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‘God is here to grieve with us,’ says priest aiding grieving families

‘God is here to grieve with us,’ says priest aiding grieving families

| Jean Gonzalez | June 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

Father Jorge Torres admits he has shed a lot of tears since June 12.

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Parish reaches out to Nebraska family after deadly alligator attack

Parish reaches out to Nebraska family after deadly alligator attack

| Joe Ruff | June 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

Members of St. Patrick Parish in Elkhorn prayed June 16 for Lane Graves, a 2-year-old boy killed in an alligator attack in Florida, his father and mother, Matthew and Melissa, and sister, 4-year-old Ella, during a regularly scheduled morning Mass and special rosary.

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Granite and clay: Creativity, patience shape sculptor for priesthood

Granite and clay: Creativity, patience shape sculptor for priesthood

| Carol Glatz | June 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

In the small dormitory room that smelled of moist modelling clay, dozens of statues of a laughing Jesus lined wooden shelves against a wall.

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Bishops, others offer consolation, resolve after Orlando shootings

Bishops, others offer consolation, resolve after Orlando shootings

| June 20, 2016 | 4 Comments

Bishops of dioceses which themselves fell victim to mass shootings in recent years were among the flood of Catholic leaders offering condolences and consolation to survivors and family members of the victims of the mass shooting June 12 at a gay nightclub attack in Orlando, Florida.

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First Puerto Rican victim of Orlando mass shooting laid to rest at home

First Puerto Rican victim of Orlando mass shooting laid to rest at home

| Wallice de la Vega | June 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

Songs blared June 18 while a white horse-drawn hearse and a weeping crowd departed Barriada Esperanza sector of Guanica with the body of Angel Candelario Padro.

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Too many couples do not understand marriage is for life, pope says

Too many couples do not understand marriage is for life, pope says

| Cindy Wooden | June 17, 2016 | 1 Comment

Because most people today do not understand that sacramental marriage really is a bond that binds them to each other for life, many marriages today can be considered invalid, Pope Francis said.

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Vatican, World Youth Day officials release pope’s Poland itinerary

Vatican, World Youth Day officials release pope’s Poland itinerary

| June 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

The 2016 WYD celebration will mark the 30th anniversary of when St. John Paul II, the former archbishop of Krakow, invited bishops all over the world to hold an annual event for youth in their dioceses.

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Graduates of Church initiative armed with skills to fight abuse

Graduates of Church initiative armed with skills to fight abuse

| Carol Glatz | June 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Catholic Church has launched a new kind of “special forces” in the fight against child abuse.

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Patriarch urges leaders to attend pan-Orthodox meeting

Patriarch urges leaders to attend pan-Orthodox meeting

| Cindy Wooden | June 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

The patriarchs and primates of the 14 autocephalous or self-governing Orthodox churches met in Switzerland in January and voted unanimously to convene the council, which would be the first pan-Orthodox council in more than 1,000 years.

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‘Laudato Si” at one year: Catholics inspired to act on climate change

‘Laudato Si” at one year: Catholics inspired to act on climate change

| Dennis Sadowski | June 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

Dan Misleh, executive director of the Catholic Climate Covenant, told CNS that people want to act on climate change and he credits “Laudato Si'” for that willingness to step up because of their faith.

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We must recognize dignity of all, Orlando bishop says at prayer vigil

We must recognize dignity of all, Orlando bishop says at prayer vigil

| Christine Young and Teresa Peterson | June 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

“Our presence here tonight is a symbol of hope. We come to pray,” said Bishop Noonan of Orlando.

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Chesterton conference confronts challenge of modern-day eugenics

Chesterton conference confronts challenge of modern-day eugenics

| Junno Arocho Esteves | June 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

“Chesterton thought the eugenics movement was based on false anthropology — that is, treating human beings as if they were higher-order animals and breeding-cart horses. But he also saw it, of course, as an assault on the poor,” said Basilian Father Ian Boyd, president of the G.K. Chesterton Institute for Faith and Culture at Seton Hall in South Orange, N.J. “The people who were passing all this legislation did not mean it should apply to them or to their children. They always legislated as if they were legislating for another species.”

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