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If the shoe fits: Papal remarks on immigration apply to U.S., too

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — When Pope Francis affirms basic Christian principles, he is not singling out one person or nation, but he definitely is not excluding them either. The ongoing global migration and refugee crisis is a case in point. The United States is…


Trump administration announces wide-ranging immigration guidelines

By Rhina Guidos Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — In two memos published Feb. 20, the Department of Homeland Security outlined guidelines that White House officials said would enhance enforcement of immigration laws inside the country as well as prevent further unauthorized immigration into the U.S. In a Feb. 21…


Ash Wednesday: Ancient tradition still thrives in modern times

By Carol Zimmermann Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — In more ways than one, Ash Wednesday — celebrated March 1 this year — leaves a mark. That’s because not only are Catholics marked with a sign of penitence with ashes on their foreheads, but the rich symbolism of the rite…


Even in dark times, never lose hope in God’s love, pope says

By Junno Arocho Esteves, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Christians must never lose hope and should remind themselves that God loves them even at their worst, Pope Francis said. God’s love provides “security” both in difficult moments and even when “I have done something terrible and evil,” the…


‘Lifesaving’ Upstate Cord Blood Bank opens

By Tom Maguire, Associate editor Sometimes, being a hero is effortless.  The Upstate Cord Blood Bank opened with a ceremony Feb. 9 at a new hilltop building in Syracuse. Central and Northern New York mothers who give birth are encouraged to donate the umbilical cord blood so its stem cells can…


Refugee, health care issues come to fore during social ministry webinar

By Mark Pattison Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — If the people aren’t going to a Catholic Social Ministry Gathering in Washington this year, then the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering is going to the people. The annual event, typically held every February, was postponed a year to focus attention and…


World needs women, not for what they do, but who they are, pope says

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The exploitation of any person is a crime, but the exploitation of a woman “destroys harmony” in the world, Pope Francis said. Commenting on the Genesis story of God creating Eve, Pope Francis told people at his early morning Mass…


Church needs religious orders’ courage, witness, pope tells superiors

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Catholic religious orders must have the courage to start new forms of outreach, knowing that the only people who “never make mistakes are those who never do anything,” Pope Francis said. “We will get things wrong sometimes, yes, but there…


Educators form lives that are ready to face the future, pope says

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Catholic schools and universities play a key role in evangelization and in creating a more humane world built on dialogue and hope, Pope Francis said. Future generations who are “educated in a Christian way for dialogue, will come out of…


61 become new Americans in ceremony at Bishop Grimes

By Renée K. Gadoua, Contributing writer Amid a national debate about immigration, Central New York today welcomed 61 new Americans.  Sixty-one people from 29 countries took the oath of citizenship during a ceremony at Bishop Grimes Junior/Senior High School in East Syracuse.