Pope to canonize Blesseds Paul VI, Oscar Romero in Rome Oct. 14

Blessed Paul VI, pictured in 1969, and Blessed Oscar Romero, pictured in 1979. (CNS photos)

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis will declare Blesseds Oscar Romero, Paul VI and four others saints Oct. 14 at the Vatican during the meeting of the world Synod of Bishops, an institution Blessed Paul revived.

The date was announced May 19 during an “ordinary public consistory,” a meeting of the pope, cardinals and promoters of sainthood causes that formally ends the sainthood process.

During the consistory, Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes, formally petitioned the pope “to enroll in due course among the saints” six candidates for canonization “for the glory of God and the good of the whole church.”

Each of the candidates, the cardinal told the pope, gave “a convinced and coherent witness to the Lord Jesus. Their example continues to enlighten the church and the world in accordance with the perspective of mercy that your Holiness never ceases to indicate and propose.” Continue reading

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Texas archdiocese, bishops offer healing, support after shooting

Law enforcement responds to a school shooting May 18 at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, near Houston. Police reported that 10 people were killed and at least 10 were wounded. (CNS photo/HCSO, handout via Reuters)

By Catholic News Service

HOUSTON (CNS) — In response to the May 18 school shooting at a Houston-area high school, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston said the archdiocesan community would “unite to support and offer healing to those affected.”

“As a society, we must strive for a way to end such acts of senseless gun violence in our schools and communities,” he added in a May 18 statement.

The cardinal said he was “deeply saddened” and that his prayer and the prayers of Catholics in the archdiocese are with the “victims and families of those killed and injured in this horrific tragedy.”

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Sunday Scripture readings, May 20, 2018: Overcoming fear with faith

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The Catholic News Service column, “Speak to Me Lord,” offers reflections on the Sunday Scripture readings. (CNS/Nancy Wiechec)

May 20, Pentecost Sunday

Cycle B

1) Acts 2:1-11
Psalm 104:1, 24, 29-31, 34
2) 1 Cor 12:3-7, 12-13 or Gal 5:16-25
Gospel: Jn 20:19-23 or Jn 15:26-27; 16:12-15

By Jem Sullivan
Catholic News Service

Fear is a powerful human emotion that shapes our actions and words. A young man named Karol Wojtyla experienced firsthand the deep fear of his community as Poland endured the inhumanity of the Nazis during World War II. Karol belonged to a local theater group whose members were forced to go underground as the Nazis occupied their city.

One clandestine theater performance was particularly memorable as the young actors gathered, in secret, in a dark room lit only by a single candle, with no stage props and curtains drawn tight to muffle the sound of their voices. In the street below, they could hear Nazi soldier patrols blasting propaganda over crackling loudspeakers to instill fear in the hearts and minds of the people. Continue reading

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All of Chile’s bishops offer resignations after meeting pope on abuse

Bishop Juan Ignacio Gonzalez Errazuriz of San Bernardo, Chile, attends a press conference in Rome May 18. Bishop Gonzalez said every bishop in Chile offered his resignation to Pope Francis after a three-day meeting with him at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Every bishop in Chile offered his resignation to Pope Francis after a three-day meeting at the Vatican to discuss the clerical sexual abuse scandal.

“We want to announce that all bishops present in Rome, in writing, have placed our positions in the Holy Father’s hands so that he may freely decide regarding each one of us,” Bishop Juan Ignacio Gonzalez Errazuriz of San Bernardo said May 18 in a statement on behalf of the country’s bishops.

The unprecedented decision was made on the final day of their meeting May 15-17 with Pope Francis.

Auxiliary Bishop Fernando Ramos Perez of Santiago, secretary-general of the Chilean bishops’ conference, said the pope had read to the 34 bishops a document in which he “expressed his conclusions and reflections” on the 2,300-page report compiled by Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta and his aide, Father Jordi Bertomeu, during a visit to Chile to investigate the scandal.

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Meghan Markle’s Catholic school celebrates royal wedding

Students at Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles wear their hair up like hats May 15 during a celebration for Meghan Markle’s upcoming marriage to Prince Harry. Markle is an alumna of the school. (CNS photo/Mike Blake, Reuters)

By Carol Zimmermann 
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Royal wedding fever has caught on in many places, but it has a particular soft spot at Immaculate Heart Middle School and High School outside Los Angeles, the school Meghan Markle attended from seventh to 12th grade.

The school is located more than 5,000 miles from St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in England, where Markle and Prince Harry’s May 19 wedding is taking place, but the California school bridged this gap during an outdoor pre-wedding celebration May 15.

Students waved British and American flags, toasted their famous alumna with glasses of lemonade, listened to student speeches and did a group dance all while local and international TV and print reporters mingled among them.

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In light of faith: The life-changing power of joy

(A series of columns focused on and written by millennials and young adults)

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Olivia Clarke Silver is a writer who works in public relations and the founder of the website Humor Beats Cancer. She is a guest columnist for the Catholic News Service series “In Light of Faith.” (CNS photo/courtesy Olivia Silver)

By Olivia Clarke Silver
Catholic News Service

When you’re in your 20s and 30s, you often feel invincible — like there’s so much time to make mistakes because you’ll fix them tomorrow. It’s easy to boast that this is the time to do whatever you want.

But then something happens. Maybe you lose your job or your longtime friend stops returning your texts. Or, maybe you learn at age 35 that you have breast cancer — and that’s what happened to me.

Like any tragedy, it’s impossible to not be changed by what happens to you when you get your diagnosis. And at the same time, you want to interact with those who have experienced this similar life-changing event. The problem is that young adult cancer (cancer affecting those in their 20s and 30s in particular) is not as commonly discussed as the cancer your great-aunt or grandmother gets. Continue reading

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College diploma: source of pride and uncertainty for graduating Dreamers

Brenda and Yarely are two of the thousands of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program recipients who are graduating from college this spring in the U.S. The two pose for photos wearing their caps and gowns May 10 at Trinity Washington University. (CNS photo/Chaz Muth)

Updated with video May 21.

By Carol Zimmermann 
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) — A group of current Trinity Washington University graduates are proud of what they’ve accomplished but also very anxious about the future.

These emotions could ring true for almost any graduate, but for this group of 21 graduating Dreamers — among the hundreds of thousands in the U.S. protected, for now, by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA — these feelings are even more intense.

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