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BOSTON, Mass., Jan 12, 2017–If you’ve been wanting to learn more about your family tree, a new online database is making the search easier with digitized Catholic parish records in the Boston area dating from 1789-1900. Announced on Tuesday, the New England Historic Genealogical Society has partnered with the Archdiocese of Boston, collaborating their resources […]

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Immigrants bless the world with skills, faith and inspirational stories

NEW YORK CITY, Jan. 9, 2017–Today’s immigrants are the modern-day magi who bring gifts to the countries they move to after leaving their homeland. During Sunday’s feast of the Epiphany, Fr. Walter Tonelotto, C.S., told the Filipino-American community based at Our Lady of Pompeii Shrine in Manhattan that like the magi, immigrants bring their talents […]

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Bishops mention immigration policy, heritage in National Migration Week statement

WASHINGTON, Jan 7, 2017–Urging Americans to look at their families for stories of immigration, the president and vice president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops called attention to the hardships and contributions of immigrants to American society as the U.S. church prepared to observe National Migration Week. Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston and […]

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OXFORD, England, Jan 5, 2017–A church leader in Turkey said Catholics are fearful about attending church after recent terrorist attacks, but insisted local Christians can count on government protection. “Although we can move around freely, people are understandably afraid of coming to Mass and there’s been a drop in participation,” said Bishop Ruben Tierrablanca Gonzalez, […]

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CAIRO, Egypt, Jan 5, 2017–The Egyptian army corps of engineers has completed the restoration of Saint Mark’s Coptic Cathedral in Cairo, where a terrorist attack last month left 27 dead. In a statement published on their Facebook page, the Egyptian Army reported that the areas of the church damaged by the attack were quickly repaired […]

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RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, Jan 4, 2017–A local bishop called for prayer and prison reform efforts after a 17-hour prison uprising in the Amazon city of Manaus, Brazil, left at least 56 dead. The incident is “a very sad and apprehensive situation,” said Auxiliary Bishop of Manaus, José Alburquerque de Aráujo. He asked all the […]

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German bishop urges families to be inspired by pope’s exhortation

BERLIN, Dec 31, 2016–As traditional family holiday celebrations continued with the coming of the New Year, an official with the German bishops’ conference encouraged Catholic families to read Pope Francis’ exhortation on the family, “Amoris Laetitia” (“The Joy of Love”). “The feast of the Holy Family, which this year falls uniquely on a Friday rather […]

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WASHINGTON DC, Dec 30, 2016–New York’s Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan will take part in the upcoming presidential inauguration of Republican Donald Trump. “I am honored to have been asked to offer a reading from Scripture at the upcoming presidential inauguration, and look forward to asking almighty God to inspire and guide our new president and […]

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Bishop Onah: Joy to the world, though the times are tough

ABUJA, Dec 24, 2016–The Catholic Bishop of Nsukka diocese in Nigeria, Godfrey Onah says that Christians and Nigerians must continue to be joyful at Christmas even though things may be difficult in their lives. The Bishop who is also the Episcopal Chairperson of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) on social communications said this […]

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VATICAN CITY, Dec 24, 2016–Two days after the announcement that Pope Francis has established a group to look into the circumstances regarding the recent dismissal of the Order of Malta’s former Grand Chancellor, the Knights responded – saying the decision was an internal matter. The response follows the forced resignation of leader Albrecht Freiherr von […]

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NAIROBI, Dec. 23, 2016–The Catholic Bishops of Kenya on Thursday 22 Dec. called for dialogue after a bill to change the current electoral law was hastily passed in parliament. In a statement, the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops-Justice and Peace Commission said it was saddened by the changes to the Elections Laws (Amendment) Act and […]

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EDINBURGH, Scotland, Dec 23, 2016–Need to find confession nearby at the drop of a dime? There’s an app for that. The Archdiocese of Saint Andrews and Edinburgh announced last month at St. Peter’s Square the first ever GPS-powered confession finder that uses technology to connect individuals with the closest confession and Mass times. “This is […]

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Why Catholics are leaving the faith by age 10 – and what parents can do about it

WASHINGTON D.C., Dec 17, 2016–Young Catholics are leaving the faith at an early age – sometimes before the age of 10 – and their reasons are deeper than being “bored at Mass,” the author of a recent report claims. “Those that are leaving for no religion – and a pretty big component of them saying […]

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PHOENIX, Ariz., Dec 16, 2016–Courage International will team with the Phoenix diocese in the new year to host an event addressing same-sex attraction and other sexual identity issues on the forefront of Church discussion today. “The work of Courage International, helping those with same-sex attraction to build friendships and virtue, and helping the Church to […]

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MILAN, Italy, Dec 15, 2016–An Italian priest is under fire from locals for deciding against setting up the typical Nativity scene in his town’s cemetery this year, Italian news source Corriere della Sera reported on Friday. The priest, Father Sante Braggie, was concerned that the display would offend Muslims, as well as atheists and people of other […]

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MEXICO CITY, Mexico, Dec 14, 2016–Cardinal Norberto Rivera of Mexico City commended to Our Lady of Guadalupe the millions of migrants who have left behind their country for a better future in the U.S., asking her to help Americans welcome them – especially President-Elect Donald Trump. In his prayer published by the weekly Desde la […]

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