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Pope Francis' message for World Mission Sunday
Pope Francis greets the crowd during his general audience Oct. 4 in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. In his message for World Mission Sunday, the Holy Father as us to examine the basis and heart of our mission. CNS photo/Paul Haring  

Pope Francis greets the crowd during his general audience Oct. 4 in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. In his message for World Mission Sunday, the Holy Father as us to examine the basis and heart of our mission. CNS photo/Paul Haring  

Dear Brothers and Sisters: Once again this year, World Mission Day gathers us around the person of Jesus, “the very first and greatest evangelizer” (Paul VI, Evangelii Nuntiandi, 7), who continually sends us forth to proclaim the Gospel of the love of God the Father in the power of the Holy Spirit.

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Devotion to Padre Pio evident in thousands who turn out to venerate relics
CHICAGO -- When the relics of St. Pio of Pietrelcina -- commonly known as Padre Pio -- stopped at two Chicago churches, more than 19,000 people turned out to venerate them, organizers said. More ...
Friday, October 20, 2017
St. John Paul gave his life 'completely to God through Mary,' says priest
NEW YORK -- St. John Paul II "looked at the world with Mary's eyes and saw man in need of mercy," the postulator of the pope's canonization cause told Massgoers Oct. 12 at St. Vincent Ferrer Church in New York. More ...
Friday, October 20, 2017
St. Vincent de Paul inspired people to pray and reach out, pope says
VATICAN CITY -- Love for God always translates into an active love of the poor, leading Christians to get up and go out to anyone in need, Pope Francis told members of the religious orders and charitable groups inspired by St. Vincent de Paul. More ...
Friday, October 20, 2017
Pope accepts resignation of auxiliary bishop of Newark
WASHINGTON • Pope Francis has accepted the retirement of Bishop John W. Flesey from the office of auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Newark.  More ...
Friday, October 20, 2017
New local exhibit inspired by Pope Francis' encyclical
Inspired by Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical, “Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home,” Franciscan Father Gabriel Zeis has curated an exhibit at Princeton University that will tell the story of the earth, from its earliest beginnings to the present. More ...
Friday, October 20, 2017
Pope condemns deadly terrorist attack in Somalia
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis prayed for the victims of a terrorist attack in Mogadishu, Somalia, that left hundreds dead and countless wounded in one of the deadliest attacks in the country's history. More ...
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Silver anniversary: Making the Catechism shine in the 21st century
VATICAN CITY -- As the Church marks the 25th anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, promoting it as a means of teaching the truth about faith remains a challenge and a priority.  More ...
Friday, October 13, 2017
New saints inspire Christians to build peaceful world, bishop says
VATICAN CITY -- The church's newest saints represent a diverse group of people who offer encouragement and hope to Christians today through their example, a Brazilian bishop said. More ...
Friday, October 13, 2017
Pope tops 40 million followers on Twitter, 5 million on Instagram
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis' @Pontifex Twitter accounts reached more than 40 million followers just a few months before the fifth anniversary of when Pope Benedict XVI launched the initiative. More ...
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Diocese's generosity noted in Trinity Dome project
When the Trinity Dome project is dedicated in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Dec. 8, many Catholics in the Diocese of Trenton will feel a special and understandable connection. More ...
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Memorial Lecture set for Oct. 26 on Christian-Jewish dialogue
The Rev. Peter Pettit, founding chair of the Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations, will deliver the 24th annual Msgr. John M. Oesterreicher Memorial Lecture on “Semper Reformanda at 500: Old and New Questions for Christians and Jews,” 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 in the Caroline D. Schwartz College of Nursing Amphitheatre, at Seton Hall University, South Orange. More ...
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Charity is at the heart of the church, pope tells Vincentians
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Catholic approach to maternal health needed more than ever, doctor says
ROME -- Twenty years ago, Dr. Robert Walley founded MaterCare International to serve the culture of life wherever mothers and their children are neglected or abandoned, and to support Catholic health care professionals so they can promote human dignity in their work. More ...
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Pope launches global initiative in support of immigrants, refugees

VATICAN CITY – No matter the position one takes on national migration policy, Pope Francis, Caritas Internationalis and national Catholic charities across the globe want Catholics to meet a migrant or refugee and listen to his or her story.

On Sept. 27, Pope Francis will launch the “Share the Journey” campaign, a two-year program of Caritas Internationalis to promote encounters between people on the move and people living in the countries they are leaving, passing through or arriving in.

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Friday, September 22, 2017
Diocese's priests draw insight from Pope's Colombia trip

Fathers Jorge Bedoya and Walter Quiceno may have set out on their separate pilgrimages to Colombia to witness Pope Francis’ simple, yet profound and personal message of forgiveness and healing, but they returned with insight into themselves, too.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017
Cardinal says he will 'spend my life for the flock'
NEWARK • Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the U.S. papal nuncio, imposed the pallium on Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, the sixth archbishop of Newark, Sept. 14 during Mass in the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart. More ...
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Pope expands scope of John Paul II institute on marriage, family

VATICAN CITY –To better prepare priests and pastoral workers to help meet the challenges they face today, Pope Francis is strengthening the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family and changing its name to the Pontifical John Paul II Theological Institute for the Sciences of Marriage and Family.

The new institution is to expand and deepen the types of courses offered as well as take "an analytical and diversified approach" that allows students to study all aspects and concerns of today's families while remaining "faithful to the teaching of Christ," the Pope wrote.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Salesian priest recounts harrowing tale of his capture, liberation

ROME – Salesian Father Tom Uzhunnalil was sitting in a room in an unknown location – one of several he had been relocated to during his 18-month imprisonment – when he received some unexpected news.

"Those who kept me came to where I slept (and said), 'I bring you good news. We are sending you home. If you need to go to the bathroom, go. Take a shower, but quickly!'" Father Uzhunnalil told reporters Sept. 16 at the Salesian headquarters in Rome.

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Monday, September 18, 2017
Pope praises Rome's first interreligious half-marathon

VATICAN CITY – After thousands of runners completed the first ever "multireligious" half-marathon in Rome, Pope Francis praised the initiative, which was sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Culture.

"I greet participants in the 'Via Pacis' athletic race, which passed places of worship of the different religious faiths present in Rome," the Pope said Sept. 17. "I hope that this cultural and athletic initiative fosters dialogue, coexistence and peace," he told gathered for the Angelus prayer in St. Peter's Square, which was near the end of the 13-mile (21 km) course.

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Monday, September 18, 2017
Freed Indian Salesian meets Pope Francis
VATICAN CITY  -- One day after his release from captivity, Salesian Father Tom Uzhunnalil met with Pope Francis. More ...
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

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