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Rebuilding in Ecuador after April quake complicated by enduring poverty

Rebuilding in Ecuador after April quake complicated by enduring poverty

JAMA, Ecuador, Aug. 24, 2016–Ask Jose Santos about the earthquake that struck the northern coast of Ecuador in April and he paints a vivid picture. “The ground moved like waves on the ocean,” he recalls, while a pall of sulfurous-smelling haze rose over the town. Santos’ welding shop collapsed, destroying the tools on which he [...]

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Aug. 23, 2016–A fragment from what is believed to be the True Cross of Christ, stolen from its home beneath a picture. It’s a story one would associate with medieval legends or a Dan Brown novel. However, the theft is unfortunately a very immediate – and very difficult – reality for one [...]

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Aug 23, 2016–The Catholic bishops of New Mexico are speaking up against a proposal to reintroduce capital punishment in the state, saying that respect for human life must be consistent. “We, the Catholic Bishops of New Mexico, in one voice, once again echo the teaching of the Church that life is sacred,” the [...]

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Marian procession to mark Los Angeles’ 235th birthday

LOS ANGELES, Calif., Aug. 18, 2016–Later this month, a Marian Procession and Votive Mass will help celebrate the 235th anniversary of the city of Los Angeles, California – which was named after Mary, Queen of Angels. The August 27 festivities, hosted by the Queen of Angels Foundation, will be open to the public. A Votive [...]

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MUNICH, Germany, Aug. 18, 2016–Never before have so few Catholic priests been ordained in the Church in Germany: a total of 58 men joined the clergy in 2015, according to official figures published by the German Episcopal Conference this week.  Within the last decade, the number of ordinations has dropped by half. In 2005, a [...]

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DUBLIN, Ireland, Aug. 18, 2016–Wealthy abortion backers could use Ireland as a model to change pro-life laws in other Catholic countries, an apparent leaked three-year plan for George Soros’ Open Society Foundations suggests. “With one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the world, a win there could impact other strongly Catholic countries in Europe, [...]

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Lourdes increased its security for the Assumption

LOURDES, France, Aug. 16, 2016–The popular pilgrimage site at Lourdes, France beefed up its security Monday for the Solemnity of the Assumption. About 500 security force members were present, along with patrol dogs, according to the BBC, which reported that around 25,000 pilgrims visited Lourdes for the Marian feast day. Dogmatically defined in 1950, the [...]

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CUERNAVACA, Mexico, Aug. 16, 2016–Amid allegations of interference in politics after receiving demonstrators critical of the governor of the state of Morelos, Bishop Ramón Castro Castro of Cuernavaca has said he is not afraid of facing prison. “ If I go to prison, no problem; from there I’ll do the work of evangelization,” Bishop Castro [...]

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PARIS, Aug. 15, 2016–Following the wave of Islamist terror attacks that have bloodied France since last year, the country’s bishops have decided to offer all Masses on the Feast of the Assumption for France. In an Aug. 1 communique, the president of the French Bishops’ Conference, Archbishop Georges Pontier of Marseille, noted how the Aug. [...]

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MILWAUKEE, Wis., Aug. 15, 2016–The Milwaukee riots and violence that followed a police shooting of an armed man this weekend show the need for a true Christian transformation in life and society, the city’s archbishop commented Monday. “I firmly believe that the loss of a strong faith that builds character and creates change is currently [...]

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Bishop calls for international collaboration to end conflict in South Sudan

YEI, South Sudan, Aug. 11, 2016–In the midst of an intense humanitarian crisis gripping his country, a South Sudanese bishop has called for collaboration between local political leadership and the international community in obtaining peace. South Sudan saw a civil war break out in 2013 as a power struggle between its president, Salva Kiir, and [...]

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JALINGO, Nigeria, Aug 11, 2016–Bishop Charles Hammawa heads the Diocese of Jalingo, located in the eastern part of the Nigeria’s so-called “Middle Belt.” The population of 2.3 million is about equally divided between Muslims and Christians, 450,000 of whom are Catholic, with 10 percent of the people belonging to traditional religions. The bishop expressed to [...]

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Catholic before partisan: African leaders unite to aid orphanage

LILONGWE, Malawi, Aug 7, 2016–In an orphanage near the capital city of Lilongwe, Malawi, children are reaping the fruits of the Year of Mercy. The Mother Teresa Children’s House, which is a Kawale-based orphanage run by the Missionaries of Charity, received food donations this week from the country’s Catholic members of Parliament who were inspired [...]

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DUBLIN, Ireland, Aug. 6, 2016–Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin has transferred his seminarians away from Ireland’s main seminary, St. Patrick’s College, after anonymous accusations emerged of a gay culture at the institution. The three seminarians, who are studying for the Archdiocese of Dublin, will instead continue their studies at the Pontifical Irish College in Rome. [...]

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RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug. 5, 2016–High above the city, beneath the statue of Christ the Redeemer, Rio Cardinal Orani Tempesta blessed the Olympic torch, held by Brazil’s former Olympic volleyball player, Maria Isabel Barroso Salgado. “This is the moment for us to surpass our difficulties and work together as a team, making our country and [...]

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Archbishop of Panama welcomes WYD 2019

  PANAMA CITY, July 31, 2016–The Archbishop of Panama, José Domingo Ulloa Mendieta, has welcomed with great enthusiasm the news that his archdiocese will host the2019 edition of World Youth Day, and has already extended an invitation to youthful pilgrims from all around the world. “I assure you that Panama has been blessed by Pope Francis,” he said. “From among the [...]

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