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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 […]

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, […]

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