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  • First Communion recipient overcomes obstacle, gives hope to others

    COLUMBUS, Texas (CNS) -- Carson Crosby, a student at St. Anthony Catholic School in Columbus who received his first Communion this spring, faced a unique challenge. Carson has a genetic mitochondrial disease that prevents him from consuming food and ...

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  • Germany's ecumenical church assembly goes virtual

    FRANKFURT, Germany (CNS) -- Instead of comfortable footwear, participants in Germany's third ecumenical convention, or kirchentag, will need stable internet connections. Organizers had hoped to attract more than 100,000 visitors to the approximately ...

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  • Pope to institute formal 'ministry of catechist'

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- While millions of laypeople around the world are recognized as catechists in their parish or diocese, Pope Francis is preparing to formally institute the "ministry of catechist." The Vatican press office said May 5 that Pope Francis' ...

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  • Pope: One act of pure love is greatest miracle Christians can perform

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Contemplative prayer transforms and purifies the human heart, Pope Francis said. Being contemplative in prayer is an act of faith and love, it is "the 'breath' of our relationship with God," he said during his weekly general audience ...

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First Communion recipient overcomes obstacle, gives hope to others


COLUMBUS, Texas (CNS) -- Carson Crosby, a student at St. Anthony Catholic School in Columbus who received his first Communion this spring, faced a unique challenge. Carson has a genetic mitochondrial disease that prevents him from consuming food and drink orally. Since his infancy, he has been receiving nutrition through a feeding tube, but the Catholic Church does not allow the Eucharist to be given in this manner.

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Germany's ecumenical church assembly goes virtual


FRANKFURT, Germany (CNS) -- Instead of comfortable footwear, participants in Germany's third ecumenical convention, or kirchentag, will need stable internet connections. Organizers had hoped to attract more than 100,000 visitors to the approximately 2,000 public events May 13-16, reported the German Catholic news agency KNA. With the COVID-19 pandemic, that has changed.

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Biden raises refugee cap but with caveat


WASHINGTON (CNS) -- President Joe Biden announced May 3 he was raising the historically low refugee cap of 15,000 left by the Trump administration, but he also warned that his administration may not be able to meet the new number of refugees it is seeking to resettle in what remains of the fiscal year: 62,500.

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