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Mercy, poor at center of Blessed Teresa’s canonization events

VATICAN CITY—The poor, the suffering and those who minister to them will be at the center of celebrations leading up to the canonization of Blessed Teresa of Kolkata at the Vatican. The main event — the canonization Mass — will begin at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 4, the Vatican announced Aug. 5. A “family feast” for […]


Pope proposes care for creation as a new work of mercy

VATICAN CITY—Calling for concrete actions that benefit human life and the environment, Pope Francis proposed adding the care and protection of creation to the traditional list of corporal and spiritual works of mercy. As a spiritual work of mercy, the pope said, care for creation requires “a grateful contemplation of God’s world,” while as a […]


Nun who survived quake heard God ‘calling me to life’

ROME, Italy—Sister Marjana Lleshi awoke in the early hours of Wednesday morning to the violent shaking of the 6.2 magnitude earthquake that killed 250 people, devastating several towns in central Italy. Wounded and trapped under her bed as her convent in Amatrice crumbled to the ground around her, Sister Lleshi thought for sure that death was imminent, and began sending messages to loved ones […]


Louisiana bishop comforts evacuees at shelters; flooding displaces 20,000

BATON ROUGE, LA.—As Louisiana’s governor announced the federal government had declared a major di­saster for the state Aug. 14, Catholic churches in the Baton Rouge Diocese called for volunteers to help those displaced by extreme flooding and asked flood victims what assistance they needed. Gov. John Bel Edwards told re­porters at a news conference that […]


‘Hello. My name is Mother Teresa.’

Denver, Colo.—It happened on the most ordinary day, in the most ordinary of places. A woman stood by herself in the back of an airport lounge, flipping distractedly through a magazine while she waited for her flight. Suddenly, she was approached by a 5’0” woman in a blue and white sari. “Hello. My name is […]


Retired Pope Benedict says it was his ‘duty’ to resign from papacy

VATICAN CITY—Retired Pope Benedict XVI said in an interview that he felt a “duty” to resign from the papacy because of his declining health and the rigorous demands of papal travel. While his heart was set on completing the Year of Faith, the retired pope told Italian journalist Elio Guerriero that after his visit to […]


Training prepares dioceses for terrorism, other disasters

WASHINGTON—To help before tragedy occurs, a Washington-based priest and psychologist is conducting a free webinar at the end of August to prepare priests, religious and other church members to deal with the trauma that follows a natural disas­ter, an act of terrorism or any other large-scale tragedy that they and the communities they serve might […]


Parish guide on ecology gives practical ideas to combat climate change

ARLINGTON, VA.—In his encyclical “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Com­mon Home,” Pope Francis does not mince words: “Living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or a secondary aspect of our Christian experience.” But what does living that voca­tion look like […]


Pope leads 11,000 pilgrims praying rosary for quake victims

VATICAN CITY—After a strong earthquake struck central Italy and with the early news reporting hundreds of deaths and serious damage, Pope Francis turned his weekly general audience Aug. 24 into a prayer service. While the pope and some 11,000 pilgrims and tourists recited the sorrowful mysteries of the rosary in St. Peter’s Square, six Vatican […]


Church leaders call for emergency collections to assist Louisiana flood victims

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) president, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, has called for an emergency collection to assist victims of the recent flooding in Louisiana. He also issued a statement of solidarity with the victims and invited Catholics to generously help those in need. The collection funds will support the […]


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