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Wednesday, November 26, 2014
  • Pope and Curia discuss reform; new head for worship office named

    The same day he spent three hours meeting the heads of Vatican offices to discuss the reform of the Roman Curia, Pope Francis named 69-year-old Guinean Cardinal Robert Sarah to be the new prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments.

    Cardinal Sarah, who had ...
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    Cardinal Sarah now heads the Congregation for Divine Worship and Sacraments. (CNSphoto/Paul Haring)
  • New Bible more accessible for African-American youth

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A new youth Bible set to hit bookstores this January contains illustrations depicting Jesus as an African-American.

    The African American Youth Bible, modeled after the Catholic Youth Bible contains commentaries, footnotes and artwork geared toward educating young African-Americans about Scripture.

    The Bible was ...
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    In Chapter 4 of the Book of Deuteronomy, Moses urged Israelite parents to teach their children the 10 Commandments. (CNS illus., St.Mary's Press)
  • Cardinal Napier added to leadership of 2015 synod

    Pope Francis named the leaders of the October 2015 Synod of Bishops on the family, adding Cardinal Wilfrid F. Napier of Durban, South Africa, to a roster otherwise unchanged from that of the October 2014 extraordinary synod on the same subject.

    The move means that Africa will ...
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    Cardinal Napier arrives at a session of the synod of bishops last October. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
  • 25 years later, the Salvadoran Jesuits' legacy lives on

    SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (CNS) -- The legacy of six murdered Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her daughter lives on in El Salvador.

    Jesuits from Central America and other parts of the world, along with hundreds of parishioners, commemorated the 25th anniversary of the murders. For demanding ...
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    Salvadorans commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Jesuit martyrs.
  • Catholic Campaign for Human Development Awards Over $12 Million in Grants to Antipoverty, Human Life and Dignity Projects
    WASHINGTON— The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) annual collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) will be taken up in parishes nationwide on November 22-23, the weekend before Thanksgiving. Echoing the teaching of Pope Francis, the collection focuses on the theme: “CCHD: Working ...
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    The 2014 appeal for the collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development
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