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Stories for week of February 19, 2017

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USCCB, CRS urge Secretary Tillerson to support Green Climate Fund, clean-energy investments

Two bishops who chair committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, joined by the president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services, have called upon Secretary of State Rex Tillerson...

Evangelize with renewed zeal, Pope tells Marians of the Immaculate Conception

Pope Francis received members of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception on February 18 in the midst of their three-week general chapter in Rome. The Marians—officially known as...

Pope to visit Rome’s Anglican church

Pope Francis will visit All Saints’ Anglican Church in Rome on February 26. The visit is part of the church’s commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the first Anglican worship...

Pope Francis: respond to evil with goodness, love family members who are enemies

Reflecting on the day’s Gospel reading (Mt. 5:43-58), Pope Francis devoted his February 19 Angelus address to the Christian response to evil. “Jesus does not ask his disciples to...

Pope prays for victims of violence in Congo, Pakistan, Iraq

Following the recitation of the Angelus on February 19, Pope Francis asked those gathered in St. Peter’s Square to pray for peace in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Kasai-Central...

Pope Francis: praying for evildoers is ‘Christian path to holiness’

Pope Francis visited Castelverde di Lunghezza, a suburb a dozen miles from the center of Rome, and made a pastoral visit to the Church of St. María Josefa of the Heart of Jesus, named after...

House hearing on religious liberty in US

The House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice held a hearing on the state of religious liberty in America. Four people offered testimony at the February...

Cardinal Burke: never asked for resignation of Knights of Malta chancellor

Cardinal Raymond Burke has flatly denied a claim that he asked for the resignation of Albert von Boeselager as chancellor of the Knights of Malta. The cardinal told the National Catholic Register...

Vatican froze over $2 million in suspicious transactions last year

Vatican financial authorities froze more than €2 million ($2.125 million) in funds last year, as part of the continuing crackdown on suspicious financial transactions. Gian Pietro Milano,...

Norma McCorvey dies: plaintiff in Roe v. Wade case, later a pro-life activist

Norma McCorvey who was “Jane Roe” in the Roe v. Wade case, but later became a commited Christian and pro-life activist, died in Texas on February 18 at the age of 69. At first an...

Syrian Orthodox Church weighs special synod to address Patriarch’s gesture of respect for Qu’ran

The Syrian Orthodox Church may convene a special synod session to address tensions that erupted after Patriarch Ignatius Ephem II raised a copy of the Qu’ran, in a gesture of reverence, during...

Rebel troops destroy Catholic seminary in Democratic Republic of Congo

Armed men assaulted a Catholic seminary in Kananga, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, on February 18, thoroughly ransacking the building before they were driven off by government...

French law requires pro-life web sites ‘openly state’ opposition to abortion

Under a new French law, approved last week by the National Assembly, pro-life activists could face a two-year jail sentence if they operate web sites that do not “openly state who they are,...

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