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Nigerian bishop: Evangelize through family, social media

ABUJA, Nigeria, Feb 1, 2017–For one Catholic bishop in Nigeria, social media and family life are two keys for evangelization and sharing the values of the Catholic Church. “We need to invent new means of forming people’s consciences. We need to form new means of confronting the agents of non-values that are among us. We […]

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US bishops: Trump’s refugee order will only harm victims of war, terror

WASHINGTON D.C., Jan 30, 2017–Catholic bishops and relief leaders were among the critics of President Donald Trump’s order to implement stricter vetting on refugees and lower the cap for the number of refugees who can enter the United States. Bishop Joe S. Vasquez of Austin, Texas, in his role as chairman of the U.S. bishops’ […]

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Newark auxiliary bishop assaulted during Mass

NEWARK, N.J., Jan 29, 2017–What started as a Mass remembering a Latino baseball star and humanitarian quickly took a violent turn as an auxiliary bishop was assaulted at the Newark cathedral Saturday. Newark Auxiliary Bishop Manuel Cruz was offering the opening prayers of the Mass when a man wearing a white robe over a red […]

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MEXICO, Mexico, Jan 27, 2017–The bishops of Mexico on Thursday reacted to United States’ president Donald Trump’s executive order to build a wall on the nations’ border by urging a more thoughtful response to legitimate security concerns. “We express our pain and rejection over the construction of this wall, and we respectfully invite you to […]

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KATIOLA, Ivory Coast, Jan 26, 2017–After two weeks of mutinies over pay by Ivory Coast’s army and paramilitary, the nation’s bishops are calling for open dialogue on unemployment, working conditions, and the cost of living. “Feelings of frustration and revolt still harbor in the hearts of so many Ivorians,” the Ivory Coast bishops’ conference said […]

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KATIOLA, Ivory Coast, Jan 26, 2017–After two weeks of mutinies over pay by Ivory Coast’s army and paramilitary, the nation’s bishops are calling for open dialogue on unemployment, working conditions, and the cost of living. “Feelings of frustration and revolt still harbor in the hearts of so many Ivorians,” the Ivory Coast bishops’ conference said […]

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This Spanish prison ministry is helping rehabilitate inmates

MADRID, Spain, Jan 21, 2017–The prison ministry founded by a Spanish Jesuit in the 1960s has had such fruits as a group of inmates donating their own money to help the needy at Christmas, according to the head of the foundation. At Christmas of 2015, a group of prisoners in the Estremera prison in Madrid […]

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World Youth Day Panama will take place January 22-27

PANAMA CITY, Jan 20, 2017–On Friday Archbishop José Domingo Ulloa Mendieta of Panama officially announced the dates of the next World Youth Day, which is set to take place in January, rather than July as is usual, due to the weather. He made the announcement during a Jan. 20 news conference in the country’s capital, […]

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WASHINGTON D.C., Jan 20, 2017–Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York prayed for God’s wisdom as Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on Friday. “Give us wisdom, for we are Your servants, weak and short-lived, lacking in comprehension of judgment and of laws. Indeed, though one might be […]

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JERUSALEM, Jan 20, 2017–The 50 year-long of occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza by Israel must be at the attention of every Christian and demands resolution, the chair of the Holy Land Coordination said Thursday. “Our Coordination has called for justice and peace every year since 1998, yet the suffering continues. So […]

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SHENDAM, Nigeria, Jan 19, 2017–A prominent Nigerian archbishop last week advised his fellow clergy against a sense of complacency and security which ends up damaging the Church. “I have observed among us priests and religious is a lack of proper sense of mission, a lack of serious missionary commitment and a lack of missionary creativity,” […]

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WASHINGTON D.C., Jan 18, 2017–Any changes to health care law under the new administration should not abandon the principal of genuinely affordable health care for everyone, said the U.S. bishops in a letter to Congress. In American policy, they said, “we must not see health care as a luxury, but as a necessary building block […]

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CARACAS, Venezuela, Jan 18, 2017–The bishops of Venezuela have urged that elections take place in the country in a timely manner, in light of the crisis of hyperinflation and chronic shortages of goods facing their nation. “The country requires a plan for elections, just as was agreed upon during the round-table discussions,” the Venezuelan bishops’ […]

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Dinner and a warm place to sleep: How Rome is reaching out to the homeless

ROME, Italy, Jan 16, 2017–As colder weather settled over Rome last week, two area charities have found ways to reach out to those without food or shelter during the cold winter nights: one by turning a church into a temporary shelter, another by partnering with a newly-opened McDonald’s near the Vatican. Medicina Solidale has plans […]

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WASHINGTON D.C., Jan 15, 2017–On Friday, the U.S. bishops’ migration chair criticized the Obama administration’s denial of decades-old special protections for Cuban migrants to the U.S. “I am disappointed over the Administration’s sudden policy change to end the ‘Wet Foot/ Dry Foot’ policy for Cuban arrivals,” Bishop Joe Vasquez of Austin, Texas, who heads the […]

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VALLETTA, Malta, Jan 13, 2017–As debate over Amoris laetitia continues to gain steam, the Maltese bishops have come out with a new set of pastoral guidelines allowing divorced-and-remarried persons in certain cases, after “honest discernment”, to receive Communion. The introduction to the guidelines opens by saying that “like the star which led the Magi toward their encounter with Jesus,” Amoris […]

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