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  • FOCUS expands to 15 new campuses this year

    Denver, Colo., Aug 18, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- The Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) has announced that it will expand to 15 new campuses for the 2017-2018 school year. This brings the total number of campuses with a FOCUS presence up to 137.

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  • Upcoming eclipse a sign of end times? Hardly so, priest says

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The word from some quarters is that the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse is a harbinger of the end times, but one Wisconsin priest hardly thinks so. Father James Kurzynski, an amateur astronomer, said the cross-country eclipse is an opportunity to reflect on humanity's relationship to creation and build stronger bonds with God while enjoying a rare astronomical event.

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  • Hingham youth group lives out works of mercy in Haiti

    BRAINTREE -- They stayed in an orphanage in the Haitian village of Duverger, and in the morning they prayed and at night they held adoration and traded life stories and bits of their separate cultures with the orphans. Many nights, the orphans fell asleep next to them.

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  • Malteser International Americas aiding the impoverished in Colombia

    BRAINTREE -- It was seeing a young woman suffering from cerebral palsy and lying on the floor in her mother's arms that particularly stood out for Ed Delaney. The Winchester-resident had been in Northern Colombia surveying the work of Malteser International Americas, of which he is a board member and its vice president.

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  • Catholic Charities' Laboure Center awarded Wells Fargo grant

    BOSTON -- Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston's Laboure Center announced Aug. 14 it was awarded a $25,000 grant by Wells Fargo to support the center's Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide Training (NA/HHA), Youth Tutoring Youth (YTY) and Together Engaging Adolescents through Mentoring (TEAM) programs.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Each year, around the feast of St. John Vianney, the patron saint of priests, we like to have a get-together for our priests. This year, for the first time, it was held at Pope St. John XXIII Seminary in Weston. There, we had a holy hour where I was able to share some reflections with the priests, and afterwards we had a cookout. It was an opportunity for the priests to spend some time together in a relaxed atmosphere.

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  • U.S. Catholic parishes, schools happy to be in path of solar eclipse

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- U.S. Catholic parishes and schools located in the 70-mile-wide path of the total solar eclipse Aug. 21 plan to take part in this rare event with everything from providing parking spaces or viewing sites to offering overnight retreats or all-day events with family activities or scientific lectures.

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  • Being legally blind doesn't hinder Catholic priest in serving his flock

    EASTON, Pa. (CNS) -- A visitor attending Mass at St. Jane Frances de Chantal Church might not notice anything unusual about the celebrant. Father Bernard J. Ezaki walks the center aisle of the massive church in Easton. He climbs the steps leading to the altar like any other priest or liturgical minister. He recites prayers with the normal vigor and rhythm of a cleric. People might notice Father Ezaki doesn't use the Sacramentary to read the prayers, or that Father Ezaki holds a micro-cassette in his left hand, and that technology contains all the Mass prayers and readings.

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  • Pope offers prayers for victims of terrorist attack in Barcelona

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis offered prayers for the victims of a terrorist attack in Barcelona, Spain, that left at least 12 people dead and injured dozens of others. "With great concern the Holy Father has learned about what is happening in Barcelona. The pope prays for the victims of this attack and wants to express his closeness to the whole Spanish people, particularly the injured and the families of the victims," said an Aug. 17 statement from Greg Burke, director of the Vatican press office.

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  • In Sudan's Nuba Mountains, no food left, and children are dying

    When people talk about potential famine, they mention South Sudan. But about 1 million people who live just over the border, in Sudan's Nuba Mountains, also face a food emergency. "I call it famine," said Bishop Macram Max Gassis, retired bishop of El Obeid, Sudan. The "hunger the people are experiencing" in the Nuba Mountains is "not totally due to the cruelty of nature but, unfortunately, is man-made."

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  • Texas governor signs bill restricting insurance coverage of abortions

    AUSTIN, Texas (CNS) -- Republican Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas signed a bill into law Aug. 15 that limits insurance coverage for abortion procedures. The measure passed both chambers of the Republican-controlled Legislature during a special session that Abbott ordered lawmakers to hold to address several issues.

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  • Theologian Pia de Solenni appointed Orange County chancellor

    Orange, Calif., Aug 16, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- Moral theologian and cultural analyst Dr. Pia de Solenni has been appointed chancellor for the Diocese of Orange in California, effective Aug. 28. “Pia is an inspirational and well-respected theologian and has proven herself a thoughtful and humble leader within our Church,” said Bishop Kevin Vann in a statement announcing the appointment.

