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  • Panelists outline best practices for building bridges in faith communities

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- In a politically charged election year, Catholic parishes aren't immune to the animus in the air. But it's important to remind people in Catholic communities of their faith, the shared belief in a loving Christ, and that is more important than any political party they may belong to, said church workers sharing best practices for building bridges in faith communities.

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  • German bishops urge patience in efforts to deal with abuse scandal

    BONN, Germany (CNS) -- German bishops urged patience toward their efforts to deal with the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church in Germany. The German Catholic news agency KNA reported the bishops, meeting in Wurzburg, said the plans that resulted from the latest investigations needed time. Their appeal came 10 years since the first revelations of the abuse emerged.

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  • Bryant relied on Catholic faith to see him through tough personal times

    CALABASAS, Calif. (CNS) -- As the world mourned the loss of basketball great Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others killed in a tragic helicopter crash Jan. 26, many recalled how Bryant gave much credit to his Catholic faith for seeing him through the bad times and strengthening his marriage and family.

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  • Remembering Holocaust is 'a duty,' pope says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis said remembering the millions of men, women and children who perished in the Holocaust is a call for the world today to reflect and commit to not repeating the atrocities of the past.

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  • Cardinals Re, Sandri elected to top posts in College of Cardinals

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis has approved the election of Italian Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re as dean of the College of Cardinals and of Argentine Cardinal Leonardo Sandri as the subdean. The Vatican announced the elections Jan. 25, about a month after Italian Cardinal Angelo Sodano, 92, stepped down as dean and Pope Francis announced he was changing church law to limit the dean's service to a five-year term, which is renewable once.

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  • Equality for all women must include the unborn, says pro-life marcher

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- When Hannah Miller thinks of what it means to be a pro-life woman, the iconic image of the kerchief-clad Rosie the Riveter flexing her muscles immediately comes to mind. "It's like 'Yes, We Can.' Yes, we can be a mother, get a college degree and have a career," the 23-year-old Miller, a parishioner at Ss. Phillips and James Church in Baltimore, said as she attended the National March for Life Jan. 24. "I think that those are things that women are capable of doing. What's more empowering than that?"

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  • Trump tells March for Life crowd he welcomes their commitment

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- President Donald Trump credited attendees at the 47th annual March for Life for their commitment to protect the life of unborn and born children. "Together we are the voice for the voiceless," Trump told tens of thousands of people gathered at a noontime rally Jan. 24 on the National Mall.

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  • Pope, Pence meet at the Vatican

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- After Pope Francis and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence met privately for nearly an hour at the Vatican, Pence told the pope that his Roman Catholic mother will be pleased with the visit.

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  • St. James Society meets in Lima

    Each year, the members of the Missionary Society of St. James the Apostle meets at the society's Center House in Lima, Peru. The meeting serves as a combination of a retreat and reunion, and this year, the occasion for the presentation of mission crosses to two new members of the society.

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  • Local program seeks to give young people experience of Holy Land

    BRAINTREE -- Father Michael Nolan got the idea for Seven Miles From Jerusalem while returning home from a pilgrimage he had led in the Holy Land. The pilgrims were mostly retired people who, though they were already strong in their faith, said they learned a great deal from the trip.

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  • From Cardinal Se├ín's blog

    On Friday, I went to Regina Cleri to visit Father John Doyle, whose health was failing. His niece was there with us and we had an opportunity to pray together. Sadly, just a couple of days later, on Sunday, he passed away.

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  • New research details Catholic inmates at Auschwitz

    WARSAW, Poland (CNS) -- A Polish researcher has published the first study of religious practices among Christian prisoners at Auschwitz-Birkenau, as the 75th anniversary of the Nazi-run death camp's liberation was marked in Israel and Poland.

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  • Archbishop Chaput retires; pope names Bishop Perez successor

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia and has appointed Bishop Nelson J. Perez of Cleveland as his successor. Archbishop Chaput, who has headed the Philadelphia Archdiocese since 2011, turned 75 last September, the age at which canon law requires bishops to turn in their resignation to the pope. Archbishop Perez, 58, was installed as the 11th bishop of Cleveland Sept. 5, 2017.

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  • Financial watchdog group lifts Vatican suspension

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Vatican announced that a suspension imposed on its financial oversight office by a prominent financial watchdog network has been lifted. In a statement released Jan. 23, Carmelo Barbagallo, head of the Vatican Financial Information Authority, said that Mariano Federici, president of the Egmont Group, "decided to revoke the decision taken on Nov. 13, 2019, to suspend the Financial Information Authority from the international information circuit, Egmont Secure Web."

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  • Looking East: Book on celibacy barely acknowledges Eastern tradition

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The controversy surrounding retired Pope Benedict XVI's contribution to a new book on priestly celibacy demonstrates just how much both substance and appearances matter. And, as far as substance goes, the book paid scant attention to the uninterrupted presence of married priests in all but two of the Eastern Catholic churches.

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