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Catholics urged to support Middle East Christians on Good Friday

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Middle East, which continues to face many hardships and challenges, needs the ongoing support of Catholics around the world, a Vatican official said. “Long and […]

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‘Every man for himself’ is not a solution to pandemic, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As more and more countries start to feel the economic pinch due to the coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis urged business leaders to seek solutions that will […]

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News Briefs: March 29, 2020

Kathleen McChesney, advocate for abuse victims, to receive Laetare Medal WASHINGTON (CNS) — Kathleen McChesney, a former FBI executive assistant and the first person to lead the U.S. bishops’ Office […]

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North American College decides to send all its seminarians home

ROME (CNS) — With more than half of its seminarians already back in the United States, the Pontifical North American College in Rome is sending its students home. “In consultation […]

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Pope announces extraordinary ‘urbi et orbi’ blessing March 27

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis said he will give an extraordinary blessing “urbi et orbi” (to the city and the world) at […]

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Special indulgences related to COVID-19 announced by Vatican

From the Apostolic Penitentiary on March 20, 2020: “The gift of special Indulgences is granted to the faithful suffering from COVID-19 disease, commonly known as Coronavirus, as well as to […]

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News Briefs: March 22, 2020

Pope entrusts world threatened by coronavirus pandemic to Mary VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis entrusted to Jesus’ mother the suffering and anguish of millions of people affected by the […]

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El Salvador marks 43rd anniversary of Jesuit’s martyrdom as beatification looms

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Even as the government of El Salvador announced a nationwide quarantine, hundreds flocked to a pilgrimage site March 12 to remember a Jesuit priest and his companions […]

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News Briefs: March 15, 2020

Priest offers suffering from brain tumor for victims of clergy sex abuse GREENCASTLE, Ind. (CNS) — Father John Hollowell cried as he sat in the confessional of St. Paul the […]

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Pope chooses ‘synodality’ as theme for 2022 synod

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis has decided the next world Synod of Bishops at the Vatican, which will take place in October 2022, will have the theme: “For a […]

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News Briefs: March 8, 2020

Never engage in dialogue with the devil, pope says VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Christians should follow the example of Jesus in the desert by never trying to dialogue with the […]

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News Briefs: March 1, 2020

Catholics ‘unfriend’ social media, choose ‘digital detox’ for Lent BALTIMORE (CNS) — No selfies. No cat videos. Not even an artfully composed photo of avocado toast. Come Ash Wednesday, Feb. […]