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Religious, lay leaders react to Trump win in presidential election

WASHINGTON—Lay and religious leaders of all stripes reacted to news of Donald J. Trump’s upset win in the Nov. 8 presidential election. Most expressed hope that Trump would pay attention to their agenda, while others were more decidedly downbeat and still others counseled prayer. Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. […]


Top Vatican official congratulates Trump, offers prayers

VATICAN CITY—Congratulating Donald Trump for his victory in the U.S. presidential election, the Vatican secretary of state expressed hope that people would work together “to change the global situation, which is a situation of serious laceration, serious conflict.” Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Pope Francis’ top aide, spoke about the election early Nov. 9 during a meeting […]


Families pray for loved ones on All Souls Day

CNS photo/David W. Cerny, Reuters: A family prays at the Olsany cemetery in Prague on Nov. 2. Catholics in the Czech Republic and around the world mark All Souls Day by visiting the graves of loved ones. In the Diocese of Charleston, S.C., Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone celebrated a cemetery Mass for All Souls Day […]


A pageant of saints pay tribute to the holy day

CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz: Students dressed as their favorite saints recite the Lord’s Prayer during Mass Oct. 31 at Sts. Philip & James Church in St. James, N.Y. Sixth-graders in the parish school participate annually in a saints’ pageant in observance of All Saints’ Day Nov. 1. Likewise, students in dioceses across the United States […]


Priests to celebrate Mass outside after massive quake

ROME—Priests in central Italy were instructed to celebrate Mass outdoors following another devastating earthquake that rocked the region and brought one its most spiritually and historically significant churches tumbling down. Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti of Perugia-Citta della Pieve advised priests to not celebrate Mass indoors over the next several days, including Nov. 1, the Solemnity of […]


Papal summer residence opens to the public

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy—Pope Francis is throwing open the doors to the papal apartment — including the bedroom where popes have slept — in the Apostolic Palace at Castel Gandolfo. The palace was for centuries the summer residence of the Roman pontiffs, but Pope Francis has decided not to use it. Instead in 2014, he opened […]


Pope announces 17 new cardinals; three from U.S.

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis will conclude the Year of Mercy by creating 17 new cardinals, including three from the United States: Archbishop Blase J. Cupich of Chicago; Bishop Kevin J. Farrell, prefect of the new Vatican office for laity, family and life; and Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin of Indianapolis. Announcing the names of the new cardinals, […]


Walls aren’t the answer to fleeing people, pope says

VATICAN CITY—Closing doors to immigrants and refugees is not the answer — in fact, it only helps encourage the crime of human trafficking, Pope Francis said. “The only way for resolution is through solidarity,” where everyone pitches in because “all together we are a powerful force of support for those who have lost their homeland, […]


Catholic women decry presidential campaign’s focus on ‘politics of fear’

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Seventy Catholic women, including the presidents of two leading Catholic organizations, expressed concern for the “toxic politics of fear” that has dominated this year’s presidential campaign. Saying that “elections should be a national examination of conscience,” the signers of the statement called for civil debate in the final weeks of the campaign leading to […]


U.S. archbishop, pilgrims in Norcia when quakes struck

ROME—U.S. Archbishop Alexander K. Sample was preparing to celebrate Mass Oct. 26 with Benedictine monks in Norcia when the first of two powerful earthquakes struck. “I had no sooner finished (the vesting) prayer to be protected from the assaults of Satan when bang: It just hit and it hit with a vengeance. It didn’t last […]


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    Sep 18 National Association of Black Catholic Administrators Annual Meeting
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    Nov 1 Black Catholic History Month
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    Nov 1010:00 am Junta de Equipo Diocesano de Emmaus
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    Nov 1210:00 am Junta Diocesana
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