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Pope approves new path to sainthood: heroic act of loving service

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis has approved a fourth pathway to possible sainthood — giving one’s life in a heroic act of loving service to others. In a new apostolic letter, the pope approved new norms allowing for candidates to be considered for sainthood because of the heroic way they freely risked their lives and died prematurely […]

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Pope dedicates July to praying for those distant from faith

VATICAN CITY—In his prayer video for the month of July, Pope Francis has asked Christians to join him in praying for those who have strayed from the faith, providing hope to them through the witness of our joy and actions. “Let us never forget that our joy is Jesus Christ — his faithful and inexhaustible […]

Pope Francis names Atlanta auxiliary bishop to lead the Diocese of Raleigh

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named Atlanta Auxiliary Bishop Luis R. Zarama to head the Diocese of Raleigh, North Carolina. He succeeds Bishop Michael F. Burbidge, who last October was named to head the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia, where he was installed Dec. 6. Bishop Zarama, 58, has been an Atlanta auxiliary bishop since 2009. A native […]

Convocation delegates to put faith in action, as Jesus did

ORLANDO, Fla.—Jesus took a few loaves and fishes and turned them into a feast for thousands, offering the church an example of faith in action, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston said in sending 3,500 delegates home from the “Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America.” In the face of adversity […]

Convocation delegates urged to take Gospel to the world

ORLANDO, Fla.—Being Christian is more than accepting Jesus as savior, but requires the faithful to go to the peripheries of society where people are struggling materially and spiritually, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles told the “Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America.” “Jesus calls us to follow him. That […]

This is your moment to evangelize, convocation delegates told

ORLANDO, Fla.—Washington Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl urged participants at the “Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of The Gospel in America” to take a look at each other in the hotel ballroom and realize that they, as lay leaders in the church, are responsible for spreading the Gospel message and they shouldn’t waste the moment. […]

Bishops: Loss of affordable health care under GOP plan ‘simply unacceptable’

WASHINGTON—The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, in its analysis of the Senate health care bill released late June 26, said the measure would leave 22 million more people without insurance. “This moment cannot pass without comment,” said Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice […]

Pope: True Christians are guided by God, not crystal balls

VATICAN CITY—The Christian life is a path along which men and women are called to be led by God rather than turning to psychics and horoscopes in the hopes of knowing what lies ahead, Pope Francis said. Like Jesus, who was stripped of everything and nailed to a cross, Christians are called to “strip” themselves […]

USCCB says ‘fundamental defects’ persist in Senate’s version of health bill

WASHINGTON—The Senate’s Better Care Reconciliation Act contains “many of the fundamental defects” that appeared in the House-passed American Health Care Act “and even further compounds them,” said the bishop who heads the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development. The Senate released its health care reform bill in “discussion draft” form June 22. […]

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