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Blessed Romero ‘another brilliant star’ belonging to church of Americas

Blessed Romero ‘another brilliant star’ belonging to church of Americas

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador, May 23, 2015–Some thought this day would never arrive. Others hoped and some always knew it would. On May 23, the Catholic Church, beatified Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdamez, of El Salvador, who was assassinated in 1980 while celebrating Mass, just a day after pleading and ordering soldiers to stop [...]

ROME, Italy, May 22, 2015–As Ireland goes to the polls to vote on whether to legalize same-sex marriage, one Church official warns that the new law could bring yet-unforeseen consequences for future generations. “The importance of the vote today cannot be underestimated,” said Msgr. John Kennedy, an official of the Congregation for the Doctrine of [...]

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LINCOLN, Neb., May 21, 2015–Nebraska’s Catholic bishops on Wednesday praised the Nebraska legislature’s veto-proof vote to end the death penalty, saying  capital punishment “cannot be justified” in the state at present. The bishops said their support for the bill was based on Catholic teaching and their prudential judgement that the death penalty is now unjustifiable. [...]

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Twin friars go to streets – and your TV – to save souls

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y., May 22, 2015–It’s a good thing Brother Angelus wears glasses, otherwise it would be really hard to tell him apart from Brother Innocent. It’s tricky enough as it is, given that they’re brother-Brothers: siblings and consecrated Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (or CFRs). They’re also twins – or rather, two-thirds of [...]

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PARIS, France, May 21, 2015–Known for its ornate rose window and towering stained glass glory, the thirteenth century Sainte-Chapelle in Paris has finally been pieced back together after a seven year laser-cleaning project. Seven hundred and fifty years of weather effects, candle smoke, and grime had become layered and built up in Sainte-Chapelle’s famous stained [...]

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LINCOLN, Neb., May 21, 2015–Nebraska’s Catholic bishops on Wednesday praised the Nebraska legislature’s veto-proof vote to end the death penalty, saying  capital punishment “cannot be justified” in the state at present. The bishops said their support for the bill was based on Catholic teaching and their prudential judgement that the death penalty is now unjustifiable. [...]

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WASHINGTON DC, May 20, 2015–”Despite 50 years of ‘Nostra Aetate,’” the Second Vatican Council’s document on interreligious relations, “we still don’t know each other well enough,” said French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. Speaking May 19 about Catholic-Muslim relations, Cardinal Tauran added, “Most of the problems we face are [...]

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SPENCER, Mass., May 19, 2015–The whoosh of the beer tap opening, the gentle glug of the golden brew pouring into the goblet and the sizzle of the foaming mousse are joyous sounds to Trappist Brother Jonah Pociadlo’s ears as he prepares to savor the signature ale created in his monastery’s brewery. The monk — swathed [...]

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At Lourdes shrine, ‘wounded warriors’ can pray for peace and healing

LOURDES, France, May 17, 2015–Military service members’ annual pilgrimage to the Marian shrine of Lourdes can be a time of healing and peace, especially during the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, the head of the U.S. Archdiocese for Military Services has said. “Lourdes is a place where healing occurs. It might [...]

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VATICAN CITY, May 16, 2015–Controlling populations is not the answer in fighting poverty and protecting the environment, says a leading official for the Catholic aid federation, Caritas Internationalis. “We do not see that population control, the way it is being thought by many, is the right way to go forward,” Caritas secretary general Michel Roy [...]

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Philadelphia archbishop voices ‘deep sadness’, prays for train derailment victims

PHILADELPHIA, Pa., May 14, 2015–Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia reacted Wednesday to the deadly train derailment in his city with sadness and prayers. “In the wake of this disaster, I urge all people of good will to join me in extending prayerful condolences to those mourning the sudden loss of a loved one and in [...]

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WASHINGTON D.C., May 14, 2015–The use of armed drones have practical and moral consequences for conflict and warfare – and the government needs to take action to address them, the U.S. Catholic bishops have said. “It is incumbent on a nation’s leaders to recognize that the use of drones can lower the threshold on conflict [...]

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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina, May 13, 2015–Large numbers of the faithful are donating gold and silver belongings to forge a new monstrance after a theft in Tucuman, Argentina. Located in northwest Argentina, Tucuman is Argentina’s smallest province, but second only to Buenos Aires in population density. In 2011, two costly monstrances were stolen from the Museum [...]

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WASHINGTON, May 13, 2015–Speaking quietly and deliberately, Dominican Sister Diana Momeka from Iraq urged a congressional committee hearing May 13 to help the displaced Christian refugees in Iraq to “go back home.” “We want nothing more than to go back to our lives; we want nothing more than to go home,” Sister Diana, a Dominican [...]

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MUNICH, Germany, May 12, 2015–Last week, the German bishops’ conference announced it is changing its labor laws such that contracting a civil marriage after divorce or entering a same-sex civil union cannot result in termination of employment except in “exceptional cases.” “Only in special circumstances and therefore only in exceptional cases can these forms of [...]

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Virginia bishops on the death penalty: We’re having the wrong debate

RICHMOND, Va., May 9, 2015–As discussions surrounding a “more humane” death penalty in the United States continue, the two Catholic bishops of Virginia have released a statement asking the faithful to take a stance against the use of capital punishment in today’s society. “By ending the use of the death penalty we would take one [...]

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