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  • Former publisher of National Catholic Reporter wins Bishop England Award

    QUEBEC CITY (CNS) -- Thomas C. Fox, former publisher of National Catholic Reporter who started his journalism career as a correspondent while working with displaced Vietnamese in the 1960s, was given the Catholic Press Association's Bishop John England Award for publishers who defend their publication's First Amendment rights.

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  • Melkite Catholic Church elects new patriarch, a native of Syria

    BEIRUT (CNS) -- Bishop Joseph Absi was elected the new Melkite patriarch of Antioch, Alexandria, Jerusalem and All the East during the Melkite Catholic Synod at Ain-Traz, Lebanon. Melkite leaders elected Bishop Absi June 21, one day after his 71st birthday. A native of Damascus, Syria, he has served as patriarchal vicar in the Archdiocese of Damascus since 2007.

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  • Holiness means being open to God, pope says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Being a saint doesn't require spending long hours in prayer, but rather living life open to God in good times and in bad, Pope Francis said. Christians should live with the "hope of becoming saints" and with the desire that "work, even in sickness and suffering, even in difficulties, is open to God," the pope said June 21 during his weekly general audience.

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  • Full text of dubia cardinals' letter asking Pope for an audience

    Vatican City, Jun 20, 2017 National Catholic Register.- Here below is the full text of the letter, signed by Cardinal Carlo Caffarra on behalf of the four dubia cardinals, asking Pope Francis for an audience to discuss deep concerns over the Pope’s apostolic exhortation on the family, Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love).

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  • Experienced diplomat, Indian Cardinal Dias dies at 81

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- A longtime diplomat and fluent in 17 languages, Indian Cardinal Ivan Dias died June 19 in Rome after a long illness. He was 81. Pope Francis called the cardinal a "wise and gentle pastor" who served the church and Vatican faithfully.

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  • UK party leader steps down, citing Christian faith

    London, England, Jun 17, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- After facing backlash for his Christian faith, the head of the UK’s Liberal Democratic Party announced his resignation on Wednesday, claiming that leading the party was becoming incompatible with living his faith.

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  • Pope will visit Chile, Peru in January, Vatican announces

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis will travel to Colombia in September and, the Vatican announced, he will return to South America in January for a visit to Chile and Peru. The pope will be in Chile Jan. 15-18, visiting the cities of Santiago, Temuco and Iquique, the Vatican press office announced June 19. He then will fly to Peru and from Jan. 18-21, he will visit Lima, Puerto Maldonado and Trujillo.

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  • Pope: End fear, false beliefs about refugees by getting to know them

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Getting to know someone who is a refugee can wipe away fears and dismantle distorted ideologies, Pope Francis said. Highlighting World Refugee Day, which is marked June 20, the pope asked that "concrete attention go to the women, men and children fleeing from conflict, violence and persecution."

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  • Charting change: Vatican statistics track church health indicators

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The health of the Catholic Church can be measured in many ways, and the Vatican has a special office just for that purpose. The Central Statistics Office, which operates under the Vatican Secretariat of State, conducts a variety of studies for the Roman Curia throughout the year. But one of the office's biggest projects is compiling the annual, 500-page Statistical Yearbook of the Church.

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  • Behind hatred, violence is an unloved heart, pope says at audience

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Violence and hatred often are signs that a person is unhappy and feels unloved and unwanted, Pope Francis said. In today's world, people -- especially children and youths -- often feel that unless "we are strong, attractive and beautiful, no one will care about us," the pope said June 14 during his weekly general audience.

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  • Pope names members for renewed Pontifical Academy for Life

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- After broadening the scope of and issuing new statutes for the Pontifical Academy of Life, Pope Francis appointed new members to the advisory body and included scientists, professors and experts in medicine and ethics from both religious and secular backgrounds.

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  • Vatican bank reports $40 million profit in 2016

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Institute for the Works of Religion, often referred to as the Vatican bank, made a profit of 36 million euros (about $40 million) in 2016, according to its annual report. The institute held assets worth 5.7 billion euros at year's end, which included deposits and investments from close to 15,000 clients -- mostly Catholic religious orders around the world, Vatican offices and employees, and Catholic clergy.

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  • Pope, Italian president talk migrants, environment, jobs

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Generosity, hard work, solidarity and a recognition of the dignity of the human person are essential for facing the major challenges posed by natural disasters, a large influx of migrants and a crisis in creating jobs, especially for young people, Pope Francis told Italian President Sergio Mattarella.

