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Lebanon mourns former Maronite Catholic patriarch, defender of freedom

Lebanon mourns former Maronite Catholic patriarch, defender of freedom

| Doreen Abi Raad | May 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

Church bells could be heard ringing throughout Lebanon May 12 mourning Cardinal Nasrallah Sfeir, the country’s retired Maronite Catholic patriarch known for defending his country’s sovereignty and independence.

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Chicago archbishop apologizes for Farrakhan visit to Catholic Church

Chicago archbishop apologizes for Farrakhan visit to Catholic Church

| Rhina Guidos | May 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

The archbishop of Chicago apologized to the local Jewish community after a priest in the city invited the leader of the Nation of Islam to speak at his church, days after he was banned from Facebook for what it called hate speech.

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Archbishop Hebda, Bishop Cozzens invite young adults to January ‘ad limina’ visit in Rome

Archbishop Hebda, Bishop Cozzens invite young adults to January ‘ad limina’ visit in Rome

| May 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

Archbishop Bernard Hebda’s second “ad limina” visit with a pope and Auxiliary Bishop Andrew Cozzen’s first will include some special guests — as many as 15 young adults are invited to accompany them on the trip to Rome.

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Portraitist reviving talent by painting 50 modern saints

Portraitist reviving talent by painting 50 modern saints

| May 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

Despite a longtime love for painting and a bachelor’s degree in studio art, Bernadette Gockowski set down her brushes after college. For nine years, she didn’t make art. When she picked them back up last year, it was begrudgingly.

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Be merciful ministers of Christ, pope tells new priests

Be merciful ministers of Christ, pope tells new priests

| Junno Arocho Esteves | May 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

The priesthood is not a “cultural association or a union,” but a ministry of mercy anchored on Christ’s mission to bring hope to the downtrodden and comfort to those who suffer, Pope Francis told new priests.

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Pope invites young people to pledge to build a new economy

Pope invites young people to pledge to build a new economy

| Carol Glatz | May 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis has invited young economists and entrepreneurs around the world to help create a “new and courageous culture” that finds new ways to do business, promote human dignity and protect the environment.

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Not ruling on apparitions, pope allows pilgrimages to Medjugorje

Not ruling on apparitions, pope allows pilgrimages to Medjugorje

| Cindy Wooden | May 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

Parishes and dioceses are now allowed to organize official pilgrimages to Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina, but it must be clear that the Catholic Church has not recognized as authentic the alleged Marian apparitions there.

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Philadelphia holds ‘Pro-Life Rally Against Bullying’

Philadelphia holds ‘Pro-Life Rally Against Bullying’

| Gina Christian | May 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

More than 1,000 people gathered in Philadelphia May 10 to demonstrate against recent social media videos of a Pennsylvania lawmaker berating people for praying outside of an abortion clinic.

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‘No greater love’ — Denver Catholics remember Kendrick Castillo, who died in STEM school shooting

‘No greater love’ — Denver Catholics remember Kendrick Castillo, who died in STEM school shooting

| Mary Rezac | May 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

When Sara Haynes heard about the shooting at STEM High School in Highlands Ranch, Colorado on Tuesday, she prayed. A Catholic school teacher in Denver until just recently, she knew some of her former students were now high schoolers at STEM.

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Archbishop: Pope’s legislation on clergy abuse includes ‘groundbreaking provisions’

Archbishop: Pope’s legislation on clergy abuse includes ‘groundbreaking provisions’

| May 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

“I am grateful that these new norms envision the meaningful engagement of lay experts, whose professional skills are clearly needed to accomplish this difficult work,” Archbishop Hebda said.

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U.S. Church leaders in favor of new rules on sexual abuse reporting

U.S. Church leaders in favor of new rules on sexual abuse reporting

| Carol Zimmermann | May 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

U.S. Church leaders welcomed the norms issued by Pope Francis May 9 giving clear direction to the global Catholic Church about reporting abuse and holding Church leaders accountable, saying it confirms what they already have in place and also gives them a way forward.

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17-year-old with Down syndrome becomes pro-life advocate in Canada

17-year-old with Down syndrome becomes pro-life advocate in Canada

| Kyle Greenham | May 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

Sarah Joy Walker is alive today because her mother flatly turned down an abortion.

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