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Meeting Pope Francis is career highlight for musician

Bob Halligan Jr. says he doesn’t need anything else now that he’s met Pope Francis. The Syracuse resident, music veteran and founder and lead vocalist of international Celtic rock band Ceili Rain, was invited to perform in June at events surrounding the exposition of the Shroud of Turin and Pope Francis’ visit to the Italian…



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Catholic headlines for August 6, 2015

Here’s a look at some of the stories making headlines today: • Seventy years ago today, the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. On this sober anniversary, Bishop Oscar Cantu, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace, said, “The task of…





Pope: Mining industry needs radical change to protect people, nature

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The mining industry, especially in the world’s poorest countries, must make a “radical change” to respect the rights of local communities and protect the environment, Pope Francis said. The companies, the governments that are supposed to regulate them, investors and consumers who use the myriad products relying on mined…