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No one can pretend not to know Syrians, Iraqis are suffering, pope says

By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service   VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Millions of Iraqis and Syrians are facing poverty and even death, neighboring countries are bearing more than their fair share of the burden of helping refugees, arms dealers are getting richer and the international community seems helpless, Pope Francis said.

New Catholic Charities campaign takes aim at ‘scandalous’ poverty rate

By David Gouger, Catholic News Service OMAHA, Neb. (CNS) — Seeking to create awareness about poverty in the United States and to stand in solidarity with Pope Francis’ commitment to the poor, Catholic Charities USA has launched a new national campaign. Dominican Sister Donna Markham discussed the effort Sept. 10…

The pope and ‘the queen’ will lift souls at Festival of Families

By Matthew Gambino, Catholic News Service   PHILADELPHIA (CNS) — When Pope Francis visits America, he’ll meet a president, governors, Catholic prelates and ordinary folks. He’ll also meet a queen. Aretha Franklin, the “queen of soul,” will belt out quintessentially American music at the Festival of Families the night of…