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  • Pope offers prayers for victims of terrorist attack in Barcelona

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis offered prayers for the victims of a terrorist attack in Barcelona, Spain, that left at least 12 people dead and injured dozens of others. "With great concern the Holy Father has learned about what is happening in Barcelona. The pope prays for the victims of this attack and wants to express his closeness to the whole Spanish people, particularly the injured and the families of the victims," said an Aug. 17 statement from Greg Burke, director of the Vatican press office.

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  • In Sudan's Nuba Mountains, no food left, and children are dying

    When people talk about potential famine, they mention South Sudan. But about 1 million people who live just over the border, in Sudan's Nuba Mountains, also face a food emergency. "I call it famine," said Bishop Macram Max Gassis, retired bishop of El Obeid, Sudan. The "hunger the people are experiencing" in the Nuba Mountains is "not totally due to the cruelty of nature but, unfortunately, is man-made."

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  • Texas governor signs bill restricting insurance coverage of abortions

    AUSTIN, Texas (CNS) -- Republican Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas signed a bill into law Aug. 15 that limits insurance coverage for abortion procedures. The measure passed both chambers of the Republican-controlled Legislature during a special session that Abbott ordered lawmakers to hold to address several issues.

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  • Theologian Pia de Solenni appointed Orange County chancellor

    Orange, Calif., Aug 16, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- Moral theologian and cultural analyst Dr. Pia de Solenni has been appointed chancellor for the Diocese of Orange in California, effective Aug. 28. “Pia is an inspirational and well-respected theologian and has proven herself a thoughtful and humble leader within our Church,” said Bishop Kevin Vann in a statement announcing the appointment.

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  • Kosovo to dedicate cathedral named for Mother Teresa

    WARSAW, Poland (CNS) -- A cathedral named for St. Teresa of Kolkata is scheduled to be dedicated in Kosovo on the 20th anniversary of her death. The cathedral will be dedicated Sept. 5 in Pristina. Albanian-born Cardinal Ernest Simoni will represent Pope Francis at the dedication. Celebrations of the neo-classical cathedral, on Pristina's Bill Clinton Boulevard, will begin Aug. 26, the saint's birthday.

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  • Genocide of Christians continues in Middle East, says new U.S. report

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The Trump administration renews its commitment to the protection of religious minority groups threatened by the Islamic State in the Middle East, according to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in the preface of the annual State Department report on international religious freedom, released Aug. 15.

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  • Conference offers a journey of hope to divorced Catholics

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (CNS) -- Standing among a crowd of other divorced and separated people, one woman struggled to speak over still-painful emotions. Clearing her throat and taking a breath, she explained that it had been 20 years since her divorce, but the pain still had the power to bubble to the surface.

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  • Pope entrusts to Mary victims of disasters, conflict, social tension

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In a week in which natural disasters, war and racial conflicts dominated the headlines, Pope Francis prayed that Mary would bring peace to a divided world. After reciting the Angelus prayer on the feast of the Assumption, the pope asked Mary to obtain "for everyone consolation and a future of serenity and harmony."

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  • Abortion-pill reversal: The next frontier of informed-consent laws?

    Indianapolis, Ind., Aug 15, 2017 National Catholic Register.- Medication abortions are on their way to becoming the dominant method of abortion in the U.S. But lawmakers are starting to look at whether to change their state’s informed-consent laws to let women know of an experimental treatment that could possibly reverse the effects of a progesterone-blocking abortion.

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  • The history of the Assumption -- and why it's a Holy Day of Obligation

    Washington D.C., Aug 15, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- Today, Catholics around the world mark the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, commemorating the end of her earthly life and assumption into Heaven. But while the feast day is a relatively new one, the history of the holiday – and the mystery behind it – has its roots in the earliest centuries of Christian belief.

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  • US Catholics to mark 50 years since Navy chaplain's heroic death

    Washington D.C., Aug 15, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- A Mass and a documentary premiere are among the events marking the 50th anniversary of the death of Servant of God Father Vincent R. Capodanno, the decorated Navy chaplain who was killed seeking to provide the sacraments to ambushed Marines in the Vietnam War.

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  • Catholics on Guam pray for peace amid threats by North Korea

    HAGATNA, Guam (CNS) -- The Catholic Church on Guam is urging its members and all people on the island to be prayerful and stay centered in Christ amid threats of missile attacks by North Korea. Coadjutor Archbishop Michael J. Byrnes of Agana asked all priests to promote prayers of peace at all Masses Aug. 13 as tensions continue, following threats by North Korea dictator Kim Jong Un to attack this American territory in the Marianas Islands.

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  • Women religious advised to stop focusing on dwindling numbers

    ORLANDO, Fla. (CNS) -- Sister Mary Pellegrino, outgoing president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, urged participants at the group's annual assembly in Orlando not to focus on dwindling numbers of women religious but instead on the communion they have with each other.

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  • Venezuelan cardinal rejects U.S. military intervention

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- A Venezuelan cardinal rejected the possibility of foreign intervention in the country following U.S. President Donald Trump's threat to pursue a military option. "The crisis we Venezuelans are suffering is so serious that now an external problem arises: the threats of a military option by President Trump," Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino of Caracas said.

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  • Our Lady of Kazan and Mary's affinity for Russia

    Rome, Italy, Aug 12, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- One hundred years ago, at the height of a cultural about-face in Russia, Mary appeared to three shepherd children in Portugal, predicting and encouraging prayer for Russia's conversion.

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  • Pope prays for Christian victims of violent attacks in Africa

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis called for an end to violence against Christians following deadly attacks in two African countries. The pope led pilgrims in praying a Hail Mary for the victims of a deadly shooting Aug. 6 at St. Philip's Catholic Church in Ozubulu, located in Nigeria's southern state of Anambra. He also prayed for Christians killed following an attack at a mission in Gambo, Central African Republic.

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  • Bishops ask for peace after white nationalist rally turns deadly

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- In the aftermath of a chaos- and hate-filled weekend in Virginia, Catholic bishops and groups throughout the nation called for peace after three people died and several others were injured following clashes between pacifists, protesters and white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, Aug. 11 and 12.

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