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New Smithsonian exhibit explores diversity of religion in early America

By Carolyn Mackenzie Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — The Smithsonian National Museum of American History’s new exhibition, “Religion in Early America,” celebrates the free exercise of religion and the religious diversity that define American faith life. The exhibit features artifacts from Christianity, Judaism, Islam and other major world religions….


Notre Dame great Parseghian a supporter of school’s Catholic faith

By Matthew Davis Catholic News Service ST. PAUL, Minn. (CNS) — Though not a Catholic himself, legendary University of Notre Dame football coach Ara Parseghian had a notable respect for the school’s Catholic faith as well as the Fighting Irish’s gridiron tradition. “There was always an underlying spirituality to whatever…



Diocese of Syracuse Announces Additional Pastoral Assignments

Syracuse, New York – The Most Reverend Robert J. Cunningham, Bishop of Syracuse has released the most recent appointments in the Diocese of Syracuse. The changes are: Rev. Paul N. Machira will provide sacramental ministry to the parishes of Immaculate Conception in Greene and St. Joseph’s in Oxford. Mary Wentlet…


Religious leaders unite to fight Holy Land environmental issues

By Judith Sudilovsky Catholic News Service JERUSALEM (CNS) — A heat wave in Israel and the Palestinian territories in July and near-record electricity usage — where it was available — are indications that, despite the continuous political tensions here, Christians, Muslims and Jews are facing a common enemy that needs…



Retiring director delights in God’s surprises

Catherine Cornue served diocese in faith formation  By Tom Maguire Associate editor A joyful extrovert admired by friends and colleagues for her eloquence, Catherine “Cathy” Cornue talks to God too. He has often surprised her with his answers. In the past she would consider going back to teaching, her original occupation, but…



Americans end pilgrimage to Canadian shrine after 95 years

By Philippe Vaillancourt Catholic News Service STE.-ANNE-DE-BEAUPRE, Quebec (CNS) — Leonardo DiVittorio approached the statue of St. Anne. As part of the opening ceremony of the feast of the grandmother of Jesus July 25, he laid a wreath of flowers, a symbolic gesture intended to mark the Ahearn Memorial Pilgrimage’s…