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Meeting Pope Francis is career highlight for musician

Bob Halligan Jr. says he doesn’t need anything else now that he’s met Pope Francis. The Syracuse resident, music veteran and founder and lead vocalist of international Celtic rock band Ceili Rain, was invited to perform in June at events surrounding the exposition of the Shroud of Turin and Pope Francis’ visit to the Italian…


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Planned Parenthood video ‘horrifying, heartbreaking,’ says congresswoman

WASHINGTON (CNS) — A video of a Planned Parenthood physician describing her procedures for keeping fetal organs intact during an abortion is “horrifying and heartbreaking,” said U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Missouri. Wagner made the comments at a news conference held July 15 on Capitol Hill by several House members a day after the…


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Catholic headlines for August 6, 2015

Here’s a look at some of the stories making headlines today: • Seventy years ago today, the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. On this sober anniversary, Bishop Oscar Cantu, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace, said, “The task of…


Prayers, sympathy shared after Tennessee shootings

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (CNS) — An outpouring of sympathy and prayer washed over Tennessee for the victims of the July 16 shootings that left four Marines and the shooter dead. Three others were injured, and one of them, a sailor, died early July 18.


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Latino families a rising presence in U.S. Catholic Church, study finds

WASHINGTON (CNS) — More than half of young Catholic families participating in a recent survey identified themselves as Latino or Hispanic, a finding the president of Holy Cross Family Ministries said will require new ways of ministering in the U.S. Catholic Church. Overall, 54 percent of young couples in the…



Pope: Mining industry needs radical change to protect people, nature

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The mining industry, especially in the world’s poorest countries, must make a “radical change” to respect the rights of local communities and protect the environment, Pope Francis said. The companies, the governments that are supposed to regulate them, investors and consumers who use the myriad products relying on mined…