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Pope appeals for end to inhumane fighting, evil of war in Syria

Calling the war in Syria “inhumane,” Pope Francis called for an end to the fighting, immediate access to humanitarian aid for those in need and the evacuation of the injured and … more

Rome Colosseum bathed in red in honor of modern martyrs

Rome’s Colosseum, long a symbol of the persecution of early Christians, was bathed in red light late Feb. 24 as a reminder of and a prayer for the thousands of Christians being persecuted for … more

UPDATED: Supreme Court blocks Trump administration’s effort to end DACA in March

The U.S. Supreme Court has dealt a blow to the Trump administration’s effort to end a program in March that protects young adults brought to the U.S. without legal permission as minors. On … more

UPDATE: DACA deadline--Catholics urge fix for immigration woes

Last September, as President Donald Trump pulled the plug on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, he also gave Congress a March 5 deadline to find a permanent legislative solution that … more

Rev. Billy Graham dies; world famous evangelist was admired by most Americans

The Rev. Billy Graham, a fiery Baptist preacher who was easily the most famous evangelist of the 20th century and for decades one of the world figures most admired by Americans, died early Feb. 21 at … more

Pope to young people: Take the World Youth Day challenge

It’s time to break free from fear, fake online personas and looking at the world through a digital screen display, Pope Francis told young people. “Do not allow the spark of youth to … more

Nearly 50,000 baptisms registered in China in 2017, says Vatican agency

The Catholic Church in China registered 48,556 baptisms in 2017, reflecting the vitality and missionary strength of the Catholic communities there, according to a report by Fides, the news agency of … more

Mass supports individuals, families suffering through drug addiction

  He paused for a moment, then looked out at the congregation in St. Paul Cathedral. “Hi, my name is Mike and I’m an alcoholic,” he said. “Hi Mike,” many in … more

MOVIE RATINGS — print edition of Feb. 23, 2018

The following ratings are supplied by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Film and Broadcasting Office. Visit www.usccb.org for current reviews.   A-I General Patronage Paddington 2 … more

MEDIA: Embellished, Bible-based ‘Samson’ is violent but mostly entertaining

While not suitable for the youngest viewers, the spirited, biblically-based drama “Samson” (Pure Flix) can provide a fine introduction to the Hebrew he-man’s story for … more

WINTER OLYMPICS: Sisters from Minnesota Catholic schools play on separate Olympic teams

Few schools can claim an Olympic athlete among their alumni base. Even fewer schools have more than one, especially from the same family. But Hill-Murray High School in Maplewood and St. Odilia … more

WINTER OLYMPICS: U.S. Olympic women’s hockey team includes five Boston College players

Boston College is paying close attention to women’s ice hockey at the Olympic Games. That’s because five players on the team’s roster of 23 are from the Jesuit-run school — … more

Catholics urged to appeal to lawmakers in Congress to pass DACA bill now

By day’s end Feb. 15, members of the U.S. Senate had rejected four immigration proposals, leaving it unclear how lawmakers will address overall immigration reform and keep the Deferred Action … more

Pope says Paul VI will be declared a saint this year

Pope Francis told pastors in the Diocese of Rome that Blessed Pope Paul VI would be canonized this year. The Pope’s announcement came at the end of a question-and-answer session with the … more

Catholics urged to affirm beauty, ‘liberating truth’ of ‘Humanae Vitae’

The “liberating truth” of Blessed Paul VI’s encyclical “Humanae Vitae” is as relevant today 50 years after its promulgation, and maybe even more so, said Denver … more

Cardinal Cupich decries fatal shootings in Chicago, at Florida school

Chicago Cardinal Blase J. Cupich decried the fatal shooting of Chicago Police Cmdr. Paul Bauer Feb. 13 while he was “protecting the people of our great city.” Bauer was “a husband, father, … more

‘Dreamers’ say they’re not asking for handouts, just chance to stay

Angelica Velazquez came to the United States at age 3 when her parents brought her from Mexico to the United States. They came on tourist visas that they then overstayed. Now 20, Velazquez applied … more

UPDATED: Florida school shooting an act of ‘horrifying evil,’ says Miami archbishop

Miami Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski urged community members to come together “to support one another in this time of grief” after a shooting rampage Feb. 14 at a Broward County high school left at … more

Lent: Giving up, doing extra, or both, aren't one size fits all

People often talk about giving up something for Lent such as candy, soda or more recently, social media, while some commit to doing something extra including praying more, reading spiritual works or … more

Lent is time to notice God's work, receive God's mercy, Pope says

Lent is a time for Christians to get their hearts in sync with the heart of Jesus, Pope Francis said. "Let the Lord heal the wounds of sin and fulfill the prophecy made to our fathers: 'A new … more
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