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E-A-G-L- … oh, wait, this story is about priests offering Mass

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — Catholic coaches and players of the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles have clear game plans for making Sunday Mass in the midst of prepping for big games each week.

Msgr. Mike Foley and Father Tom Barcellona celebrate Mass for the respective Super Bowl-bound teams they serve.

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People ‘breaking free’ of sex trafficking are target of support group

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — For Terry Forliti, a series of traumatic events as a teenager — being raped by her boss, her friend dying in a car accident and her parents divorcing — spurred heavy drug use that carried into adulthood.

But Forliti was able to function — up until her own divorce, being laid off from her job with a health care company and losing her home. An admitted alcoholic, she also lost custody of her two children. She saw her support system crumble, along with her self-worth. And when she sought treatment, her takeaway wasn’t recovery, but rather learning where to get more drugs.

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Students standing up for life recognize it as a human rights issue

January 27th, 2018 Posted in National News Tags:

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WASHINGTON (CNS) — Marching up along Constitution Avenue, Trey Krause lost sight of his students.

Surrounded by thousands in the heart of Washington for the annual March for Life, a majority of them young people like himself, the 26-year-old Krause searched the crowd for a McGill-Toolen Catholic High School banner, a sign for his Mobile, Alabama, group.

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Grass-roots effort allows Catholics to spiritually ‘adopt’ a local priest

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DEARBORN, Mich. (CNS) — Parishioners need their priests. But priests need their parishioners.
That’s the spirit behind Parishioners for Priests, a grass-roots movement that encourages Catholics to give local priests the one thing they need most: prayers.
The movement began on Palm Sunday 2017 and since has grown to 559 followers on Facebook.

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Retired Archbishop Daniel Buechlein of Indianapolis dies at 79

January 25th, 2018 Posted in National News Tags:

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ST. MEINRAD, Ind. — Retired Archbishop Daniel M. Buechlein of Indianapolis, a Benedictine priest for 53 years, died Jan. 25 at age 79.

His death was reported by St. Meinrad Archabbey, where he had lived in retirement since 2011.

Archbishop Buechlein headed the Archdiocese of Indianapolis from July 14, 1992, until his retirement Sept. 21, 2011.

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Sam Brownback confirmed as ambassador for international religious freedom

January 25th, 2018 Posted in National News Tags:

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate has confirmed Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, a Catholic, to be the new U.S. ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom in the U.S. Department of State.

Nominated to the post in July by President Donald Trump, Brownback was confirmed Jan. 24. The Senate vote was 49-49 and Vice President Mike Pence cast the tiebreaking vote. On Jan. 25, Brownback announced he will resign the office of governor Jan. 31.

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USCCB president calls for prayer after Texas and Ky. school shootings

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WASHINGTON (CNS) — Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston called for prayers for the victims killed and injured in a pair of school shootings in Kentucky and Texas.

In a statement released Jan. 23 after the second shooting in two days, Cardinal DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said Christians experience the pain of the family and friends of the victims “as if it were our own.”

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Cardinal Cupich cites poor health care, no accountability in school shootings

January 24th, 2018 Posted in National News

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WASHINGTON — Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston called for prayers for the victims killed and injured in a pair of school shootings in Kentucky and Texas.

In a statement released Jan. 23 after the second shooting in two days, Cardinal DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said Christians experience the pain of the family and friends of the victims “as if it were our own.”

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Catholic schools focus of transformation at bishop’s conference

January 23rd, 2018 Posted in National News Tags: ,

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WASHINGTON — Catholic bishops are looking to “transform” Catholic schools in response to decades of declining enrollment that has forced hundreds of schools to close since 2005.

The effort, said the chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Catholic Education, encompasses a wide-ranging look at issues facing Catholic schools and a renewed effort to help parents better understand that the spiritual development of a child goes hand in hand with academic achievement.

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Allentown priests share ‘grandeur of God’ in Grand Canyon trip

January 20th, 2018 Posted in National News Tags:

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ALLENTOWN, Pa. — The beauty of the great outdoors and the spirit of God that it exudes came into full view for three priests of the Diocese of Allentown who experienced the grandeur of the Grand Canyon in the fall.

The priests, Father John Gibbons, pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus in Allentown; Father Patrick Lamb, pastor of Queenship of Mary in Northampton; and Msgr. Thomas Orsulak, pastor of St. Peter the Apostle in Reading, said they came away with a deeper appreciation for creation and the beauty of the planet knowing that God made it all.

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