Archive for December, 2016

Guatemalan coffee growers find hope in CRS-supported cooperative

Guatemalan coffee growers find hope in CRS-supported cooperative

| Judith Sudilovsky | December 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

Six years after receiving a teaching degree 25-year-old Susana Mateo Cano still has not gotten a teaching job because she has no connections in Guatemala’s educational system.

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Providence bishop declares 2017 as Marian Year for Rhode Island diocese

Providence bishop declares 2017 as Marian Year for Rhode Island diocese

| December 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

Catholics in the Diocese of Providence have an additional reason to celebrate the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God Jan. 1, as the feast day also marks the beginning of the upcoming Marian Year for the diocese.

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For book on Pope Francis, author retraces pope’s life in Argentina, Rome

For book on Pope Francis, author retraces pope’s life in Argentina, Rome

| Mark Zimmermann | December 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

When Pope Francis first stepped onto the balcony overlooking St. Peter’s Square in Rome, Mark Shriver like millions of other people around the world was captivated by this man who humbly bowed his head after asking the people there to pray for him, before he would offer his first blessing to them.

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Faith and diplomacy: Hackett reflects on role as U.S. envoy to Vatican

Faith and diplomacy: Hackett reflects on role as U.S. envoy to Vatican

| Cindy Wooden | December 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

Ken Hackett, the U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, is gearing up to try retirement for the second time. The retired president of Catholic Relief Services, the U.S. bishops’ overseas aid agency, is leaving his ambassadorial post three years and three months after presenting his credentials to Pope Francis.

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Benefits association, diocese file suit over HHS transgender regulation

Benefits association, diocese file suit over HHS transgender regulation

| December 29, 2016 | 2 Comments

The Catholic Benefits Association, the Diocese of Fargo and Catholic Charities North Dakota filed a lawsuit Dec. 28 in U.S. District Court in North Dakota against a federal regulation scheduled to take effect Jan. 1 that redefines “sex” for anti-discrimination purposes to include sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Catholic organizations, faith groups glad to see end of Muslim registry

Catholic organizations, faith groups glad to see end of Muslim registry

| Rhina Guidos | December 29, 2016 | 3 Comments

Catholic organizations and other faith groups say they are happy with the Obama administration’s last-minute decision to end a type of national Muslim registry.

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New York cardinal to participate in Trump inauguration

New York cardinal to participate in Trump inauguration

| Rhina Guidos | December 29, 2016 | 1 Comment

New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan will take part in the upcoming presidential inauguration of Republican Donald Trump.

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Vatican says 3.9 million pilgrims visited during Jubilee year

Vatican says 3.9 million pilgrims visited during Jubilee year

| Junno Arocho Esteves | December 29, 2016 | 1 Comment

More than 3.9 million pilgrims visited and attended papal events, liturgies or prayer services during the Holy Year of Mercy in 2016, the Vatican said.

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Back to bishops: Pope’s 2017 calendar filled with ‘ad limina’ visits

Back to bishops: Pope’s 2017 calendar filled with ‘ad limina’ visits

| Cindy Wooden | December 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

For Pope Francis, the Year of Mercy will be followed by the Year of the “Ad Limina” Visits.

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Even complaining to God is a form of prayer, pope says

Even complaining to God is a form of prayer, pope says

| Junno Arocho Esteves | December 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

To complain to God in moments of doubt and fear like Abraham did is not something bad but rather is a form of prayer that requires the courage to hope beyond all hope, Pope Francis said.

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Bruess looks ahead to final months at St. Kate’s, next step as St. Norbert president

Bruess looks ahead to final months at St. Kate’s, next step as St. Norbert president

| December 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

Brian Bruess appreciates St. Catherine University’s era of growth as a time that prepared him to take the reigns as president of another Catholic college.

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Father Tolton’s remains exhumed, verified; his cause takes step forward

Father Tolton’s remains exhumed, verified; his cause takes step forward

| Joyce Duriga | December 27, 2016 | 4 Comments

On the morning of Dec. 10 in a cemetery in Quincy, Father Augustus Tolton’s cause for canonization took one step further as his remains were exhumed and verified.

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