Archive for August, 2016

U.S. bishops, Iran religious leaders issue joint declaration

U.S. bishops, Iran religious leaders issue joint declaration

| Mark Pattison | August 25, 2016 | 3 Comments

U.S. Catholic leaders and some of Iran’s top religious figures issued a joint declaration that calls for the end of weapons of mass destruction and of terrorism — and the assigning of blame for terrorist acts to an entire religion.

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Olympian known as honest, compassionate competitor motivated by faith

Olympian known as honest, compassionate competitor motivated by faith

| Ken Niezgoda | August 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

Galen Rupp is slowly chiseling his place in history.

On the final day of the 2016 Rio Olympics Aug. 21, Rupp became the first American-born athlete to medal in the marathon in 40 years as he earned the bronze. As he crossed the finish line, the graduate of Central Catholic High School in Portland made the sign of the cross.

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Retired Pope Benedict says it was his ‘duty’ to resign from papacy

Retired Pope Benedict says it was his ‘duty’ to resign from papacy

| Junno Arocho Esteves | August 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

Retired Pope Benedict XVI said in an interview that he felt a “duty” to resign from the papacy because of his declining health and the rigorous demands of papal travel.

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Catholic mission set up to bring God to hipsters

Catholic mission set up to bring God to hipsters

| Chaz Muth | August 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

The gray robes worn by the Conventual Franciscan friars may not be fashionable in the Williamsburg/Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, but the religious men appear to be fitting in just fine in the heart of “hipster” country.

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Pope leads 11,000 pilgrims praying rosary for quake victims

Pope leads 11,000 pilgrims praying rosary for quake victims

| Cindy Wooden | August 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

Hearing the mayor of Amatrice in central Italy say his town no longer exists and knowing there were children who died Aug. 24 in the earthquakes that struck the region, Pope Francis turned his weekly general audience into a prayer service.

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Shot putter says he keeps faith front and center wherever he competes

Shot putter says he keeps faith front and center wherever he competes

| August 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

The universality of the Catholic Church has helped Olympian and world champion shot putter Joe Kovacs keep his faith front and center no matter where his sport has taken him.

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Labor Day statement ties lack of good jobs to decline in family life

Labor Day statement ties lack of good jobs to decline in family life

| Mark Pattison | August 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

Today’s “economic and political forces have led to increasingly lowered economic prospects for Americans without access to higher education, which is having a direct impact on family health and stability,” said Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami.

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Louisiana floods called worst U.S. natural disaster since Superstorm Sandy

Louisiana floods called worst U.S. natural disaster since Superstorm Sandy

| August 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

The line of destruction caused by historic flooding in southern Louisiana stretches for 25 miles, and according to Red Cross officials, it is the worst natural disaster in the United States since Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

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Vatican newspaper: ‘Amoris Laetitia’ is authoritative Church teaching

Vatican newspaper: ‘Amoris Laetitia’ is authoritative Church teaching

| Cindy Wooden | August 23, 2016 | 2 Comments

Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on the family is an example of the “ordinary magisterium” — papal teaching — to which Catholics are obliged to give “religious submission of will and intellect,” said an article in the Vatican newspaper.

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Mother Teresa knew what being unloved felt like, priest says

Mother Teresa knew what being unloved felt like, priest says

| Cindy Wooden | August 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

In the chapel of the first house Blessed Teresa of Kolkata established in Rome, Father Brian Kolodiejchuk of the Missionaries of Charity talks about her life, mixing the concrete and even mundane with the spiritual and even mystical.

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Nike ‘Unlimited Youth’ TV spot features religious who is triathlete at 86

Nike ‘Unlimited Youth’ TV spot features religious who is triathlete at 86

| August 22, 2016 | 2 Comments

With every Olympics, summer or winter, the 24/7 coverage usually includes stories about the oldest athlete in history to compete in this sport or that sport — and “oldest” usually means 31, 35 or perhaps early 40s.

But Nike has launched a new TV campaign that features someone a lot older than that who is still active in her sport: 86-year-old Sister Madonna Buder, a Sister of Christian Community from Spokane, who is a triathlete.

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Receive forgiveness in confession, learn to forgive others, pope says

Receive forgiveness in confession, learn to forgive others, pope says

| Cindy Wooden | August 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

God’s mercy is poured out upon the repentant so that they can change and grow, sharing mercy with others and helping build families, neighborhoods and societies where people learn to forgive, Pope Francis said.

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