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Archdiocese of Los Angeles starts fund for victims of wildfires

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LOS ANGELES — The Archdiocese of Los Angeles has started a fund for victims of the wildfires that have raced through the archdiocese and were threatening to spread to locations in the nearby Orange and San Diego dioceses.

“Friends, as the wildfires continue, the needs of our neighbors continue to increase,” said Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles on the archdiocesan webpage that hosts the fundraising campaign.

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Camden parishioners stand with couple facing deportation

December 7th, 2017 Posted in National News Tags: ,

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CAMDEN, N.J. — The blistering cold did not stop a group of 35 people from gathering in front of Sen. Cory Booker’s office in Camden Dec. 6 to stand in solidarity with a couple facing deportation.

Camden Bishop Dennis J. Sullivan, diocesan clergy, Catholic Charities staff, parishioners and other community members were there to participate in a prayer vigil on behalf of two particular individuals in attendance: Oscar and Humberta Campos.

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USCCB pushes to meet ‘key moral concerns’ in tax reform

December 7th, 2017 Posted in National News

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WASHINGTON (CNS) — In a new letter to members of Congress, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, outlined a sweeping package of changes in pending tax reform legislation to ensure the final bill is “morally acceptable.”

Bishop Dewane, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, also addressed positive aspects of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which members of both houses of Congress continued to hash out Dec. 6 to reconcile their respective measures for a final bill.

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No dispensation for this year’s Christmas Mass on Monday

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Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON — Although Christmas this year is the day after the fourth Sunday of Advent, Catholics looking to count a Sunday evening Mass Dec. 24 for both that Sunday obligation and Monday’s Christmas Mass obligation will have to think again.

The U.S. bishops already saw this coming at the beginning of the year and said Catholics should attend separate Masses for the two days. Read more »

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Washington auxiliary Barry C. Knestout named bishop of Richmond

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VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis has named Washington Auxiliary Bishop Barry C. Knestout, 55, as the 13th bishop of Richmond, Virginia.

He succeeds Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo, who was Richmond’s bishop from 2004 until his death in August at age 75.

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Theology teacher on Meghan Markle: ‘I would have remembered her anyway’

December 4th, 2017 Posted in National News

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WASHINGTON (CNS) — Maria Pollia, a theology teacher at Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles, did not have to rack her brain to remember her former student Meghan Markle, the actress recently engaged to Prince Harry.

Pollia, who taught Markle during her junior year in 1997-1998 — when they examined mystics and writings on the church — said the student who is now in the media spotlight always took her writings a step further than her peers.

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Decorating for Christmas on Christmas Eve? It’s the beginning, not end, of the season

December 1st, 2017 Posted in National News Tags: , ,

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WASHINGTON (CNS) — During the weeks before Christmas, Catholic churches stand out for what they are missing.

Unlike stores, malls, public buildings and homes that start gearing up for Christmas at least by Thanksgiving, churches appear almost stark save for Advent wreaths and maybe some greenery or white lights.

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Layers of angels draw return Advent customers to senior care center

December 1st, 2017 Posted in National News, Vocations Tags: ,

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BEDFORD, Ohio — Sister Helen Scasny studied the wall of glass-enclosed cases stretching from floor to ceiling inside the entrance of Light of Hearts Villa, a senior care center in Bedford.

Almost 900 angel figurines of various ages, sizes and materials crowded well-lit shelves, but Sister Helen wouldn’t choose a favorite among them.

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Congress up against deadline to renew CHIP health program for low-income children

November 30th, 2017 Posted in National News Tags: , ,

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WASHINGTON (CNS) — A health program that serves children from low-income families that has enjoyed bipartisan support for 20 years faces an uncertain future unless Congress adopts legislation reauthorizing it before funding runs out in the coming months.

Congress failed to meet a Sept. 30 deadline to continue the federally funded and state-run Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP. Several states were preparing in late November to notify families that the program would end unless the federal government recommits to funding it.

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Immigrants must not be demonized, says Miami Archbishop Wenski

November 29th, 2017 Posted in National News Tags:

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WASHINGTON (CNS) — Miami Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski said laws need to be changed to fix the country’s broken immigration system, but in the process, immigrants should not be demonized.

“Fixing illegal immigration does not require the demonization of the so-called ‘illegals,'” said Archbishop Wenski, addressing an audience at a Nov. 28 event in Miami sponsored by the Immigration Partnership and Coalition Fund.

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