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U.S. now has 84 basilicas, but Minneapolis’ is the first

U.S. now has 84 basilicas, but Minneapolis’ is the first

| January 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

The naming of St. Mary Church in Alexandria, Virginia, is the 84th such creation of a basilica in the United States.

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Archbishop brings ‘God’s love’ to mudslide victims with special Mass

Archbishop brings ‘God’s love’ to mudslide victims with special Mass

| January 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

Amid tragedies such as the devastating mudslides in Southern California and the horrific wildfires that preceded them, “we want to know why” they happen, Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez said Jan. 14.

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March lauded for witnessing to life; participation in ‘9 Days’ urged

March lauded for witnessing to life; participation in ‘9 Days’ urged

| January 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

In a message of support for the March for Life in Washington, a Vatican official praised “the tens of thousands” of participants for their witness to the “value of every human life” and for upholding the dignity of life from conception to natural death.

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Alert prompts Hawaii bishop to give general absolution to deacon group

Alert prompts Hawaii bishop to give general absolution to deacon group

| January 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

Honolulu Bishop Larry Silva gave general absolution to about 45 people in a deacon formation program in response to the alert of an imminent ballistic missile attack that put Hawaii in a state of panic shortly after 8 a.m. Jan. 13.

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In Canada, new law could mean changing route of March for Life

In Canada, new law could mean changing route of March for Life

| January 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

Pro-life advocates are making plans to address a new law in Ontario that will create “bubble zones” around abortion facilities and likely force the National March for Life in Ottawa to find a new route.

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Pope meets with clergy sex abuse victims in Chile

Pope meets with clergy sex abuse victims in Chile

| January 17, 2018 | 1 Comment

Pope Francis met in private Jan. 16 with survivors of sexual abuse by Chilean clergy, a Vatican spokesman said.

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‘No one can replace a mother,’ Chilean inmate tells Pope Francis

‘No one can replace a mother,’ Chilean inmate tells Pope Francis

| January 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

When mothers are in prison, “children are the ones who suffer the most,” a female inmate at San Joaquin Women’s Prison told Pope Francis Jan. 16.

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Bishop: Basilica title honors church’s role in diocese, nation’s founding

Bishop: Basilica title honors church’s role in diocese, nation’s founding

| January 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments declared St. Mary Church in Alexandria a minor basilica, Bishop Michael Burbidge of Arlington announced to parishioners during Mass Jan. 14.

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Vatican says Dutch politician’s honor was simply diplomatic protocol

Vatican says Dutch politician’s honor was simply diplomatic protocol

| January 16, 2018 | 2 Comments

The former Dutch minister of foreign trade and development received a papal honor as a matter of diplomatic courtesy and not because of her political views, which include support for access to abortion, the Vatican press office said.

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