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Vocations and the 2018 synod

  • By Russell Shaw, OSV Daily Take

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  • October 28 2016

When bishops gather at the Vatican two years from now, they’ll have the opportunity to make a much-needed course correction.

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Pope: Protect child migrants, refugees who face greater risk of abuse

  • By Catholic News Service, OSV Newsweekly

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  • October 14 2016

Children are the most vulnerable and hardest hit among the world's migrants.

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Pope chooses youths, vocational discernment as theme for next synod

  • By Catholic News Service, OSV Newsweekly

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  • October 07 2016

A synod in 2018 will focus on accompanying young people on the path of faith and in discerning their vocations.

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For grandparents, living the Faith is sharing the Faith

  • By Susan Klemond, OSV Newsweekly

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  • September 29 2016

Passing their Catholicism onto younger generations starts with grandparents being generous with time and spirit.

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Parishioners say visit by Fatima pilgrimage statue emotional experience

  • By Catholic News Service, OSV Newsweekly

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  • September 23 2016

The traveling pilgrim statue of Our Lady of Fatima is on a nearly two-year mission to all 50 states.

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Pope urges Christians to believe in the ‘logic’ of the resurrection

  • By Catholic News Service, OSV Newsweekly

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  • September 16 2016

The resurrection should not be reduced to a mere spiritual experience.

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Five U.S. Paralympic swimmers train at Loyola University Maryland

  • By Catholic News Service, OSV Newsweekly

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  • September 09 2016

The swimmers are representing the United States at the Sept. 7-18 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.

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Saint Teresa of Calcutta

  • By Our Sunday Visitor, OSV Newsweekly

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  • September 02 2016

How this humble woman opened her heart to the poor and, as a result, changed the world.

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Aleppo archbishop: ‘Enough is enough’

  • By Gretchen R. Crowe, OSV Newsweekly

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  • August 18 2016

From the ground in Syria, Archbishop Jean-Clément Jeanbart pleads for peace.

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Pope Francis General Audience August 10: Holy Door as an encounter of mercy

  • By OSV Staff, OSV Daily Take

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  • August 12 2016

Pope Francis compared the encounter of Christ and the widow of Nain to the encounter any Christian can have.

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Pope names six women, six men to panel to study women deacons

  • By Catholic News Service, OSV Newsweekly

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  • August 05 2016

Pope Francis has appointed a commission to study the issue of women deacons.

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In Krakow, Francis challenges youth to engage

  • By Christopher White, OSV Newsweekly

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  • August 01 2016

Pilgrims, estimated in the millions, cheered the pope's call to serve others, not be 'couch potatoes.'

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Family gives ‘hearts to soles’ for homeless

  • By Paula Smith, OSV Newsweekly

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  • July 25 2016

Running their own nonprofit, Pennsylvania family performs corporal work of mercy giving shoes to those living on the streets.

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Pope calls attack on Nice act of ‘blind violence’

  • By Catholic News Service, OSV Newsweekly

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  • July 15 2016

The pope expressed his "deep sorrow" and "spiritual closeness" with the French people.

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U.S. pilgrims to World Youth Day reflect new church demographics

  • By Catholic News Service, OSV Newsweekly

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  • July 08 2016

The tens of thousands of young people traveling to World Youth Day will show an increasing presence of Spanish-speaking Catholics.

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Pope Francis homily for the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul

  • By OSV Staff, OSV Daily Take

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  • July 01 2016

Pope Francis spoke on how both apostles showed an openness to the grace of Christ.

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Early Christianity comes to life in Holy Land museum

  • By Judith Sudilovsky, OSV Newsweekly

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  • June 24 2016

New exhibit route at the Israel Museum highlights origins of Christianity and pilgrimage in Jerusalem.

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Pope Francis homily June 16: Calling on our Father

  • By OSV Staff, OSV Daily Take

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  • June 17 2016

Pope Francis reflects on the words of the Our Father, noting that the prayer reminds us of our identity as children of God.

