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Don’t ‘blackmail’ kids into coming to church, archbishop says

By Cindy Wooden  Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Although he said, “I would never go to war” over the proper age to administer the sacrament of confirmation, Archbishop Rino Fisichella said too often it seems that the sacrament … Continue reading

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In prayer ‘we find answers,’ says marcher at prayerful anti-racism protest

By Tony Gutierrez Catholic News Service PHOENIX (CNS) — Walking along Central Avenue in South Phoenix June 13, Sannia Johnson noticed people carrying signs stating that “Black Lives Matter,” and knew that’s where she needed to be. Johnson, a 14-year-old … Continue reading

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Laudato Si’ must inspire building better world, panelists at Vatican say

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The coronavirus pandemic and ongoing global crises clearly indicate that Pope Francis’ encyclical on caring for creation urgently needs to be implemented worldwide, a panel of church leaders said. “After … Continue reading

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High court rules against Trump administration’s plan to end DACA

  By Carol Zimmermann Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — In one of the most anticipated cases of the term, the Supreme Court June 18 ruled against efforts by the Trump administration to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals … Continue reading

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Retired pope travels to Germany to visit his brother

Updated June 19 By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Retired Pope Benedict XVI, who is 93 years old, traveled to Germany to visit his ailing older brother, Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, who is 96. The Vatican press … Continue reading

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Pope prays for U.S., calls racism a pro-life issue

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Observing with great concern the social unrest unfolding in the United States, Pope Francis said no one can claim to defend the sanctity of every human life while turning a … Continue reading

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Catechist has special message for children waiting for first Communion

By Joanne Ward  Catholic News Service METUCHEN, N.J. (CNS) — May is the month many eagerly await because it is the time many children receive first holy Communion. Sadly, this year the coronavirus has made pastors postpone this momentous milestone … Continue reading

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Pandemic has changed parish outreach methods ‘forever,’ says evangelist

By Peter Finney Jr. Catholic News Service NEW ORLEANS (CNS) — During two months of social isolation, the work of American business has migrated, ready or not, into the home. If pajamas have become the new workplace attire and the … Continue reading

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Chinese students in New York Catholic school arrange medical gear shipment

By Gregory A. Shemitz Catholic News Service SOUTH HUNTINGTON, N.Y. (CNS) — Two Chinese students at a Catholic high school in a suburb of New York are looking to make a difference in helping to slow the spread of the … Continue reading

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Pope prays for teachers, students adapting to online learning

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis prayed for teachers and students who are trying to adapt and to do their work online during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Let us pray today for teachers who have … Continue reading

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