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Saturday, July 23, 2016
  • Catholics seek to change narrative of violence in Holy Land

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The event was designed to show the daily life and culture of those who live in the Holy Land, an area as beautiful and historic as it is conflict-ridden. And it did just that when one of the Palestinian Christians who was supposed to be present ...
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    Children from the Kufiyah Dabke Troupe dance at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in Washington July 16.
  • Cardinal: St. Mary Magdalene is reminder of need for adoration

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Christians are called to be like St. Mary Magdalene, who adored Christ upon finding him, an action that has somewhat lost its meaning in the church, said Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments.

    He said the July ...
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    St. Mary Magdalene is depicted in a stained glass window in the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston.
  • Baton Rouge Catholics promote peace after shootings
    BATON ROUGE, La. (CNS) -- As tragic events have unfolded in the Baton Rouge area, the Catholic community has been at the forefront of helping to spread the message of peace.

    From holding prayer services to opening churches to hosting community meetings, Catholic leaders have been involved ...
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    Members of the St. John the Baptist Church choir in Zachary, La., sing at a prayer service July 17.
  • New Yorkers gather to pray for local nun missing in Austria

    EAST NORTHPORT, N.Y. (CNS) -- Two weeks after a recently retired nun from Long Island, N.Y., disappeared while vacationing alone in Europe, more than 200 people gathered to pray for her at an evening service July 20 at St. Anthony of Padua Church, where she lived.

    While the event was promoted ...
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    Members of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Brentwood, N.Y., pray for Sister Eileen Christie July 20.
  • Church joins U.K. project to resettle 20,000 Syrian refugees
    MANCHESTER, England (CNS) -- The Catholic Church in England and Wales has joined a government project to resettle an estimated 20,000 refugees from the Syrian war. A parish in the Diocese of Salford will be the first to welcome a family from a refugee camp in the ...
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    Syrian refugees arrive at a refugee camp in early May at the Jordan border with Syria.
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Bridget: From age seven on, Bridget had visions of Christ crucified. Her visions formed the basis for her activity—always with the emphasis on charity rather than spiritual favors. 
<p>She lived her married life in the court of the Swedish king Magnus II. Mother of eight children (the second eldest was St. Catherine of Sweden), she lived the strict life of a penitent after her husband’s death. </p><p>Bridget constantly strove to exert her good influence over Magnus; while never fully reforming, he did give her land and buildings to found a monastery for men and women. This group eventually expanded into an Order known as the Bridgetines (still in existence). </p><p>In 1350, a year of jubilee, Bridget braved a plague-stricken Europe to make a pilgrimage to Rome. Although she never returned to Sweden, her years in Rome were far from happy, being hounded by debts and by opposition to her work against Church abuses. </p><p>A final pilgrimage to the Holy Land, marred by shipwreck and the death of her son, Charles, eventually led to her death in 1373. In 1999, she, Saints Catherine of Siena (April 29) and Teresa Benedicts of the Cross (Edith Stein, August 9) were named co-patronesses of Europe.</p> American Catholic Blog Teaching by example forms a durable base from which to form character. It is the base, but alone it won’t raise the kind of person you want. Being a moral adult is fundamental to teaching children morals. But it is not sufficient, in and of itself.

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