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Cardinal Dolan alerts public to deceptive “Catholics for Choice” ad campaign

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, issued the following statement alerting the public to a deceptive ad campaign calling for taxpayer funding of abortion in the name of the Catholic faith. Cardinal Dolan’s full statement follows: “An abortion advocacy organization called […]

One World Trade Center a witness to nation’s spirit

MAMARONECK, N.Y.—Fifteen years after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks decimated the twin towers in lower Manhattan, the 1,776-foot One World Trade Center rises out of the ground, a palpable symbol of triumph and optimism. The tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere is the soaring, storied, centerpiece of a 16-acre complex that includes eight other major […]

Bishop headed to Vatican, will miss ‘beautiful people, culture’ of Dallas

DALLAS—The importance of the vocation of marriage and the family is at the core for the future of not only the Catholic Church, but of society, Bishop Kevin J. Farrell of Dallas said at a news conference Aug. 17. Earlier in the day the Vatican announced that Pope Francis has appointed the bishop to lead […]

Pope: God sent His son to show mercy, not to punish

VATICAN CITY—God did not send his son into the world to cast off the wicked but to offer them a path to conversion through mercy and love, Pope Francis said. Those who object to Jesus’ mercy toward sinners often create an “image of God that impedes them from enjoying his real presence,” the pope said […]

CRS leader recalls blessing of working with Mother Teresa

BALTIMORE, Md.—Sean Callahan remembers what it was like to work with Mother Teresa. “In those days my vocabulary consisted of two words, ‘Yes Mother, Yes Mother, Yes Mother,’” says the chief operations officer for Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and vice president of Caritas Internationalis. On September 4, 2016, Blessed Mother Teresa will become St. Teresa […]

The mercy-filled life: Mother Teresa embodied what Pope Francis teaches

VATICAN CITY—If there is one person who immersed herself in the “pe­ripheries” Pope Francis is drawn to, it was Blessed Teresa of Kolkata. If there was one who showed courage and creativity in bringing God’s mercy to the world, like Pope Francis urges, it was the diminu­tive founder of the Missionaries of Charity. For many […]

Jesus’ mercy extends to even the greatest of sinners, pope says

VATICAN CITY—Jesus’ loving gaze of tenderness and mercy extends to all who seek forgiveness no matter how great or small their sins may be, Pope Francis said. While many often feel “cast aside” because of their sins, Jesus offers encouragement and “tells us, ‘Courage, come to me,’” the pope said at his weekly general audience. […]

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 […]

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    Oct 13 Diocesan Evangelization Conference
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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 17 Diocese of Charleston Native American Catholic Heritage Celebration
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    Nov 18 Vietnamese Martyrs Celebration
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    Dec 15 Simbang Gabi for Filipino Catholics
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    Jan 412:00 am Class 2019 Ordination Retreat
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    Feb 911:00 am Ordination of Permanent Deacons
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