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  • Spanish victim of London attackers recalled for commitment to justice

    MANCHESTER, England (CNS) -- The Spanish government paid tribute to a Catholic man stabbed to death as he used his skateboard to try to defend a woman from a knife-wielding terrorist in London. Ignacio Echeverria, 39, native of Spain working in London for a year, was one of eight victims of three assailants who drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge before they attacked people randomly with knives and machetes in nearby Borough Market the evening of June 3.

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  • Amid nation's crisis, Venezuelan bishops meet pope

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- With Venezuela's political and economic crisis turning violent and after the country's president tried to claim he had the support of Pope Francis, the leadership of the country's bishops' conference traveled to the Vatican.

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  • Attack on police near Notre Dame cathedral shakes Paris

    Paris, France, Jun 6, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- A man was shot after an apparent hammer attack on police officers at Paris police headquarters next to the Cathedral of Notre Dame on Tuesday. The suspect was wounded in the chest during the June 6 attack. He had allegedly attacked officers on duty at the headquarters.

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  • The mystery of God's fatherly love is a great revolution, pope says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The mystery of God's relationship with humankind is revolutionary in that Christians can look to him without fear as children to a loving father, Pope Francis said. In teaching the Lord's prayer, Jesus invites all Christians "to have the courage of calling God with the name 'father,'" the pope said June 7 at his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square.

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  • Hypocrisy kills the Christian community, pope says at morning Mass

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The diabolical language of hypocrisy, which ensnares others through flattery, has the power to destroy Christian communities, Pope Francis said. Like the Pharisees who spoke to Jesus with soothing words of adulation, Christians who engage in hypocrisy speak gently yet "brutally judge a person," the pope said June 6 at his early morning Mass.

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  • Muslims and Christians unite to rebuild Mosul monastery

    Mosul, Iraq, Jun 5, 2017 CNA.- As government forces pry apart the Islamic State's three yearlong grip on Mosul, Muslims and Christians have united to rebuild a damaged monastery. A Facebook page called “This is Christian Iraq” – dedicated to connecting Iraqi Christians and maintaining the faith amid ISIS threat – recently posted a series of photos showing the joint effort.

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  • European leaders discuss plight of child victims of war

    Rome, Italy, Jun 5, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- Last week the Order of Malta hosted diplomats and politicians from throughout Europe for a discussion on the effects of violent conflict on children. Participants said the topic is increasingly urgent since children all over the world are growing up surrounded by war.

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  • On Mary's maternal presence at Pentecost

    ROME (Zenit.org) -- Pentecost marks a time when Mary's presence is of singular importance, says a specialist in Marian studies. In this May 2004 interview with ZENIT, Discalced Carmelite Father Jesus Castellano Cervera, who was at the time a consultor for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, elaborated on the Blessed Virgin's presence at the arrival of the Holy Spirit. Father Castellano died in June 2006.

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  • Pope names Brazilian priest secretary of office for laity, family, life

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Eight months after the Vatican Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life officially began functioning, Pope Francis named a 46-year-old Brazilian priest to serve as its secretary. The appointment of Schonstatt Father Alexandre Awi Mello, who is completing a doctorate in Mariology at the University of Dayton's International Marian Research Institute, was announced May 31 at the Vatican.

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  • Christians share hope, not 'vinegar of bitterness,' pope says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Christians are called to be "sowers of hope," consoling and defending the poor and anyone in need, Pope Francis said. As Christians prepared to celebrate Pentecost June 4, Pope Francis used his weekly general audience May 31 to speak about the power of the Holy Spirit to strengthen the hope of believers and to send them forth to instill hope in others.

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  • Restorers unveil frescoed chambers in the Catacombs of St. Domitilla

    ROME (CNS) -- Under a mown hayfield, whose dried-out stalks crunch underfoot, lies the four-level labyrinth of the early Christian Catacombs of St. Domitilla. Ten miles of tunnels, carved out of soft volcanic tuff rock, snake and fork out in a dizzying number of different directions. Luckily, capsule bulbs of lights strung sparsely overhead work like Hansel and Gretel's trail of breadcrumbs leading to the sought-after destination: two newly restored burial chambers not yet open to the public.

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