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Steps to help children cope with tragedies / Pasos para ayudar a los ninos a afrontar las tragedias

  • By Joseph D. White, OSV Newsweekly

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  • June 13 2016

Age-appropriate responses can help minimize fear and confusion to shootings, attacks in the news.

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Pope elevates memorial of St. Mary Magdalene to feast day

  • By Catholic News Service, OSV Newsweekly

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  • June 10 2016

Pope Francis raised the July 22 memorial of St. Mary Magdalene to a feast on the church's liturgical calendar.

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Pope Francis Homily for the Sacred Heart of Jesus

  • By OSV Staff, OSV Daily Take

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  • June 03 2016

On June 3, Pope Francis spoke on the conformity between the heart of the priest and the Heart of the Good Shepherd.

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10 things you didn’t know about the Eucharist

  • By Bill Dodds, OSV Newsweekly

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  • May 27 2016

The source and summit of our faith, there is always more to discover about the mystery of the Eucharist.

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Friars to make pilgrimage on foot, will say Mass, promote vocations

  • By Catholic News Service, OSV Newsweekly

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  • May 20 2016

Dominican fathers will begin a 478-mile, one-month pilgrimage from New Orleans to Memphis, Tenn., May 29.

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Ex-big leaguer fields questions on faith

  • By Eddie O'Neill, OSV Newsweekly

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  • May 13 2016

Former pitcher Jeff Suppan says obtaining the sacraments can be a challenge to Catholic athletes.

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‘We pray with our whole person’

  • By Dennis Emmons, OSV Newsweekly

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  • May 06 2016

Each of our postures and gestures is significant as we reverently honor Christ's sacrifice in the Mass.

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Program outfits kids with clothes for first Communion

  • By Hannah M. Brockhaus, OSV Newsweekly

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  • April 27 2016

Archdiocese of Newark collects new, gently used dresses, suits to give to families in need.

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Sculpture of Padre Pio a dramatic testimony to beauty of Lord’s forgiveness, mercy

  • By Maryann Gogniat Eidemiller, OSV Newsweekly

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  • April 14 2016

The piece of art found in Greensburg, Pa., is an ideal destination for a Year of Mercy pilgrimage.

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Communities lean on prayer in times of need

  • By Patti Maguire Armstrong, OSV Newsweekly

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  • April 08 2016

Amid violence and natural disasters, power of group prayer helps comfort, promotes healing.

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A higher calling for higher education

  • By Chris Hazell, OSV Daily Take

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  • April 01 2016

Colleges and universities are failing their students by not forming their moral compass.

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Pope to celebrate Holy Thursday with young refugees

  • By Catholic News Service, OSV Daily Take

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  • March 24 2016

Holy Father to wash feet of eight men and four women, including some non-Catholics.

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Mother Teresa to be canonized Sept. 4

  • By Matthew Bunson, OSV Newsweekly

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  • March 18 2016

The humble founder of the Missionaries of Charity, champion of the poor will be declared a saint 19 years after her death.

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Massgoers urged to be open to Lord’s mercy, be ‘instruments of his mercy’

  • By Catholic News Service, OSV Daily Take

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  • March 11 2016

Lent is the 'opportune moment to re-establish the Lord' as the center of one's life.

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Ordination is call to service, says new Bishop Tighe

  • By Catholic News Service, OSV Daily Take

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  • March 03 2016

In the presence of family, bishops, priests and colleagues from the Vatican, Irish Msgr. Paul Tighe was ordained a bishop Feb. 27.

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How to make the most of leap day

  • By Emily Stimpson, OSV Newsweekly

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  • February 18 2016

Strategies to help Catholics use 2016's extra 24 hours to the fullest.

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Summa Theologica: The ‘glory of the Catholic Faith’

  • By Barry Hudock, OSV Newsweekly

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  • February 11 2016

750 years after St. Thomas Aquinas began his masterwork, its influence is still felt throughout the Church.

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Closings show uphill battle for Catholic schools

  • By Brian Fraga, OSV Newsweekly

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  • February 08 2016

Chicago archdiocese to close four schools as leaders try to address challenges of declining enrollment.

