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  • Pope names administrator for Lyon as cardinal appeals conviction

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis has named a retired bishop to serve as apostolic administrator of the Archdiocese of Lyon, France, three months after refusing to accept the resignation of Cardinal Philippe Barbarin. In early March, a French court ...

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  • Pope announces themes for upcoming WYD celebrations

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Announcing the themes for the next three World Youth Day celebrations, Pope Francis called on young men and women to meditate on the path of Christian life that God has called them to walk. Meeting with 280 young people from 109 ...

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Brooklyn Collars vs. Scholars game part of Catholic education celebration


BROOKLYN, N.Y. (CNS) -- For the second straight year, the Brooklyn clergy showed their prowess on the softball diamond with a 2-1 win over principals and teachers of diocesan schools. The annual Collars vs. Scholars game was played June 17 at the MCU Park baseball stadium in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn. It's the home field of the New York Mets-affiliated Brooklyn Cyclones.

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Melkite Catholic bishops call for peace in Syria during annual synod


BEIRUT (CNS) -- Melkite Catholic bishops from around the world, gathering in Lebanon for their annual synod, called for reconciliation and peace in Syria. "In Syria, the war is almost over, but the horizon is unclear," the bishops said in a statement following the June 17-21 gathering, which was led by Melkite Catholic Patriarch Joseph Absi.

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Receive Communion every time as if it were the first time, pope says


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Every time a Catholic receives Communion, it should be like his or her first Communion, Pope Francis said. Marking the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ June 23, the pope spoke about the gift of the Eucharist during his midday Angelus address at the Vatican and at the Rome parish of Santa Maria Consolatrice, where he celebrated an evening Mass and led eucharistic Benediction after a Corpus Christi procession.

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