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Catholic headlines for August 10, 2015

Here’s a look at some of the stories making headlines today: • Pope Francis has designated Sept. 1 as World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation. Quoting his encyclical, he said, “living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not…




Divine Mercy gets no mercy from Men in Black

CENTRAL SQUARE — When they faced off in 2013, the game ended in a tie — but this year the Men in Black showed no mercy to the home team. Playing on their home field, Divine Mercy parishioners took on priests, deacons and seminarians of the diocese in the annual…


Pope marks Hiroshima anniversary by calling for nuclear weapons ban

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Marking the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Pope Francis repeated the Catholic Church’s call for a ban on nuclear weapons and all weapons of mass destruction. Seventy years after the Aug. 6, 1945, bombing of Hiroshima and the bombing of Nagasaki…


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Pope designates Sept. 1 as World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Like their Orthodox brothers and sisters, Catholics formally will mark Sept. 1 as the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, Pope Francis has decided. The day of prayer, the pope said, will give individuals and communities an opportunity to implore God’s help in…




In message to Iraqi refugees, pope condemns world’s silence

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The world continues to be silent in the face of widespread persecution of Christians and other religious minorities, Pope Francis said. One year after Islamic State militants drove thousands of Iraqi Christians and Yezidis out of the country, Pope Francis prayed that people around the world…