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Blessed Teresa: ‘Icon of mercy’

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service    ROME (CNS) — Blessed Teresa of Kolkata was a woman who truly felt wed to Jesus, and the freedom she experienced in loving him led her to radical poverty, a courageous outreach, and an immense love for the poor, said the superior general…


Judge won’t stop Calif. assisted suicide law or suit challenging it

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (CNS) — A California judge ruled Aug. 26 that he will not put the state’s new assisted-suicide law on hold while a group of doctors are challenging it, but he also ruled that their challenge could continue. The state’s assisted-suicide law, voted in last year by lawmakers, took…


Argentine laywoman who kept Ignatian spirituality alive beatified

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The life of Blessed Maria Antonia de Paz Figueroa, who continued to lead Ignatian spiritual exercises in Argentina after the expulsion of the Jesuits, remains an example of Christian witness and perseverance, Pope Francis said. After reciting the Angelus…



Pope meets with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service  VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Continuing his dialogue with leaders in the world of social media and technology, Pope Francis met with Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, met the pope Aug. 29 in the Domus Sanctae Marthae,…



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Catholic communities nationwide organize activities to battle racism

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Around the country, Catholic organizations, parishes, clergy and laity are taking action and bolstering efforts to build peace and battle racism, following a summer of violence. In New Orleans, St. Peter Claver Catholic Church is involved in community mediation with law enforcement and is working on a…


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For 2017 World Peace Day, pope asks to focus on nonviolence

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — When nonviolence is the basic approach of political decisions and public policy, it promotes the restoration and consolidation of peace, the Vatican said. In his message for the Jan. 1 celebration of World Peace Day, Pope Francis will offer…



Pope leads 11,000 pilgrims praying rosary for quake victims

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Hearing the mayor of Amatrice in central Italy say his town no longer exists and knowing there were children who died Aug. 24 in the earthquakes that struck the region, Pope Francis turned his weekly general audience into a prayer service. Beginning the audience in St….