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  • Philippine Catholic Church leaders honor departed former president

    Philippine Catholic Church leaders honor departed former president Former Philippine President Benigno Aquino III and His Holiness Pope Francis view the gifts at the Sala dei Papi of the Apostolic Palace during the Philippine president’s private audience with the pope in the Vatican on Dec. 04, 2015. / Joseph Vidal / Malacañang Photo Bureau Washington D.C., Jun 24, 2021 / 18:00 pm (CNA). Catholic Church leaders in the Philippines honored the country’s former president, Benigno Aquino III, who died on Thursday, June, 24, from a lingering illness. He was 61 years old.The former president was the son of two of the country’s political icons, — former president Corazon[…]

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  • Lubbock’s Catholic cathedral finds $250k missing, FBI finds embezzlement suspect in Colombia

    Lubbock’s Catholic cathedral finds $250k missing, FBI finds embezzlement suspect in Colombia Cathedral of Christ the King, Lubbock, Texas / Diocese of Lubbock (CC BY-SA 4.0) Denver Newsroom, Jun 24, 2021 / 17:00 pm (CNA). A man who allegedly stole more than $250,000 from Lubbock’s Christ the King Cathedral has been located in Colombia, and U.S. officials are seeking his return. The suspect managed the cathedral’s donations and its Venmo and PayPal accounts. The cathedral rector was not implicated in the theft but resigned after its discovery.Nathan Allen Webb, a cathedral parishioner, had assumed responsibilities at the cathedral that included managing donations and paying bills, in August 2019, according to Everything Lubbock. In[…]

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  • Church in Venezuela can facilitate talks between government and opposition, says cardinal

    Church in Venezuela can facilitate talks between government and opposition, says cardinal Cardinal Baltazar Enrique Porras Cardozo of Merida, Venezuela takes possession of St. John the Evangelist Church in Rome, Italy on June 12, 2017. / Daniel Ibanez/CNA ACI Prensa Staff, Jun 24, 2021 / 16:02 pm (CNA). Cardinal Baltazar Porras, archbishop of Mérida and apostolic administrator of Caracas, said that the Church in Venezuela can help facilitate talks between the government of President Nicolás Maduro and the opposition, led by national assemblyman Juan Guaidó, to overcome the serious crisis currently affecting the country."As always, our role does not even have to be a mediator, but a facilitator," Porras said in an[…]

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  • LGBT activist dances and strips in atrium of Catholic cathedral

    LGBT activist dances and strips in atrium of Catholic cathedral Cathedral of San Gil / Oscar Espinosa/Shutterstock ACI Prensa Staff, Jun 24, 2021 / 15:01 pm (CNA). An LGBT activist danced and stripped to scanty underwear in the atrium in front of the cathedral in the town of San Gil, Colombia this week. The suggestive dance took place amid the ongoing demonstrations for the national strike, and as part of "gay pride" month, creating a controversy on social media and outrage among Catholics.On the night of June 21, a group of LGBT activists gathered outside the cathedral in San Gil, which is located about 150 miles north of Bogota, and watched[…]

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  • Irish parish removes LGBT ‘Pride’ flag after archdiocese intervenes

    Irish parish removes LGBT ‘Pride’ flag after archdiocese intervenes Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church, Ballyfermot, Ireland, displays the LGBT rainbow flag / Ballyfermot Assumption Parish/Facebook Denver Newsroom, Jun 24, 2021 / 14:00 pm (CNA). A Catholic parish in Ireland has reluctantly taken down a rainbow LGBT “Pride” flag that was erected last week outside the church, after an intervention from the Dublin archdiocese. Our Lady of the Assumption parish in Ballyfermot, near Dublin, last week flew both an Irish flag and a striped rainbow flag - a common symbol of “LGBT pride” - outside the parish, during the month of June which is celebrated as “Pride Month.”The Archdiocese[…]

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  • After ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy is dismissed, USCCB urges acceptance of migrants

    After ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy is dismissed, USCCB urges acceptance of migrants Members of the migrant caravan take temporary shelter in a stadium in Mexico City on their way to the United States border, Nov. 8, 2018. / David Ramos/CNA Washington D.C., Jun 24, 2021 / 13:30 pm (CNA). The U.S. bishops’ conference on Thursday emphasized the need to welcome immigrants after the Supreme Court resolved a challenge to the Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico” policy.“Going forward, we must work as a nation to welcome the newcomer and respond to those in need with Christ-like compassion,” stated Bishop Mario Dorsonville, auxiliary bishop of Washington and chair of the U.S. bishops’ migration committee,[…]

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  • Beirut’s St. Joseph church, badly damaged in port explosion, to reopen

    Beirut’s St. Joseph church, badly damaged in port explosion, to reopen A painting of the Holy Family at the Church of St. Joseph in Beirut, Lebanon. / Courtesy of Aid to the Church in Need. Rome Newsroom, Jun 24, 2021 / 13:00 pm (CNA). A nearly 150-year-old church badly damaged by the Beirut port explosion is due to reopen in July.The Church of St. Joseph has been restored with funds from Aid to the Church in Need, a pontifical foundation.Located less than two miles from the port of Beirut, the church’s windows and wooden doors were destroyed by the Aug. 4 explosion, which also damaged the pitched roof and lighting fixtures.Before[…]

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  • Catholic charity: Ethiopians in agony as water crisis deepens

    Catholic charity: Ethiopians in agony as water crisis deepens People wait outside a distribution point to receive aid rations in Oromia Region, Ethiopia, in February 2018 / Will Baxter/Catholic Relief Services Tigray, Jun 24, 2021 / 12:41 pm (CNA). Residents of various parts of Ethiopia are trekking for miles and spending days in long queues to get water far away from home, a Catholic charity in Ireland reported.In a Friday, June 17 report, the leadership of Trócaire, the overseas development agency of the Catholic Bishops of Ireland, expressed concern that those adversely affected by drought and water shortage in the horn of Africa are also suffering from mental challenges[…]

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  • Jesuit priest responds to statement of pro-abortion Catholic members of Congress

    Jesuit priest responds to statement of pro-abortion Catholic members of Congress Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), one of the signers of the "Statement of Principles" of Catholic House Democrats / ev radin/Shutterstock Washington D.C., Jun 24, 2021 / 12:40 pm (CNA). A Jesuit priest and radio host on Thursday critiqued a recent statement by Catholic House Democrats, who had asked not to be denied Communion for their pro-abortion policy stances.In a column published Thursday in the National Catholic Register, Fr. Robert McTeigue, SJ, host and producer of the radio show “The Catholic Current,” argued that appeals to “conscience” and the “common good” by pro-abortion Catholic members of Congress were faulty.Key to this[…]

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  • Cardinal Cupich to conduct visit of Vatican dicastery on behalf of Pope Francis

    Cardinal Cupich to conduct visit of Vatican dicastery on behalf of Pope Francis Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago. / Daniel Ibanez/CNA Vatican City, Jun 24, 2021 / 12:00 pm (CNA). Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago will conduct an apostolic visitation at the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, the Vatican said Thursday.The inspection will begin in a few days, Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni told journalists June 24.He said that the visit was taking place “in the context of a normal examination of the activity of the dicasteries, aimed at acquiring an updated representation of the conditions in which they operate.”Cupich has been a member of the Vatican’s Congregation for Bishops since 2016. The[…]

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