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Priest-historian: 75 years later, Pearl Harbor 'a powerful event'
Visitors to the National World War II Memorial in Washington read a quote from President Franklin D. Roosevelt on Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. Dec. 7 mark the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. CNS photo/Matthew Cavanugh

Visitors to the National World War II Memorial in Washington read a quote from President Franklin D. Roosevelt on Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. Dec. 7 mark the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. CNS photo/Matthew Cavanugh

WASHINGTON – A Catholic military chaplain and historian says the attack on Pearl Harbor, even 75 years later, continues to rivet the attention of Americans because it is "such a powerful event."

As the anniversary of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack neared, Father Daniel Mode detailed the effect of the Japanese attack on the Hawaiian outpost.
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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Miami archbishop recalls Catholic persecution in Cuba, prays for peace
MIAMI -- On the day the news of Fidel Castro's death spread, Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami was one of the first Catholic Church officials to respond early Nov. 26. More ...
Thursday, December 1, 2016
Revelers in Little Havana seek new future for Cuba after Castro's death
MIAMI -- South Florida Cuban-Americans poured into the streets of Miami's Little Havana throughout the Nov. 25-26 weekend, starting almost immediately after learning that former Cuban leader Fidel Castro had died Nov. 25. More ...
Thursday, December 1, 2016
For Cuban exiles, painful memories mix with relief at Castro's death
MIAMI -- While many celebrated loudly on the streets, the death of Fidel Castro triggered a more subdued reaction among the Cuban exiles who attended the noon Mass Nov. 26 at the National Shrine of Our Lady Charity. More ...
Thursday, December 1, 2016
New Caritas report sets out building blocks for more-just Europe
WARSAW, Poland -- Europe's top Catholic charitable agency has published a "road map for social justice and equality," urging all church members to defend the poor and marginalized. More ...
Thursday, December 1, 2016
Pope, archbishop express condolences over Fidel Castro's death
WASHINGTON -- Quoting from the Book of Ecclesiastes and referencing judgment, Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami issued a statement on the Nov. 25 death of Cuban leader Fidel Castro. More ...
Saturday, November 26, 2016
HHS contraceptive mandate in limbo awaiting action by new administration
WASHINGTON -- The Little Sisters of the Poor and other religious employers that challenged the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act have been cautiously breathing a sigh of relief since the presidential election. More ...
Friday, November 25, 2016
Economic hardship hit U.S. families in past year, new survey says
WASHINGTON -- A significant minority of American families faced some form of economic hardship in the past year, according to the second American Family Survey, which was released Oct. 20. More ...
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Religious, lay leaders react to Trump win in presidential election
WASHINGTON -- Lay and religious leaders of all stripes reacted to news of Donald J. Trump's upset win in the Nov. 8 presidential election. More ...
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Voters reject nearly all ballot measures on issues of Catholic concern

WASHINGTON -- In this year's election, voters went against nearly all of the ballot initiatives backed by Catholic leaders and advocates, except the referendums on minimum wage increases and gun control measures.

 
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Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Earthquakes damage several sacred sites in central Italy
ROME – Priests in central Italy were instructed to celebrate Mass outdoors following another devastating earthquake that rocked the region and brought one of its most spiritually and historically significant churches tumbling down. More ...
Friday, November 4, 2016
Pope expresses shock over cruelty against innocent Iraqis
VATICAN CITY – As a military operation in northern Iraq fights to wrestle control of areas held by retaliating Islamic State forces, Pope Francis criticized the “cruelty” and heinous violence waged against innocent civilians – with scores displaced and many others captured and used as human shields, or killed. More ...
Friday, November 4, 2016
Economic hardship hit U.S. families in past year, new survey says
WASHINGTON -- A significant minority of American families faced some form of economic hardship in the past year, according to the second American Family Survey, which was released Oct. 20. More ...
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Pope sends emergency funding to hurricane victims in Haiti
VATICAN CITY -- As a sign of his closeness and concern, Pope Francis sent aid money to hurricane-stricken Haiti. More ...
Friday, October 14, 2016
Catholic Charities agencies assess damage, begin helping storm victims
WASHINGTON -- Catholic Charities agencies joined emergency response efforts in coastal communities in four Southeastern states as residents and parish staffers began returning to assess the damage Hurricane Matthew left behind. More ...
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Aid slowly makes its way to thousands of Haitians displaced by hurricane
WASHINGTON -- Emergency aid slowly began to reach some of the thousands of Haitians displaced by Hurricane Matthew in the country's picturesque southwest as reports of casualties slowly trickled in from communities cut off by the storm. More ...
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Hurricane response in Haiti slowed by blocked roads, floods, power outages
WASHINGTON -- Haitian first responders and nongovernmental aid workers were assessing the damage from Hurricane Matthew even as they scrambled to deliver food, water and shelter materials to communities isolated by washed-out bridges and blocked roads.

The storm left southwestern Haiti in shambles after slamming into the country's Caribbean coast Oct. 4. The cities of Les Cayes, on the southwest coast, and Jeremie, in the northwest, were said to be particularly hit hard by the strongest storm to strike the Caribbean region in a decade.
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Friday, October 7, 2016
Miami Archdiocese calls for prayers, prepares to help hurricane victims
MIAMI -- Like the rest of South Florida, the Archdiocese of Miami was carefully watching the path of Hurricane Matthew, a Category 4 storm that began pounding Haiti and Cuba Oct. 4 and was expected to hit Florida's Atlantic coastal area late Oct. 6. More ...
Thursday, October 6, 2016
Use of death penalty re-examined in the states, at Supreme Court

WASHINGTON -- The United States, with its mixed record on the death penalty, is about to take a closer look at the issue this fall with two cases before the Supreme Court and three referendums on state ballots in the November election.

 

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Shimon Peres, known for efforts to achieve peace, dies at 93
JERUSALEM – One of the last ceremonies in which former Israeli President Shimon Peres participated as a public figure took place in the Vatican Gardens in June 2014, the last month of his presidency. Along with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, he planted an olive tree at the invitation of Pope Francis. More ...
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Rep. Smith advocates for tougher stance on genocide, persecution
Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-4) has authored federal legislation which would provide relief to victims of genocide, war crimes, religious persecution and other atrocities, while holding perpetrators accountable for their crimes. More ...
Friday, September 23, 2016



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