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‘Go in peace’ means go without gossip, pope says

April 4th, 2018 Posted in Featured, Vatican News Tags: ,

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VATICAN CITY — The final words at Mass — “Go in peace” — are an invitation to Christians to proclaim God’s blessings through their lives, not an opportunity to go outside and speak ill of others, Pope Francis said.

Through the Eucharist, Jesus “enters in our hearts and in our flesh so that we may express in our lives the sacrament we received in faith,” the pope said during his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square April 4.

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Brexit could complicate Good Friday Agreement, says Irish bishop

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DUBLIN — April 10 marks the 20th anniversary of the historic Good Friday Agreement, which brought peace to Northern Ireland. The peace deal effectively brought an end to “The Troubles,” which had cast a sectarian shadow over Northern Ireland for three decades and resulted in the deaths of more than 3,500, the majority of whom were civilians.

The Agreement saw the removal of British Army security checkpoints and watchtowers along the 310-mile border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic, making cross-border travel much more accessible and increasing trade. Read more »

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Panel on faith, faithful in politics called needed in ‘polarized world’

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WASHINGTON — A panel discussion on “Faith and the Faithful in U.S. Politics” is “so needed … in our polarized world,” said Jesuit Father Kevin Gillespie, pastor of Holy Trinity Parish in Washington, said in introducing the speakers.

That was a point affirmed in the ensuing conversation among four panelists who represented conservative and liberal viewpoints and a research center that examines religious viewpoints. The March 26 discussion drew a capacity crowd of hundreds of people to the parish’s Trinity Hall. Read more »

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Far-flung Wildcats celebrate Donte DiVincenzo, Villanova basketball

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By Wyatt Noble
Catholic News Service
ROME — The Villanova men’s basketball team claimed its second national championship in three years April 2 with a 79-62 win over Michigan, and I was an ocean away from 99 percent of my fellow Wildcats.

But it turns out the 1 percent here with me in Rome was all I needed. Around 1 a.m. April 3, more than 20 Villanova students and a few Michigan students poured into the Highlanders Pub in Rome.

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In Mexico, ongoing violence continues during Holy Week

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MEXICO CITY — A pair of passion plays were interrupted by gunfire on Good Friday as the violence convulsing Mexico continued claiming lives through the Holy Week holidays.

An annual procession in Acapulco was suspended March 30 after the sound of gunshots sent participants and spectators fleeing, according to local press reports. The Guerrero state government said police were chasing a trio of suspected car thieves, though local media say a conflict between criminal groups occurred and two people were killed. Read more »

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Christ is victorious over all that divides people, pope says

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VATICAN CITY — Easter is a feast that calls Christians to gather together, make a commitment to dialogue and to work for the common good, Pope Francis said.

In Italy and in other countries, Easter Monday is a day for relaxed family gatherings and picnics because “after having celebrated Easter, one feels a need to gather again with loved ones and friends to celebrate,” the pope said April 2, before reciting the “Regina Coeli” prayer at noon with visitors in St. Peter’s Square.  Read more »

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Sister Jean Rohe, teacher of generations, celebrates 100

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ASTON, Pa. — Over the course of her ministry in education, Sister Jean Clare Rohe spent 27 years in the Diocese of Wilmington. What makes that extraordinary is that her first assignment in the diocese began in 1938, and her final one concluded in 2004.

Sister Jean’s three assignments in Wilmington are just a part of what she has accomplished in her first century. She turned 100 on March 12, “a simple farm girl that made good,” she said a few days before the big one. Her congregation, the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, celebrated at Assisi House in Aston, Pa., with a day that included Mass in her honor and a party that brought together some 65 family members and friends. Read more »

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Still seeking mountaintop 50 years after Rev. King’s assassination

April 1st, 2018 Posted in Featured, National News Tags:

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Father Pat Connor was on his way from a graduate class at the University of Memphis to St. Joseph Hospital to visit a priest friend the evening of April 4, 1968.

That’s when he heard the news crackle over his car radio speakers: the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. had been critically injured by a gunshot wound and was being rushed to St. Joseph.

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Pope to priests: Show Jesus’ truth by being close to people

March 31st, 2018 Posted in Featured, Vatican News Tags: ,

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VATICAN CITY — If Jesus and his truth are to become truly present in today’s world, priests must do what Jesus did and be “street preachers,” going out to encounter and accompany sinners with tenderness and compassion, Pope Francis told the world’s priests.

Jesus “could have been a scribe or a doctor of the law, but he wanted to be an ‘evangelizer,’ a street preacher,” the bearer of good news for his people, the pope said March 29 during the chrism Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica.

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Teaching business in real-life setting pays off for Padua’s Bethann Higley

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WILMINGTON — Bethann Higley was looking for a change a few years ago when a local high school — where her daughter was a senior — had an opening. She just wasn’t sure it matched what she had to offer.

But Higley’s husband, Tom, encouraged her to apply for that position at Padua Academy. She has discovered in the nearly two years since she took the job that it was the right place for her and her workplace experience. Read more »

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