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Blessed Mother Teresa gains Sainthood

Blessed Mother Teresa gains Sainthood Pope Francis will canonize Blessed Mother Teresa of Kolkata on Sept. 4. The Vatican (online) and television outlets including EWTN (available online and to some across the diocese on cable), CatholicTV (online) and Salt Light TV (online) will broadcast the Canonization Mass on Sept. 4. The Message...
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Thursday, September 01, 2016

Catholic communities nationwide organize activities to battle racism

Catholic communities nationwide organize activities to battle racism WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Around the country, Catholic organizations, parishes, clergy and laity are taking action and bolstering efforts to build peace and battle racism, following a summer of violence.    In New Orleans, St. Peter Claver Catholic Church is involved in community mediation...
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Thursday, September 01, 2016

Pope proposes care for creation as a new work of mercy

Pope proposes care for creation as a new work of mercy VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Calling for concrete actions that benefit human life and the environment, Pope Francis proposed adding the care and protection of creation to the traditional list of corporal and spiritual works of mercy.     As a spiritual work of mercy, the pope said, care for...
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Thursday, September 01, 2016

Jesus' mercy extends to even the greatest of sinners, pope says

Jesus' mercy extends to even the greatest of sinners, pope says VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Jesus' loving gaze of tenderness and mercy extends to all who seek forgiveness no matter how great or small their sins may be, Pope Francis said.     While many often feel "cast aside" because of their sins, Jesus offers encouragement and "tells us, 'Courage, co...
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Thursday, September 01, 2016

20 years after welfare reform: Has it worked? If so, then how well?

20 years after welfare reform: Has it worked? If so, then how well? WASHINGTON (CNS) -- It was Aug. 22, 1996, when President Bill Clinton signed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act -- known in shorthand as welfare reform. Clinton had campaigned for the presidency in 1992 on a pledge to "end welfare as we know it," but had vetoed two previous bills...
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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Pope leads 11,000 pilgrims praying rosary for quake victims

Pope leads 11,000 pilgrims praying rosary for quake victims VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Hearing the mayor of Amatrice in central Italy say his town no longer exists and knowing there were children who died Aug. 24 in the earthquakes that struck the region, Pope Francis turned his weekly general audience into a prayer service.    Beginning the audie...
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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Pope: Mercy, pastoral care should guide research on life, family

Pope: Mercy, pastoral care should guide research on life, family VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Appointing Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia as the new chancellor for the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family and new president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Pope Francis said he wanted to make sure the two bodies help the church offer better c...
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Friday, August 19, 2016

The mercy-filled life: Mother Teresa embodied what Pope Francis teaches

The mercy-filled life: Mother Teresa embodied what Pope Francis teaches VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- If there is one person who immersed herself in the "peripheries" Pope Francis is drawn to, it was Blessed Teresa of Kolkata.    If there was one who showed courage and creativity in bringing God's mercy to the world, like Pope Francis urges, it was the diminutiv...
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Friday, August 19, 2016

Even as immigration reform stalls, Catholics champion welcoming message

Even as immigration reform stalls, Catholics champion welcoming message WASHINGTON (CNS) -- On the Aug. 6 feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord, Auxiliary Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville of Washington addressed a crowd of largely Salvadoran immigrants at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.     They were there to mark the feas...
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Monday, August 15, 2016

African Catholics urged to hold tight to faith, values in secular culture

African Catholics urged to hold tight to faith, values in secular culture WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The African family, with its reverence of elders, sense of solidarity and community, and adherence to religious traditions has great gifts that need to be shared, a Louisiana bishop said Aug. 6 in addressing a group of about 300 Catholics who hail from the continent.  ...
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Wednesday, August 10, 2016