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Maryknoll nun receives Matteo Ricci Award for building bridges with China

By Gregory A. Shemitz Catholic News Service JAMAICA, N.Y. (CNS) — Maryknoll Sister Janet Carroll, founding executive director of the U. S. Catholic China Bureau, was the recipient of the organization’s 2017 Matteo Ricci Award, an honor bestowed upon people who best exemplify the bureau’s mission to build a bridge…


Pope entrusts to Mary victims of disasters, conflict, social tension

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In a week in which natural disasters, war and racial conflicts dominated the headlines, Pope Francis prayed that Mary would bring peace to a divided world. After reciting the Angelus prayer on the feast of the Assumption, the pope…


Catholic, Orthodox patriarchs seek help, say Mideast churches in danger

By Doreen Abi Raad Catholic News Service BEIRUT (CNS) — Mideast Catholic and Orthodox patriarchs decried the desperate situation they face as shepherds of churches “whose existence is in real danger.” They categorized the continued displacement of Christians from the Middle East as “a genocidal project, a humanitarian catastrophe and…



Bishops ask for peace after white nationalist rally turns deadly

By Rhina Guidos, Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) —In the aftermath of a chaos- and hate-filled weekend in Virginia, Catholic bishops and groups throughout the nation called for peace after three people died and several others were injured following clashes between pacifists, protesters and white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, Aug….


Bishop Cantu calls for diplomacy to ease U.S.-North Korea differences

By Dennis Sadowski Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Diplomacy and political engagement are necessary to resolve the differences between the United States and North Korea and avoid a military conflict, the chairman of a U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops committee said in a letter to Secretary of State Rex…


Peacemakers at White House vigil urge U.S. to empty its nuclear arsenal

By Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Saying the possession, upgrading and potential use of nuclear weapons was sinful, peacemakers gathered outside the White House on the feast of the Transfiguration and implored the U.S. government to empty its arsenals and embrace a world of peace. “Nuclear weapons are immoral,…


Pro soccer player attributes his strength to his faith

By Matthew Peaslee Catholic News Service PITTSBURGH (CNS) — Taylor Washington, a defender for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds soccer team, says he keeps God at the center of his life and that even during games when he’s in a competitive mindset, he’ll often pray a Hail Mary or a Glory Be….



Catholic schools make outreach to Hispanic community a priority

By Katie Scott Catholic News Service PORTLAND, Ore. (CNS) — As a cap-and-gown clad Sally Luciano stepped across the stage to receive her high school diploma this past June, she was surrounded by the cheers of Kleenex-clutching parents and the faculty and staff of St. Mary’s Academy, the 158-year-old prep…