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Christians should apologize for helping to marginalize gays, pope says

By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM ARMENIA (CNS) — Catholics and other Christians not only must apologize to the gay community, they must ask forgiveness of God for ways they have discriminated against homosexual persons or fostered hostility toward them, Pope Francis said. Please follow and…



Pope hails Colombia peace accord, briefly comments on ‘Brexit’

By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT TO ARMENIA (CNS) — Commenting on the peace agreement reached in Colombia, Pope Francis hailed the end of “more than 50 years of war and guerilla warfare and so much bloodshed.” Pope Francis told reporters flying with him to Armenia June…




All Saints students embark on Odyssey of the Mind

By Deacon Tom Picciano, Contributing writer ENDICOTT — “I thought it was a really good experience. Because it’s something that not many people get to say — they were world finalists,” said All Saints School third grader Christian Taber. Taber is one of a team of seven students from All Saints School…


Students, staff of Holy Family celebrate principal’s jubilee

FAIRMOUNT — The students and staff of Holy Family School celebrated a special religious jubilarian recently: their principal, Sister Christina Marie Luczynski, CSSF. Sister Christina Marie marks 50 years of religious life this year, an occasion the Holy Family community marked June 3. Surprising Sister Christina Marie at the close of…


Reading is no ‘yolk’ at Blessed Sacrament

SYRACUSE — Blessed Sacrament School Principal Andrea Polcaro sure is a good egg. Each year, Polcaro challenges her students to read a certain number of books and promises a wild, silly reward in return. Over more than two decades, she’s kissed a pig, eaten a fried worm, and ridden a…


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Bishop Cunningham’s statement on Orlando shooting

Bishop Robert J. Cunningham offered the following statement June 14: “The Diocese of Syracuse expresses its heartfelt prayers to all those involved in the Orlando shooting — the innocent victims, the survivors, and the loved ones of those whose lives have been taken. This senseless act of domestic terrorism has…