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SSCM welcomes new associates

DANVILLE, Pa.—The Sisters of Sts. Cyril and Methodius welcomed 11 new associates from the Diocese of Charleston, S.C., on May 7. Associate members share the faith, prayer, congregational spirituality, charism and mission of the sisters. The new associates serve with the sisters working in Bluffton and St. Helena Island. All of the new associates are active in […]

U.S., world join pope in praying for victims of London attacks

WASHINGTON—U.S. Catholics joined Pope Francis and the rest of the world in expressing sorrow for those killed and severely injured in the latest terrorist attacks in London the night of June 3. “The vigil of Pentecost had barely begun when the world was burdened yet again, this time by the sinister attacks on innocent men […]

Pentecost is celebration of unity in diversity, pope says

VATICAN CITY—The Holy Spirit continues to give Christians different gifts and to call them to share those gifts with each other in a community marked by forgiveness and “unity in diversity,” Pope Francis said on Pentecost. “In a way both creative and unexpected,” the pope said, the Holy Spirit “generates diversity, for in every age […]

Decision to abandon Paris climate pact called ‘deeply troubling’

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump’s June 1 decision “not to honor the U.S. commitment” to the Paris climate agreement “is deeply troubling,” said the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace. “The Scriptures affirm the value of caring for creation and caring for each other in solidarity. The Paris agreement is an international […]

Bishops urge Trump to honor Paris climate pact for the planet

WASHINGTON—The United States has an obligation to honor the Paris climate agreement to protect “our people and our planet” and “mitigate the worst impacts of climate change,” said the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops “is on record supporting prudent action to mitigate the […]

Restorers unveil frescoed chambers in the Catacombs of St. Domitilla

ROME—Under a mown hayfield, whose dried-out stalks crunch underfoot, lies the four-level labyrinth of the early Christian Catacombs of St. Domitilla. Ten miles of tunnels, carved out of soft volcanic tuff rock, snake and fork out in a dizzying number of different directions. Luckily, capsule bulbs of lights strung sparsely overhead work like Hansel and […]

Military archdiocese completes phase in cause for chaplain

WASHINGTON—A tribunal of the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services has wrapped up its nearly four-year inquiry into whether the life of Father Vincent R. Capodanno, a Vietnam War hero and U.S. Navy chaplain, merits consideration for sainthood. Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, who heads the Washington-based military archdiocese, announced May 21 that the archdiocesan phase […]

Pope Francis grants plenary indulgence for Fatima centennial

For the Jubilee Year of Fatima, Pope Francis has granted a plenary indulgence opportunity — the removal of the temporal punishment due for sins — for the 100th anniversary of the Fatima apparitions throughout the centennial year, which runs to Nov. 26. There are three ways to obtain the indulgence, detailed in a statement from […]

Pope: God is no warlord claiming victory with enemies’ blood

VATICAN CITY—If it seems hard to find God in this world, it is because he chooses to be with the defeated and dejected and in places where most people are loath to go, Pope Francis said. “God does not like to be loved the way a warlord would like, dragging his people to victory, debasing […]

Gunmen take Catholic hostages; Philippines’ Duterte imposes martial law

MANILA, Philippines—Gunmen claiming to have links with the Islamic State group threatened to kill hostages, including a Catholic priest, who were taken from the southern Philippine city of Marawi May 23. President Rodrigo Duterte imposed martial law across the entire Muslim-majority region of Mindanao late May 23, but reported that many, including church leaders, […]

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