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Surge in Zika virus rekindles abortion debate in Brazil

Ana Beatriz, a 4-month-old girl with microcephaly, is seen in a photo obtained Feb. 9 in Lagoa do Carro, Brazil. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff met with members of the National Council of Christian Churches of Brazil Feb. 10 in Brasilia to ask for their help in fighting the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which transmits the Zika virus. (CNS photo/Percio Campos, EPA) Posted on February 11th, 2016

The president of the Brazilian bishops’ conference criticized a proposal by the U.N. Human Rights Commission that countries allow abortion in cases in which the mother was infected with the Zika virus.


Texas cardinal discusses transformative power of Eucharist at congress

Posted on February 11th, 2016

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, appears in this Oct. 14, 2015, file photo. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) “When you’re a disciple in the presence of the Eucharist, something happens to you. You’re transformed. … Body broken, blood poured out.”


Pope pushes ‘door of mercy’ wider, sends missionaries to local parishes

Dominican Father Michael Mary Dosch, pastor of St. Patrick's Church in Columbus, Ohio, is a Missionary of Mercy for the Holy Year. Father Dosch is pictured outside St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Feb. 10. (CNS photo/Carol Glatz) Posted on February 11th, 2016

Their special mission, he has said, is to be a living witness of God’s closeness and love — to knock on the doors of people’s hearts and let God into their lives, especially those who have become distant from the church.


Charismatic healing Mass

Posted on February 11th, 2016

The Charismatic liturgy will be celebrated at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11 at St. Katharine of Siena Church, Wayne. All are welcome.


Pep rally for Polar Bear plungers

Posted on February 11th, 2016

The Mater Dei School community in Lansdale is getting ready to dip into the frigid Atlantic Ocean at the Jersey shore this weekend, raising money for tuition assistance.


Pope to priests: Year of Mercy means unpaid overtime, but God gives joy

Posted on February 11th, 2016

In a short, unscripted address, the pope told the priests to make sure they try to understand their people, “to put themselves in the other’s shoes” and be generous with forgiveness.


For Idaho chef, faith is a vital ingredient of life

Posted on February 11th, 2016

Most people know chef Lou Aaron for his culinary mastery, including the Idaho Ice Cream Potato, that draws crowds to his Westside Drive-in, a nationally recognized establishment given five stars on the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.”


New initiatives aim to help Catholics enrich prayer, giving during Lent

Catholics begin Lent with the sign of the cross on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 10, at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, Philadelphia. (Photo by Sarah Webb) Posted on February 10th, 2016

A mobile app for Catholic devotions, a way to help Christian refugees in the Middle East and an invitation to post a 10-second personal video on your faith are all new ways to experience Lent this year.


‘I’ve seen this in too many places,’ cardinal says of human trafficking

Posted on February 10th, 2016

It has gotten to the point that in some urban centers, parents have to give explicit instructions to their young children on how to avoid being kidnapped, he said in his homily at the prayer service, conducted at St. Gabriel Church in Washington.


Pope sends off missionaries of mercy to help people open hearts to God

Cardinal Angelo Comastri, archpriest of St. Peter's Basilica, sprinkles ashes on the head of Pope Francis during Ash Wednesday Mass at the Vatican Feb. 10. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano) Posted on February 10th, 2016

“Look upon your servants, Lord, that we are sending as messengers of mercy, salvation and peace. Guide their steps” and sustain them with “the power of your grace,” the pope said during a special Ash Wednesday liturgy in St. Peter’s Basilica Feb. 10.


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