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Knights donate $2 million for Middle East refugee housing

Knights donate $2 million for Middle East refugee housing

WASHINGTON D.C., Nov 20, 2014–The Knights of Columbus is putting more than $2 million toward new homes for Iraqi and Syrian refugees fleeing violence, and not a moment too soon, said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. “We have tens of thousands of refugees in this area [Northern Iraq] who have been driven from their homes at [...]

VATICAN CITY, Nov 20, 2014–Turkey’s small community of 53,000 Catholics – amid a population of 76 million – is anticipating Pope Francis’ upcoming trip to the country with joyful hearts, says Istanbul’s apostolic vicariate. The vicariate voiced gratitude for the Pope’s visit, which will coincide with the feast of the Apostle Andrew, the patron saint [...]

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NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 20, 2014–Kenya’s Catholic bishops are holding firm in urging people to avoid receiving a tetanus vaccine being administered under a nationwide campaign because they say it contains a hormone linked to birth control. A joint committee that includes representatives of the bishops and the Kenyan Ministry of Health met for the first [...]

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PHILADELPHIA, Nov 19, 2014–After the historic announcement by Pope Francis that he will visit Philadelphia next September, the reality of the challenges and joys of the event is sinking in for planners, civic officials and ordinary Catholics in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. It will be a “once-in-a-lifetime chance for Philadelphia to shine,” Daniel Hilferty called [...]

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Court rejects Catholic concerns about new contraception mandate rules

WASHINGTON D.C., Nov 17, 2014–A U.S. appeals court ruled Friday against Catholic organizations with objections to the Obama administration’s latest opt-out rules for mandated contraceptive and sterilization health insurance coverage. “To ask a group of priests to cooperate in the government’s plan to expand access to birth control and abortion-inducing drugs is about as contrary [...]

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New Sydney archbishop hopes for seminaries ‘teeming with new life’

SYDNEY, Australia, Nov 14, 2014–At his Mass of Installation on Wednesday, Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney said that by the time of his retirement, he hopes for a local Church filled with vocations to priesthood and the religious life. “What will this Archdiocese look like when, God willing, I retire in 2035? My hope is [...]

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BALTIMORE, Md., Nov 14, 2014–Meeting in Baltimore for their annual fall meeting, the U.S. bishops have selected their choices for delegates to next year’s Synod on the Family, sources have confirmed to CNA. The delegates, in order of election, are: Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, president of the U.S. bishops’ conference; Archbishop Charles Chaput of [...]

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MEXICO CITY, Nov 14, 2014–Increasing numbers of Catholics in Latin America are abandoning the church in favor of evangelical congregations or nonreligious life, according to a new survey, making Pope Francis’ calls for renewed evangelization efforts in the region ever more urgent. The Pew Research Center survey of 30,000 residents of 18 countries and Puerto [...]

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BALTIMORE, Md., Nov 12, 2014–With marriage in crisis in the modern world, the faithful have a duty to work for its restoration, promoting the ‘culture of encounter’ called for by the Holy Father, said a leading U.S. bishop. “Pope Francis said recently, ‘There is a crisis in the family because it’s beat[en] up from all [...]

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RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, Nov 12, 2014– The Congregation for the Causes of Saints has approved the cause of beatification of Guido Schaffer, who was a Brazilian seminarian known as the “Anjo Surfista,” or “Surfer Angel.” The Archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro will now establish a tribunal to handle the cause. The archdiocese requested approval of [...]

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BALTIMORE, Nov 11, 2014–The United States’ oldest Catholic diocese celebrated its 225th birthday Nov. 10 with a special Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore as part of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ annual fall general assembly. “We give thanks for the growth [...]

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MEXICO CITY, Nov 10, 2014–The Mexican bishops’ conference issued an impassioned plea for peace and an end to the bloodshed in a country consumed with the crisis of 43 teacher trainees allegedly captured by crooked cops, killed by organized crime and burned. “With sadness we recognize that the situation of the country has worsened” — [...]

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Save Catholic clinics in Africa – they may be the only ones to fight Ebola

ROME, Italy, Nov 8, 2014–Caritas officials have urged that in facing the Ebola outbreak in west Africa, efforts should be focused on keeping Catholic clinics open because they are the best-equipped in the region. Many hospitals in Liberia, the nation most affected by the virus, have closed. Tony Banbury, head of the UN mission fighting [...]

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For German bishops mercy comes at a price, critics charge

BERLIN, Germany, Nov 6, 2014–As Cardinal Walter Kasper prepares to receive an award and give a speech at The Catholic University of America later today, a storm is brewing. Critics point out that while Cardinal Kasper and most of his fellow German bishops have been leading the charge to allow those in “irregular” marital situations [...]

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NAIROBI, Nov 6, 2014–A Catholic priest was among five people found guilty and sentenced to death for the 2005 slaying of Italian Bishop Luigi Locati. Judge Fred Ochieng described Father Guyo Waqo as the mastermind of the plot as the eight-year trial concluded Nov. 6. The judge said he believed the priest recruited Mohammed Molu [...]

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Nov 6, 2014–A Cuban-American priest helping lead a drive for what may be the first new Catholic church to be erected in Cuba in nearly six decades said his project signals new hope for church expansion in Cuba. A parish twinning-style relationship between the people of St. Lawrence Parish in Tampa, [...]

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