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Bishops urge renewed dedication to efforts to protect religious liberty

By Josephine von Dohlen Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — In launching this year’s Fortnight for Freedom, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is calling for renewed dedication to protecting religious freedom. “Freedom for Mission” is the theme of the 2017 Fortnight for Freedom, taking place June 21 to July…


Holiness means being open to God, pope says

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Being a saint doesn’t require spending long hours in prayer, but rather living life open to God in good times and in bad, Pope Francis said. Christians should live with the “hope of becoming saints” and with the desire…


Author says rosary ‘can help us achieve peace in the world’

By Jose Montoya Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Why do Catholics pray the rosary? The history of the rosary traces to the 13th century. It is believed that Mary gave St. Dominic the rosary to rescue the church from the Albigensian heresy. Initially, 150 Hail Marys were prayed as…


USCCB leaders decry attack outside London mosque, pray for victims

By Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — The U.S. Catholic bishops “unequivocally reject” acts of violence such as the attack outside a London mosque and pleaded with all people “to cease from committing or plotting to commit further acts.” “We would like to express our deepest condolences to the people…



Pope, Rabbi Skorka join effort to promote friendship across faiths

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Reaching out to people of other religions can be both challenging and enriching for individuals and is the only hope for true peace in the world, said a variety of religious leaders, including Pope Francis. The pope and his friend…


Vatican releases online questionnaire for youth

By Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — To involve young people in preparations for the Synod of Bishops on youth in 2018, the Vatican has released an online questionnaire to better understand the lives, attitudes and concerns of 16- to 29-year-olds around the world. The questionnaire —…


Federal authorities investigating shooting of congressman, others

By Catholic News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va. (CNS) — Federal authorities are investigating a shooting that resulted in injuries for Catholic congressman and Republican Steve Scalise and others when a gunman opened fire on him and others during a June 14 practice for an annual congressional baseball game. Late in the…