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New saints inspire Christians to build peaceful world, bishop says
A banner of Spanish Blessed Faustino Miguez hangs from the facade of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Oct. 13 in advance of his Oct. 15 canonization. An Italian Capuchin priest and dozens of martyrs from Mexico and Brazil also will be canonized by Pope Francis. CNS photo/Paul Haring
A banner of Spanish Blessed Faustino Miguez hangs from the facade of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Oct. 13 in advance of his Oct. 15 canonization. An Italian Capuchin priest and dozens of martyrs from Mexico and Brazil also will be canonized by Pope Francis. CNS photo/Paul Haring
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

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
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
At final Mass in Colombia, Pope calls for change of culture
CARTAGENA, Colombia – Pope Francis capped a five-day trip to Colombia with a call for culture change in a country attempting to pursue a path of peace and reconciliation after decades of armed conflict and centuries of social exclusion.

The Pope issued his call in Cartagena, on Colombia's Caribbean Coast, where he remembered St. Peter Claver and urged the country to follow the example set centuries earlier by the priest, who tended to slaves arriving on ships by showing kind gestures and dignity.

"We are required to generate 'from below' a change in culture, so we respond to the culture of death and violence with the culture of life and encounter," Pope Francis said Sept. 10, prior to returning to Rome.

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Monday, September 11, 2017
Look for vocations in imperfect places, pope tells Colombians
CARTAGENA, Colombia -- Pope Francis called on Catholics to find their future priests and religious in rough and imperfect places. More ...
Monday, September 11, 2017
On 'sacred ground' of suffering, Pope prays for reconciliation in Colombia

VILLAVICENCIO, Colombia – In a raw, honest prayer service where victims and perpetrators of violence stood under the gaze of a bomb-damaged crucifix, Pope Francis urged Colombians to summon the courage to make peace.

Symbolically presiding over the event Sept. 8 was what remained of a crucifix from the church in Bojaya, an image of Jesus whose arms and legs were blown off in 2002 when an improvised homemade mortar launched by rebels crashed through the roof of a church and exploded.

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Saturday, September 9, 2017
Be the first to take a step for peace, pope says at Mass with victims
VILLAVICENCIO, Colombia -- If just one victim of Colombia's civil war forgives his or her aggressor, it can set off a chain reaction of hope for reconciliation and peace, Pope Francis said. More ...
Friday, September 8, 2017
Being vulnerable is being human, pope tells young people
BOGOTA, Colombia -- Proudly showing off their costumes for television cameras before Pope Francis arrived, dozens of young people with Down syndrome and other developmental challenges were obviously proud and pleased. More ...
Friday, September 8, 2017
Colombia youths must teach elders to forgive, to move on, pope says
BOGOTA, Colombia -- As Colombia strives to build a lasting peace, the country's elders need the encouragement and insistence of young people, who believe with all their hearts that forgiveness is possible and grudges don't have to last for decades, Pope Francis said. More ...
Thursday, September 7, 2017
Flying to Colombia, pope asks prayers for Venezuela
ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT TO COLOMBIA  -- Flying to Colombia, with a flight plan changed to avoid Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean Sea, Pope Francis told reporters that Colombia and its neighbor, Venezuela, were in his prayers. More ...
Wednesday, September 6, 2017



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