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  • Sainthood cause for Focolare founder formally begins

    FRASCATI, Italy (CNS) -- Chiara Lubich, founder of the Focolare Movement, "lit a new light in the church's journey toward unity," Pope Francis said. In a message to hundreds of people gathered in the cathedral of Frascati Jan. 27 for the formal opening ...

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  • Father Merton at 100: Still inspiring people to get closer to God

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- When Trappist Father Thomas Merton addressed persistent racism in his writing during the 1960s, his message seemingly reached into the future. Appealing to society to recognize that all people are children of God, Father Merton questioned ...

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  • Chiara Lubich: A Life Dedicated to Peace and Dialogue

    Rome (ZENIT) -- This afternooon’s celebration in the Cathedral of Frascati marks a great feast. Following the celebration of Vespers, Bishop Raffaello Martinelli will open the process of the Cause of Beatification of Chiara Lubich, founder of the ...

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  • Will the number of dioceses in Italy be cut in the near future?

    Rome, Italy (CAN/EWTN News) - A plan to reduce the number of Italian dioceses has been widely debated in the Italian bishops conference, and a first draft of the plan has reportedly already been given to the Congregation for Bishops and has undergone ...

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Bishop defends work of CCHD-funded group in minimum-wage debate


LAS CRUCES, N.M. (CNS) -- Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces rejected the claims of an advertisement in the local Las Cruces Sun-News daily newspaper that maligned the work of an interfaith group funded by a Catholic Campaign for Human Development grant to raise the city's minimum wage.

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Sainthood cause for Focolare founder formally begins


FRASCATI, Italy (CNS) -- Chiara Lubich, founder of the Focolare Movement, "lit a new light in the church's journey toward unity," Pope Francis said. In a message to hundreds of people gathered in the cathedral of Frascati Jan. 27 for the formal opening of Lubich's sainthood cause, Pope Francis expressed his hope that "the shining example" of her life and activity would strengthen Focolare members' faith and commitment to building up the unity of the church and friendly relations with members of other religions.

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Bishops welcome court's review of using lethal injection in executions


WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to review the use of lethal injections in carrying out executions is a welcome move, said the chairmen of two U.S. bishops' committees. The court said Jan. 23 it will review the drug protocols of lethal-injection executions in the state of Oklahoma and consider whether such procedures violate the U.S. Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

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Father Merton at 100: Still inspiring people to get closer to God


WASHINGTON (CNS) -- When Trappist Father Thomas Merton addressed persistent racism in his writing during the 1960s, his message seemingly reached into the future. Appealing to society to recognize that all people are children of God, Father Merton questioned practices that prevented African-Americans from achieving full equality and called for the end of discrimination in all forms.

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