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Pope recognizes martyrdom of Oklahoma priest killed in Guatemala

Pope recognizes martyrdom of Oklahoma priest killed in Guatemala

| December 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis has recognized the martyrdom of Father Stanley Rother of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, making him the first martyr born in the United States.

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Our Lady of Guadalupe’s message remains alive across five centuries

Our Lady of Guadalupe’s message remains alive across five centuries

| Dennis Sadowski | December 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

Nearly 500 years after Mexican peasant Juan Diego was greeted by Mary and urged to share a message of hope and comfort as promised by God’s compassion, Our Lady of Guadalupe continues to inspire new generations of faithful believers in their daily routines and struggles.

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USCCB leaders seek prayers for migrants, refugees on Guadalupe feast

USCCB leaders seek prayers for migrants, refugees on Guadalupe feast

| December 1, 2016 | 2 Comments

Prayer services and special Masses will be held in many dioceses across the country as the U.S. Catholic Church has asked that the Dec. 12 feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe be a day of prayer with a focus on migrants and refugees.

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Beyond expectations: Pope sees God of surprises at work in 2016

Beyond expectations: Pope sees God of surprises at work in 2016

| Cindy Wooden | December 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis described 2016 as a “packed year,” one full of initiatives that helped Catholics “see and touch with their hands the fruits of the mercy of God.”

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Pope: Resistance to God is normal, but you must be honest about it

Pope: Resistance to God is normal, but you must be honest about it

| Carol Glatz | December 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

Struggling against God is normal because following his way toward redemption always comes with some kind of cross to bear, Pope Francis said in a morning homily.

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Tennessee bishop asks for prayers, relief help for victims of wildfires

Tennessee bishop asks for prayers, relief help for victims of wildfires

| December 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

Catholic parishioners in the Diocese of Knoxville are among those who have lost homes and businesses in the wildfires that ravaged tourist areas in the Great Smoky Mountains region Nov. 29, said Bishop Richard F. Stika of Knoxville.

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Pope: Reflections on mercy may be over, but compassion must live on

Pope: Reflections on mercy may be over, but compassion must live on

| Carol Glatz | November 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Year of Mercy and its series of papal reflections may be over, but compassion and acts of mercy must continue and become a part of everyone’s daily lives, Pope Francis said.

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New Caritas report sets out building blocks for more-just Europe

New Caritas report sets out building blocks for more-just Europe

| Jonathan Luxmoore | November 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

Europe’s top Catholic charitable agency has published a “road map for social justice and equality,” urging all church members to defend the poor and marginalized.

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Pope meets Martin Scorsese after director screens ‘Silence’ for Jesuits

Pope meets Martin Scorsese after director screens ‘Silence’ for Jesuits

| November 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

The morning after screening his film, “Silence,” for about 300 Jesuits, the U.S. director Martin Scorsese had a private audience with Pope Francis.

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For late actress Florence Henderson, Catholic faith was her foundation

For late actress Florence Henderson, Catholic faith was her foundation

| November 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

In what came to be her final interview, actress Florence Henderson told St. Anthony Messenger magazine that throughout her life, through good times and bad, her Catholic faith was her foundation.

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Catholic leaders call on Congress to increase humanitarian aid in budget

Catholic leaders call on Congress to increase humanitarian aid in budget

| November 29, 2016 | 1 Comment

The head of Catholic Relief Services and the chairmen of two U.S. bishops’ committees have urged congressional leaders to approve additional funding for humanitarian relief and recovery operations as part of a comprehensive budget measure for fiscal 2017.

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Pope, archbishop express condolences over Fidel Castro’s death

Pope, archbishop express condolences over Fidel Castro’s death

| November 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

In a video message, Cuban President Raul Castro announced the Nov. 25 death of his 90-year-old brother and longtime Cuban leader and Communist icon whom many in Latin America know by just one name: Fidel.

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