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Wednesday, May 4, 2016
  • St. Katharine Drexel Shrine put up for sale

    PHILADELPHIA (CNS) -- The Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, the congregation founded by St. Katharine Drexel, announced that it will sell its historic motherhouse in Bensalem, Pennsylvania. The 44-acre property also contains the National Shrine of St. Katharine Drexel and her tomb.

    At a future date, St. ...
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    The National Shrine of St. Katharine Drexel and the motherhouse of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament in Bensalem, Pa., will be sold.
  • Pope promises wine, not beer, to fulfill military challenge

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis receives countless gifts, but most do not require anything in return. However, at his audience with members of the military April 30, the pope received a small gift with a tradition -- and obligation -- attached.

    Auxiliary Bishop F. Richard Spencer ...
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    Pope Francis accepts a military coin from Auxiliary Bishop F. Richard Spencer of the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services.
  • Father Daniel Berrigan, advocate for justice and peace dies at 94

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Jesuit Father Daniel Berrigan, an early critic of U.S. military intervention in Vietnam who for years challenged the country's reliance on military might, died April 30. He was 94.

    The author of several books of poetry and one of the first Catholic priests ...
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    Jesuit Father Daniel Berrigan, seen in this undated photo, died April 30 at age 94.
  • Reconciliation with God, others is key to peace, pope says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- For peace in the family, community and nation, people need to recognize their faults and ask forgiveness, Pope Francis told thousands of pilgrims, including hundreds of soldiers, sailors and police officers from around the world.

    "In your families, in the various areas where ...
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    Pope Francis leads a special audience in prayer for military members and their families in St. Peter's Square.
  • Ethics must guide medical research, pope says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Moral and ethical concerns must guide medical research so it will always be at the service of protecting human life and dignity, Pope Francis said.

    In that way, education and research can strive "to serve higher values, such as solidarity, generosity, magnanimity, sharing ...
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    US Vice President Joe Biden meets Pope Francis after both leaders spoke at a conference on adult stem cell research at the Vatican.
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<p>Born near Vilnius, Lithuania, Michael suffered from physical and permanent handicaps from birth. He was a dwarf who had the use of only one foot. Because of his delicate physical condition, his formal education was frequently interrupted. But over time, Michael showed special skills at metalwork. Working with bronze and silver, he created sacred vessels, including chalices.</p><p>He traveled to Kraków, Poland, where he joined the Augustinians. He received permission to live the life of a hermit in a cell adjoining the monastery. There Michael spent his days in prayer, fasted and abstained from all meat and lived to an old age. Though he knew the meaning of suffering throughout his years, his rich spiritual life brought him consolation. Michael’s long life ended in 1485 in Kraków.</p><p>Five hundred years later, Pope John Paul II visited the city and spoke to the faculty of the Pontifical Academy of Theology. The 15th century in Kraków, the pope said, was “the century of saints.” Among those he cited was Blessed Michael Giedroyc.</p> American Catholic Blog The French novelist Leon Bloy once said that there is only one tragedy in life: not to be a saint. It may be that God permits some suffering as the only way to wake someone from a dream of self-sufficiency and illusory happiness.

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