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Now hear this: St. Peter’s Basilica upgrades its sound system

July 31, 2023

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A common struggle for elderly Mass-goers is being able to hear in church. It seems, then, that the unveiling of a new sound system in St. Peter’s Basilica couldn’t have had better timing. It was inaugurated on July 23, after 10 months of work, just in time for the papal Mass for the third World Day…

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WYD2023: Pilgrims cycle to Lisbon; pope to receive bicycles upon arrival 

July 29, 2023

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Three pilgrims have already left Kraków, Poland, and another 17 have left Troyes, France, to head to Portugal, where they will participate in World Youth Day 2023 from Aug. 1–6 in Lisbon.  Why did they leave so early? Because they’ve chosen to go by bicycle.  The trio of “cyclists” who left Poland consists of Father…

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Pope Francis names four new auxiliary bishops of Los Angeles 

July 26, 2023

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Pope Francis on July 18 appointed four new auxiliary bishops of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, the largest archdiocese in the United States.  The Vatican announced that Monsignor Albert Bahhuth, Father Matthew Elshoff, Father Brian Nunes, and Father Slawomir Szkredka will be consecrated as bishops to assist Archbishop José Gomez in leading the more than…

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Haiti in ‘desperate’ security as Catholic leaders urge search for solutions 

July 25, 2023

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The United States and other countries have called for international intervention in Haiti due to the government’s inability to provide basic security amid the rise of criminal gangs. For their part, Catholic leaders continue to advocate on behalf of the Caribbean country only 900 miles southeast of Florida.  “Haiti is in a desperate situation, the…

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Vatican releases schedule for Pope Francis’ Mongolia visit in September

July 21, 2023

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The Vatican released Pope Francis’ four-day schedule for the first papal visit to Mongolia in September, where the pontiff will meet with government leaders, engage in interreligious dialogue, and celebrate Mass for the country’s small Catholic population. Mongolia, a landlocked country situated between China and Russia, is home to about 1,300 Catholics, which is far…

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Historic prayer book of priest who hid King Charles II goes on display

July 19, 2023

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A historic prayer book belonging to the priest who protected King Charles II and helped save his life has gone on public display at one of England’s famous stately homes. Father John Huddleston’s personal missal, which is almost 400 years old, is now on display at Moseley Old Hall, Wolverhampton, which is situated in the…

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Latin patriarch of Jerusalem condemns Israeli military action

July 17, 2023

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The Latin patriarch of Jerusalem condemned the Israeli government and urged peace and dialogue between both sides after the Israel Defense Forces launched air and ground attacks on the Jenin refugee camp in the Palestinian West Bank. IDF soldiers conducted a 48-hour military campaign starting on Monday, July 3, which was meant to destroy “terrorist…

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Dictatorship in Nicaragua confiscates convent of sisters it abducted and expelled

July 16, 2023

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In a new attack against the Catholic Church, the dictatorship of President Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua canceled the legal personhood and confiscated the assets of a congregation of women religious. Members of the Sandinista police “like criminals broke into the house of the Sisters of the Fraternity of the Poor Ones of Jesus Christ at…

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Vatican to collect stories of Christian martyrs killed since 2000

July 13, 2023

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The Vatican announced July 5 the creation of a commission to research and catalog the stories of Christian martyrs from the third millennium. In a letter, Pope Francis said he has established the “Commission of New Martyrs — Witnesses of the Faith” within the Dicastery for the Causes of the Saints. The commission’s task will…

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Church in Honduras calls on government to consider changing strategy amid wave of violence

July 12, 2023

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The Honduran Bishops’ Conference called on the country’s government to consider changing its security strategy in the midst of a wave of violence that has intensified and worsened in recent days. The bishops also lamented that the violence in the country has been going on for years. “We share our deep sorrow that so many…

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