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Weapons must be set aside for peace to flourish, pope says

By Carol Glatz  Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — For peace to flourish, weapons of war must be set aside, especially nuclear weapons that can obliterate entire cities and countries, Pope Francis said on the 75th anniversary of the … Continue reading

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Vatican says baptisms that used a modified formula are not valid

By Carol Glatz  Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Changing the words of the formula for baptism render the sacrament invalid, said the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Specifically, a baptism administered with the formula “We baptize … Continue reading

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Catholic leaders call for prayers, help after massive Beirut blasts

By Dale Gavlak Catholic News Service AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — Lebanese were reeling after a massive explosion at Beirut’s port destroyed homes, businesses and livelihoods across the capital, and Catholic leaders immediately took action and called for international support. Aid … Continue reading

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Pope calls for prayers for Lebanon after deadly explosion in Beirut

By Carol Glatz  Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — After a massive fire triggered a deadly explosion in Beirut, Pope Francis called for prayers and a united effort to help Lebanon overcome “this serious crisis.” “Let us pray for … Continue reading

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Vatican workers who meet public tested for COVID-19 antibodies

By Carol Glatz  Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Vatican employees and workers who have contact with the public are being tested for the antibodies for COVID-19, said the new director of the Vatican department of health and hygiene. … Continue reading

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German author says retired Pope Benedict is ‘extremely frail’

Updated 11:50 a.m. By Cindy Wooden  Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — An author with a long and close relationship to retired Pope Benedict XVI told a German newspaper that the 93-year-old retired pope is “extremely frail.” Peter Seewald, … Continue reading

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Nuclear era that began in 1945 poses moral questions for the 21st century

By Dennis Sadowski  Catholic News Service CLEVELAND (CNS) — The Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were destroyed by atomic bomb explosions 75 years ago this August, hastening the end of World War II. And while a nuclear arms race … Continue reading

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In planning Jan. 29 March for Life, officials mindful of health safeguards

By Kurt Jensen  Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — In the midst of the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers of the annual March for Life rally on the National Mall and march to the Supreme Court are still scheduled … Continue reading

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Czerny: Pandemic made people grasp role of migrants as essential workers

By Sarah Mac Donald Catholic News Service DUBLIN (CNS) — The coronavirus pandemic “opened our eyes to the peripheries in our midst,” specifically to the contribution of migrant workers in essential services such as health care, transportation, sanitation and agriculture, … Continue reading

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