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  • Australian bishops: Assisted suicide is the opposite of health care

    Melbourne, Australia, Apr 25, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- Proposals to legalize euthanasia in the Australian state of Victoria are based on “misplaced compassion,” the local bishops said. “Euthanasia and assisted suicide are the opposite of care and represent the abandonment of the sick and the suffering, of older and dying persons,” the bishops said April 18.

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  • Trump administration will continue defending HHS mandate in court

    Washington D.C., Apr 25, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- With President Donald Trump’s administration signaling that it is not dropping the HHS mandate cases against religious non-profits, plaintiffs are concerned that the action does not reflect promises made during the presidential campaign.

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  • Court rules Saskatchewan cannot fund non-Catholics in Catholic schools

    REGINA, Saskatchewan (CNS) -- A judgment in a 12-year-old court case has sent shock waves through Saskatchewan's Catholic education community and left Regina Archbishop Donald Bolen "disheartened." Queen's Bench Justice Donald Layh ruled April 21 that the government of Saskatchewan is violating a section of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms by funding non-Catholic students who attend Catholic schools.

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  • Mercy opens the door to understanding the mystery of God, pope says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Mercy is a true form of knowledge that allows men and women to understand the mystery of God's love for humanity, Pope Francis said. Having experienced forgiveness, Christians have a duty to forgive others, giving a "visible sign" of God's mercy, which "carries within it the peace of heart and the joy of a renewed encounter with the Lord," the pope said April 23 before praying the "Regina Coeli" with visitors gathered in St. Peter's Square.

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  • Feminists and pro-lifers can join forces -- and why they should

    Washington D.C., Apr 22, 2017 CNA.- On a Monday evening in Washington, D.C., well over a hundred women – and a few men too – gathered together to take up some of the most intense questions from earlier in 2017: Can feminists be pro-life? Can pro-life activists be feminists?

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  • Spokesman: Tight security is 'new normal' as pope heads to Egypt

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Despite the ongoing risk of terrorism, Pope Francis planned to travel to Egypt as a sign of being close to the people there, said Greg Burke, Vatican spokesman. Heightened security is part of the "new normal" in many countries, but even in the wake of the Palm Sunday attacks in Egypt, it is the pope's desire "to go ahead, to also be a sign of his closeness" to those affected by violence and all the people of Egypt, Burke told journalists April 24.

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  • Form follows spirit in new Seaport Shrine

    SOUTH BOSTON -- A decade ago, Boston's Seaport district looked more like an industrial lot than an inhabited part of the city. Today, the Seaport district is under bristling with construction. Gone are the under-used lots, their asphalt cracking from years of neglect. In their stead is a series of high rise building in various stages of construction. And in the heart of it all sits a newly built church: Our Lady of Good Voyage Shrine.

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  • Carter 'humbled and honored' by Vatican appointment

    BRAINTREE -- For Ann Carter, a Boston public relations and communications executive, being named a consultor to the Vatican's Secretariat for Communication is "awesome." "And I mean that in terms of being awestruck, as opposed to the way my kids use the word 'awesome,'" Carter added, laughing, in an April 18 interview with The Pilot.

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  • Oblates to mark anniversaries with Boston gala

    BOSTON -- For two centuries, the Oblates of the Virgin Mary have been a spiritual force in the Catholic world, exercising a love for Mary and a commitment to prayer and the sacraments. Now celebrating their 200th anniversary, and their 40th anniversary of first establishing a presence in Boston, provincial of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary U.S. Province Father Jim Walther said the Oblates are maintaining a wide presence both locally and around the globe.

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  • Shrine's altar to hold relic of patron of sailors

    Since the earliest days of the Church, relics of martyrs and saints have been venerated by the faithful. In keeping with this tradition, to this day Catholic Churches around the world all have a relic enshrined in or under the altar before the church building is dedicated and its altar is consecrated.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    That evening (4/7), I was very happy to attend A Future in Bloom Dinner Gala to benefit Franciscan Children's Hospital. Franciscan Children's was founded in the late 1930s by Cardinal Cushing with the help of Joseph and Rose Kennedy, and was staffed and administered for many years by the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary. Today, the hospital serves about 16,000 children each year.

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  • Judge John Noonan remembered for recognizing common humanity of all people

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Senior Judge John T. Noonan Jr., a member of the U.S Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit for 31 years who died April 17 at age 90, grew up in a world of privilege but always took into account the common humanity that binds people together when he decided cases, said a Boston College professor who worked as a law clerk for him.

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  • Portuguese businessman sends free Fatima statues throughout world

    CAPE TOWN, South Africa (CNS) -- Every time Jose Camara thinks his ministry is completed, somebody else needs a statue of Our Lady of Fatima to spread the devotion. Camara, a retired Portuguese businessman, has donated more than 1,000 of the statues, handmade in Fatima, to parishes around the world since January 2013. He even covers the cost of transport, including to South Africa, Madagascar, Australia and the United States.

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  • 13 planning attacks on Christians arrested in Egypt

    Cairo, Egypt, Apr 20, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- Egyptian police on Sunday arrested 13 people who were planning attacks against Christians and public institutions in the country. The April 16 arrests take on greater importance as Pope Francis prepares to visit Egypt at the end of the month.

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  • Catholic church touts solar panels, says it's powered by the Son and sun

    TUCSON, Ariz. (CNS) -- The sign outside Our Mother of Sorrows Parish office reads: "OMOS gets its Power from the sun/Son." And it means exactly what it says, said pastor Msgr. Thomas F. Cahalane. "The reality is that God in creation is all around us. Creation is God's gift, and it is given in great abundance," he told Catholic Outlook, the newspaper of the Tucson Diocese. "The Gospel calls us to share it with the community and to be a conveyor of God's love."

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  • Two Arkansas executions called off, but five remain planned

    Little Rock, Ark., Apr 18, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- Catholics in Arkansas and around the country continue to pray for death row inmates in the state, after courts on Monday blocked two executions in an eight inmate, 10 day flurry of executions planned by the governor.

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  • Pope appoints bishop for Iowa diocese, names San Diego auxiliary

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Martin J. Amos of Davenport, Iowa, and named as his successor Msgr. Thomas R. Zinkula, a priest of the Archdiocese of Dubuque, Iowa, who is currently rector of St. Pius X Seminary at Loras College in Dubuque.

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  • Closed hearts unable to be surprised by the Resurrection, pope says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Christian faith is a grace and can be perceived only in the hearts of those willing to be surprised by the joy of the Resurrection, Pope Francis said. "A closed heart, a rationalistic heart" is incapable of understanding the Christian message which has God's love -- manifested in Christ's victory over death -- at its center, the pope said at his weekly general audience April 19.

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  • Georgetown University, Jesuits apologize for roles in sale of slaves

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Georgetown University and the Society of Jesus' Maryland province apologized April 18 for their roles in the 1838 sale of 272 enslaved individuals for the university's benefit. More than 100 descendants attended a morning "Liturgy of Remembrance, Contrition and Hope" that the university created in partnership with descendants, the Archdiocese of Washington and the Society of Jesus in the United States.

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