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African churches work to become more self-reliant for funding

Umu Maiga starts a cooking stove as her 1-month-old daughter, Hosemira, rides along in a camp in Mopti, Mali,  in this 2013 photo. Catholic Relief Services provided the camp's families displaced by fighting with supplies, but African countries are trying to become more self-sufficient. (CNS photo/Paul Jeffrey) Posted on April 24th, 2014

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (CNS) — Although the church in Africa still faces many challenges linked to poverty, it is becoming less dependent on funding from developed countries, say African church leaders.


Women recount the stories of healing through intercession of popes

Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, and Floribeth Mora Diaz, attend a press conference at the Vatican April 24 in advance of the canonization of Blesseds John XXIII and John Paul II. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) Posted on April 24th, 2014

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — People said Floribeth Mora Diaz was crazy to think Blessed John Paul II interceded with God to heal her brain aneurysm, but if so, “then it is a blessed craziness, because I’m healthy,” she told reporters at the Vatican.


500 penitents find pardon and peace from sin at parish service

(CNS file photo/Gregory A. Shemitz) Posted on April 24th, 2014

Booming St. Joseph’s in Downingtown packed in the faithful for a Holy Week penance service held just for the parish, not the deanery or county.


Magazine says California birth considered as miracle for Pope Paul VI

President John F. Kennedy shakes hands with Pope Paul VI at the Vatican July 2, 1963. (CNS file photo) Posted on April 24th, 2014

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Paul VI, who led the church between the pontificates of Blesseds John XXIII and John Paul II, may be beatified in October, an Italian Catholic magazine reported.


Vatican: Pope didn’t change church teaching in call to Argentine woman

Posted on April 24th, 2014

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Reports that Pope Francis told an Argentine woman civilly married to a divorced man that she can receive Communion “cannot be confirmed as reliable,” said Jesuit Father Federico, the Vatican spokesman.


Catholic education is everybody’s ‘task,’ cardinal says in NCEA keynote

Bishop David A. Zubik of Pittsburgh and Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington concelebrate Mass on the opening day of the National Catholic Educational Association's annual convention in Pittsburgh April 22-24. (CNS photo/Chuck Fazio, courtesy NCEA) Posted on April 24th, 2014

PITTSBURGH (CNS) — Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington told Catholic educators in Pittsburgh for the National Catholic Educational Association’s annual convention that “education is the task of all of us.”


Dialogue examines Catholic, Anglican ecclesiology and moral discernment

Posted on April 24th, 2014

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Understanding the differences in how the Catholic Church and member churches of the Anglican Communion structure authority and exercise it are key to understanding how each body arrives at its teaching and practices on critical issues in ethics and moral theology.


Deportation order seen as justice ‘finally’ served for atrocities

Posted on April 24th, 2014

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CNS) — A deportation order for El Salvador’s former defense minister who lives in Florida but presided over an era of atrocities and torture in his own country underscores a new era of U.S. foreign policy, according to one of the lead attorneys who sued the official, retired Gen. Jose Guillermo Garcia, in U.S. District Court in 2002.


Homeless San Francisco man among thousands joining church through RCIA

RCIA-ByTheNumbers-2 Posted on April 24th, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (CNS) — A homeless San Francisco man was among the thousands of Americans who joined the Catholic Church over the Easter weekend through their participation in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.


Making the world safe for innocence

Judy Cruz-Ransom, staff member of the archdiocesan Office for Child and Youth Protection, plants a pinwheel as a symbol of the innocence of children. The Pinwheel Garden at the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center in Philadelphia is an initiative of the office during April, which is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Posted on April 24th, 2014

The efforts of the Philadelphia Archdiocese and the church in America at preventing child abuse through training are resulting in communities of adults who are watching out for potential abusers.


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