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Latest papal push for peace spans a century, at least

Pope Francis arrives to lead his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Aug. 27. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) Posted on August 30th, 2014

During World War I Pope Benedict XV was roundly ignored and criticized for trying to end that war. He established a tradition of efforts to make peace for subsequent popes, including his namesake Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis.


A new neighbor comes to town

A worker leaves the construction site of the new temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Philadelphia, across a highway from the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul (background left) and the rest of the center city skyline. (Sarah Webb) Posted on August 29th, 2014

Visitors to the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul in Philadelphia are witnessing the rise of a massive new Mormon temple located just across the Vine Street Expressway in center city. CatholicPhilly.com looks at the similarities and differences of the two houses of worship.


What is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Construction continues on the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, located at 18th and Vine Streets, little more than a block away from the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul in Philadelphia. (Sarah Webb) Posted on August 29th, 2014

As their temple rises in Philadelphia, learn about the history and beliefs of the Mormon religion.


Young workers need decent jobs and better pay, bishops say

Oranges are sorted and packed by a worker at the IMG Citrus packinghouse in Vero Beach, Fla. Labor Day, honoring U.S. workers, is observed Sept. 1 this year. (CNS photo/Jim West) Posted on August 29th, 2014

In their statement for Labor Day this year, Sept. 1, the U.S. bishops denounced the fact young adults have “borne the brunt” of unemployment and underemployment. “For those fortunate enough to have jobs, many pay poorly,” wrote Miami Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski.


Immigrants, activists urge Obama to act on immigration reform

A man displays a sign during an immigration march and rally near the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement headquarters in Washington Aug. 28. (CNS photo/Bob Roller) Posted on August 29th, 2014

Hundreds of protesters took part in a rally and march in Washington Aug. 28 chanting: “Not one more! Not one more!” to urge President Barack Obama to stop the deportation of immigrant families, workers and children.


U.S. Catholic agencies seek funds to help minorities in Iraq, Syria

Members of the Yezidi religious minority who fled from violence in Mosul, Iraq, receive humanitarian aid Aug. 21 in Dohuk province, in the northern part of the country. Catholic relief agencies are trying raise more money for additional aid in the region. (CNS photo/EPA) Posted on August 28th, 2014

The Catholic Near East Welfare Association, Jesuit Relief Service, Knights of Columbus, Catholic Relief Services and Aid to the Church in Need are among Catholic agencies that have launched appeals to fund assistance to Christians and other religious minorities displaced in the Middle East.


Just-war theory reemerges in light of Islamic State and past Iraqi wars

A handout picture made available by the U.S. Department of Defense Aug. 27 shows a U.S. Air Force fighter jet refueling over northern Iraq Aug. 21. Catholic experts are debating the just-war theory in light of the current threat from the Islamic State and past Iraq wars. (CNS photo/Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel, courtesy U.S. Department of Defense, via EPA) Posted on August 28th, 2014

Catholic scholars are following Pope Francis’ lead in debating the use of force in the region. Should the U.S. go in alone or with a coalition of nations? Is the U.N. the “competent authority” in this matter? Does the Pottery Barn rule — “you break it, you bought it” — apply to Iraq today?


He’s living with epilepsy, and on a mission

Dan Dougherty of St. Luke Parish in Glenside, Montgomery County, raises awareness for the neurological condition of epilepsy. (Sarah Webb) Posted on August 28th, 2014

Dan Dougherty of St. Luke Parish in Glenside lives a full, active life as he works through the difficulties of epilepsy and other challenges that help him see God’s plan for his life.


Middle East patriarchs meet diplomats, call for wiping out terrorists

Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan, left, speaks to other Christian leaders during an Aug. 20 visit to Iraqi refugees in Irbil, Iraq. (CNS photo/Mychel Akl, courtesy Maronite Patriarchate) Posted on August 28th, 2014

Catholic and Orthodox patriarchs of the Middle East denounced attacks on Christians and lamented the indifference of Islamic authorities and the international community. The prelates called on the world’s major powers to deprive extremist groups of resources by compelling countries financing them to stop their support.


Force alone cannot stop ‘religious cleansing’ in Mideast

Members of the Yezidi religious minority who fled from violence in Mosul, Iraq, receive aid Aug. 21 in Dohuk province, in the northern part of the country. The Franciscan custos of the Holy Land said that while tolerance between some groups seems to have disappeared, new signs of caring for and protecting one another can be seen in almost every community. (CNS photo/EPA) Posted on August 28th, 2014

Economic and military intervention will be needed to protect the Christian and other minority communities of the Middle East, said the Franciscan custodian of sites in the Holy Land. But their survival will depend on the courage of the region’s inhabitants to love and protect one another.


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