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Salvadoran: Blessed Romero, family friend, used visits to escape horrors

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SANTA TECLA, El Salvador — Leonor Chacon remembers every emotion she felt March 24, 1980, as if it were yesterday.

It started, she recalls, with the happiness that always accompanied the expectation that Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador would be coming to eat with her family in the small city of Santa Tecla, just west of the Salvadoran capital. Read more »

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Indiana inmates embrace fresh start by joining the Catholic Church

March 27th, 2018 Posted in National News

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INDIANAPOLIS — There are times when nearly everyone seeks redemption for a mistake or a moment of darkness, times that can help find a way to return to the grace of God.

For Opal Williams and Marguerite Engle, a significant step in that journey occurred the evening of March 4 in the chapel of the Indiana Women’s Prison in Indianapolis. Read more »

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New members of the church reflect on the past year

March 26th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized

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On average, over 100,000 people enter the Catholic Church every year in the U.S. For those who were received into the church last Easter, the ensuing months brought opportunities to deepen their bourgeoning faith and live out their Christian call to witness.

For Emilee Urichich, a junior at Thomas More College in Kentucky, her conversion has led her to acts of service. She regularly volunteers at Be Concerned, a ministry that provides groceries to the elderly and to the homeless, and a soup kitchen, both in Covington, Kentucky. The life of St. Teresa of Kolkata provides her with inspiration. Read more »

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Living Our Faith: Easter

March 26th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized

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Being witnesses to the good news of Easter means being able and willing simply to share a bit of our story, to give

This is an American 18th-century painting entitled “Christ on the Road to Emmaus.” On the first Easter Sunday two of Jesus’s disciples, disillusioned by the events of the past three days, set out from Jerusalem for Emmaus, several miles away. En route they meet a stranger who appears totally unaware of what has transpired in Jerusalem. (CNS photo/courtesy National Gallery of Art)

testimony from our experience.

For those Catholics who were received into the church last Easter, the ensuing months brought opportunities to deepen their bourgeoning faith and live out their Christian call to witness.
The encounter with the risen Lord on the road to Emmaus prepares the two disciples to be Jesus’ witnesses to the ends of the earth.
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Saginaw church records, computers seized in probe of abuse allegations

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SAGINAW, Mich. — The news that law enforcement authorities served the Saginaw Diocese with a search warrant March 22 was “distressing and disheartening for the greater community and most especially our Catholic faithful,” a diocesan spokesman acknowledged.

Chris Pham, a communications specialist for the diocese, made the comments in a statement sent late evening March 23 to Catholic News Service and other news media.

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Puerto Rico still suffering; Extension campaign aims to help parishes

March 22nd, 2018 Posted in National News, Uncategorized Tags:

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CHICAGO — Six months after Hurricane Maria wreaked unprecedented devastation on Puerto Rico, the island is still suffering, and much of the relief and recovery help people have received has come from Catholic parishes.

To help those parishes continue “their spiritual and corporal works of mercy and serve their communities,” Catholic Extension in Chicago has launched a new campaign called “Patrons of Puerto Rico.”

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City of Philadelphia ends foster care placements through Catholic agency

March 21st, 2018 Posted in National News Tags:

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PHILADELPHIA — The city of Philadelphia has announced that its Department of Human Services has “ceased new foster care child intakes” with Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia because Catholic teaching does not allow the agency to place foster children with same-sex couples.

“Given its affiliation with the archdiocese, CSS cannot provide services in any manner or setting that would violate its institutional integrity, core values and Catholic beliefs,” said Kenneth A. Gavin, the archdiocese’s chief communications officer.

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Pope confirms plans to attend World Meeting of Families in Dublin

March 21st, 2018 Posted in Vatican News Tags:

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VATICAN CITY — Receiving a delegation from Ireland and blessing an icon of the Holy Family, Pope Francis confirmed his intention to visit Dublin for the final days of the World Meeting of Families.

“On the occasion of the next World Meeting of Families, I plan on going to Dublin from August 25 to 26 this year. I thank the civil authorities, the bishops, the archbishop of Dublin and all those who are helping prepare this trip. Thank you,” he said.

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Cardinal Dolan hopes Supreme Court will uphold free speech

March 20th, 2018 Posted in National News Tags: ,

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WASHINGTON — The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities said March 20 that he prayed the Supreme Court would “do the right thing and uphold our fundamental right to free speech” when it decides a case examining freedom of speech at crisis pregnancy centers.

“Pro-life pregnancy care centers embody everything that is right and good in our nation: generosity, compassion and love that is offered to support both mother and child,” said Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York in a statement issued the same day the high court heard oral arguments in NIFLA v. Becerra.

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Holy Week: The week we live at church

March 19th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized

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Spiritual writer, Kathleen Norris, in her book, “The Cloister Walk,” shares her Holy Week schedule. It includes morning prayers, choir rehearsal, evening liturgy services but what I really noticed, was right smack in the middle of her afternoons, she wrote “NAP!!!” Yes, in capital letters and extra exclamation points. 

I was grateful to read this, as if Norris gave me permission to admit the exhaustion of Holy Week. As we walk through the story of Christ’s passion, I feel it in every atom of both my body and my soul.  Read more »

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