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Myanmar cardinal says Easter must be beginning of nation’s healing

YANGON, Myanmar (CNS) — Cardinal Charles Bo of Yangon has called on the citizens of Myanmar, which is witnessing merciless killings by security forces, not to give up hope. “The […]

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News Briefs: April 4, 2021

Vatican statistics show continued growth in number of Catholics worldwide VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The number of Catholics and permanent deacons in the world has shown steady growth, while the […]

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News Briefs: March 28, 2021

Pope elevates Ireland’s national Knock Shrine to international status DUBLIN (CNS) — Pope Francis has elevated the National Sanctuary of Our Lady of Knock to the status of an International […]

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Vatican says no blessing gay unions, no negative judgment on gay people

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — While homosexual men and women must be respected, any form of blessing a same-sex union is “illicit,” said the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the […]

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Cacao Alliance creates jobs in El Salvador

Glendy Fernández de Valle, 33 and her daughter Hazel Valle, 11, live in Altavista, San Martín, San Salvador, El Salvador, where they run their family cacao business called Tetonalli. Tetonalli […]

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News Briefs: March 21, 2021

Catholic nonprofit will honor women religious who died of COVID-19 CHICAGO (CNS) — Chicago-based Catholic Extension plans to help 1,000 women religious with grants in memory of a group of […]

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Living the beatitudes can change the world, pope says in Iraq

BAGHDAD (CNS) — Pope Francis told Iraqi Christians that when they suffer discrimination, persecution or war, the Eight Beatitudes are addressed to them. “Whatever the world takes from us is […]

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News Briefs: March 14, 2021

Gomez: U.S. bishops’ working group set up last November completes work WASHINGTON (CNS) — A special working group of the U.S. bishops formed last November to deal with conflicts that […]

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Solemnity of St. Joseph is March 19 — Church grants plenary indulgences for year of St. Joseph

Pope Francis announced Dec. 8 a special year dedicated to St. Joseph from Dec. 8, 2020, until Dec. 8, 2021, on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the proclamation […]

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Life triumphs over death as Christians rebuild in Iraq, pope says

QARAQOSH, Iraq (CNS) — Amid the rubble and bombed out remains of four churches destroyed by Islamic State militants, Pope Francis paid tribute to Iraqi Christians who endured persecution and […]

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News Briefs: March 7, 2021

Human rights advocate Sister Dianna Ortiz dies after brief illness CLEVELAND (CNS) — Ursuline Sister Dianna Ortiz was teaching indigenous children as a missionary in Guatemala in 1989 when her […]

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Ways to foster Catholic-Methodist relationships in new document

CLEVELAND (CNS) — A two-part publication emerging from the most recent round of dialogue between representatives of the U.S. Catholic bishops and the United Methodist Church offers practical helps and […]