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Monday, September 1, 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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Giles: Despite the fact that much about St. Giles is shrouded in mystery, we can say that he was one of the most popular saints in the Middle Ages. Likely, he was born in the first half of the seventh century in southeastern France. That is where he built a monastery that became a popular stopping-off point for pilgrims making their way to Compostela in Spain and the Holy Land.<br /><br />In England, many ancient churches and hospitals were dedicated to Giles. One of the sections of the city of Brussels is named after him. In Germany, Giles was included among the so-called 14 Holy Helpers, a popular group of saints to whom people prayed, especially for recovery from disease and for strength at the hour of death. Also among the 14 were Sts. Christopher, Barbara and Blaise. Interestingly, Giles was the only non-martyr among them. Devotion to the "Holy Helpers" was especially strong in parts of Germany and in Hungary and Sweden. Such devotion made his popularity spread. Giles was soon invoked as the patron of the poor and the disabled.<br /><br />The pilgrimage center that once drew so many fell into disrepair some centuries after Giles' death. American Catholic Blog The ascension is about the final reunion of what appeared to be separated for a while: earth and heaven, human and divine, matter and Spirit. If the Christ is the archetype of the full human journey, now we know how it all resolves itself in the end. “So that where I am, you also will be” (John 14:3).
 
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