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Sierra Leone bishops say citizen action for peace key to 2018 elections

By Catholic News Service FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (CNS) — Catholic bishops in Sierra Leone called on citizens to refrain from actions to destabilize the West African nation and to come together before next year’s elections in the same spirit that helped end the country’s civil war and overcome its Ebola…


Diocese announces assignments for four priests

The Diocese of Syracuse has announced three reappointments of priests and one new assignment. The following priests have been reappointed for an additional six-year term: Rev. Christopher J. Celentano, reappointed as Pastor of Divine Mercy Parish in Central Square, together with the mission of St. Bernadette’s in Constantia and the…



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Bishop Cunningham ‘excited to begin tweeting’

Sun staff report Bishop Robert J. Cunningham is excited to announce the newest digital evangelization effort in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse: a personal Twitter account, @bishoprjc. The latest social media account is in addition to the diocese’s existing Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube pages. “I am excited to…


Trial begins for ex-Vatican officials accused of stealing hospital funds

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Two former top Vatican hospital officials appeared before a Vatican court for a pretrial hearing on allegations of embezzlement. Giuseppe Profiti, who was president of Bambino Gesu hospital from 2008 to 2015, and Massimo Spina, the former treasurer, appeared with…


Holy Land Festival unites Muslims, Christians in hope for restored peace

By Josephine von Dohlen Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Along the western banks of the Jordan River, the place of Christ’s baptism and today known as Qasr al-Yahud, numerous churches and monasteries of different religions sit vacant and silenced due to the dangerous landmines that lie beneath them. For…


Korean bishops’ head backs South Korean leader’s peace goal with North

By Catholic News Service SEOUL, South Korea (CNS) — The president of the Korean bishops’ conference has welcomed President Moon Jae-in’s peace initiative, saying it matches the church’s views on how peace can be achieved on the peninsula. “I deeply agree with President Moon’s direction for the future relations of…



Laziness, vices prevent seeds of Gospel from taking root, pope says

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — God proposes — not imposes — his Gospel and offer of salvation, putting the responsibility of being open to and moved by his message on the listener, Pope Francis said. Jesus doesn’t draw people to him by conquering them, but…