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Tuesday, September 2, 2014
  • Catholic aid agencies assist minorities in Iraq, Syria

    Catholic organizations in the United States have launched public appeals to fund assistance to Christians and other religious minorities displaced in Iraq and Syria.    The Catholic Near East Welfare Association, Jesuit Relief Service, Knights of Columbus, Catholic Relief Services and Aid to the Church in ...
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    Members of the Yezidi minority receive humanitarian aid in northern Iraq. (CNS photo/EPA)
  • Immigrants, activists urge action on immigration reform
    Hundreds of protesters took part in a rally and march in Washington Aug. 28 chanting: "Not one more! Not one more!" to urge President Barack Obama to stop the deportation of immigrant families, workers and children.    The participants, including many young children, also got their ...
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    A girl displays a sign at a march near the U.S. Immigration and Customs headquarters. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)
  • Chinese priests, nuns study in US to prepare for leadership

    As Pope Francis' plane was cruising through Chinese airspace in mid-August en route to his first visit to the Far East, 20 Chinese priests and nuns were assembling halfway around the globe at a retreat house in the United States, preparing to begin a week of ...
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    Sisters Jean Qi Zhi Zehn and Paulina Feng Shuang lead music at the retreat. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)
  • St. Louis, Missouri celebrates its 250th birthday
    St. Louis is tied forever to its founding on the banks of the Mississippi River in a frontier land, Catholics were reminded at one of four Masses Aug. 23-25 celebrating the city's 250th anniversary.    At an Aug. 24 Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. ...
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    Prince Louis Alphonse and his wife, Princes Marie-Marguerite, visited the Academy of the Sacred Heart, founded by St. Rose Philippine Duchesne.
  • Pope cautions against being envious or mean-spirited
    Envy, jealousy and meanness are human instincts, but they are not Christian, since the division they cause among believers is the work of the devil, Pope Francis said.    "Instead, God wants us to grow in the ability to come together, forgive each other and love ...
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    Pope Francis greets a girl before the general audience. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
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John Francis Burté and Companions: These priests were victims of the French Revolution. Though their martyrdom spans a period of several years, they stand together in the Church’s memory because they all gave their lives for the same principle. The Civil Constitution of the Clergy (1791) required all priests to take an oath which amounted to a denial of the faith. Each of these men refused and was executed.
<p>John Francis Burté became a Franciscan at 16 and after ordination taught theology to the young friars. Later he was guardian of the large Conventual friary in Paris until he was arrested and held in the convent of the Carmelites.
</p><p>Appolinaris of Posat was born in 1739 in Switzerland. He joined the Capuchins and acquired a reputation as an excellent preacher, confessor and instructor of clerics. Sent to the East as a missionary, he was in Paris studying Oriental languages when the French Revolution began. Refusing the oath, he was swiftly arrested and detained in the Carmelite convent.
</p><p>Severin Girault, a member of the Third Order Regular, was a chaplain for a group of sisters in Paris. Imprisoned with the others, he was the first to die in the slaughter at the convent.
</p><p>These three plus 182 others—including several bishops and many religious and diocesan priests—were massacred at the Carmelite house in Paris on September 2, 1792. They were beatified in 1926.
</p><p>John Baptist Triquerie, born in 1737, entered the Conventual Franciscans. He was chaplain and confessor of Poor Clare monasteries in three cities before he was arrested for refusing to take the oath. He and 13 diocesan priests were guillotined in Laval on January 21, 1794. He was beatified in 1955.</p> American Catholic Blog The amazing friends I have: I didn’t “find” them; I certainly
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