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Mercy House opens

By Deacon Tom Picciano Contributing writer    ENDICOTT — “Got to see what my old house looks like,” Father Matthew “Matt” Wieczorek said with a smile as he entered Mercy House of the Southern Tier Feb. 28. Please follow and like us:





Plan to close detention center leaves unanswered questions for advocates

By Dennis Sadowski, Catholic News Service   WASHINGTON (CNS) — As President Barack Obama offered a long-awaited plan to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, organizations advocating for the closure welcomed the news and called for an end of the policy of holding remaining detainees without charges. Please follow…


In Zika outbreak, contraceptives may be ‘lesser evil,’ pope says

By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service   ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM MEXICO (CNS) — With physicians across Central and South American urging women to postpone pregnancy because of the Zika virus that causes birth defects, Pope Francis said using contraceptives could be a “lesser evil.” Please follow and like us:


Building walls to keep immigrants out is not Christian, pope says

By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service   ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM MEXICO (CNS) — As the plane carrying him back to Rome from Mexico was flying over Texas, Pope Francis insisted building walls to keep immigrants out of one’s country is un-Christian. Please follow and like us: