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Melkite Eparchy Celebrates 50-Year Milestone of Evangelizing in America (2399)

The Eastern Catholic traditions rooted in the ancient Church of Antioch have blossomed in the U.S. since the close of Vatican II.

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They Divine Liturgy for the 50th Melkite National Convention in Quincy, Mass.

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MIAMI — St. Jude’s Melkite Greek Catholic Church in Miami is an icon of how the Church is growing in the United States — Byzantine style — as the nation’s Melkite eparchy marks a jubilee year celebrating its founding 50 years ago.

At St. Jude’s, hundreds gather for the Divine Liturgy celebrated three times in English, Arabic and Spanish throughout Sunday in the church, where icons of holy men and women decorate the walls, candles burn and the icon screen before the sanctuary symbolizes the division of earth and heaven. During the week, the parish hosts adult faith-formation nights in English and Spanish. Many pack the church on Wednesday at noon to receive Communion and an anointing for...READ MORE

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Novena for Our Nation Seeks Mary’s Aid for America (20859)

The 54-day effort kicks off on the Solemnity of the Assumption.

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Editor's Note: This story was originally posted on Aug. 11 to highlight the prayer initiative that starts today, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.


Millions of Americans witness how, in the wake of the 2015 Obergefell decision that legalized same-sex “marriage,” congressional and state legislation, executive actions and court rulings conflict increasingly with God’s laws on marriage and family values. Since the enshrinement of Roe v. Wade into law in 1973 and the enactment of subsequent state laws to allow for assisted suicide, unborn children and the elderly and weak are under attack like no other time in U.S. history.

And now, an acrimonious presidential...READ MORE

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Crying for a Year of Mercy in a Summer of Blood (3614)

The ever-increasing catalogue of violence has prompted many in the Church to renew the Year of Mercy by embracing the traditional Christian weapons of prayer and fasting.

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People gather for a prayer vigil near the BP gas station that was burned after an officer-involved killing on Aug. 14 in Milwaukee.

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STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — At the Divine Mercy Shrine that stands atop Eden Hill in Stockbridge, Father Thaddeus Lancton is working overtime in the confessional, hearing the confessions of pilgrims. The people coming to the shrine have a sense that they need to embrace God’s love and forgiveness in this Jubilee Year of Mercy — and now more than ever. Because, worldwide, the summer of mercy is drenched in blood.

“People are coming to the shrine almost intuitively,” said the priest, who is a member of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception. Father Lancton told the Register in late July that, last summer, before the Year of Mercy, he said he might have to stay in the confessional two hours at...READ MORE

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Nine Rio Olympians Hail From This Catholic School Network (3651)

The alumni of the Sacred Heart Schools have made a splash at the 2016 Olympics, but have brought the schools’ Catholic values to other venues as well.

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Top left to right, Anabelle Smith, Katie Ledecky, Lia Neal; bottom left to right, Erin Rafuse, Gaby Lopez, KK Clark.

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RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — Katie Ledecky, Lia Neal and Anabelle Smith are some names you might hear on television if you are watching the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

These Olympians have all won medals in the 2016 games, but they are also united by another common factor: their Catholic education.

Sacred Heart Schools, founded by the Society of the Sacred Heart, has more than 145 Catholic schools across the globe that have been teaching for over 200 years. These schools are also responsible for producing nine Olympic athletes who are competing in Rio.

“Our athletes recognize that their gifts comes from God and are not to be wasted,” the schools’ spokeswoman, Donna Heckler, told CNA.


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Pope on Solemnity of Mary’s Assumption: ‘She Was First to Believe in Son of God’ (3112)

The Holy Father also prayed Aug. 15 for the dozens massacred in the Democratic Republic of the Congo over the weekend.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis marked the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary by praying for the dozens of people massacred over the weekend in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and decrying the “shameful silence” that surround these attacks.

“To the Queen of Peace, who we contemplate today in heavenly glory, I wish to entrust once again the anxieties and sufferings of the people who, in many parts of the world, are innocent victims of persistent conflict,” the Pope said during Monday’s Angelus address.

Saturday’s attacks in DRC’s North Kivu province have long been “perpetuated in shameful silence, without even drawing our attention,” he said, and its victims include the “many...READ MORE

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Pope Calls Upon Christians to Pray for the ‘Fire of Divine Love’ (751)

The Holy Father said that Christians need to open themselves to the action of the Holy Spirit in order to have the courage to proclaim Jesus Christ’s Kingdom.

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Pope Francis delivers the Angelus address.

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VATICAN CITY — The Church does not need “cold or lukewarm Christians” who are held back by fear, Pope Francis said Sunday. Instead, it needs Christians who are on fire with the Holy Spirit and committed to proclaiming the Gospel, even if it costs them their lives.

The Church needs “passionate missionaries, consumed by zeal to bring the consoling Word of Jesus and his grace to everyone,” the Pope said during his weekly Angelus address.   

“This is the fire of the Holy Spirit,” he said. “If the Church does not receive this fire, or allow it to enter, it becomes a cold or lukewarm Church, incapable of giving life, since it is made of cold or lukewarm Christians.”

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How Did We Get Here? A Catholic Read on Evolution (6264)

Book Pick: Catholicism and Evolution: A History From Darwin to Pope Francis

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A History From Darwin to Pope Francis

By Father Michael Chaberek

Angelico Press, 2015

354 pages, $21.95

To order: https://angelicopress.com/


The author of this book, Father Michael Chaberek, is a Polish Dominican priest who has studied the Church’s thinking and doctrinal pronouncements on creation throughout her 2,000-year history, from the New Testament and the Church Fathers to the Middle Ages, the 19th century and down to our own times. This book is a must-read for Catholics to understand the controversial question of how we came to be.

There is often much confusion from scientists, who in many cases are nonbelievers, about what the Catholic Church...READ MORE

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Oklahoma Christians Counter Satanic Mockery With Prayer (4787)

Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City explained the need for prayer and called on Catholics to join the Unity Prayer Service and Walk on the Solemnity of the Assumption.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Another planned black mass and an additional satanic ritual in Oklahoma City is timed to mock the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary and desecrate an image of the Blessed Mother.

In reaction, the local Catholic archbishop and Christians from all backgrounds will join in prayer.

Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City explained the need for prayer and called on Catholics to join the Unity Prayer Service and Walk.

“In response to this blasphemous event, and the many other acts of hatred and violence happening in our world in recent weeks, I am encouraging the faithful and people of good will to pray together for healing and peace, and for the Lord to watch over our...READ MORE

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