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Pope Francis Appoints Bishop Isizoh, Member Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue

By Mercy Hill Pope Francis has, last Wednesday, appointed Most Rev. Denis Isizoh, the Auxiliary Bishop of Onitsha archdiocese (no. 13 below), as one of the new members to the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue. The new members have six Cardinals and a number of Bishops. The Cardinal members are: Cardinals Luis Antonio Tagle, the Prefect of the Congregation for ...

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San Francisco Catholic Archdiocese ‘Surprised’ By Order to Cease Indoor, Public Masses

By Jonah McKeow The Archdiocese of San Francisco is pledging to comply with the city and county public health orders barring indoor public Masses and limiting outdoor services, including funerals, to 12 people. City Attorney Dennis Herrera sent a letter June 29 to the archdiocese’ lawyer, ordering the archdiocese to cease-and-desist from indoor public Masses and giving it one day ...

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European Bishops Call For EU Support of Persecuted Christians in Nigeria

By Courtney Mares The president of the European bishops’ Commission has promised persecuted Christians in Nigeria that he will advocate for increased support from the European Union. Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich, who leads the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE), wrote a letter to the Nigerian bishops stating that the commission will advocate for EU assistance and ...

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Pope Francis Commends UN Security Council for Global Ceasefire Resolution

By Courtney Mares Pope Francis applauded the United Nations Security Council Sunday for its recent resolution calling for an immediate global ceasefire amid the coronavirus pandemic. “The call for a global and immediate ceasefire, which would allow the peace and security necessary to provide the urgently needed humanitarian assistance, is commendable,” Pope Francis said after his Angelus prayer July 5. ...

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Pope Francis Adds Three Titles to Catholic Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Pope Francis on Pentecost, June 8, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media/CNA. By Hannah Brockhaus   Pope Francis has approved the inclusion of three additional invocations in the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary, also called the Litany of Loreto. In a June 20 letter to the presidents of bishops’ conferences, Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for the Divine Liturgy ...

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Metuchen Catholic Bishop: Racism an Evil ‘More Dangerous’ Than Coronavirus

Members of the African American, African & Caribbean Apostolate hand the Evangelion to Deacon Rick Fortune at an Enduring Love service June 19 2020. Credit Gerald Wutkowski Jr./Diocese of Metuchen. The Bishop of Metuchen led a prayer service for racial harmony and justice Friday, urging Catholics to focus on the eradication of racism. Bishop James Checchio held the prayer service ...

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