Archive for December, 2019

God is at work in the world, pope says at prayer service closing 2019

God is at work in the world, pope says at prayer service closing 2019

| Cindy Wooden | December 31, 2019 | 0 Comments

God sent his only begotten son into the world, where he continues to dwell in the hearts of men and women, “urging them to believe, to hope despite everything, and to love by working for the good of all,” Pope Francis said.

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Nigerian diocesan spokesman: Bridal party beheaded en route to wedding

Nigerian diocesan spokesman: Bridal party beheaded en route to wedding

| Peter Ajayi Dada | December 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

Father Francis Arinse, communications director of the Catholic Diocese of Maiduguri, confirmed that a bride-to-be, Martha Bulus, and her bridal party were beheaded Dec. 26 at Gwoza, in northeastern Nigeria’s Borno state.

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Bishop praises congressional reauthorization of scholarship program

Bishop praises congressional reauthorization of scholarship program

| December 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Catholic Education Committee applauded the recent decision by Congress to reauthorize scholarship legislation that includes a federal education voucher for nearly 2,000 students in Washington.

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Put the phone away and talk to each other, pope urges families

Put the phone away and talk to each other, pope urges families

| Cindy Wooden | December 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis prayed that people all over the world would end 2019 “in peace, peace in their hearts,” and that families would mark New Year’s by “communicating with one another.”

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Texas bishops offer prayers for those affected by fatal church shooting

Texas bishops offer prayers for those affected by fatal church shooting

| December 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

Two Texas Catholic bishops offered words of condolence and prayers to the members and families of the victims of a church shooting in which two worshippers were killed.

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Catholic, Christian, Muslim voices condemn knife attack on N.Y. rabbi

Catholic, Christian, Muslim voices condemn knife attack on N.Y. rabbi

| December 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

A host of voices from throughout the religious spectrum condemned the Dec. 28 knife attack at the suburban New York City home of a Hasidic rabbi that wounded five, one of them critically.

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Bishop Pates to lead Joliet, Ill., diocese temporarily during bishop’s medical leave

Bishop Pates to lead Joliet, Ill., diocese temporarily during bishop’s medical leave

| December 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

Bishop Daniel Conlon of Joliet announced he is taking a medical leave of absence starting Dec. 27. Retired Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, will be apostolic administrator of the diocese while Bishop Conlon is away.

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Report says McCarrick fund gave more than $600,000 to clerics, two popes

Report says McCarrick fund gave more than $600,000 to clerics, two popes

| Rhina Guidos | December 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

Two popes and multiple priests, cardinals and archbishops received part of $600,000 in financial gifts from former Washington Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, who controlled a discretionary fund, according to a report published Dec. 27 by The Washington Post.

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Knights continue humanitarian efforts to help dioceses provide aid to migrants

Knights continue humanitarian efforts to help dioceses provide aid to migrants

| Rhina Guidos | December 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

A border divides them, but when it comes to helping the men, women and children caught in the immigration drama playing out in the area that straddles Mexico and the United States, Catholic dioceses are acting as one humanitarian body.

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Top 10 most read local news stories of 2019

Top 10 most read local news stories of 2019

| December 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

The following 10 stories were among the most read local news stories in 2019 at TheCatholicSpirit.com.

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When it comes to pope, social media comments don’t always reflect reality

When it comes to pope, social media comments don’t always reflect reality

| Dennis Sadowski | December 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

Throughout his papacy, Pope Francis has welcomed dialogue that has led to often candid assessments from clergy and papal advisers about the path he is charting for the Catholic Church.

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Catholics offer lots of advocacy, get few results on Capitol Hill

Catholics offer lots of advocacy, get few results on Capitol Hill

| Mark Pattison | December 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

Congress was busy in 2019, but the House and Senate were often at cross purposes with each other.

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