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Parishioners, Knights knock on doors, check on senior citizens after Irma

By Tom Tracy Catholic News Service PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (CNS) — The nation watched in sadness and outrage at the deaths of eight elderly people in Hollywood without air conditioning and electricity following the historic passing of Hurricane Irma. Members of nearby St. Edward Parish in Pembroke Pines and the…


Boston College says students doing well after acid attack in France

By Catholic News Service BOSTON (CNS) — Boston College said Sept. 18 that four of its university students studying abroad who were victims of an acid attack a day earlier in Marseille, France, were doing well. The female students, all juniors, plan to remain in Europe for their studies and…


North Miami parish serves up a post-hurricane luxury: A hot meal

By Marlene Quaroni Catholic News Service NORTH MIAMI, Fla. (CNS) — Thanks to Father Fritz Bellonce, pastor of Holy Family Church in North Miami, many people in the area around the church had hot meals after Hurricane Irma knocked out power to the community. “The stores and restaurants are closed,”…


Church facilities in Miami Archdiocese spared major damage during Irma

By Ana Rodriguez-Soto Catholic News Service MIAMI (CNS) — It could have been a lot worse. That was the initial assessment for Archdiocese of Miami parishes and schools after Hurricane Irma scoured South Florida. Even the initial reports from the hardest hit portion of the archdiocese — the lower Keys,…


Catholic college leaders reach out to DACA students in uncertain times

By Carol Zimmermann Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Catholic college leaders who have protested the Trump administration’s plan to do away with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, also have heightened their resolve to do more for DACA students and have expressed cautious belief that…


Salesian priest recounts harrowing tale of his capture, liberation

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service ROME (CNS) — Salesian Father Tom Uzhunnalil was sitting in a room in an unknown location — one of several he had been relocated to during his 18-month imprisonment — when he received some unexpected news. “Those who kept me came to where…


Trump begins talks with Democrats about congressional help for DACA

By Rhina Guidos Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — After campaigning on a promise that he’d get rid of a program that helps a group of young migrants without documents remain in the country, President Donald Trump is working with Democrats to find a way to help the young migrants…


London cardinal calls Tube incident ‘another cowardly attack’

By Catholic News Service LONDON (CNS) — Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster described the attempted bombing of a rush hour Tube train in London as “yet another cowardly attack” and said he was praying for the 22 people being treated for burns and other injuries. The device detonated Sept. 15…


Vatican diplomat recalled from U.S. during child-porn investigation

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A member of the Vatican diplomatic corps serving in Washington has been recalled to the Vatican where he is involved in a criminal investigation involving child pornography, the Vatican said. The Vatican press office said Sept. 15 that it was…


Circus performers have a ‘joyful’ vocation, pope says

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Meeting with an association of traveling circus and street performers, carnival workers, musicians and magicians, Pope Francis thanked the artists for their dedication in bringing joy to men, women and children. The “joyful vocation” of entertaining people of all…