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Joan Gecik has been preparing all of her life to lead Catholic Cemeteries

Joan Gecik has been preparing all of her life to lead Catholic Cemeteries

| Christina Capecchi | October 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

Without knowing it, Joan Gecik has been preparing for her new job as executive director of The Catholic Cemeteries her entire life ­— personally and professionally. But the first notable influence came in early childhood. After Sunday Mass, her parents would take their 10 kids out for a picnic at the cemetery — a free, safe and beautiful place.

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‘Loving neighbor as yourself implies caring for earth,’ theologian says

‘Loving neighbor as yourself implies caring for earth,’ theologian says

| Barbara J. Fraser | October 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Synod of Bishops for the Amazon is calling Catholics to an ecological conversion in their personal lives and in the Church throughout the world, a theologian participating in the synod said.

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Historian works to reconstruct Canadian saint’s face from a mortuary mask

Historian works to reconstruct Canadian saint’s face from a mortuary mask

| Philippe Vaillancourt | October 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

Philippe Roy-Lysencourt entered the clinic lab carrying a retro-looking cardboard box under his arm as if it were a football.

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Thieves steal statues used at synod prayer, throw them in the river

Thieves steal statues used at synod prayer, throw them in the river

| Cindy Wooden | October 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

Two men entered a Catholic Church near the Vatican early Oct. 21 and stole copies of a statue of a pregnant woman that had been a centerpiece of several prayer services connected to the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon.

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Barr sees ‘growing refusal’ to accommodate free exercise of religion

Barr sees ‘growing refusal’ to accommodate free exercise of religion

| Julie Asher | October 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

Religion “helps promote moral discipline within society” and “helps teach, train and habituate people to want what is good,” U.S. Attorney General William Barr told an audience at the University of Notre Dame Law School.

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Washington Archdiocese’s solar array touted as model for Church agencies

Washington Archdiocese’s solar array touted as model for Church agencies

| Mark Zimmermann | October 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

The sun shone on Catholic Charities, literally, Oct. 17 as Washington Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory blessed a solar array installed on five acres of the agency’s land surrounding the Missionaries of Charity’s Gift of Peace home.

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Maleficent: Mistress of Evil — A-II (PG)

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil — A-II (PG)

| John Mulderig | October 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

The moral probing and feminist revisionism that characterized its 2014 predecessor are mostly absent from the routine follow-up “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.” So much so, that ethical straightforwardness makes its title seem somewhat misleading.

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Humanitarian groups scramble to help people fleeing northeast Syria

Humanitarian groups scramble to help people fleeing northeast Syria

| Dale Gavlak | October 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

Humanitarian concerns are growing as people caught in the crosshairs of the Turkish incursion into northeastern Syria try to flee for safety, and groups are scrambling to aid them.

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Cathedral parishioner writes about her family’s friendship with St. Frances Cabrini

Cathedral parishioner writes about her family’s friendship with St. Frances Cabrini

| October 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

Celeste Raspanti, a volunteer archivist at the Cathedral of St. Paul, remembers stories her mother told about their family forging a friendship at the dinner table with St. Frances Cabrini as they helped her minister to the poor in Chicago.

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USCCB elevates oldest Marian shrine in U.S. to national shrine status

USCCB elevates oldest Marian shrine in U.S. to national shrine status

| October 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

Bishop Felipe J. Estevez of St. Augustine made a surprise announcement during Mass Oct. 11 that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has elevated the Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche to national shrine status.

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L.A. Archdiocese expands fund for Southern California wildfire victims

L.A. Archdiocese expands fund for Southern California wildfire victims

| October 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles is expanding a fund established last year for victims of wildfires in California to victims of the current wildfires burning in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

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Different clicks, same prayer: Pope asks Catholics to pray the rosary

Different clicks, same prayer: Pope asks Catholics to pray the rosary

| Cindy Wooden | October 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

Told that some people think Pope Francis isn’t exactly a fan of the rosary, Jesuit Father Federic Fornos practically shouted, “What?”

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