, former Israeli president Shimon Peres suggested forming an “Organization of United Relations” to counter those who use religion for terroristic aims. Peres, who stepped down as president of Israel in July, met with Pope Francis for 45 minutes and suggested that the Pope guide [...]

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ODESSA, Ukraine, Sept. 9, 2014–For Catholics in the southeast Ukrainian Diocese of Odessa-Simferopol, ongoing Russian control of Crimea has created serious challenges and “incredible devastation,” a local bishop said. “We pray for a solution which would create a new civilization that does not turn to force to resolve problems, but finds ways through dialogue and [...]

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PHILADELPHIA, Pa., Sep 8, 2014–The official prayer and image for the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia next year have been released to aid pilgrims in spiritual preparation for the upcoming event. “The prayer and iconic image will inspire everyone as we continue to prepare for the 2015 World Meeting of Families,” said Archbishop Charles [...]

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Peoria, NY voice desire to advance Archbishop Sheen cause

PEORIA, Ill., Sep 6, 2014–Following the halt of Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s canonization cause, both the Diocese of Peoria and the Archdiocese of New York have expressed a desire to move forward, as the Vatican calls for dialogue between the two. The body of the popular 20th century preacher has become the subject of an impasse [...]

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NEW ORLEANS, La., Sep 5, 2014–Following a judge’s Wednesday ruling upholding a Louisiana amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman, New Orleans’ archbishop has affirmed the importance of ministering to persons who identify as part of the LGBT community. A federal judge in the state upheld its traditional marriage amendment Sept. 3, [...]

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BOSTON, Mass., Sep 5, 2014–A new website launched by the Boston Globe seeks to have a wide appeal in covering “all things Catholic,” focusing on reporting about the Church rather than evangelizing or aiming solely at a Catholic readership. “Those of us who are Catholic have our own reasons for consuming Church news,” said John [...]

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