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Pope offers new beatitudes for saints of a new age

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service MALMO, Sweden (CNS) — The saints are blessed because they were faithful and meek and cared for others, Pope Francis said. At the end of an ecumenical trip to Sweden, Pope Francis celebrated the feast of All Saints Nov. 1 with a Catholic Mass…


Pope, Lutheran leaders begin Reformation commemoration with prayer

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service LUND, Sweden (CNS) — Urging Catholics and Lutherans to take decisive steps toward unity, Pope Francis nevertheless offered no new openings to the idea of sharing Communion before full unity is achieved. “We Christians will be credible witnesses of mercy to the extent that…


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Resources available for promoting vocations in parishes, classrooms

By Katherine Long, Editor As National Vocation Awareness Week approaches Nov. 6 to 12, the diocesan Office of Vocation Promotion is highlighting two resources for promoting vocations in parishes and schools: online vocation lessons and parish vocation advocates. “I very much enjoy the opportunity to visit the schools and parishes…


Mass for Life celebrated

By Katherine Long, Editor SYRACUSE — Students from across the diocese marked Respect Life Month with a special Mass and guest speaker Oct. 27. The annual Mass for Life was celebrated at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Syracuse, bringing together some 500 students from Bishop Ludden Jr./Sr. High…


When it comes to vocations, successful programs focus on the basics

By Dennis Sadowski Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Finding candidates to consider joining the priesthood or religious life has never been easy. There are serious questions to address, prayer to undertake, and solo and group activities that help determine whether a person is meant to live a religious life…



Dialogue is expression of mercy, respect, love, pope says

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Dialogue is an essential component of mercy because it is the only way a husband and wife can understand each other, people of different religions can live in peace and the only way the Catholic Church can evaluate what is…



Sorrow and joy: Marking the Reformation with honesty about the past

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As Catholics and Lutherans prepare to mark the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation, Pope Francis said they should feel “pain for the division that still exists among us, but also joy for the brotherhood we have…


Catechism not enough to know Christ; need prayer, too, pope says

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — To truly know Jesus, reading the Bible and studying the catechism are not enough, Pope Francis said in a morning homily. Prayer, silent adoration and recognizing one’s sinfulness also are needed to grasp the mystery of Christ and the immensity…