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Archbishop Kurtz: Do not forget the power of prayer amid violence

Archbishop Kurtz: Do not forget the power of prayer amid violence

WASHINGTON D.C., July 24, 2014–Surrounded by numerous violent conflicts throughout the world, the faithful should not forget the power of prayer, said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. “In the coming days and weeks I urge you to ask our Catholic people to pray for peace and to support [...]

BALTIMORE, July 24, 2014–After news broke July 17 that Catholic Charities of Baltimore planned to house unaccompanied immigrant children at a Baltimore-area facility, executive director William J. McCarthy said the first response he received was positive: an email praising the agency’s decision with a pledge of $200 in support. Others like it have poured in [...]

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ORANGE, Calif., July 24, 2014–On Thursday, EWTN Global Catholic Network announced it has begun construction on a television studio on the West Coast, located on the campus of the Diocese of Orange’s Christ Cathedral. “As we transform the Christ Cathedral campus into a dynamic and inspirational center of Catholic worship and outreach, we are blessed [...]

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HUNTINGTON, Ind., July 23, 2014–Dignity of the human person, solidarity and care for creation are just a few topics author Brandon Vogt discusses in his new book, “Saints and Social Justice: A Guide to Changing the World.” “I hope that this book is a ringing call to saintliness for all readers to say, ‘I want [...]

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BALTIMORE, Md., July 23, 2014–In a recent interview with CNA, Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore reaffirmed religious liberty as a priority for the U.S. bishops, emphasizing its relation to personal dignity and evangelization. “Let me just say that religious liberty is so fundamental to the dignity of the human person,” Archbishop Lori stated, continuing that [...]

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Bishops: Practicing religion in public is not discrimination

WASHINGTON D.C., Jul 19, 2014–Americans must be free to practice their faith in the public square – including business decisions – without being viewed as discriminatory, urged four U.S. bishops. “Churches, businesses, and individuals should not be punished in any way for living by their religious and moral convictions concerning sexual activity,” the bishops wrote [...]

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MEXICO CITY, Mexico, Jul 19, 2014–For the third year in a row, the Archdiocese of Mexico City is hosting a voluntary disarmament program as part of a campaign to reduce violence in the Mexican capital. Rosa Icela Rodriguez of Mexico City’s Secretariat for Social Development said the program would not be possible without the assistance [...]

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GAZA CITY, July 18, 2014—Though fighting has escalated between Israel and Palestinian militants based in the Gaza Strip, a Catholic Relief Services spokeswoman has stressed that the agency still aims to advance peace in the region.   “This conflict has dimmed the prospects for peace among Israelis and Palestinians, but as a Catholic organization, we [...]

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WASHINGTON D.C., July 18, 2014—Following Wednesday’s crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, both religious and political leaders from around the world are offering up prayers, and searching for answers about the tragedy. “Our entire Church prays for the eternal repose of the souls of the innocently killed,” Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of the Ukrainian Archeparchy [...]

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Soccer stars to play inter-religious friendly match for peace

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina, July 17, 2014–Retired soccer star Javier “Pupi” Zanetti, who was captain of the Argentinean national team and of Inter Milan in Italy, will soon don his cleats again to take part in an inter-religious friendly match for peace. The Argentinean soccer player will join Roberto Baggio of Italy and Zinedine Zidane of [...]

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ROME, Italy, July 16, 2014–Various religious leaders have joined their voices to denounce a bill seeking to legalize assisted suicide for the terminally ill in parts of the U.K., stating that doing so violates human dignity and opens the door to coercion. “Every human life is of intrinsic value and ought to be affirmed and [...]

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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla., July 16, 2014–Archbishop of Oklahoma City Paul Coakley called a black mass scheduled to take place in the city’s civic center an “obviously horrendous” act meant to offend much of the state’s community. “There are common standards of decency that civic-minded people uphold that are necessary for constructive public discourse, and this [...]

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PORTSMOUTH, England, July 15, 2014–Warning that a proposed euthanasia bill for parts of the U.K. would mark the “catastrophic collapse” of respect for life, Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth, England, is urging a day of united prayer against it. Bishop Egan asked Catholics to pray a Holy Hour of Eucharistic Adoration on Thursday, July 17, [...]

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Bishops from five countries ask society to confront migration issues

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras, July 12, 2014–Bishops’ conferences from five countries called on Catholics, politicians and society at large to confront the issues causing a flow of unaccompanied minors from Central America — and to tend to them as they travel through Mexico and arrive at the U.S. border. “Bishops and their workers reiterate the [...]

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LOS ANGELES, Calif., Jul 11, 2014–U.S. authorities are working poorly with Catholic efforts to provide pastoral care to underage immigrants detained near Los Angeles, the city’s archbishop, Jose Gomez, wrote on Thursday. “Our Church has been trying to respond to this situation in a spirit of cooperation and generosity,” Archbishop Gomez said in his July 10 [...]

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VATICAN CITY, Jul 11, 2014–The secretary-general for Caritas International has voiced his concern over the lack of aid being provided to those suffering from conflicts, urging the faithful to get involved and break the “cycle of indifference.” “It’s difficult to raise funds for the whole Middle East. For Syria there’s a lot to be done [...]

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