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Despite Ongoing Threats, Ordination Mass Takes Place in Sri Lanka

A priest wears a crucifix at the residence of Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith April 30, 2019. Credit: Lakruwan Wanniarachchi / AFP / Getty Images. As most Catholic churches remain closed across Sri Lanka, following the Easter bombings that claimed more than 250 lives, one parish in a small eastern village celebrated the ordination of a new priest on Tuesday. Father Norton ...

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Study Shows Marriage Prep Can Drive Down Divorce

Couple at sunset, Via Shutterstock By Christine Rousselle States that require some form of marriage preparation see lower rates of divorce, a new study has shown. About half of all first marriages in the United States end in divorce, a figure which only climbs with every subsequent marriage. However, a recent study from the Institute for Family Studies has shown ...

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Glasgow Parish ‘Shamefully’ Vandalized

Police in Glasgow are investigating vandalism committed Monday at St. Simon’s parish, an attack the archdiocese has called ‘shameful’. Local police announced on Twitter “significant vandalism was carried out” in the church April 29 between 1:30 and 4 pm. The Archdiocee of Glasgow called it “a shameful attack on a much loved church,” adding: “Let’s find those responsible and send ...

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Nicaraguan Bishops Lament Continued Suffering under Ortega

The Nicaraguan bishops lamented Wednesday that “the Nicaraguan family continues to suffer,” and called for no more “repressive actions and persecution.” Anti-government protests in Nicaragua began in April 2018. They resulted in more than 300 deaths, and the country’s bishops mediated on-again, off-again peace talks until they broke down in June. A new round of dialogue began in February. In ...

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Sri Lankans Mourn Victims of Easter Sunday Bombings

Friends and relatives of Sneha Savindi Fernando, 11, in Negombo, Sri Lanka, on Monday. She was killed in a suicide bombing at St. Sebastian’s Church. Credit Adam Dean for The New York Times . . . Children for First Holy Communion Martyred Too By Jeffrey Gettleman and Dharisha Bastians NEGOMBO, Sri Lanka — The little room, like much of Sri ...

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Sri Lanka Easter Attacks Draw International Condemnation, Prayer for Victims

Sri Lankan hospital workers transport a body to a hospital morgue after several bomb blasts on Easter Sunday. Credit: Lakruwan Wanniarachchi / AFP / Getty Images. Religious and civil leaders have responded with condolences, prayer, and calls for justice after several explosions at churches and hotels in Sri Lanka killed more than 200 people and injured hundreds more on Easter ...

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‘Sister Strike’ Gets Her Own Baseball Card

Sister Mary Jo Sobiek, OP, prepares to throw the first pitch at a Chicago White Sox game. Credit: Iron & Honey Photography By JD Flynn A religious sister can expect that if she is faithful to her vows, fervent in prayer, and zealous in following Jesus, her face might someday wind up on the front of a holy card. But ...

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Vatican Updates Norms for Anglican Ordinariates

By Hannah Brockhaus The Vatican updated Tuesday the complementary norms of the constitution governing personal ordinariates, a structure by which Anglicans may enter into full communion with the Catholic Church. The complementary norms, approved by Pope Francis and published April 9 by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, correspond to the apostolic constitution Anglicanorum coetibus, which was promulgated ...

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