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Bishop Daly: Catholic Schools Should Embrace Faith, Never Compromise

The U.S. Bishops’ new chairman-elect for Catholic Education says he hopes to bring his experience as a Catholic school teacher and president, as well as pastor of two parishes, into his new position. In an increasingly secular society, when people’s lives seem more and more lack meaning, “our schools remind us of Christ’s love…a dignity of the human person that ...

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Pope Francis: Stretch Out Your Hand to the Poor

Jesus is telling us today to stretch out our hand to the poor, Pope Francis said in his Angelus address Sunday. Speaking from a window overlooking St. Peter’s Square Nov. 15, the fourth World Day of the Poor, the pope urged Christians to discover Jesus in the needy. He said: “At times, we think that to be Christian means not ...

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Pastor of Swedish Catholic Church: Vandal Wanted to ‘Create an Eternal Good Friday’

By Courtney Mares The altar of Christ the King parish in Gothenburg, Sweden, was vandalized on Friday, Nov. 13, in an act that the pastor believes was intentionally symbolic. Fr. Tobias Unnerstål arrived at his church to find that the pulpit had been overturned and the altar completely stripped. Hymnals were cleared from the shelves and chairs had been thrown ...

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Christians Urged to Love Unconditionally

Christians in Nigeria, irrespective of their denominations have been urged to love one another unconditionally, in order to create “a society that cares about every citizen, where no one is considered useless or second class or outcast; less valuable, less educated, civilized.” This admonition was contained in the homily of the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja Archdiocese, Most Rev. Ignatius Ayau ...

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Bishop Fagun Challenges Present Generation on Core Values of Life

The Bishop Emeritus of the Catholic Diocese of Ekiti, Most Rev Michael Fagun has called on the present generation of Nigerians to be serious about knowledge pursuit and self-reliance so that they can be very useful to the society. The bishop also took a swipe at some parents for the problems of the present generation of youths, noting that they ...

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More Than 500 Hate Crimes against Europe’s Christians Recorded in 2019

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe published data Monday documenting more than 500 hate crimes against Christians in Europe in 2019. Incidents included attacks against Catholic priests, arson attacks on Catholic churches, the destruction of images of the Virgin Mary, vandalism of a pregnancy counseling center, and the theft of consecrated Eucharistic hosts from tabernacles. France had the ...

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Beatification Cause Of Reputed Stigmatist Tortured By Stalin’s Secret Police Opens

The beatification cause of a Polish religious sister who was tortured by Joseph Stalin’s secret police and reputedly bore the stigmata opened Monday. Cardinal Kazimierz Nycz inaugurated the diocesan phase of the cause of Sr. Wanda Boniszewska in the chapel of Archbishop’s House, Warsaw, Nov. 9. Boniszewska, who died in 2003 at the age of 96, was a member of ...

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Mccarrick Report: Pope Francis Prays For Victims of Sexual Abuse

Pope Francis acknowledged the publication of the McCarrick Report at the general audience Wednesday. In brief remarks at the end of the audience Nov. 11, the pope noted that the report on disgraced former cardinal Theodore McCarrick was published Tuesday. “Yesterday, the report on the sad case of former cardinal Theodore McCarrick was published. I renew my closeness to the ...

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Pope Francis Kisses Hand of Missionary Priest, Freed After Two-Year Captivity in Africa

By Hannah Brockhaus Pope Francis met Monday with an Italian Catholic missionary priest who was freed last month in Mali after he was kidnapped from his parish in Niger in 2018. Speaking to Vatican News, the 59-year-old priest said that when greeting him, the pope not only shook his hand, but also kissed it. “I was not expecting [the gesture],” Fr. Pierluigi ...

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