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World Youth Day Cross and Marian Icon to tour U.S. in August

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops announced June 5 that the official World Youth Day Cross and Marian Icon will make a tour of the United States Aug. 19-27. Panama Archbishop Jose Domingo Mendieta decided to extend the Latin American tour of the cross and icon to include stops in the United States. Panama will […]


Pope applauds patriarch’s call to protect the planet and people

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis said that when he was on the Greek island of Lesbos, “while enchanted by the scenery of the blue sky and sea, I was struck by the thought that such a beautiful sea had become a tomb for men, women and children who had, for the most part, sought only to escape […]


Pope prays for victims of Guatemala volcano disaster

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis sent condolences to Guatemala after a horrific volcanic eruption left more than 60 people dead. In a June 5 telegram addressed to Archbishop Nicolas Thevenin, apostolic nuncio of Guatemala, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, said the pope was “profoundly grieved upon learning the sad news of the violent eruption of […]


High court rules in favor of baker in the case of the same-sex wedding cake

WASHINGTON—In a 7-2 decision June 4, the Supreme Court sided with a Colorado baker in a case that put anti-discrimination laws up against freedom of speech and freedom of religious expression. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, writing for the majority, said the Colorado Civil Rights Commission had violated the Constitution’s protection of religious freedom in its […]


Annual audit of church’s abuse allegations shows cautious improvement

WASHINGTON—The 15th annual report on the implementation of the U.S. bishops’ “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People” shows a decrease in allegations of clergy sex abuse from the two previous years but also indicates the need for continued vigilance since charges were raised by more than 650 adults and 24 minors. The […]


Pope celebrates feast of the Body and Blood of Christ

ROME—As he did with his disciples at Passover, Jesus asks all Christians to prepare a place for him, not in “exclusive, selective places” but rather in uncomfortable places that are “untouched by love, untouched by hope,” Pope Francis said. “How many persons lack dignified housing or food to eat? All of us know people who […]


All forms of persecution are the work of the devil, pope says

VATICAN CITY—Persecution is the work of the devil, and while anti-Christian persecution is evident in many parts of the world, the devil also is attacking the image and likeness of God present in many other people as well, Pope Francis said. “In the world today, Christians are not the only ones being persecuted; human beings, […]


Mass of support planned for Maryland town hit hard again by massive flood

BALTIMORE—For the second time in three years, Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore will celebrate a Mass at St. Paul Church in the historic town of Ellicott City, where residents are again taking stock after another devastating flash flood. Weekend worship for the feast of the Most Holy Trinity had concluded by the afternoon of […]


New report paints worrying picture of global religious freedom

WASHINGTON—Religious freedom conditions worsened across the globe in the past year, according to the U.S. Commission for International Religious Freedom’s 2018 report, released April 25. Violations against religious freedom were particularly acute under authoritarian regimes in the Eastern Hemisphere. With the exception of Cuba, all of the 28 countries the commission designated as the worst perpetrators […]


Supreme Court rejects challenge to Arkansas abortion law

WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court’s decision May 29 not to hear a case against an Arkansas abortion law, thus letting the state’s restrictions on abortion-inducing drugs stand, will have broad impact, say those on both sides of the issue. The National Right to Life organization said on its website that the court’s decision “has potentially nationwide implications” […]


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    Jul 18 Tekakwitha Conference 2018
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    Jul 27 4th National Black Catholic Women's Conference
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    Sep 1 Daniel Rudd Fund Application Closes
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