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Catholic leaders, groups urge all Americans to confront ‘sin of racism’

By Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — The Franciscan Action Network called on all Americans, “especially ourselves and those who have benefited from white privilege,” to look within themselves “and confront America’s original sin — the sin of racism.” “White Americans must no longer stand silent as we continue to…



Maryknoll nun receives Matteo Ricci Award for building bridges with China

By Gregory A. Shemitz Catholic News Service JAMAICA, N.Y. (CNS) — Maryknoll Sister Janet Carroll, founding executive director of the U. S. Catholic China Bureau, was the recipient of the organization’s 2017 Matteo Ricci Award, an honor bestowed upon people who best exemplify the bureau’s mission to build a bridge…


Pope entrusts to Mary victims of disasters, conflict, social tension

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In a week in which natural disasters, war and racial conflicts dominated the headlines, Pope Francis prayed that Mary would bring peace to a divided world. After reciting the Angelus prayer on the feast of the Assumption, the pope…


Bishops ask for peace after white nationalist rally turns deadly

By Rhina Guidos, Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) —In the aftermath of a chaos- and hate-filled weekend in Virginia, Catholic bishops and groups throughout the nation called for peace after three people died and several others were injured following clashes between pacifists, protesters and white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, Aug….


Bishop Cantu calls for diplomacy to ease U.S.-North Korea differences

By Dennis Sadowski Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Diplomacy and political engagement are necessary to resolve the differences between the United States and North Korea and avoid a military conflict, the chairman of a U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops committee said in a letter to Secretary of State Rex…


Peacemakers at White House vigil urge U.S. to empty its nuclear arsenal

By Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Saying the possession, upgrading and potential use of nuclear weapons was sinful, peacemakers gathered outside the White House on the feast of the Transfiguration and implored the U.S. government to empty its arsenals and embrace a world of peace. “Nuclear weapons are immoral,…




Create unity where there is division, pope tells Peruvians

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Preparing for his visit to Peru in 2018, Pope Francis called on the country’s people to follow the example of the Peruvian saints who brought unity amid division. “You have so many saints — and great saints, who marked Latin America;…