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Saturday, June 25, 2016
  • Bishop tries out homelessness for 36 hours for charity

    SASKATOON, Saskatchewan (CNS) -- Thirty-six hours may not seem like a long time to be without a home, but for Bishop Donald J. Bolen of Saskatoon and nine others, it was long enough to better understand what being homeless is really like.

    The bishop, who lives in ...

    Bishop Donald J. Bolen talks with others who participated in the Sanctum Survivor challenge.
  • Faith, tried and true, gives hope for future, pope tells Armenians

    YEREVAN, Armenia (CNS) -- A solid, sorrow-tested Christian faith gives believers the strength to overcome even the most horrific adversity, forgive one's enemies and live in peace, Pope Francis said.

    Arriving in Armenia June 24, Pope Francis went straight to the twin concerns of his three-day visit: ...

    Pope Francis boards a plane June 24 to begin a three-day visit to Armenia.
  • Relics seen as reminder of today's threats to religious liberty

    BALTIMORE (CNS) -- Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori linked urgent matters of "immigration, marriage and the church's teaching on sexuality" to a pair of 16th-century martyrs during a June 21 Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary ...

    Jim Landers takes a photo of relics of Sts. Thomas More and John Fisher.
  • Supreme Court tie vote blocks temporary plan to stop deportations

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- With a tie vote June 23, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the Obama administration's plan to temporarily protect more than 4 million unauthorized immigrants from deportation.

    The court's 4-4 vote leaves in place a lower court injunction blocking the administration's immigration policy with the ...

    Advocates for immigration reform react June 23 outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington.
  • Christians don't exclude, they welcome, pope says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Flanked by a group of refugees, Pope Francis appealed to Christians to care for and welcome those whom society often excludes.

    "Today I'm accompanied by these young men. Many people think they would have been better off if they had stayed in ...

    Pope Francis poses with refugees during his general audience at the Vatican June 22.
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Jutta of Thuringia: Today's patroness of Prussia began her life amidst luxury and power but died the death of a simple servant of the poor.
<p>In truth, virtue and piety were always of prime importance to Jutta and her husband, both of noble rank. The two were set to make a pilgrimage together to the holy places in Jerusalem, but her husband died on the way. The newly widowed Jutta, after taking care to provide for her children, resolved to live in a manner utterly pleasing to God. She disposed of the costly clothes, jewels and furniture befitting one of her rank, and became a Secular Franciscan, taking on the simple garment of a religious.
</p><p>From that point her life was utterly devoted to others: caring for the sick, particularly lepers; tending to the poor, whom she visited in their hovels; helping the crippled and blind with whom she shared her own home. Many of the townspeople of Thuringia laughed at how the once-distinguished lady now spent all her time. But Jutta saw the face of God in the poor and felt honored to render whatever services she could.
</p><p>About the year 1260, not long before her death, Jutta lived near the non-Christians in eastern Germany. There she built a small hermitage and prayed unceasingly for their conversion. She has been venerated for centuries as the special patron of Prussia.</p> American Catholic Blog The confessional is not the dry-cleaner’s; it is an encounter with Jesus, with that Jesus who is waiting for us, who is waiting for us as we are.

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