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At 40, Diocese of Orange Boasts Strong Catholic Community and History (2389)

Established in 1976, the California diocese celebrates multicultural heritage and rapidly expanding young-adult community in a tourist hotspot.

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Cathedral photos courtesy of Diocese of Orange; beach scene courtesy of Sarah Brandenburg

Bishop Kevin Vann in front of Christ Cathedral.

– Cathedral photos courtesy of Diocese of Orange; beach scene courtesy of Sarah Brandenburg

“When I think of the Diocese of Orange, I think of home. I am drawn in and inspired by the special spirit that is evident in the community of Orange. No matter what parish I’m in, there’s a great sense of oneness,” said Cecelia Ahn of the Diocese of Orange, California.

Characteristic of this deep sense of community, the Diocese of Orange celebrated its 40-year anniversary with a large family-friendly celebration at Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove on Sept. 18. To kick of the festivities, Bishop Kevin Vann celebrated Mass with more than 4,500 in attendance, which was broadcast live on EWTN.

The same day, the diocese hosted a 5k run/walk, a one-mile “Kids’ Fun Run” and a family festival at...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: ‘The World Has a Profound Thirst for Peace’ (1604)

Peace is a gift of God, the Holy Father said Sept. 20 at international interreligious gathering marking the 30th anniversary of the World Day of Prayer for Peace, explaining that it is only with divine help that our works can bear fruit.

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Pope Francis arrives Sept. 20 at interreligious gathering in Assisi, Italy.

– L'Osservatore Romano

ASSISI, Italy — In efforts for peace, indifference is the greatest sickness of our time, Pope Francis said at an interreligious summit in Assisi on Tuesday.

“It is a virus that paralyzes, rendering us lethargic and insensitive, a disease that eats away at the very heart of religious fervor, giving rise to a new and deeply sad paganism: the paganism of indifference.”

“We cannot remain indifferent,” he said. “Today the world has a profound thirst for peace.”

The Pope spoke Sept. 20 during an international interreligious gathering marking the 30th anniversary of the World Day of Prayer for Peace convoked by St. John Paul II in 1986.

The event, held in different locations, has been...READ MORE

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US Bishops Planning to Join Worldwide Day of Prayer for Sex Abuse Survivors (1456)

The upcoming day of prayer and reconciliation will ask God and survivors of abuse to forgive the Church for every time its ministers failed to protect children or support them.

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WASHINGTON — In light of Pope Francis’ call to pray for the victims of sexual abuse, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will join in a Worldwide Day of Prayer for Sexual Abuse Survivors, highlighting the importance of healing and noting the progress the Church has made over the years.

“With a pastor’s heart, Pope Francis renewed the call of the universal Church to pray for, help heal and proactively protect children from the terrible sin of sexual abuse,” said Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, the USCCB’s president, in a Sept. 16 statement.

“This universal expression of healing and sorrow, joined by our brothers and sisters around the world, will be a powerful reminder...READ MORE

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Cardinal Parolin to Witness Historic Signing of Colombia Peace Accords (1077)

The Vatican’s Secretary of State will be on hand to witness the official end of five bitter decades of war in the South American nation.

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The flag of Colombia.

– Grancolombiano Departamento de Comunicaciones via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0).

CARTAGENA, Colombia — Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin will visit Colombia Sept. 26 to mark the signing of a long-awaited peace agreement between the Colombian government and Marxist rebels.

It was announced Monday that Cardinal Parolin will visit Cartagena during the signing of the peace deal, which was agreed to Aug. 24 between the government of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and the country's largest rebel group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

The deal is intended to end a 52-year conflict in the South American country. It will be signed Sept. 26 in front of a large group of diplomatic delegations and then submitted to a popular vote by the...READ MORE

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Christian Homeland in Iraq: Nineveh Plain Province Is Solution ‘Beyond Genocide’ (5302)

In Defense of Christians Convention Aims to Preserve Christianity in the Middle East

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Some Christian families that fled the Islamic State in summer 2014 have lived in refugee camps like this one in Kurdistan (northern Iraq) for two years, often without schools for children.

– Jordan Allott photo

WASHINGTON — “Time is running out for Assyrian Christians,” declared Michigan-resident Nahren Anweya, 34, speaking to the Register at the third annual convention of In Defense of Christians (IDC) held in Washington Sept. 7-9.

Born in Iraq, Anweya vividly remembers being slapped in the face by her first-grade teacher in Baghdad, for describing herself as a Christian — signifying the second-class citizenship suffered by the faithful there long before the current crisis.

“We are disappearing literally by the week,” she said, estimating the total number of Christians in Iraq today as fewer than 300,000 (a figure cited by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, down from 1.5...READ MORE

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Canadian Bishops: Divorced-and-Civilly-Remarried Catholics Must Follow Right Path to Reconciliation (2414)

The guidelines are intended to direct ‘authentic and effective pastoral accompaniment’ of men and women who have divorced and remarried without a formal annulment of their first union, the bishops explained.

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EDMONTON, Canada — Divorced Catholics who have remarried civilly are welcome to seek reconciliation with the Church, but they need to be sure they are following the right path, some Catholic bishops of Canada have said in new guidelines.

“It may happen that, through media, friends or family, couples have been led to understand that there has been a change in practice by the Church, such that now the reception of holy Communion at Mass by persons who are divorced and civilly remarried is possible if they simply have a conversation with a priest,” said guidelines from the Catholic bishops of Alberta and the Northwest Territories.

“This view is erroneous,” they said.

Couples who express...READ MORE

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Thousands Gather at Berlin March for Life to Say ‘No Child Is Unsuitable’ (1458)

Catholic bishops turned out to call on demonstrators to ensure every human being has the right to life from conception to natural death.

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Participants in the 2016 March for Life in Berlin.

– Rudolf Gehrig/EWTN.

BERLIN — More than 7,500 people took part in the annual March for Life in Berlin on Saturday, under the motto: “No Child is Unsuitable.”

The peaceful gathering was organized by the Federal Association for the Right to Life. Participants held aloft placards supporting the right to life from conception to natural death.

Five bishops took part in the event: Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer of Regensburg, who also celebrated the closing ecumenical Church service, Berlin's Archbishop Heiner Koch, and Auxiliary Bishops Matthias Heinrich of Berlin, Dominikus Schwaderlapp of Cologne, and Florian Wörner of Augsburg.

Archbishop Koch called on the demonstrators to strive to ensure “that every human being...READ MORE

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Congressional Investigation Documents University of New Mexico’s Use of Aborted Fetal Tissue (3398)

According to the report, university and state officials do not appear to be addressing the matter.

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Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tennessee, chair of the Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives, at the April 20 hearing.

– Rep. Marsha Blackburn Facebook

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — On at least two occasions, undergraduate and graduate students at the University of New Mexico dissected the brains of aborted children during a six-week summer educational research program.

And for more than 20 years, a controversial late-term abortion facility in downtown Albuquerque has provided tissue and organs from aborted babies to the university. Several of the facility’s doctors have even enjoyed “volunteer faculty” positions at the university that enabled them access to libraries and recreational facilities even though they did not teach any actual classes.

Those findings, among many others, are documented in a congressional investigative report that shows...READ MORE

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