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Chile, Peru eager for weeklong visit from pope

January 3rd, 2018 Posted in International News Tags: , ,

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TEMUCO, Chile — Sergio Catalaf’s son was just 3 days old when police arrested the Mapuche Indian leader, accusing him of terrorism. He and 10 other Mapuche leaders spent 14 months in preventive detention before being acquitted in October of setting fire to a farmhouse in which an elderly couple died.

Sitting in his simple wooden house, cradling the child on his lap as a light rain fell outside, Catalaf said he and others have been targeted unjustly because they are defending their people’s right to their ancestral territory.

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Bishop Curlin remembered for friendship, champion of sick, poor

January 3rd, 2018 Posted in National News Tags:

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Bishop William G. Curlin, retired bishop of Charlotte who died Dec. 23, was remembered during his funeral Mass for his joy, generosity of spirit, the attention he gave to people in need and for having a pastor’s heart.

More than 600 friends, family and fellow priests filled St. Gabriel Church in Charlotte while dozens more gathered in the adjacent school, the overflow site, to honor his memory Jan. 2.

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‘Most vulnerable’ newborn saved by ‘Angel Cradle’ program

January 3rd, 2018 Posted in International News Tags:

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EDMONTON, Alberta — A safe-haven program called Angel Cradle, operated by Covenant Health, may have saved a newborn baby’s life.

A healthy baby was dropped off at the Grey Nuns Community Hospital in Edmonton within the past six months under the Angel Cradle program that lets parents anonymously leave a baby in a cradle within a doorway.

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Catholic protesters killed and jailed in Congo

January 2nd, 2018 Posted in International News Tags:

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KINSHASA, Congo — Church leaders in Congo expressed shock after security forces fired on Catholic protesters, leaving at least eight dead and 120 people detained.

The Dec. 31 protest against rule by President Joseph Kabila was organized by the Kinshasa archdiocesan lay coordination committee. At least a dozen priests were among those detained.

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Minnesota bankruptcy case continues in mediation

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis said a bankruptcy judge’s decision that the archdiocese should return to mediation with the other involved parties “bolsters our resolve to move forward in the bankruptcy process.”

“We look to engage with all participants in mediation as directed by the judge to bring a prompt and fair resolution,” Tom Abood, chairman of the archdiocese’s Reorganization Task Force, said in a statement.

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Pope prints postcard illustrating the horror of war

January 2nd, 2018 Posted in Vatican News Tags: ,

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VATICAN CITY — As 2017 was drawing to a close, the horrors of war and people’s yearnings for peace were on Pope Francis’ mind and in his prayers.

In an unusual move late Dec. 30, the pope had the Vatican press office and Vatican media distribute a copy of a famous photograph from the aftermath of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki.

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Catholic swimmer Katie Ledecky named AP Female Athlete of the Year

December 29th, 2017 Posted in National News Tags:

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WASHINGTON — The Associated Press named Katie Ledecky the Female Athlete of the Year Dec. 26, after balloting by U.S. editors and news directors.

Ledecky, a graduate of Little Flower School and Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda, Maryland, received 351 points in the vote, placing her ahead of tennis star Serena Williams, who received 343 points. She was the eighth female swimmer to earn the honor and the first since Amy Van Dyken in 1996.

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Zambian street children inspire Minnesota woman to be their mother

December 29th, 2017 Posted in National News Tags:

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MAPLE LAKE, Minn. — Carol McBrady has no biological children.

Yet on the streets of Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, she is known as Mama Carol.

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Bishop Bransfield dedicates altar at renovated West Virginia basilica

December 28th, 2017 Posted in National News

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Bishop Michael J. Bransfield dedicated a new altar and blessed the renovated sanctuary at the Basilica of the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Charleston as he welcomed hundreds of people to what he called a “wonderful house of God.”

The Dec. 17 celebration included current and former basilica rectors.

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Bishop Curlin of Charlotte, friend of Mother Teresa, dies at 90

December 28th, 2017 Posted in National News

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CHARLOTTE — Bishop Emeritus William George Curlin, third Bishop of the Roman  Catholic Diocese of Charlotte, passed away in the peace of Christ Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017. He was 90 years old.

Champion of the poor, comforter of the sick and the dying, friend of St. Teresa of Calcutta, Bishop Curlin preached the love of Jesus Christ during more than 60 years of priestly ministry, first in the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., and the past 23 years in the Charlotte diocese. His lifelong commitment to Christ and His Church was epitomized by his episcopal motto “Sentire Cum Christo” (“To Think With Christ”).

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