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Wednesday, July 27, 2016
  • Piazza acknowledges his Catholic faith at Hall of Fame induction

    COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (CNS) -- Mike Piazza, the superstar catcher inducted July 24 into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, gave credit to his Catholic faith for his success during his induction speech.

    "My mother gave me the greatest gift a mother can give a child. She gave ...
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    Mike Piazza makes his acceptance speech during the National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
  • WYD pilgrims try to grasp the grimness of Auschwitz camps

    OSWIECIM, Poland (CNS) -- Walking into the Auschwitz concentration camp, Stephanie Dalton felt a chill up and down her spine.

    She called it the spirit of those who died at the hands of the Nazis more than 70 years ago.

    "You could tell the people's presence (was) still ...
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    A World Youth Day pilgrim looks inside a building during a July 25 visit to the Auschwitz concentration camp.
  • Clinton's VP pick, a Catholic, faces criticism for stand on abortion

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Only a week after Donald Trump chose as his running mate Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, who was raised a Catholic and today is evangelical, Hillary Clinton chose as her vice presidential running mate, U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, a practicing Catholic who ...
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    Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., is seen in Miami July 23.
  • Pope issues rules to help contemplative women's mission

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In an effort to help contemplative women religious renew their life and mission in the church and the world, Pope Francis issued a series of new rulings dealing with formation, assets, prayer life, authority and autonomy.

    The new rulings include a mandate that "initially, all monasteries are ...
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    The Carmelite Sisters of Mount Carmel Convent in Nairobi, Kenya, ask their U.S. visitors to sign their guest book in this 2011 file photo.
  • Criminal charges against archdiocese dropped

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (CNS) -- Standing before reporters and cameras July 20, Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda said the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis failed in its handling of the case of Curtis Wehmeyer, a former priest who pleaded guilty in two courts of abusing three ...
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    Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda of St. Paul and Minneapolis addresses the media at a news conference July 20.
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