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Thursday, July 28, 2016
Pope expresses shock over violence in French church
The murder of a priest in northern France, taken hostage with a handful of other faithful during a weekday morning Mass July 26, is another act of "absurd violence" added to too many stories of senseless violence and death, said the Vatican spokesman.
Pope appoints head of Catholic University of America to Vatican agency
Pope Francis appointed John Garvey, president of The Catholic University of America, to the board of directors of a Vatican agency overseeing institutes of higher learning.
USCCB President calls for National Day of Prayer, appoints special task force to promote peace and unity
In light of recent incidents of violence and racial tension in communities across the United States, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has invited all dioceses across the country to unite in a Day of Prayer for Peace in Our Communities.
Catholic priest to coordinate interreligious center at Olympic Village
About two weeks before the opening ceremony for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Father Leandro Lenin Tavares was putting the final touches on what he hopes will be a very successful spiritual mission: coordinating the interreligious center for athletes at the Olympic Village.
Former Our Sunday Visitor publisher named CNS director, editor-in-chief
Greg Erlandson, former president and publisher of Our Sunday Visitor, has been named director and editor-in-chief of Catholic News Service, effective Sept. 12.
Bishop feels ‘deep ache in my heart’ after fatal shootings of police
Baton Rouge Bishop Robert W. Muench renewed a call for a diocesan-wide week of prayer, fasting and reflection after the latest fatal shootings in the city, which this time took the lives of three law enforcement officers.
Group hopes its latest Tweetfest draws new people to pro-life movement
ProLife Youth hopes its July 15 Tweetfest will raise the visibility of the pro-life movement and attract new followers, the organization's vice president said.
Using the hashtag #ProLifeYouth, the Tweetfest is scheduled for 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. EDT.
National Black Catholic Congress issues call to prayer and action
“The National Black Catholic Congress (NBCC) joins the nation in mourning over the tragedies in Baton Rouge, the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area, and Dallas last week. As we commend to the Lord those who have died, we pray for the consolation of all who are grieving."
Five Dallas officers killed in ambush; bishop calls for prayer and peace
Five Dallas law enforcement officers were assassinated July 7 as at least one sniper opened fire in downtown Dallas as hundreds of demonstrators were winding down a march protesting recent fatal officer-involved shootings in other parts of the country.
Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel remembered for role as world’s conscience
Elie Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor, Nobel Peace Prize recipient and prolific author who died July 2 at age 87 in his New York home, has been remembered in tributes from around the world for standing up for human dignity and for being a witness to the world of the atrocities of the Holocaust.
At Fortnight’s closing Mass, people encouraged to pray and act for religious freedom
The theme for the 2016 Fortnight for Freedom, “Witnesses to Freedom,” unfolded as 1,500 people spent part of their July 4 holiday attending the closing Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, and also through the veneration afterward of the relics of two saints who died as witnesses to religious freedom, St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More.
Court stops abortion doctors’ requirements, denies pharmacists’ appeal
The day after the U.S. Supreme Court issued a major abortion ruling striking down regulations on Texas abortion clinics and doctors, it rejected an appeal to reinstate laws in Mississippi and Wisconsin that would place similar requirements on abortion doctors.
Saints’ relics seen as reminder of today’s threats to religious liberty
Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori linked urgent matters of “immigration, marriage and the Church’s teaching on sexuality” to a pair of 16th–century martyrs during a June 21 Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore that began the fifth annual Fortnight for Freedom.
U.S. Supreme Court strikes down regulations on Texas abortion clinics
In a 5-3 vote June 27, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down restrictions on Texas abortion clinics that required them to comply with standards of ambulatory surgical centers and required their doctors to have admitting privileges at local hospitals.
‘A sword has pierced heart’ of city, says Orlando bishop about shooting
Orlando Bishop John G. Noonan urged people of faith “to turn their hearts and souls” to God and pray for the victims, the families and first responders following the worst mass shooting in U.S. history June 12.
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