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IMAGE: CNS photo/courtesy The Texas Catholic By Cindy Wooden VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis has named Bishop Kevin J. Farrell of Dallas to head the Vatican’s new office for laity, family and life. The Dublin-born bishop will celebrate his 69th birthday Sept. 2, the day after the new Vatican

IMAGE: CNS photo/Max Rossi, Reuters By Junno Arocho Esteves VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Jesus’ compassion toward people in need is not a vague sentiment, but a calling for Christians to bring that same compassion to others, Pope Francis said. By miraculously feeding thousands of people, Jesus made an act “of

IMAGE: CNS photo/Michael Alexander, Georgia Bulletin By Andrew Nelson ATLANTA (CNS) — Black women desiring to serve a life devoted to the Catholic faith were not welcomed by religious communities with anti-black acceptance requirements from the early 19th century to the middle of the 20th century, said historian Shannen Dee

IMAGE: CNS photo/courtesy Catholic Relief Service By Cindy Wooden VATICAN CITY (CNS) — If there is one person who immersed herself in the “peripheries” Pope Francis is drawn to, it was Blessed Teresa of Kolkata. If there was one who showed courage and creativity in bringing God’s mercy to the

IMAGE: CNS photo/Philippe Vaillancourt, Presence By Philippe Vaillancourt QUEBEC CITY (CNS) — For Father Gaston Ndaleghana Mumbere, the feast of the Assumption represents his hope for better tomorrows for Congo. In his recently published book, this 35-year-old Assumptionist priest describes the violence that plagues his home country. But mostly, he

IMAGE: CNS photo/Narong Sangnak, EPA By Cindy Wooden VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Celebrating the feast of the Assumption just three days after visiting a group of young women rescued from the sex trade, Pope Francis prayed for all exploited women and girls. “The Lord bows down to the lowly in

IMAGE: CNS/Alex Brandon By Rhina Guidos WASHINGTON (CNS) — On the Aug. 6 feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord, Auxiliary Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville of Washington addressed a crowd of largely Salvadoran immigrants at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. They were there to mark

IMAGE: CNS photo/Bryan Woolston, Reuters By BALTIMORE (CNS) — The same day a federal Department of Justice report cataloging systemic abuses by Baltimore’s police was issued, Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore called that report “sobering and distressing.” “The report is an affirmation of those in our community who have

IMAGE: CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn By Carol Zimmermann WASHINGTON (CNS) — In the presidential election campaign, both major-party candidates have talked about the rising costs of college and the debt that graduates face because of student loans. Donald Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, has spoken out against federal student loans saying

IMAGE: CNS photo/Caroline Blumberg, EPA By LOURDES, France (CNS) — French police and military officials have launched a special security operation for the country’s national pilgrimage to Lourdes, following the killing of a Catholic parish priest in a spate of terrorist attacks. Up to 30,000 Catholics are expected to join