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Church-based charities provide earthquake relief in Mexico

Church-based charities provide earthquake relief in Mexico WASHINGTON (CNS) -- In the aftermath of two earthquakes in the span of two weeks in Mexico church-based relief agencies have been on the ground providing food, shelter and repairs.    The magnitude 7.1 quake that hit near Mexico City Sept. 19 killed more than 230 people and injured m...
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Friday, September 22, 2017

Key West Catholic school struggles to reopen after Irma

Key West Catholic school struggles to reopen after Irma KEY WEST, Fla. (CNS) – Robert Wright, principal of the Basilica School of St. Mary Star of the Sea in Key West, reluctantly left town before Hurricane Irma made its historic landfall, knowing it wouldn't be easy getting back to Florida's southernmost tip later on.     ...
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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Relics of St. Padre Pio to be in Chicago, St. Louis

Relics of St. Padre Pio to be in Chicago, St. Louis Relics of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina – better known as Padre Pio – will tour several Archdioceses and Dioceses in the U.S. for the second time from Sept. 16 through Oct. 8. The relics will make stops in the Archdiocese of Chicago on Sept. 25-26 and in the Archdiocese of St. Louis on Sept....
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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Catholic leaders sharply criticize Trump's decision to end DACA

Catholic leaders sharply criticize Trump's decision to end DACA WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Catholic church leaders, immigration officials and university presidents were swift and unanimous in their condemnation of President Donald Trump's Sept. 5 decision to phase out Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals known as DACA.    "In the past, the president s...
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Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Pope: God gives hope for the future despite present-day suffering

Pope: God gives hope for the future despite present-day suffering VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- While the world reels from terrorism, natural disasters and division, God weeps with those who suffer and offers the hope of a future full of joy and consolation, Pope Francis said.    Recalling the victims of a terror attack in Barcelona Aug. 17, a devastating...
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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Bishops form new body to address 'sin of racism' that 'afflicts' nation

Bishops form new body to address 'sin of racism' that 'afflicts' nation WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Saying there is an "urgent need" to address "the sin of racism" in the country and find solutions to it, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has established a new Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism and named one of the country's African-American Catholic bishops to chair it....
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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Pope prays for divided world

Pope prays for divided world VATICAN CITY (CNS) – In a week in which natural disasters, war and racial conflicts dominated the headlines, Pope Francis prayed on Aug. 15 that Mary would bring peace to a divided world.             After reciting the Angelus prayer on t...
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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Pope says he's saddened by 'perfect' Catholics who despise others

Pope says he's saddened by 'perfect' Catholics who despise others VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- God did not choose perfect people to form his church, but rather sinners who have experienced his love and forgiveness, Pope Francis said.     The Gospel of Luke's account of Jesus forgiving the sinful woman shows how his actions went against the general mentali...
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Friday, August 11, 2017

Bishop attends ICE meeting for mother

Bishop attends ICE meeting for mother WASHINGTON (CNS) – After hearing about the plight of a cancer-stricken child whose mother was facing imminent deportation, a U.S. border bishop, Texas Bishop Mark J. Seitz of El Paso, paid the pair a visit at the hospital.             On...
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Friday, August 11, 2017

Archbishop Thompson calls faithful to be 'bridges of unity'

Archbishop Thompson calls faithful to be 'bridges of unity' July 28 was a day of joy for Catholics across central and southern Indiana as Archbishop Charles C. Thompson was installed as the seventh archbishop of Indianapolis during a festive Mass celebrated in Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral in Indianapolis. But ties of the archdiocese to the broader Church a...
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Thursday, August 03, 2017