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  • Kosovo to dedicate cathedral named for Mother Teresa

    WARSAW, Poland (CNS) -- A cathedral named for St. Teresa of Kolkata is scheduled to be dedicated in Kosovo on the 20th anniversary of her death. The cathedral will be dedicated Sept. 5 in Pristina. Albanian-born Cardinal Ernest Simoni will represent Pope Francis at the dedication. Celebrations of the neo-classical cathedral, on Pristina's Bill Clinton Boulevard, will begin Aug. 26, the saint's birthday.

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  • Miami's Catholic school observatory is set for eclipse

    MIAMI (CNS) -- The student observatory at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School is eagerly awaiting the solar eclipse. Although Miami is not in the so-called "zone of totality," the region will be in the path of 80 percent of the sun's visibility at the peak of the Aug. 21 eclipse.

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  • Conference offers a journey of hope to divorced Catholics

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (CNS) -- Standing among a crowd of other divorced and separated people, one woman struggled to speak over still-painful emotions. Clearing her throat and taking a breath, she explained that it had been 20 years since her divorce, but the pain still had the power to bubble to the surface.

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  • Pope entrusts to Mary victims of disasters, conflict, social tension

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In a week in which natural disasters, war and racial conflicts dominated the headlines, Pope Francis prayed that Mary would bring peace to a divided world. After reciting the Angelus prayer on the feast of the Assumption, the pope asked Mary to obtain "for everyone consolation and a future of serenity and harmony."

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  • Abortion-pill reversal: The next frontier of informed-consent laws?

    Indianapolis, Ind., Aug 15, 2017 National Catholic Register.- Medication abortions are on their way to becoming the dominant method of abortion in the U.S. But lawmakers are starting to look at whether to change their state’s informed-consent laws to let women know of an experimental treatment that could possibly reverse the effects of a progesterone-blocking abortion.

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  • The history of the Assumption -- and why it's a Holy Day of Obligation

    Washington D.C., Aug 15, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- Today, Catholics around the world mark the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, commemorating the end of her earthly life and assumption into Heaven. But while the feast day is a relatively new one, the history of the holiday – and the mystery behind it – has its roots in the earliest centuries of Christian belief.

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  • US Catholics to mark 50 years since Navy chaplain's heroic death

    Washington D.C., Aug 15, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- A Mass and a documentary premiere are among the events marking the 50th anniversary of the death of Servant of God Father Vincent R. Capodanno, the decorated Navy chaplain who was killed seeking to provide the sacraments to ambushed Marines in the Vietnam War.

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  • Genocide of Christians continues in Middle East, says new U.S. report

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The Trump administration renews its commitment to the protection of religious minority groups threatened by the Islamic State in the Middle East, according to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in the preface of the annual State Department report on international religious freedom, released Aug. 15.

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  • Catholics on Guam pray for peace amid threats by North Korea

    HAGATNA, Guam (CNS) -- The Catholic Church on Guam is urging its members and all people on the island to be prayerful and stay centered in Christ amid threats of missile attacks by North Korea. Coadjutor Archbishop Michael J. Byrnes of Agana asked all priests to promote prayers of peace at all Masses Aug. 13 as tensions continue, following threats by North Korea dictator Kim Jong Un to attack this American territory in the Marianas Islands.

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  • Women religious advised to stop focusing on dwindling numbers

    ORLANDO, Fla. (CNS) -- Sister Mary Pellegrino, outgoing president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, urged participants at the group's annual assembly in Orlando not to focus on dwindling numbers of women religious but instead on the communion they have with each other.

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  • Venezuelan cardinal rejects U.S. military intervention

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- A Venezuelan cardinal rejected the possibility of foreign intervention in the country following U.S. President Donald Trump's threat to pursue a military option. "The crisis we Venezuelans are suffering is so serious that now an external problem arises: the threats of a military option by President Trump," Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino of Caracas said.

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  • Our Lady of Kazan and Mary's affinity for Russia

    Rome, Italy, Aug 12, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- One hundred years ago, at the height of a cultural about-face in Russia, Mary appeared to three shepherd children in Portugal, predicting and encouraging prayer for Russia's conversion.

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  • Pope prays for Christian victims of violent attacks in Africa

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis called for an end to violence against Christians following deadly attacks in two African countries. The pope led pilgrims in praying a Hail Mary for the victims of a deadly shooting Aug. 6 at St. Philip's Catholic Church in Ozubulu, located in Nigeria's southern state of Anambra. He also prayed for Christians killed following an attack at a mission in Gambo, Central African Republic.

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  • Bishops ask for peace after white nationalist rally turns deadly

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- In the aftermath of a chaos- and hate-filled weekend in Virginia, Catholic bishops and groups throughout the nation called for peace after three people died and several others were injured following clashes between pacifists, protesters and white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, Aug. 11 and 12.

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