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Tuesday, February 9, 2016
  • Pope-patriarch meeting historic, but substance is key

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The planned Feb. 12 meeting in Cuba between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church will be a historic event, those involved in ecumenical relations agree, but they contend the proof of the pudding will lie in the content of ...
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    Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill
  • Priest recalls 'kidnapping' Blessed Teresa

    PONTIAC, Mich. (CNS) -- There aren't many people who can get away with kidnapping a soon-to-be-saint, but Father Jim Kean managed it.

    Technically, it wasn't kidnapping -- he was following his passenger's orders -- but when the passenger is Blessed Teresa, alarm bells are sure to ring ...
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  • Papal commission on sex abuse votes that member take leave

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The papal commission on child protection voted that one of its members -- a survivor of abuse and victims' advocate -- take a leave of absence and consider other ways to contribute to the advisory body.

    Peter Saunders, founder and chief executive officer ...
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    Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley heads the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.
  • European bishops welcome EU classification of ISIS 'genocide'

    MANCHESTER, England (CNS) -- A European bishops' commission has welcomed a move by the European Parliament to classify atrocities and religious cleansing by the Islamic State as genocide.

    Father Patrick Daly, general secretary of COMECE, the Commission of the Bishops' Conference of the European Community, said the ...
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    Iraqi soldiers evacuate families from Ramadi, Iraq, Feb. 3.
  • Mission dioceses welcome the stranger, disenfranchised

    RALEIGH, N.C. (CNS) -- When Aida Sarkisian and her family left their home in Iraq for the U.S., it wasn't because they wanted to. It was because their survival depended on it.

    The refugees received death threats as far back as 2006 in their homeland because of ...
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    Parishioners at St. Sharbel Maronite Church, in Raleigh, N.C., attend the ordination of a subdeacon.
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Jerome Emiliani: A careless and irreligious soldier for the city-state of Venice, Jerome was captured in a skirmish at an outpost town and chained in a dungeon. In prison Jerome had a lot of time to think, and he gradually learned how to pray. When he escaped, he returned to Venice where he took charge of the education of his nephews—and began his own studies for the priesthood. 
<p>In the years after his ordination, events again called Jerome to a decision and a new lifestyle. Plague and famine swept northern Italy. Jerome began caring for the sick and feeding the hungry at his own expense. While serving the sick and the poor, he soon resolved to devote himself and his property solely to others, particularly to abandoned children. He founded three orphanages, a shelter for penitent prostitutes and a hospital. </p><p>Around 1532 Jerome and two other priests established a congregation, the Clerks Regular of Somasca, dedicated to the care of orphans and the education of youth. Jerome died in 1537 from a disease he caught while tending the sick. He was canonized in 1767. In 1928 Pius Xl named him the patron of orphans and abandoned children.</p> American Catholic Blog Jesus really cannot be merely a part of our life; he must be the center of our life. Unless we preserve some quiet time each day to sit at his feet, our action will become distraction, and we’ll be unhappy.

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Ever since "The Notebook" in 2004, film adaptations of Nicholas Sparks' novels have descended into benign, prepackaged comfort food.

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