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Pope pushes Putin to work for peace in eastern Ukraine

Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — When Pope Francis met Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Vatican June 10, the ongoing crisis in eastern Ukraine was the principal topic of their conversation and was a concern for many others as well.

Edward Cardinal Egan, former archbishop of NY, dies at 82

   Edward Cardinal Egan, former archbishop of New York, died this afternoon. He was 82.   Below is the official statement from the Archdiocese of New York:     “The cardinal was pronounced dead at NYU Langone Medical Center at 2:20 pm, cause of death was cardiac arrest. Funeral arrangements…

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Brandon Vogt shares three things every New Evangelist needs

What does it take to effectively share the Good News today? Brandon Vogt has it narrowed down to three essentials. Vogt shared those three pillars during a visit to St. James Church in Syracuse Feb. 24, where he offered a talk about “the New Evangelist.”

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Word of the Lord: Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

My first encounter with Jesus didn’t happen in a beautiful cathedral or on some high mountaintop. He didn’t miraculously come to me at my First Communion, as I had hoped. Instead, I first knew the saving power of Jesus Christ as a 10-year-old girl, sitting on the plaid sofa in…

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Bishop calls for support of Education Tax Credit

Bishop Robert J. Cunningham is calling for support of the proposed Education Tax Credit included in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2015-16 budget recommendations. Bishop Cunningham released the following letter on Feb. 12: Dear Parents, Teachers, Friends and Supporters of our children in Catholic schools: I write to inform you of a…

Saint of the Day: Our Lady of Lourdes

Our Lady of Lourdes 19th century February 11   This feast recalls the 18 appearances of Mary to a young French girl, Bernadette Soubirous, from Feb. 11 to July 16, 1858, near a grotto at Lourdes, France. Bernadette did not know the identity of “the beautiful lady in white,” and…

Syracuse mayor declares Jan. 23 St. Marianne Cope Day

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner declared today, Jan. 23, St. Marianne Cope Day in the city. Today is St. Marianne’s birthday and feast day. The official proclamation of the day was on display at the St. Marianne Cope Shrine & Museum this morning, where events were held to mark St. Marianne’s…

Marching for Life with the Diocese of Syracuse

More than 200 students and chaperones from the diocese are in Washington, D.C., with the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry to participate in a three-day pilgrimage for the March for Life. One of those participants, Samantha Pare, will be sharing dispatches from the trip with Sun readers each day….