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N.Y. church, agency, union leaders on fact-finding trip to Central America

By Christie L. Chicoine  Catholic News Service NEW YORK (CNS) — A delegation that includes the head of Catholic Charities of the New York Archdiocese, union leaders, state officials and representatives of humanitarian aid agencies are visiting the three Central … Continue reading

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Solitary confinement in U.S. prisons qualifies today as torture

Backgrounder.  By Mark Pattison  Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Few people think about it in these terms, even around Easter, but Jesus was tortured as a prisoner before his death on a cross. There’s no other way to characterize … Continue reading

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Only risen Christ can bring peace to world at war, pope says at Easter

By Junno Arocho Esteves  Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As the machine of warfare continues to churn out more dangerous weaponry, only the power and joy of Christ’s resurrection can fill hearts with comfort and peace, Pope Francis … Continue reading

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‘Their Calvary was lengthy’: Pope’s Stations recall those exploited

By Junno Arocho Esteves  Catholic News Service ROME (CNS) — Recalling Jesus’ death on the cross, Pope Francis led thousands on Good Friday in reflecting on the crosses of loneliness, fear and betrayal that crucify countless men, women and children … Continue reading

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Singer-songwriter presents Crucifixion in concert

By Joanne Fox  Catholic News Service SIOUX CITY, Iowa (CNS) — Singer-songwriter Tatiana “Tajci” Cameron confessed she didn’t always like Holy Week. “It always seemed to be full of sadness,” she told the crowd of more than 500 who gathered … Continue reading

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On Good Friday, papal preacher says cross brings hope to the oppressed

By Carol Glatz  Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The cross serves as a warning to the powerful and a message of hope for the poor and oppressed, said the preacher of the papal household. With Christ’s crucifixion, death … Continue reading

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College student’s doughnut outing led to love and joining Catholic Church

By Ashleigh Kassock  Catholic News Service ARLINGTON, Va. (CNS) — In 1957, Sarah Wessel’s great-grandmother, Isabella Brooks, hand-stitched a wedding gown for her daughter Mary Ann Kelsey. After the wedding, the satin gown was wrapped in blue paper and placed … Continue reading

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