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D.C. Mass Offers Consolation to the Grieving in the Wake of the Navy Yard Tragedy (2502)

Cardinal Donald Wuerl celebrated the liturgy at the historic St. Matthew’s Cathedral.

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A hymn is sung at the Sept. 16 Mass for consolation and healing at Washington's St. Matthew's Cathedral.

– Archdiocese of Washington

WASHINGTON — Cardinal Donald Wuerl of the Archdiocese of Washington went to the historic St. Matthew’s Cathedral downtown Tuesday to celebrate a “Mass for consolation and healing” in the wake of Monday’s shooting at the headquarters of the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) inside the Washington Navy Yard.

The morning shooting spree left 13 people, including the alleged assailant, dead, and 14 others were injured.

According to Catholic News Agency, Washington Police Chief Cathy Lanier confirmed that at least 13 people were killed in the shooting, including one shooting suspect, identified by the FBI as 34-year-old Aaron Alexis, a military contractor from Texas.

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Creating the Right ‘Not to Migrate’ (4294)

A Central-American project by Catholic Relief Services pioneers new ways to solve the economic hardship and persecution driving U.S. illegal immigration.

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Nicaraguan women pick onions to be shipped to market, as part of a CRS-supported, small-scale vegetable cooperative that increases participants' family incomes.

– crs.org

WASHINGTON — Do immigrants deserve the right “not to migrate?” For a migrant from Central America, that right would mean a chance for a job and a living wage at home. For one young migrant, having that right would have meant never boarding the train that cost him his two legs.

“This is a huge problem,” Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson, Ariz., told the Register, as he relayed the story of the now-disabled young man he met, who will spend the rest of his life unable to support his mother and her seven other children. The young man lost his legs trying to jump on board a train into the U.S. because he could find no work at home. Others face worse fates.

“This year, 129 migrants have died”...READ MORE

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Relic of Blessed John Paul II Comes to Indian Archdiocese (4592)

The papal nuncio also told India's Christians to look to the Blessed Virgin Mary for inspiration in following Jesus Christ.

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Archdiocese of Bombay

Reliquary of Blessed John Paul II

– Archdiocese of Bombay

MUMBAI, India — A reliquary containing a cloth with a drop of blood from Blessed Pope John Paul II has arrived in India to be displayed and venerated at a Marian basilica in the Archdiocese of Bombay.

Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio, the apostolic nuncio to India, presented the relic to Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Bombay at Mount Mary’s Basilica at Bandra.

Archbishop Pennacchio was in the archdiocese on an official two-day visit.

“The nuncio’s visit marks an important faith factor to reconfirm the growth of faith and mission activity of evangelization,” said Father Antony Charanghat, spokesman for the Archdiocese of Bombay.

He told CNA that receiving the relic during the current...READ MORE

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Catholic Charities Prepares Long-Term Aid for Colorado Flood Victims (4073)

Thousands have been evacuated, and many do not have flood insurance to rebuild their damaged and destroyed homes.

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Colorado National Guardsmen assist Boulder County authorities in evacuating residents of Lyons, Colo.

– Sgt. Joseph Vonnida/released to CNA

DENVER — Catholic relief agencies in Colorado are assembling to provide long-term assistance for victims of the massive floods that have struck the state’s Front Range in the past week.

“It’s just been devastating,” said Geoff Bennett, vice president of shelter and community outreach for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Denver.

“It’s sad to see people losing their homes and in some cases people losing their lives. They’ve been in our prayers, and we’re trying to figure out how to best assist,” he said.

Bennett told CNA that the agency is reaching out to parishes in affected areas “just to assess what the need is and how we can provide assistance.”

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Pope Calls Faithful to Participate Actively in Politics (6885)

Catholics also should pray for political leaders, the Holy Father instructs, petitioning that they govern with humility and love.

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VATICAN CITY — Catholics should not be indifferent to politics, Pope Francis said, but they should offer their suggestions, as well as prayers, that their leaders may serve the common good in humility and love.

In his Sept. 16 daily homily at St. Martha House, the Pope rejected the idea that “a good Catholic doesn’t meddle in politics.”

“That’s not true. That is not a good path,” he said, according to Vatican Radio. “A good Catholic meddles in politics, offering the best of himself, so that those who govern can govern.”

“None of us can say, ‘I have nothing to do with this; they govern,’” Pope Francis told those present for the Mass. Rather, citizens are responsible for participating...READ MORE

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California and New York: A Tale of Two Abortion Expansions (10581)

The Catholic and pro-life response to recent pro-abortion bills has been quite different in the two states — and so has the legislative outcome.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California abortion providers are getting ready for the biggest increase in their industry, if Gov. Jerry Brown signs the bill allowing nurses and midwives to perform first-trimester abortions.

But the win for abortion providers in California contrasts sharply with the recent loss in New York, where an inventive alliance of the Catholic Church, evangelical Protestants and pro-life groups thwarted another popular Democratic governor’s plans to expand abortion in that state.

Ironically, for the Church in California and its pro-life allies, their only hope to defeat A.B. 154 is Brown, a former Jesuit who calls himself “pro-choice.”

And convincing Brown to veto the...READ MORE

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The Perils of a Prophetic Pope, Cultivating a Spirit of Clothes Detachment and Much More! (8996)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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The Perils of a Prophetic Pope. Follow the link by Fr. Dwight Longenecker of the Aleteia website to read more.

The Perils of a Prophetic Pope by Fr. Dwight Longenecker of the Aleteia website - BigPulpit.com

Cultivating a Spirit of Clothes Detachment - Deanna Bartalini, CatholicMom.com

On Managing Facebook and Other Things - Stacy Trasancos PhD

The Very Sad Childfree Life - Fr. Robert Barron, Strange Notions

Stump the Priest: The Problem of Evil - Byz Pulpit

One Missionaries’ Honest Reflection in Calcutta - Family Missions Company

Series on the Sacraments Part 1: Baptism - Alexandra Reis, Ignitum Today

Pope Francis: “The Evil One Is Smart, He Dupes Us. . . ” - Catherine Harmon, The CWR Blog

Analyzing the Seven Deadly Sins, Pt. 4: Envy - Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

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Leaders Call for Prayer After D.C. Shooting Leaves 13 Dead (1689)

‘I join people of all faiths across our community in praying for the people killed and wounded in the attack,’ said Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl.

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Emergency vehicles and law enforcement personnel respond Sept. 16 to shots at the Washington Navy Yard.

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WASHINGTON — U.S. leaders are offering prayers for the nation following a shooting at the Navy Yard in southeast Washington that left 13 dead and about a dozen more injured.

“I join people of all faiths across our community in praying for the people killed and wounded in the attack at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C.,” said Cardinal Donald Wuerl, adding that he is also praying for first responders and for family and friends of the victims. 

“While many facts are still unknown, our most powerful tool right now is prayer,” the Washington cardinal said in a Sept. 16 statement. “The Church always calls us to prayer, particularly in moments of crisis. It is what we do best, because it is...READ MORE

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