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Living Our Faith: Lenten series: Charity

March 5th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized

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Love and charity are accented heavily during the annual season of Lent.

Actors take part in a re-enactment of the Way of the Cross, which commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus, during the Orthodox Holy Week celebrations in Bucharest April 15, 2014. Abiding in God’s love is a Lenten tradition and in John 3:16, Jesus says that God’s love for us is so great that God is willing to make the greatest of sacrifices — allowing his own son to die for the benefit of others. (CNS photo/Bogdan Cristel, Reuters)

My Lenten sacrifices should deepen my commitment to love.
How will you show this love for others this Lent?
 
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Berlin Archdiocese grieves after murder of African-born pastor

March 1st, 2018 Posted in International News Tags:

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BERLIN (CNS) — Archbishop Heiner Koch of Berlin paid tribute to Father Alain-Florent Gandoulou, the head of the archdiocese’s French-speaking ministry who was murdered in his office.

Archbishop Koch said Father Gandoulou, born in the Republic of Congo, “applied himself with great engagement to his community, whose members come from every French-speaking country in the world.”

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Supreme Court says government can detain some immigrants indefinitely

February 28th, 2018 Posted in National News Tags:

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Feb. 27 that some immigrants detained by the government can be held indefinitely.

In the 5-3 ruling, with Justice Elena Kagan recusing herself, the court reversed a lower court ruling that required periodic bond hearings for immigrants held in custody with U.S. immigration officials. In 2016, the court looked at this same case and was deadlocked 4-4 in its decision when it had only eight justices on the bench.

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Bishop George Thomas named to Las Vegas, replacing Bishop Joseph Pepe

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WASHINGTON — Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Joseph A. Pepe, 75, from the pastoral governance of the Diocese of Las Vegas, Nevada, and has named Bishop George L. Thomas as his successor, up until now the Bishop of Helena, Montana.

The resignation and appointment were publicized in Washington, February 28, 2018, by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

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Vatican officials named by Pope Francis as apostolic nuncios

February 26th, 2018 Posted in Vatican News

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VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis named two longtime Vatican officials as apostolic nuncios and elevated both to the rank of archbishop.

The Vatican announced Feb. 26 that the pope named Msgr. Alfred Xuereb, general secretary of the Secretariat for the Economy, as nuncio to South Korea and Mongolia.

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Living Our Faith: Lenten Series – Sacrifice

February 24th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized

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As followers of Christ, we have a call to make the world a holier place in the image of our

Pope Francis greets the crowd as he leaves his general audience at the Vatican June 28. Lent and Easter had come and gone by that papal audience, but the Christian call to sacrifice was very much on the pope’s mind when he addressed 12,000 pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) 

Savior, who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Fasting is a method that people can use to limit or deny their physical desires for a higher, often spiritual, goal.

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Chileans speak to Vatican team investigating cover-up charges

February 23rd, 2018 Posted in International News Tags: , ,

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SANTIAGO, Chile — Chilean clergy sex abuse victims gave testimony to a Vatican team sent to investigate charges that church officials covered up the abuse.

But many of the victims gave their testimony to a Spanish-speaking Vatican official after the main Vatican envoy underwent emergency surgery.

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Bon Secours Health System, Mercy Health announce plan to merge

February 22nd, 2018 Posted in National News

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MARRIOTTSVILLE, Md. — Maryland-based Bon Secours Health System and Mercy Health, with headquarters in Ohio, plan to merge by the end of the year, forming one of the country’s largest health systems.

The merger of the two Catholic health care systems will create a network of 43 hospitals, hundreds of clinics and care sites, and housing ministries that spans seven states from Ohio to the East Coast.

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Rev. Graham recalled for deep faith, invitation to all to know Christ

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WASHINGTON — The Rev. Billy Graham was “a preacher of God’s word not only in his sermons, but also in the very life he lived,” said Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

“Today, we pray for the soul of the Rev. Billy Graham to the Lord he so dearly loved and offer our condolences to his family,” the cardinal said in a statement about the Feb. 21 death of the world famous Baptist preacher.

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Late Billy Graham admired by most Americans, polls showed

February 21st, 2018 Posted in National News

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MONTREAT, N.C. — The Rev. Billy Graham, a fiery Baptist preacher who was easily the most famous evangelist of the 20th century and for decades one of the world figures most admired by Americans, died early Feb. 21 at his home in Montreat, according to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. He was 99.

He had suffered from Parkinson’s disease for many years, although he continued to lead crusades until 2005, when he held his last one in New York. In recent years, he also suffered from cancer, pneumonia and other ailments.

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