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Snowed in for the March for Life? Three ways to prayerfully participate, even from a distance

  • By OSV Staff, OSV Daily Take

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  • January 22 2016

In lieu of traveling to the nation’s capital, many diocesan leaders are requesting a day of prayer instead.

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Work hard, pray hard: Ranching nuns find ‘balance in life’

  • By Justin Bell, OSV Newsweekly

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  • January 14 2016

The lifestyle of the sisters at the Abbey of St. Walburga in Colorado is attracting attention from discerning women — and curiosity-seekers.

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Mercy at the heart of the beatitudes

  • By Donald P. Richmond, OSV Newsweekly

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  • January 07 2016

How Jesus' words in Matthew 5 can be used as stepping-stones to further our own spiritual growth.

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Celebrating the gift of salvation

  • By Dennis Emmons, OSV Newsweekly

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  • December 17 2015

With the arrival of the New Year, the Church commemorates several dates that honor the divinity of Christ.

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Steps to help children cope with tragedies

  • By Joseph D. White, OSV Newsweekly

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  • December 11 2015

Age-appropriate responses can help minimize fear and confusion to shootings, attacks in the news.

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Pope Francis inspires ‘the continent of hope’

  • By Matthew Bunson, OSV Newsweekly

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  • December 02 2015

In his journey to Africa, the pope preaches on unity, care for the poor and the strength of families.

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‘Mobile confessional’ new evangelization tool

  • By Hannah M. Brockhaus, OSV Newsweekly

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  • November 20 2015

A converted ambulance will bring the Sacrament of Reconciliation to the peripheries of Lafayette, La.

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Growing Church, dangers await Francis in Africa

  • By Matthew Bunson, OSV Newsweekly

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  • November 13 2015

The continent is the fastest growing region for Catholicism in the world, but the challenges are real.

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U.S. Church to celebrate National Bible Week

  • By Susan Klemond, OSV Newsweekly

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  • November 05 2015

Organizers hope the event inspires Catholics to fall more deeply in love with the word of God.

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‘Sanctuary’ of interfaith dialogue in Holy Land

  • By Judith Sudilovsky, OSV Newsweekly

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  • October 30 2015

The Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem provides a safe haven in a tumultuous environment.

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Ways to celebrate religious education at your parish

  • By OSV Staff, OSV Newsweekly

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  • October 23 2015

The beginning of November also marks the beginning of the 2015 National Parish Religious Education Week.

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Celebrating the holiness of St. Teresa of Avila

  • By J.J. Ziegler, OSV Newsweekly

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  • October 16 2015

The Order of Discalced Carmelites honored the 500th anniversary of their founder's birth with a jubilee year.

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Europe struggles to tend to flood of refugees

  • By Jonathan Luxmoore, OSV Newsweekly

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  • October 09 2015

While the pope has called for action, many are in disagreement over how to deal with problem.

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In America, a journey of love and mercy

  • By OSV Staff, OSV Newsweekly

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  • October 01 2015

Pope Francis spent six days inspiring those who heard his message to reach out and encounter the world with love.

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Pope Francis greets families who lost loved ones in 9/11

  • By Gretchen R. Crowe, OSV Daily Take

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  • September 25 2015

The Holy Father blesses the site of the Sept. 11 memorial.

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Saint Junipero Serra

  • By Michael Heinlein, OSV Newsweekly

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  • September 17 2015

Known as the "father of the California missions," Serra will become America's first Hispanic saint — and the first to be canonized on U.S. soil.

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Harlem students, principals prepare to welcome the Holy Father

  • By OSV Staff, OSV Newsweekly

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  • September 04 2015

When Pope Francis visits New York City Sept. 24-26, one of his stops will be at Our Lady Queen of Angels School in East Harlem.

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On campus, brothers are professors of faith

  • By James Graves, OSV Newsweekly

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  • August 27 2015

Members of the religious order the Brotherhood of Hope evangelize students at secular colleges.

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Personal devotions for Eucharistic adoration

  • By Mary DeTurris Poust, OSV Newsweekly

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  • August 17 2015

Here are some ways you can open your heart to Our Lord the next time you are in adoration.

