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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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Rusty Staub, Catholic baseball star for 23 seasons, dies at 73

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CNS) — Rusty Staub, 73, the New Orleans-born Catholic baseball star who was a fan favorite in a well-traveled, 23-season career, died March 29 in West Palm Beach following a heart attack.

Born Daniel Joseph Staub in 1944, he became the second player after Ty Cobb to belt a major-league home run both before his 20th birthday and after his 40th birthday. He also became the first player to collect 500 base hits for four different teams: the Houston Astros, the Montreal Expos, the Detroit Tigers and the New York Mets. 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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Knights give more than $1 million to Iraqi, Syrian Christians

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. — As part of its ongoing support of persecuted Christians in the Middle East, the Knights of Columbus committed more than $1 million to Iraqi and Syrian Christians for Easter.

Announced during Holy Week, the support includes $800,000 in new financial assistance and $250,000 as part of its ongoing commitment to rebuilding an Iraqi Christian town. The funds will help with food, clothing, shelter and education for Christians targeted by Islamic State militants.

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Father Robert Christian appointed auxiliary bishop of San Francisco

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WASHINGTON — Pope Francis has appointed Dominican Father Robert F. Christian as an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

Bishop-designate Christian, 69, is a native of San Francisco. He entered the Dominicans at St. Albert Priory in Oakland, California, in 1970 and made his solemn profession as a Dominican in 1974. He was ordained a priest in Oakland June 4, 1976.

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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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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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Youth-led marches inspire Catholic adult participants

March 26th, 2018 Posted in Featured, National News Tags:

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WASHINGTON — Although the March for Our Lives in Washington March 24 and its “sibling” marches in cities across the country were brought on by teenagers, participants were all ages — from toddlers in strollers pushed by their parents to elderly marchers using walkers.

Many of the adults in the Washington crowd carrying posters with anti-gun messages or taking pictures of all posters held high on the cool spring day hadn’t lost sight of who brought them together and was leading them forward in the effort: the teens from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and students around the country energized in this movement.

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Cardinal Dolan: Democratic Party abandons Catholics, favors abortion agenda

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NEW YORK — The once “big tent” of the Democratic Party “now seems a pup tent” as a party that Catholics once embraced has abandoned so many issues Catholics cherish, such as the sanctity of human life and religious education, said New York’s cardinal.

He pointed to the party favoring a radical abortion agenda over protecting the human rights of unborn children and all-out efforts to block education credits to help poor and low-income families access Catholic and other nonpublic schools.

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