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Friday, February 12, 2016
  • Mexican prison riot leaves 52 dead on day before pope arrives

    MEXICO CITY (CNS) -- A prison riot in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey has claimed 52 lives, offering another example of the problems plaguing Mexico's prison system and casting a pall over the arrival of Pope Francis in the country.

    Nuevo Leon Gov. Jaime Rodriguez Calderon ...
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    Relatives of prisoners demand information about the Feb. 11 riot at the Topo Chico prison in Monterrey, Mexico.
  • Pope, meeting Iraqi leader, urges work for reconciliation

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Meeting Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, Pope Francis expressed his hopes that Iraq and other war-torn countries would have leaders strong enough to bring once-divided peoples together.

    "I wish for Iraqis and for all of us -- for the whole world -- leaders ...
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    Pope Francis shakes hands with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi during a Feb. 10 meeting at the Vatican.
  • Supreme Court, states give death penalty laws another look

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The death penalty in the United States is repeatedly getting hit by the pause button -- which doesn't mean it is going away anytime soon, but at the very least it is getting a second look by state legislatures, courts and the U.S. ...
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    A guard escorts a hearing-impaired inmate down a corridor of death row at San Quentin State Prison in California.
  • 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 ...
    FULL STORY

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Apollonia: The persecution of Christians began in Alexandria during the reign of the Emperor Philip. The first victim of the pagan mob was an old man named Metrius, who was tortured and then stoned to death. The second person who refused to worship their false idols was a Christian woman named Quinta. Her words infuriated the mob and she was scourged and stoned. 
<p>While most of the Christians were fleeing the city, abandoning all their worldly possessions, an old deaconess, Apollonia, was seized. The crowds beat her, knocking out all of her teeth. Then they lit a large fire and threatened to throw her in it if she did not curse her God. She begged them to wait a moment, acting as if she was considering their requests. Instead, she jumped willingly into the flames and so suffered martyrdom.</p><p>There were many churches and altars dedicated to her. Apollonia is the patroness of dentists, and people suffering from toothache and other dental diseases often ask her intercession. She is pictured with a pair of pincers holding a tooth or with a golden tooth suspended from her necklace. St. Augustine explained her voluntary martyrdom as a special inspiration of the Holy Spirit, since no one is allowed to cause his or her own death.</p> American Catholic Blog We can find Christ among the despised, voiceless, and forgotten of the world. We have to move beyond that which we wish to ignore and forget about: embrace the seemingly un-embraceable, love the unlovable, and dare to know what we most fear and wish to leave unknowable.

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Hail, Caesar!
The February release date of writers and directors Joel and Ethan Coen's comedy "Hail, Caesar!" (Universal) could hardly be more appropriate. 

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