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Pope Francis to Congolese charities: ‘It’s not philanthropy, but faith’

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In a meeting with Catholic Congolese charities on February 1, Pope Francis praised the work being done to assist those in poverty and emphasized the importance of Christian charity as an integral part of the faith. “What causes poverty is not so much the absence of goods and opportunities but their unequal distribution,” the pontiff…
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Mexico priest recounts ‘amazing’ confession of accident victim he stopped to help

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After getting into a bad car accident on a highway in Mexico, a young man was approached by a Catholic priest at the scene and made a surprising request: “I want to confess.” Father Salvador Nuño, a Legionary of Christ priest who serves in Monterrey, Mexico, shared the story on Facebook Jan. 27. “Today I…
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Spanish bishops lament low participation in Synod on Synodality, especially by young people

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The Spanish bishops consider “synodality to be advancing in our Church” although they report low participation, especially among young people, to whom the Church must learn to listen and modulate the way of communicating the Gospel, they say. The Spanish Bishops’ Conference has presented the Synthesis for the European Continental Stage of the Synod on…
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Skull of St. Thomas Aquinas unveiled at 700th anniversary of his canonization

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The skull of St. Thomas Aquinas has arrived at the Dominican Convent of Toulouse, France, and placed in a new reliquary as the order celebrates the 700th anniversary of the saint’s canonization in the Catholic Church. The new reliquary was created by Augustin Frison-Roche and was blessed during a Mass on Jan. 27 in the church…
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Pope Francis accepts Ouellet’s resignation, appoints American to lead Dicastery for Bishops

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Pope Francis has named an American as the next prefect of the Vatican Dicastery for Bishops to succeed Cardinal Marc Ouellet. Bishop Robert Francis Prevost will lead the Vatican office responsible for evaluating new members of the Catholic Church’s hierarchy, the Vatican announced January 30. Bishop Prevost, 67, has served as a bishop of the…
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Woman arrested at Fargo cathedral for smashing ‘Christ in Death’ statue

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A woman was arrested after allegedly causing serious damage to a statue of Jesus at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Fargo, North Dakota, on Monday evening, possibly while she was under the influence of drugs. “We were saddened to see the damage done to a very old statue at our cathedral, and we hope the person…
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Pro-life college students to protest ‘life-ending’ abortion drugs at Walgreens, CVS 

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With the Biden administration’s expansion of abortion pill distribution to neighborhood pharmacies, pro-life college students and other anti-abortion advocates are organizing campaigns against CVS, Walgreens, and other companies that have announced that they will dispense the drugs.  “Our purpose of having these protests is so that we can let ‘Big Pharma’ companies know that it’s…
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Minnesota bishops decry bill that would make abortion a right

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The Catholic bishops of Minnesota urged lawmakers to vote down a bill that would codify the right to abortion, proposing instead a slate of pro-family measures that they say will reduce demand for abortions.   Minnesota’s H.F. 1, which has a companion bill in the state Senate, passed the House Jan. 19 by a narrow 69-65 vote. Abortion already…
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Bishop remembers slain journalists in Mexico on feast day of their patron saint

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On the feast of St. Francis de Sales, the patron saint of journalists, Bishop Francisco Javier Acero, an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Mexico, remembered and asked for prayers for the members of the media who have been murdered in Mexico and for their families. According to the National Human Rights Commission of Mexico,…
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‘I lost a dad’: Pope Francis speaks about losing Benedict XVI

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In a new interview published January 25, Pope Francis said the death of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI meant he had lost a “good companion” and a father figure.  “I lost a dad,” Pope Francis told the Associated Press, praising his predecessor — who died on Dec. 31, 2022, at the age of 95 — as a…
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