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Mass, ceremony mark 100th anniversary of World War I's end
Red poppies are projected onto the sails Nov. 11 of the Sydney Opera House to mark the centenary of the armistice ending World War I. CNS photo/David Gray, Reuters

Red poppies are projected onto the sails Nov. 11 of the Sydney Opera House to mark the centenary of the armistice ending World War I. CNS photo/David Gray, Reuters

WASHINGTON – With a solemn Mass, the mournful toll of bells, and patriotic songs and poems, more than 300 gathered at the St. John Paul II National Shrine in Washington on Nov. 11 to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I and to honor those men and women who have served in the Armed Forces.

The Mass was offered Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. – the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month – the same hour in Paris that the armistice between the Allies and Germany took effect exactly 100 years ago, thus ending "the war to end all wars." The conflict – which was waged from 1914 to 1918 – resulted in around 40 million deaths.
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Monday, November 12, 2018

Archbishop: Irish actions in WWI should be impetus for today's leaders
BELFAST, Northern Ireland – Ireland's most senior Catholic cleric said the suffering endured by the Irish – Catholic and Protestant – during World War I should act as an impetus for political leaders today to build a just and lasting peace in Northern Ireland. More ...
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Religious groups made effort to drive their flocks to midterm voting
WASHINGTON – Just before the polls opened on Election Day on the West Coast, the Franciscan friars of the Province of St. Barbara in California tweeted a photo of Brother Sam Nasada in a brown habit holding a sign, imploring others to vote, using a quote from Pope Francis: "Indifference is dangerous." More ...
Thursday, November 15, 2018
World has not learned lessons from Great War, Pope says

VATICAN CITY – The brutality of the First World War is a lesson that the world has yet to learn, Pope Francis said.

World War I is a chapter in history that serves as a dire warning and a call for world leaders "to reject the culture of war and to seek every legitimate means to put an end to the conflicts that still stain many regions of the world with blood," the Pope said Nov. 11 after praying the Angelus with pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square.

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Monday, November 12, 2018
'Pray hard' for all affected by California shooting, Los Angeles archbishop says
LOS ANGELES -- After a shooting spree late Nov. 7 at a country-music bar in Thousand Oaks, about 40 miles from the heart of Los Angeles, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles asked people to "pray hard" for the victims and their families. More ...
Thursday, November 8, 2018
Aid groups, bishop sound alarm over humanitarian crisis in Yemen
AMMAN, Jordan -- Aid agencies and Catholic officials are sounding the alarm on Yemen's spiraling humanitarian crisis, calling on the combatants to end the war and make badly needed assistance available. More ...
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Listen to those in need, Pope says in World Day of Poor message
VATICAN CITY -- How is it that God in heaven can hear the cries of the poor, but so many people watching or standing nearby either cannot or just do not care, Pope Francis asked. More ...
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Pope prays for Coptic Orthodox Christians after terrorist attack
VATICAN CITY – In the wake of a deadly attack against Coptic Orthodox Christians in Egypt, Pope Francis prayed for the victims, their families and the entire Christian community. More ...
Monday, November 5, 2018
Catholics have divine imperative to stand with all migrants, says priest
PORTLAND, Ore. -- God crossed the border from divinity to humanity, sparking a divine imperative that we stand in solidarity with those migrating in the world, a theologian said in a couple of talks he delivered in Portland. More ...
Monday, November 5, 2018
Nations are built by migrants, Pope says
VATICAN CITY -- Countries do not develop by themselves; they are built by migrants, Pope Francis said. More ...
Monday, November 5, 2018
Mexican parishes pitch in to help Central American caravan heading north
HUIXTLA, Mexico -- Members of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in this southern Mexican city rose early Oct. 24 to feed but a fraction of the Central American migrants traveling in a caravan, which is trying to traverse Mexico and reach the United States border. More ...
Monday, November 5, 2018
Catholic groups urge humane treatment of migrants headed to border
WASHINGTON -- As a group from Central America heads to the border between the U.S. and Mexico, the Trump administration is said to be getting ready to send troops to meet them and Catholic groups are asking that the migrants be treated humanely. More ...
Monday, November 5, 2018
Synagogue shooting victims mourned; faith, civic leaders vow to fight hate
PITTSBURGH – Thousands of people gathered outside and inside the Sailors and Soldiers Memorial Hall of the University of Pittsburgh Oct. 28 at an interfaith service to mourn the victims of the horrific shooting a day earlier at the Tree of Life Synagogue. More ...
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Catholic officials say Hurricane Michael sets new bar for disaster relief

MIAMI – Yirca Salazar, a quality assurance specialist for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami, was just a toddler when 1992's Category-5 Hurricane Andrew left a trail of destruction south of Miami.

Salazar doesn't remember much about that historic storm, whose wind strength is being compared to this year's Hurricane Michael and its cataclysmic impact on parts of the Florida Panhandle.

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Monday, October 29, 2018
NEWS BRIEFS - WORLD & NATION - Oct. 28, 2018
CLEVELAND — Franciscan Sister Janice Cebula isn't one to turn down a chance to learn and be inspired. So when Network, the Catholic social justice lobby, decided to take its Nuns on the Bus campaign on the road again beginning Oct. 8 to call attention to the 2017 Tax Cut and Jobs Act and its impact on social services and local communities, she readily agreed to join one leg of the trip. More ...
Sunday, October 28, 2018
USCCB president condemns shooting at synagogue and all 'acts of hate'
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Catholic bishops stand with "our brothers and sisters of the Jewish community," the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said Oct. 27 after a horrific shooting earlier that day in Pittsburgh at the Tree of Life Synagogue, described as the hub of Jewish life in that city. More ...
Saturday, October 27, 2018
Mexican parishes pitch in to help Central American caravan heading north
HUIXTLA, Mexico -- Members of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in this southern Mexican city rose early Oct. 24 to feed but a fraction of the Central American migrants traveling in a caravan, which is trying to traverse Mexico and reach the United States border. More ...
Saturday, October 27, 2018
American pastor freed after two years in Turkey returns to America
WASHINGTON – The Rev. Andrew Brunson, an evangelical Presbyterian pastor who had been jailed by Turkish authorities for nearly two years, returned to U.S. soil Oct. 13 after being freed the day before by Turkey. More ...
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Lack of progress fighting hunger is shameful, Pope says

By Anne Condodina | Catholic News Service

ROME -- At a time of technological and scientific progress, "we ought to feel shame" for not having advanced in "humanity and solidarity" enough to feed the world's poor, Pope Francis said.

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Thursday, October 18, 2018
'Every parish, rectory in hurricane zone' suffering, says Church official
MIAMI  -- The physical impact of Hurricane Michael and the anticipated recovery period for parts of the Florida Panhandle appear to be on a scale of last year's Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, according to the Church's top emergency management specialist in Florida. More ...
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Washington state's Supreme Court strikes down death penalty
SEATTLE -- The Catholic bishops of Washington state Oct. 11 applauded the unanimous decision of the state Supreme Court striking down the death penalty as unconstitutional. More ...
Wednesday, October 17, 2018



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