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Pope will create 14 new cardinals in June
Pope Francis arrives in procession to celebrate Mass marking the feast of Pentecost in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican May 20. The pope at his
Pope Francis arrives in procession to celebrate Mass marking the feast of Pentecost in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican May 20. The pope at his "Regina Coeli" announced that he will create 14 new cardinals June 29. CNS photo/Paul Haring
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis announced he would make 14 new cardinals June 29, giving the red cardinal's hat to the papal almoner, the Iraq-based patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church and the archbishop of Karachi, Pakistan, among others. More ...
Sunday, May 20, 2018

Church is a mother, not a bachelor, Pope says on Marian feast day

VATICAN CITY – Without its feminine dimension, the Catholic Church risks becoming an old boy's club and incapable of love, Pope Francis said.

The Church must "remain female" and "have this attitude of a wife and mother" who nurtures her children, the Pope said in his homily May 21 during a morning Mass commemorating the feast of Mary, Mother of the Church.

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Monday, May 21, 2018
Pope to canonize Blesseds Paul VI, Oscar Romero in Rome Oct. 14
VATICAN CITY  -- Pope Francis will declare Blesseds Oscar Romero, Paul VI and four others saints Oct. 14 at the Vatican during the meeting of the world Synod of Bishops, an institution Blessed Paul revived. More ...
Saturday, May 19, 2018
New Marian feast May 21 cultivates maternal, faithful relationship
The newest Marian feast day decreed by Pope Francis, “Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church,” is fast approaching. Each year Latin-rite Catholics will celebrate her matriarchal status the Monday after Pentecost – taking place this year on May 21. More ...
Thursday, May 17, 2018
First Holy Communion a faith milestone in lives of children
In parishes across the Diocese, thousands of children were welcomed at the table of the Lord for the first time as they received the Sacrament of First Holy Communion, a celebration that ordinarily takes place in the spring.

Families and guardians filled their respective churches to be a part of this sacrament when children encounter Jesus in a special way in the Eucharist.
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Thursday, May 17, 2018
Historians' approval moves Father Tolton's sainthood cause forward
CHICAGO  --  The canonization cause of Father Augustus Tolton received important approval from the Vatican's historical consultants earlier this year, moving the cause forward. More ...
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Vatican issues new rules for communities of contemplative nuns
VATICAN CITY  -- The Vatican released an instruction with new norms for contemplative orders of nuns, encouraging cooperation among their monasteries and outlining procedures for communities left with only a few members. More ...
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Pope, bishops mark anniversary of St. John Paul's condemnation of Mafia
VATICAN CITY -- As the bishops and faithful of Sicily remembered St. John Paul II's visit in 1993 and, especially, his "prophetic invective" against the Mafia, Pope Francis urged them to continue the fight against organized crime. More ...
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Pope asks Catholics to pray the Rosary for peace each day in May
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis prayed that the hopes for peace strengthened by the meeting of the leaders of North and South Korea will not be dashed, and he urged Catholics during the month of May to pray the Rosary for peace.


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Monday, May 7, 2018
International poster and video contest announced for World Communications Day
For the first time, SIGNIS (World Catholic Association for Communications) and the Holy See’s Secretariat for Communications are launching a global poster and video competition on the theme of the 52nd World Communications Day (WCD), May 13, 2018. More ...
Friday, May 4, 2018
May Crowning a treasured devotional practice
For Catholics who have grown up within the traditions of the Church, there is one ritual that remains dear to the heart – May Crowning, a devotional practice that honors Mary as Mother of God and as Queen within the tradition of May as the month of Mary. More ...
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
CARA report on new ordination class gives reasons for hope
WASHINGTON—According to the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate's annual survey among the Ordination Class of 2018, almost all responding ordinands reported being baptized Catholic as an infant (90 percent). More ...
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Police find heart of Dublin's patron saint six years after theft

DUBLIN – The preserved heart of Dublin's patron saint has been recovered by police, nearly six years after it was stolen from a church in the city.

The St. Laurence O'Toole relic – which has been venerated for 800 years – was stolen from Christ Church Cathedral in October 2012.

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Friday, April 27, 2018
Church teaching leads Catholic entities to divest from fossil fuels
WASHINGTON -- Caritas Internationalis, the Catholic Church's worldwide network of humanitarian aid agencies, three German banks and more than 30 other Catholic institutions are planning to divest at least part of their financial portfolios from the fossil fuel industry. More ...
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
In 'historic' move, Pope names three laywomen to doctrinal congregation
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis appointed three women as consultors to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. It marks the first time women and laypersons were named as active contributors -- not support staff. More ...
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Pope meets his advisory commission on child protection
VATICAN CITY -- In its efforts to help advise the Pope, the Roman Curia, bishops' conferences and local Churches on protecting minors from abuse, a Vatican commission listened to abuse survivors from Great Britain and discussed the results of Australia's public inquiry into its country's institutional responses to abuse. More ...
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Pope Francis ordains new priests, asks them to be merciful

VATICAN CITY – Ordaining 16 men to the priesthood, Pope Francis urged them to be merciful with the people who approach them, especially in the confessional.

Marking the World Day of Prayer for Vocations April 22, the Pope ordained 11 men for the Diocese of Rome, four for the Family of Disciples and one for the Sons of Divine Providence. The new priests ranged in age from 26 to 41 and came from Italy, Colombia, Croatia, El Salvador, Madagascar, Myanmar and Vietnam.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Archdiocese argues for Romero canonization in El Salvador
WASHINGTON – A recent editorial in a weekly publication of the Archdiocese of San Salvador argues that the canonization of Blessed Oscar Romero should be held in El Salvador around World Youth Day, which will take place in January in nearby Panama. More ...
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Pope calls for end to 'needless bloodshed' in Nicaragua
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis called for an end to violence in Nicaragua after several days of protests against proposed social security legislation led to the deaths of more than two dozen people. More ...
Monday, April 23, 2018
Relics of Padre Pio venerated in Metuchen cathedral
Hundreds of faithful from throughout the state flocked to the Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi in the Diocese of Metuchen April 17 to venerate the relics of St. Pio of Pietrelcina, the first priest who bore the stigmata of Christ in the history of the Catholic Church. More ...
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Salvador's Blessed Romero canonization probably in Rome in October
WASHINGTON -- During an April 11 homily in Washington, Salvadoran Archbishop Jose Luis Escobar Alas said the canonization of Blessed Oscar Romero will "probably" be in Rome and "probably" take place at end of October after a meeting of bishops. More ...
Thursday, April 12, 2018

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