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Eastern Catholic Bishops in US Have Particular Pastoral Concern for Immigrants

VATICAN CITY — In the United States, Eastern Catholics face many of the same challenges as Latin rite Catholics, but the Eastern Catholic Churches are particularly concerned about growing anti-immigrant rhetoric and the plight of Christians...

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Yemen War: A Look at a ‘Serious Humanitarian Crisis’

SANAA, Yemen — Nearly 24 million people in Yemen are in dire need of humanitarian assistance, according to a Center of Strategic and International Studies report. Speaking Jan. 9 to diplomats accredited to the Holy See, Pope Francis called the...

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Chinese Media: Recent Meeting of Sino-Vatican Diplomats Was Pope's Idea

BEIJING, China — Chinese state media have reported that Pope Francis initiated last week’s high-level meeting between officials from the Holy See and China. On Feb. 14, the Vatican’s secretary for relations with states, Archbishop Paul...

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The ERA Died Decades Ago (So Why Are the Losers Still Fighting?)

In a peculiar twist of events, the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to the U.S. Constitution, which was soundly defeated in 1982, has now resurfaced. Under the U.S. Constitution, an amendment becomes law when it’s ratified by at least three-fourths...

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Indian Bishops’ Conference Re-Elects Cardinal Gracias

MUMBAI, India — The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India has re-elected Cardinal Oswald Gracias, the archbishop of Bombay, as president of the conference for a second term. The election was held on February 17.  Cardinal Gracias turned 75 in...

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Soviet Union Rewind: Why Are We Praising Communism Again?

Thirty years ago this month, something critical happened in Moscow signaling the end not only of the Cold War, but of the Soviet Union itself. On Feb. 7, 1990, Mikhail Gorbachev succeeded in banishing the Communist Party’s guarantee as the...

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Pope Francis: The Meek Are Not Pushovers

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis said Wednesday that a meek Christian is not weak, but defends his faith and controls his temper. “The meek person is not accommodating, but is a disciple of Christ who has learned to defend another land well. He...

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Archbishop Perez at Installation Mass: Christ is Hope for the Church and the World

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — The hope of Christ is far more profound than hope as the world defines it, Archbishop Nelson Perez said during his homily at his installation Mass as Archbishop of Philadelphia on Tuesday. “Hope is the confident expectation...

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Elderly Chinese Bishop Recovers from Coronavirus

NANYANG, China — Bishop Joseph Zhu Baoyu, Bishop Emeritus of Nanyang, has recovered from coronavirus. At age 98, he is among the oldest infected patients to have recovered. Bishop Zhu was diagnosed with COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused...

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Advancing the Gospel of Christ

Sunday, Feb. 23, is the Seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time (Year A). Mass readings: Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18; Psalm 103:1-4, 8, 10, 12-13; 1 Corinthians 3:16-23; Matthew 5:38-48. In the second reading from Paul’s Letter to the Corinthians, he addresses...