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Cardinal-designate Farrell has 'deep pastoral roots,' says USCCB president
Cardinal-designate Kevin J. Farrell, prefect of the new Vatican office for laity, family and life, is pictured in a Sept. 13 photo in Washington. CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn
Cardinal-designate Kevin J. Farrell, prefect of the new Vatican office for laity, family and life, is pictured in a Sept. 13 photo in Washington. CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn
DALLAS -- Cardinal-designate Kevin J. Farrell is having a busy year. More ...
Friday, October 21, 2016

Bishops to vote for USCCB president, vice president at general assembly
WASHINGTON -- U.S. bishops are scheduled to elect the next president and vice president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops at their upcoming fall general assembly taking place Nov. 14-16 in Baltimore. More ...
Friday, October 21, 2016
'Families' of Cardinal-designate Tobin express pride, joy at appointment
INDIANAPOLIS -- The "families" of Cardinal-designate Joseph W. Tobin showed their pride, joy and excitement following the Oct. 9 announcement that Pope Francis had chosen the archbishop of Indianapolis to be one of the Catholic Church's 17 new cardinals. More ...
Friday, October 21, 2016
Cardinal-designate Tobin emphasizes need to combat fear, help refugees
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- In 2015, the U.S. accepted 70,000 refugees that included one particular young family: a mother, a father and two small children. More ...
Friday, October 21, 2016
New Mexican cardinal seen as like Pope Francis in pastoral sensitivities

MEXICO CITY -- Cardinal-designate Carlos Aguiar Retes of Tlalnepantla contributed to a 2007 document by the Latin American bishops' council, which called for the church to take the faith to the people, instead of waiting in their parishes for the population to arrive.

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Friday, October 21, 2016
For Cardinal-designate, red hat tops a priesthood filled with surprises
VATICAN CITY  -- For Cardinal-designate Blase J. Cupich of Chicago, one of nine children born to a family in Omaha, Nebraska, more than 40 years of priesthood have been filled with "Are you kidding me?" moments. More ...
Friday, October 21, 2016
Cardinal-designate Corti says other new cardinals make him reflect
VATICAN CITY -- Being named a cardinal along with the nuncio who refuses to leave war-torn Syria, an Albanian priest sentenced to death and tortured by an atheist regime and a young African archbishop who put his life on the line to sow peace and reconciliation in Central African Republic has made Cardinal-designate Renato Corti pray and think hard. More ...
Friday, October 21, 2016
Pope offers red hat to priest whose story moved him to tears
VATICAN CITY -- The story of how an Albanian priest endured decades of imprisonment, torture and forced labor during his country's communist crackdown against the church brought Pope Francis to tears. More ...
Friday, October 21, 2016
Pope canonizes seven saints who 'fought the good fight of faith'
VATICAN CITY -- The seven new saints of the church were holy not because of their own efforts but because of "the Lord who triumphs in them and with them," Pope Francis said.

Each one "struggled to the very end with all their strength," which they received through perseverance and prayer, the pope said Oct. 16 at a canonization Mass in St. Peter's Square.

"They remained firm in faith, with a generous and steadfast heart. Through their example and their intercession, may God also enable us to be men and women of prayer," the pope told the estimated 80,000 people present at the Mass.

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Monday, October 17, 2016
Street saints and brave martyrs: Pope to declare seven new saints
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis will create seven new saints Oct. 16. Here are brief biographies of the six men and one woman about to be canonized. More ...
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Pope announces 17 new cardinals, including three from U.S.
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis will conclude the Year of Mercy by creating 17 new cardinals, including three from the United States: Archbishop Blase J. Cupich of Chicago; Bishop Kevin J. Farrell, prefect of the new Vatican office for laity, family and life; and Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin of Indianapolis. More ...
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
As the 500th anniversary of the Reformation nears, Princeton Theological seeks ecumenical approach
Next  Oct. 31 will mark the 500th anniversary of the day that an Augustinian Monk named Martin Luther nailed 95 theses on a church door in Wittenberg , Germany calling for changes in the Church and sparked what has come to be known as the Protestant Reformation. More ...
Saturday, October 8, 2016
Pope chooses youths, vocational discernment as theme for next synod
VATICAN CITY -- Following up on the Synod of Bishops on the family, a synod in 2018 will focus on accompanying young people on the path of faith and in discerning their vocations, the Vatican said. More ...
Friday, October 7, 2016
Pope's theme for World Communications Day focuses on sharing hope
VATICAN CITY -- In a world where so much bad news can anesthetize people or lead them to despair, the media cannot and should not ignore "good news" stories, stories which Christians see as a reflection of the greater news that God is a loving father, a Vatican office said. More ...
Friday, September 30, 2016
With Chaldean Catholics, pope prays for peace in Syria, Iraq
TBILISI, Georgia -- At a brief prayer service with Chaldean Catholics in Georgia, Pope Francis pleaded with God to grant peace to persecuted Christians and the victims of war, especially in Syria and Iraq. More ...
Friday, September 30, 2016
Pope pleas on behalf of civilians in Aleppo as bombing intensifies
VATICAN CITY -- As a brief cease-fire agreement failed and Syrian government forces returned to bombing Aleppo and fighting rebels in the city streets, Pope Francis made a forceful appeal for assistance for the thousands of innocent civilians trapped in the besieged city. More ...
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
At 200th anniversary Mass, Vincentians recall legacy of founder, early fathers

The bicentennial observed Sept. 24 in Philadelphia’s Miraculous Medal Shrine was an occasion for Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., and all in attendance to commemorate a significant occasion in the history of the Vincentian community – the 200 year mark since the first Vincentian priests and brothers arrived on American shores to begin their ministry of service among the poor.

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Sunday, September 25, 2016
Despite drop in poverty, advocates say much work remains to lift up poor
WASHINGTON  -- While 3.5 million fewer Americans were living in poverty and the median household income grew 5.2 percent in 2015, advocates maintain that there's much more work ahead to help the country's 43.1 million poor in their struggles to obtain affordable housing, feed their families and find well-paying jobs. More ...
Friday, September 23, 2016
Retired Archbishop Gerety of Newark dies at 104
TOTOWA -- Retired Archbishop Peter L. Gerety of Newark died Sept. 20 while in the care of the Little Sisters of the Poor at the order's elder-care facility in Totowa. He was 104. More ...
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
NJ bishops oppose 'deceptive' ad campaign
The Catholic bishops of New Jersey are responding vociferously and unanimously in opposition to a pro-abortion ad campaign recently conducted by a group calling itself Catholics for Choice.

The abortion advocacy organization placed full-page ads Sept. 12 in the print editions of more than 20 local and national publications, including Politico, the Nation, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Dallas Morning News and La Opinion. 

In New Jersey, the ad ran in The Star-Ledger and The Record (of Bergen County).  Digital advertising was also included in the campaign, which featured a statement by a young woman who claimed to be Catholic and who condoned abortion.  The ad aimed to portray the public funding of abortion as a social justice value.

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Thursday, September 15, 2016
Day of prayer aims to begin restoring peace to U.S. communities
WASHINGTON -- Prayers for peace at Catholic schools and parishes around the country Sept. 9 are meant to "build relationships and plant seeds in people's minds and hearts" said Bishop Shelton J. Fabre of Houma-Thibodaux, Louisiana. More ...
Friday, September 9, 2016

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