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5,600-plus sisters call for civility by candidates in presidential race

SILVER SPRING, Md.—More than 5,600 U.S. religious sisters have signed a letter asking for civil discourse in the presidential campaign. The letter was to be sent Aug. 8 to the candidates of the Democratic, Republican, Green and Libertarian parties as well as their vice presidential running mates and the chairs of their respective parties. “We […]


Cleveland Diocese begins education efforts on ‘Faithful Citizenship’

CLEVELAND—While Republicans gath­ered in Cleveland to confirm their nominee and settle on a platform, the Diocese of Cleveland, too, began preparing for the upcoming national elec­tion. As director of the diocesan Social Action Office, Sister Kathleen Ryan, a Sister of Notre Dame, oversees efforts to educate Catholics in the diocese on “Forming Consciences for Faith­ful […]


Patience hailed as a virtue at eucharistic congress’ closing Mass

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Practicing patience can be a great virtue, said Auxiliary Bishop Joseph N. Perry of Chicago in his homily at the Aug. 7 closing Mass of the African National Eucharistic Congress. “What greater school for patience is there than family life?” asked Bishop Perry, who is episcopal liaison to the African Conference of Catholic Clergy […]


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 […]


Training prepares dioceses for helping after traumatic events

WASHINGTON—To help before tragedy occurs, a Washington-based priest and psychologist is conducting a free webinar at the end of August to prepare priests, religious and other church members to deal with the trauma that follows a natural disaster, an act of terrorism or any other large-scale tragedy that they and the communities they serve might […]


Parish guide on ecology provides ideas to combat climate change

ARLINGTON, Va.—In his encyclical “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home,” Pope Francis does not mince words: “Living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or a secondary aspect of our Christian experience.” But what does living that vocation look like […]


Archbishop urges forgiveness at Father Hamel’s funeral

ROUEN, France—During the Aug. 2 funeral Mass for Father Jacques Hamel, killed a week earlier by men claiming allegiance to the Islamic State, Archbishop Dominique Lebrun of Rouen stressed the need for forgiveness. “As brutal and unfair and horrible as (Father) Jacques’ death was, we have to look deep into our hearts to find the […]


Pope names six women, six men to study women deacons

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis has appointed six men and six women to a commission to study the issue of women deacons, particularly their ministry in the early church. In addition to the 12 members named Aug. 2, the pope tapped Archbishop Luis Ladaria Ferrer, secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, to serve […]


‘Evangelical moment’: World Youth Day often fosters vocations

KRAKOW, Poland—In a giant circus tent on Piastowska Street, next to the Jagiellonian University’s sports center, a rock band wound up its full-volume refrain against a dazzling background of lights and streamers. In the foreground, more than 3,000 young people settled on the ground, as Archbishop Christopher Prowse of Canberra, Australia, started his address. “At […]


No room for benchwarmers, make history, pope tells youth at vigil

KRAKOW, Poland—Pope Francis told young people they are not called to be couch potatoes, living boring lives, but should leave their mark in history and not let others determine their future. Like a soccer match, life “only takes players on the first string and has no room for benchwarmers,” the pope young people at the […]


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