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Mass for hurricane victims

A man walks past the rubble of a home damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

Joyful prayers, songs and conversation could be heard along the street as the parish community of St Francis de Sales in Belle Harbour gathered to observe the first anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio was the main celebrant of an evening Mass of remembrance and thanksgiving on October 26. As parishioners filled the pews, it was hard to ... Read More »

Pope Francis set to create cardinals

Pope Francis wants to hear from you

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis will create his first cardinals during a consistory on February 22, the feast of the Chair of St Peter. The Pope also was expected to use the occasion “to have a meeting with the cardinals for consultations” immediately before the ceremony, as retired Pope Benedict XVI did in the run-up to his consistories, Holy See spokesman ... Read More »

God is always open to sinners

sins forgiven

VATICAN CITY: God never ceases to forgive, offering even the disobedient the chance for eternal life, Pope Francis said. “Even if our entire existence is surrounded by threats, nothing can ever separate us from the love that Christ himself gained for us,” he said in a homily in St Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City, on November 4. “Only the sin of ... Read More »

Suicide bombers kill 85 at church

Suicide bombers kill 85 at church

THE president of the Pakistan Catholic Bishops’ Conference called the suicide bomb attack on September 22 at All Saints’ Church, Peshawar a “shameful act of cowardice”. He said all Christian educational institutions in the country would be closed September 23-25 in mourning and protest. Archbishop Joseph Coutts of Karachi demanded the Pakistani government take immediate steps to apprehend those responsible ... Read More »

Hanks shines in piracy drama

Barkhad Abdi, Tom Hanks and Faysal Ahmed star in Columbia Pictures' "Captain Phillips."

CAPTAIN PHILLIPS: Starring Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi. Directed by Paul Greengrass.Reviewed by John P. McCarthy for Catholic News Service DOCUDRAMAS tend to underwhelm emotionally, intellectually or both. That’s not the case with Captain Phillips, a complex and compassionate film that engrosses from the start and builds inexorably toward a devastating conclusion. Prepare to be hooked. Considered alongside his 2006 project ... Read More »

Building bishop on leave

Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, bishop of Limburg, in the inner courtyard of the palace,

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis has authorised a leave of absence for a German bishop at the centre of controversy over expenditures for his residence and diocesan centre. “A situation has been created in which Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst currently cannot exercise his episcopal ministry,” an October 23 statement from the Holy See press office said. The Pope, after being “continually, ... Read More »

Blizzard hits Life Runners

ST LOUIS: When a record-breaking blizzard shut down much of western South Dakota in early October, the rough weather led to an impromptu retreat instead of a race for members of Life Runners. “We thought it might be a little chilly,” Jeff Pauls said. “No one knew how bad it was going to be.” Pauls is vice-president of operations for ... Read More »

Need ‘spiritual pacemaker’

IRVING, Texas: The mission of the Catholic Church will continue to be centred on Christ, and Catholics must open up their hearts, receive a “spiritual pacemaker” from the Holy Spirit and be more like the “Good Samaritan” to carry out God’s will, Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga told attendees at a ministry conference on October 25. Cardinal Rodriguez, the Archbishop ... Read More »

Marriage ‘so beautiful’

Pope Francis

VATICAN CITY: The  Catholic Church must help young people understand that marriage isn’t always easy, “but it is so beautiful”, Pope Francis said. “There are problems in marriage – different points of view, jealousies, arguments, but tell young couples to never let the day end without making peace. The sacrament of matrimony is renewed in this act of peace,” the ... Read More »

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