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Bishops decry U.K. refusal to remove cap on Catholics in ‘free schools’

By Catholic News Service MANCHESTER, England (CNS) — English bishops say the British government betrayed voters by refusing to change a rule they say keeps them from opening new Catholic “free schools.” Archbishop Malcolm McMahon of Liverpool, chairman of the Department for Education of the Bishops’ Conference of England and…


Gift of baptism is to be cherished, pope says at audience

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Children have a right to be brought up in the Christian faith, Pope Francis said. Parents and godparents must make sure they “feed the flame of baptismal grace in their little ones, helping them persevere in the faith,” the pope…


‘It is better to serve’: Celebrating priest jubilees

By Tom Maguire | Associate editor Fourteen priests in the Diocese of Syracuse celebrate jubilees this year. Collectively, they express appreciation for the gift of the priesthood and show a commitment to helping congregations, families, hospital patients, and the United States military. They have served as leaders, teachers, and chaplains. Their…



My place in the sun

My Place in the Sun, May 17: Random Thoughts

This week, rather than addressing a single topic, I decided to write about some events that are generally associated with May: First Holy Communion, Confirmation, and ordinations. May is the month of choice for First Communion. I received my First Communion in May and through the years I have noticed…


Pope ‘most fearless man I ever met,’ says filmmaker Wenders

By Mark Pattison | Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Pope Francis, the subject of a new documentary by German filmmaker Wim Wenders, is “the most fearless man I ever met,” the director said in a segment of the CBS newsmagazine “60 Minutes” that aired May 13. “Fearless?” asked “60…


Bishops discuss how their moms gave practical, spiritual help

By Carol Zimmermann | Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Just in time for Mother’s Day, a handful of bishops shared memories of their moms on a recent podcast by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The bishops, interviewed on the “Made for Love” podcast, which is part of the…




Irish pro-life campaigners criticize Google decision to ban campaign ads

By Michael Kelly Catholic News Service DUBLIN (CNS) — Irish pro-life campaigners have criticized a decision by tech giant Google to ban campaign advertisements before the May 25 referendum on whether the right to life of the unborn should continue to be enshrined in the constitution. The government wants voters…