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Christ is the king of mercy, pope says at end of Holy Year

VATICAN CITY—Following Christ the King, whose regal power is love and mercy, means the whole Church and each Christian must “follow his way of tangible love,” Pope Francis said. Celebrating the feast of Christ the King on Nov. 20 and officially closing the extraordinary jubilee celebration of the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis insisted, “we […]


Pope Francis reflects on the Jubilee Year of Mercy

VATICAN CITY—In a lengthy new interview, Pope Francis opened up about his thoughts on the Jubilee of Mercy as well as progress made in the field of ecumenism, both of which he said have roots in the Second Vatican Council. Asked what the Year of Mercy has meant to him, the pope said that he […]


Evangelizing and engaging through Encuentro

COLUMBIA — Encuentro V, an ambi­tious national four-year effort to evangelize and engage Hispanic Catholics, started up in South Caro­lina on Nov. 9. About 90 clergy, women religious and laity from the Charleston and Charlotte dioceses took part in a workshop at Cardinal Newman School to learn how to begin the Encuentro process. The meeting […]


Texas cardinal, L.A. archbishop elected to the USCCB

BALTIMORE—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston was elected president of the U.S. bishops’ conference Nov. 15 for a three-year term to begin at the conclusion of the bishops’ annual fall general assembly in Baltimore. Cardinal DiNardo collected a majority of votes on the first ballot of voting during the second day of the bishops’ public […]


Bishops show solidarity with Mass at historic black church

BALTIMORE—The U.S. bishops chose to break from tradition during this year’s fall assembly by celebrating Mass at the church known as the “Mother Church” of black Catholics in Western Baltimore instead of the usual venue: Baltimore’s historic basilica. “I pray our presence will convey the church’s solidarity with you,” said Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori […]


Veterans get hero’s welcome after visit to war memorials

MIAMI—Minnesota native and Key West retiree Raymond Blazevic stills vividly remembers being drafted into the U.S. Navy and joining 70,000 other recruits at a boot camp just south of the Canadian border during World War II. He continued to serve his country, fighting again in Korea, where he was captured after his plane crashed north of […]


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 […]


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