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African bishops aim for observer status at African Union

African bishops aim for observer status at African Union

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, Feb 27, 2015–The African bishops took the first step on Monday toward having representation at the African Union, with the appointment of a liaison between the AU and the symposium of African bishops conferences. Bernhanu Tamene Woldeyohannes was on Feb. 23 appointed head of the office for relations between the Symposium of [...]

ASUNCION, Paraguay, Feb 26, 2015–Archbishop Edmundo Valenzeula of Asuncion, Paraguay is demanding that U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon – who is visiting the country this week – ensure that the United Nations does not promote abortion, euthanasia and “gay marriage” in Paraguay. In a statement posted on Facebook Feb. 25 to mark Ban’s arrival, [...]

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ROME, Italy, Feb 26, 2015–The number of ISIS hostages in Syria has increased to at least 250 after continued attacks on Christian villages, and civilians fleeing to the Turkish border have been stranded when not allowed to cross. “There are 200 families who were running away and trying to escape to Turkey, but the border [...]

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For Ukrainian Church, even the pope calls the conflict a civil war, something Kyiv does not acknowledge

MOSCOW, Feb 23, 2014–”Perhaps for the first time since [Stalin's] militant atheism, the two ‘wings’ of the Church of Christ – Orthodox and Catholic – are together on the evil that is happening,” said Vasily Anisimov, head of the press service of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate In an article in Interfax, Asinimov welcomes the pope’s [...]

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PHILADELPHIA, Feb 23, 2015–Officials for the World Meeting of Families this year in Philadelphia announced Feb. 20 that $30 million in cash and in-kind donations has been raised to support the four-day event Sept. 22-25, capped by the visit of Pope Francis. The congress will welcome top speakers and participants, Catholic and non-Catholic, from across [...]

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WASHINGTON D.C., Feb 22, 2015–The brutal murder of 21 Coptic Christians in Libya at the hands of ISIS last week is shining a light on the reality faced by many of Egypt’s Christians on a daily basis. “These 21 victims, they were not the first and they will not be the last. There is a [...]

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ROME, Feb 21, 2015–A leading African cardinal says the continent’s bishops want the upcoming Vatican synod to zero-in on strengthening the Church with good families – before getting sidetracked on other issues such as the contentious debate over allowing Communion for divorced and remarried couples. Cardinal Wilfrid Napier of Durban was in Rome last week [...]

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WASHINGTON D.C., Feb 22, 2015–Just because you may oppose abortion doesn’t mean you should be denied comprehensive health care coverage, according to Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore and Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston. The two spoke last Friday, urging Congress to support the Health Care Conscience Rights Act in defense of conscientious objection. “Government should [...]

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Haitians say Lent means making room in hearts, time for prayer

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Feb. 19, 2015–Marie Yolene Andre got an early start on Lent. Andre was in Haiti’s new transitional cathedral at 5 a.m. — two hours before Ash Wednesday Mass — to begin her time of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. “Jesus said you live to pray as much as you can within the room of [...]

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PARIS, France, Feb 18, 2015–Bishop Pascal Roland of Belley-Ars in France has ordered that the Blessed Sacrament be removed from all chapels and churches in the diocese following a wave of sacrileges that have taken place in recent days. After numerous tabernacles were profaned and consecrated hosts were stolen, Bishop Roland issued an ordinance instructing [...]

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WASHINGTON, Feb 18, 2015–On a gray and overcast morning in Washington, just a short walk from Capitol Hill, construction work began on a museum intended to promote engagement, education and discussion of the Bible. The 430,000-square-foot museum will feature a 200-foot LED screen on the lobby ceiling, displaying a set of rotating images from Israel, [...]

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CHICAGO, Feb 18, 2015–The first center in the United States dedicated to the study of consecrated life opened Feb. 12 with a symposium on hope and the changing nature of religious life. Precious Blood Father Robert Schreiter, Second Vatican Council professor of theology at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, said the school’s Center for the [...]

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Haitian bishop: Joint effort to rebuild churches helps whole community

JACMEL, Haiti, Feb. 14, 2015–Weekend Masses at the Cathedral of St. James and St. Philip are no more. Since soon after Haiti’s January 2010 earthquake, Mass has been celebrated in a rundown building the Diocese of Jacmel owns adjacent to the 19th-century cathedral. Worshippers gather for liturgies on three different floors. Those who cannot squeeze [...]

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ABUJA, Nigeria, Feb. 13, 2015–Bitterly condemning “the ugly tide of corruption” in Nigeria’s government, the Bishop of Sokoto has highlighted the challenges awaiting the next administration in the wake of an election postponed due to the violence of Boko Haram. Presidential elections had been slated for Feb. 14, but were postponed until March 28. In [...]

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WASHINGTON D.C., Feb 13, 2015–Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tuscon, Arizona, leveled harsh criticism against the tone of some Congress members, saying that they were treating undocumented migrants as subhuman. “I must say up front that the U.S. bishops continue to be concerned with the tone on Capitol Hill toward immigrants,” he stated to the House [...]

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KYIV, Feb 12, 2015–The Ukrainian Catholic bishops in the US issued a letter on Wednesday asking their faithful to pray and fast for peace, a day before a tentative ceasefire in Ukraine was agreed on which would end 10 months of fighting. The Feb. 11 letter urged prayers for “the president and elected officials of [...]

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