US Cardinal in Thanksgiving Day appeal for migrants and refugees

Cardinal  DiNardo

Cardinal Daniel N DiNardo president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), offers a Thanksgiving Day message to the nation with special gratitude for the gift of immigrants and refugees.

The Cardinal said:

"As we do every year, we will pause this coming Thursday to thank God for the many blessings we enjoy in the United States. My brother bishops and I, gathered last we...

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London: Women's conference on anniversary of Colombia peace deal

On the first anniversary of the historic signing of a Peace Agreement between the Colombian Government and the country's largest guerrilla group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), a group of Colombian women are in London urging the international community to ensure the agreement fulfils its promises to women. The Colombian peace deal is the first in the world to seri...

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CAFOD welcomes Pope Francis' visit to Myanmar and Bangladesh

Pope Francis begins his apostolic visit to Myanmar and Bangladesh next Monday, 27 November. After three days in Myanmar he will visit neighbouring Bangladesh from 30 November to 2 December. CAFOD has welcomed the visit. Chris Bain, director of CAFOD said: "The Pope's visit brings much needed hope to two countries reeling from recent events, inc...

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ACN Philippines to join UK in holding #RedWednesday events

Aid to the Church in Need in the Philippines will join ACN (UK) in holding #RedWednesday as support for the initiative gains momentum around the world. A total of 47 cathedrals, 29 basilicas, national and diocesan shrines all over the Philippines are set to participate in #RedWednesday on 22nd November. Manila Cathedral will be taking part in #RedWednesday - as will the Basilica of t...

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Bishops of Japan and Korea: 'Peace is not based on weapons'

The Bishops of Korea and Japan have issued a joint appeal for peace in the region, at the conclusion of their joint meeting, held in Kagoshima from 14 to 16 November.

"The current situation in northeast Asia is very worrying," they said. "The countries of North Asia are looking for stability and prosperity with their military power, forming alliances with other great powers of the politic...

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US Bishop protests over tax rise for poor, large tax cuts for millionaires

Bishop Dewane

On the eve of the first World Day of the Poor, Bishop Frank J Dewane of Venice, Florida, chairman of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, expressed "great disappointment" over the House of Representatives' passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Bishop Dewane said in a statement:

"It is greatly disappointing that the US House of Represe...

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Zimbabwe Church leaders: 'Between a Crisis and a Kairos'

Zimbabwe church leaders issued the following joint statement on 15 November

Luke 19:41-44

41 As he came near and saw the city, he wept over it, 42 saying, "If you, even you, had only recognized on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. 43 Indeed, the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up ramparts around you and ...

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Pastoral Statement from Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops Conference

The Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops' Conference have issued the following pastoral statement today, Sunday 19 November, entitled ; 'Reflection and Recommendations on our current situation in Zimbabwe' following the ongoing events since Wednesday 15 November 2017.

The ZCBC writes:

The Church has keenly and prayerfully followed the recent tense events in the country. The...

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Pope Francis' Message for first World Day of the Poor

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time - 19 November 2017

Let us love, not with words but with deeds

1. "Little children, let us not love in word or speech, but in deed and in truth" (1 Jn 3:18). These words of the Apostle John voice an imperative that no Christian may disregard. The seriousness with which the "beloved disciple" hands down Jesus' command to ...

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Churches welcome European Pillar of Social Rights

The Commission of the Bishops' Conference of the EU (COMECE) and the Conference of European Churches (CEC) issued the following statement today: COMECE and CEC welcome the inter-institutional proclamation of the European Pillar of Social Rights to be signed today at the Social Summit for Fair Jobs and Growth that is taking place in Goth...

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USA: Canonisation Cause opened for Lakota Chief Black Elk

Nicholas Black Elk, daughter Lucy, wife Anna Brings White, 1910. Wiki - Raymond DeMallie

The US Bishops approved the canonical consultation of canonization for a Lakota Catechist, Nicholas Black Elk, at their annual fall General Assembly in Baltimore yesterday. The vote was sought by Bishop Robert D. Gruss of Rapid City, South Dakota. Nicholas W Black Elk, Sr, was born into the Oglala Lakota Tribe in 1863 in Wyoming. The fourth gene...

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Study reveals disparity in online financial transparency of US Catholic dioceses

A recently completed study reveals a wide disparity in online financial transparency for US Roman Catholic dioceses. The study was conducted by the Finance Working Group of Voice of the Faithful, a movement of Catholics concerned, among other things, with helping to ensure that the hierarchy uses the Church's financial resources accountably and transparently.

The working group's review of...

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Pope auctions Lamborghini to support Christians in Iraq

The Lamborghini Huracan

A brand-new, special edition Lamborghini Huracan sports car presented to Pope Francis will be auctioned off and the proceeds donated to charity. Part of the funds raised from the Sotheby's auction will go to Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need to help with its work rebuilding Christian settlements on the Nineveh Plains destroyed by Daesh (ISIS).

The project helps displac...

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Vatican prepares for first World Day of the Poor

A mobile clinic arrived in front of St Peter's Square on Monday. Offering specialist medical services to the poor and needy, it is one of initiatives leading up to this Sunday's first World Day of the Poor, called for by Pope Francis at the conclusion of the Jubilee Year of Mercy.

The Pontifical Council for New Evangelisation on Tuesday announced a number of special events that are taking...

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