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Published: April 5, 2017   

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Pope recognizes miracle of Fatima visionaries

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis has approved the recognition of a miracle attributed to the intercession of two of the shepherd children who saw Our Lady of Fatima in 1917, thus paving the way for their canonization.

Papal visit possible as half of South Sudan hit by famine

VATICAN CITY — Some 5 million people in South Sudan -- half of its total population -- are on the brink of starvation and a quarter of a million children are already severely malnourished, a representative from the U.S. bishops’ Catholic Relief Services said.

Growing faith

St. Mary Church in Hot Springs hosted its first Mass in Spanish for 77 participants March 12. Pastor Father George Sanders joined Father Luis Ariel Ramírez, CM, to ... (Photo)

Brits gather for prayer, reflection on attack

MANCHESTER, England -- The Catholic duty priest to the British Parliament said people were weeping at prayer services the day after the Westminster terror attack.

Bishop stresses concern for common good with Rex Tillerson

WASHINGTON -- The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace met with the country’s top diplomat, Rex Tillerson, March 23, for a policy-packed 35-minute conversation about immigration, the Middle East, Africa and the role of the Catholic Church’s efforts toward building “the common good.”

Restoration on Jesus’ tomb signals new cooperation among faiths

JERUSALEM -- Less than a year after restoration work began, the Edicule — the traditional site of Jesus’ burial and resurrection — was inaugurated in an ecumenical ceremony led by representatives of the Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox, and Armenian churches, including Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople.

Author: Christians need ‘distance’ from the ‘chaotic mainstream’

WASHINGTON -- Author Rod Dreher’s critics call him an “alarmist” for proposing that Christians today “put some distance” between themselves and “the chaotic mainstream,” or Christianity will not survive.

Do not leave your gifts from the Holy Spirit in a box: Use them

I received the sacrament of confirmation as a sixth grader. I remember having to memorize answers to a set of questions that the bishop may ask us, the candidates. Also vivid in my memory was the rumor that flew rampant through the class that if one touched the oil (sacred chrism) that the bishop used to anoint your forehead, it would turn black — sheesh, what unfounded silliness! (Understanding our Church, Seeds of Faith)

Who or what makes you laugh and why?

“My family makes me laugh because they are so funny. They make me laugh when I’m sad, mad or lonely.  One person in particular that makes me laugh is ...” (Youthspeak, Seeds of Faith)

New order rediscovers evangelization by hitchhiking

The place infants nod off and teens open up is also where road-weary adults will probe their spirituality: in the car. (Columns)

‘Expanding nuclear capabilities’ deluded

In a world that seems to be filled with more violence and war, talks about guns, nuclear weapons and security increase and discussions about peace, cooperation and dialogue decrease. (Editorial)

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