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Worshippers attend a candlelight procession in 2016 at the annual Skaro Pilgrimage in Alberta. The shrine was built in 1919 by Polish pioneers who hauled 600 wagonloads of stones to the site. CNS photo/Lincoln Ho, Grandin Media

Worshippers attend a candlelight procession in 2016 at the annual Skaro Pilgrimage in Alberta. The shrine was built in 1919 by Polish pioneers who hauled 600 wagonloads of stones to the site. CNS photo/Lincoln Ho, Grandin Media

The following briefs were recently published by Catholic News Service. More ...
Friday, August 10, 2018

Church leaders, death penalty opponents praise Catechism revision
WASHINGTON -- Joining other Catholic death penalty opponents, the chairman of the U.S. bishops' domestic policy committee praised the Aug. 2 announcement that Pope Francis had ordered a revision of the Catechism of the Catholic Church calling the death penalty "inadmissible." More ...
Thursday, August 9, 2018
Vatican official: Catechism change shows 'true dogmatic progress'
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis' revision of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to assert that capital punishment is morally inadmissible shows how the Church can grow in its understanding of the implications of basic tenets of faith, said Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization. More ...
Thursday, August 9, 2018
Pope sends prayers after Indonesia's Lombok hit by another powerful quake
JAKARTA, Indonesia – At least 91 people have been confirmed dead after a magnitude 7 earthquake struck Indonesia's Lombok Island a week after another powerful quake killed more than a dozen people. More ...
Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Use internet to promote tourism that respects environment, Vatican says
VATICAN CITY – With more and more people planning their vacations online and sharing their experiences digitally, the tourism industry and tourists themselves should pay more attention to using online forums to encourage respect for the locales visited and for the communities that live there, the Vatican said. More ...
Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Evangelization key message of National Diaconate Congress, local deacons say

Calling the event “powerful and reflective,” deacons from the Diocese of Trenton and their wives were among the more than 1,300 brethren and their families at the 2018 National Diaconate Congress, held July 22-26 in New Orleans.

Exploring the theme “Christ the Servant: Yesterday, Today and Forever,” the five-day conference of Masses, general assemblies and workshops was sponsored by the National Association of Diaconate Directors and marked the 50th anniversary of “Sacrum Diaconatus Ordinem,” the document issued by Blessed Paul VI restoring the permanent diaconate.

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Friday, August 3, 2018
Pope revises catechism to say death penalty is 'inadmissible'
The Holy Father Pope Francis has approved the following revision to the Catechism of the Catholic Church recommended by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (August 1, 2018). More ...
Thursday, August 2, 2018
St. Katharine Drexel's tomb will be moved to Philadelphia cathedral
PHILADELPHIA -- The remains of St. Katharine Drexel, founder of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, will be transferred from the crypt under the chapel of St. Elizabeth Convent, the congregation's Bensalem motherhouse, in the coming weeks to the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul in Philadelphia. More ...
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
USCCB president: Church must address its leaders' 'moral failures of judgment'
WASHINGTON -- Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has issued the following statement noting the steps the U.S. Bishops Conference will take in addressing the failures of the Church in protecting the people of God.    More ...
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Struggle against AIDS isn't over, Catholics say at global meeting
AMSTERDAM – Despite rumors of its demise, the AIDS pandemic is far from over, and churches must continue to play a critical role in combating the disease, Catholic leaders were told at an international gathering of more than 15,000 AIDS researchers and activists. More ...
Monday, July 30, 2018
Update: Pope accepts Cardinal McCarrick's resignation, orders prayer and penance before trial
VATICAN CITY  -- Pope Francis has accepted the resignation from the College of Cardinals of Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, retired archbishop of Washington, and has ordered him to maintain "a life of prayer and penance" until a canonical trial examines accusations that he sexually abused minors. More ...
Saturday, July 28, 2018
Catholic physicians highlight lesser known dangers of contraceptive use
WASHINGTON -- A team of Catholic Medical Association physicians and students are working on a comprehensive literature review of the medical effects of contraception, set to be available later this year. More ...
Thursday, July 26, 2018
U.S. papal advisor calls for action in wake of McCarrick allegations
Cardinal Sean O’Malley, OFM, Archbishop of Boston and principal U.S. advisor to Pope Francis on the issue of the sexual abuse of minors, responding to recent revelations of multiple credible allegations of sexual abuse made against Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, has called these allegations “devastating” for victims and their families and a “catastrophe in the Church.” More ...
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Pope attends funeral of cardinal who announced to world his election
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis attended the funeral Mass and presided over the final commendation of Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, the French cardinal who led the Vatican's outreach to other religions and who had announced to the world his election as pope five years ago. More ...
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Cardinal says deacons' life of action, charity, service models Jesus' life
NEW ORLEANS – While the ministry of the deacon has changed in the Catholic Church's history, Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin of Newark, New Jersey, said deacons today are a sign of what Christians are called to be in their service of God and neighbor. More ...
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Caring for others at core of deacons' vocation, nuncio says at National Diaconate Congress
NEW ORLEANS – The core vocational work of permanent deacons is to evangelize and care for others, not to perform office duties, the apostolic nuncio to the United States said July 22 to more than 1,300 deacons attending the 2018 National Diaconate Congress in New Orleans. More ...
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Pope Francis approves USCCB delegates for October's Synod of Bishops

WASHINGTON – Pope Francis has ratified the members elected by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to represent the United States at Synod of Bishops Oct. 3-28.

The synod will meet at the Vatican to discuss "young people, faith and vocational discernment."

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Monday, July 23, 2018
Pope calls for respect for migrants amid rising number of deaths at sea
VATICAN CITY -- With the rising death toll of migrants and refugees attempting the treacherous voyage across the Mediterranean Sea, Pope Francis urged world leaders to act to prevent further tragedy. More ...
Monday, July 23, 2018
Rome Diocese opens sainthood process for young Italian mother
ROME -- The Diocese of Rome formally opened the sainthood process for a young Italian wife and mother who avoided inducing a premature birth and invasive treatment for cancer while she was pregnant. More ...
Monday, July 23, 2018
Pope adds teen to list of saints to be declared in October
VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis has added an Italian teenager to the list of people he will formally recognize as saints Oct. 14 during the monthlong meeting of the world Synod of Bishops on young people.

During an "ordinary public consistory" July 19, Pope Francis announced he would declare Blessed Nunzio Sulprizio a saint the same day he will canonize Blesseds Oscar Romero, Paul VI and four others.
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Friday, July 20, 2018
Society needs Church's 'gorgeous prescriptions for human love,' activist says
NAPA, Calif. -- Americans continue to pursue "this ridiculous path" of "unlinking sex and marriage and kids, while calling what is actually falling apart 'flying,'" said one of America's foremost Catholic feminist thinkers. More ...
Thursday, July 19, 2018

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