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US Bishops Encourage Greater Devotion to Christ in the Eucharist

During Holy Week, two U.S. bishops called on Catholics in their respective dioceses to grow closer to Christ through greater reverence for the Eucharist. Bishop Robert Morlino, at the chrism Mass for the Diocese of Madison, Wisconsin, asked that...

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Trump Administration Requests 60-Day Extension of HHS Mandate Litigation

WASHINGTON — With President Donald Trump’s administration signaling that it is not dropping the HHS mandate cases against religious nonprofits, plaintiffs are concerned that the action does not reflect promises made during the presidential...

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Pope Offers Encouraging Message to Egyptians Ahead of Trip

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis expressed his joy for his upcoming trip to Cairo in a video message, saying he hopes to bring peace and friendship to all Egyptian citizens. “I am truly happy to come as a friend, as a messenger of peace and as a...

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Resurrection Hope Amid Suffering and Grief in Syria

His Beatitude Ignatius Youssef III Younan, patriarch of Antioch and All the East for Syriac Catholics, regularly visits his beleaguered faithful in Syria and Iraq to offer them support and to share in their suffering. Born in Hassake, Syria, his...

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A Tale of Two Interpretations of ‘Amoris Laetitia’

The post-synodal apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia  (The Joy of Love) was published one year ago on the Solemnity of St. Joseph. Since then, two competing interpretations, or, rather, pastoral applications of Chapter 8 (on divorce, remarriage...

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‘Populorum Progressio’ at 50: Is It Still Relevant?

Fifty years ago, Pope Blessed Paul VI issued his only encyclical devoted to Catholic social teaching, Populorum Progressio (The Development of Peoples). The encyclical was the second to last he would write, and it came only a year before his...

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Arkansas Conducts US’ First Double Execution Since 2000

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.  — Arkansas conducted the first double execution in the U.S. since 2000 Monday, and Catholics prayed for all involved in the execution and the victims of the capital crimes. “All of the actions around these executions in...

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New Report on Religious Persecution: Christians Are Most Widely Targeted

WASHINGTON — When it comes to religious persecution, Christians are the most widely targeted community, said a new report. But despite oppression and threats of violence, the faithful “should not be afraid,” said a Pakistani...

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Pope Honors Heroic Witness of Modern Martyrs

ROME — The devil’s hatred for Christ and for our redemption is the root cause of all persecution since the beginnings of the Church, Pope Francis said at a special liturgy that focused on modern martyrs. “The memory of these heroic witnesses,...

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Women ‘Walking With Purpose’

In 2002, Lisa Brenninkmeyer was struggling. She and her family had recently returned from a decade living abroad, first in Europe and then in Mexico. During those 10 years, Lisa, a Catholic convert, struggled with a lack of community in the...