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Who is Celestine Bottego?

  • By Barry Hudock, OSV Newsweekly

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  • August 07 2015

Aug. 20 marks 35 years since the death of American-born foundress whose cause for canonization is now underway.

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Palestinian school opens doors for women

  • By Judith Sudilovsky, OSV Newsweekly

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  • July 30 2015

Through education and empowerment, students at Schmidt Girls College are making a difference.

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Documentary an inspiring look at ‘Way of St. James’

  • By Joyce Coronel, OSV Daily Take

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  • July 27 2015

'Footprints' follows pilgrims on the nearly 600-mile hike through France, Spain.

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Pope gives message of hope in South America

  • By Matthew Bunson, OSV Newsweekly

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  • July 17 2015

During his apostolic visit to his native land, the Holy Father urges the faithful to trust in Christ.

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Restored order for sacraments a growing trend

  • By Michelle Martin, OSV Newsweekly

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  • July 09 2015

Denver, Honolulu are latest to move the Sacrament of Confirmation ahead of first Communion.

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Schedule released for U.S. papal visit

  • By OSV Staff, OSV Newsweekly

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  • July 02 2015

Along with main events, the pope’s first journey to America includes visit to school, penitentiary.

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Bishops rally faithful during Fortnight for Freedom

  • By OSV Staff, OSV Newsweekly

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  • June 25 2015

Leaders from across the country stress importance of religious freedom during annual two-week event.

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Pope urges ‘changes of lifestyle’ in Laudato Si’

  • By Austen Ivereigh, OSV Newsweekly

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  • June 18 2015

In his encyclical, Pope Francis says the global community must prioritize protecting our home.

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New focus for Catholic education association

  • By Patti Maguire Armstrong, OSV Newsweekly

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  • June 11 2015

Group will focus exclusively on helping Catholic schools lead, learn and proclaim the Faith.

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St. Vincent de Paul Society helps those in South affected by extreme weather

  • By Cathy Dee, OSV Daily Take

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  • June 04 2015

Lives and homes have been lost.

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In Boston, inner-city teens find hope in the Church

  • By Christine Williams, OSV Newsweekly

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  • May 29 2015

Dozens of youth, including 48 scheduled to be confirmed June 6, find community, healing, Christ.

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Palestinian nuns canonized

  • By Judith Sudilovsky, OSV Newsweekly

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  • May 21 2015

Catholic officials in the Holy Land hope ceremony can help inspire Christians in the Middle East.

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How to help earthquake victims in Nepal

  • By Cathy Dee

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  • April 27 2015

Aid is being rushed to victims of the massive earthquake.

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History awaits in canonization of married couple

  • By J.J. Ziegler, OSV Newsweekly

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  • April 22 2015

Louis and Zélie Martin, parents of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, are to become the first husband and wife to be made saints together.

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Pope: Humility ‘leads to glory’

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  • April 08 2015

Francis also pleads for peace in conflicts across the world in Easter message.

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In bits and pieces, Pope Francis’ U.S. trip coming together

  • By Gretchen R. Crowe, OSV Newsweekly

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  • April 02 2015

We should all be ready to expect the unexpected.

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Vatican opens doors for homeless to view treasures

  • By Cathy Dee, OSV Daily Take

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  • March 25 2015

Guided tours of the Sistine Chapel, museums are planned.

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The real St. Patrick

  • By Susan Gately, OSV Daily Take

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  • March 18 2015

A closer look at the saint more fascinating than his legends.

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Pope Francis announces Year of Mercy

  • By Gretchen R. Crowe, OSV Daily Take

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  • March 13 2015

Extraordinary jubilee year will run from Dec. 8, 2015 to Nov. 20, 2016.

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What is Lent?

  • By Cathy Dee, OSV Daily Take

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  • February 26 2015

A video series from CRS Rice Bowl helps explain and explore.

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Pope’s message for World Youth Day 2015

  • By Cathy Dee, OSV Daily Take

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  • February 18 2015

The theme is 'Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.'

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Hangin’ with the pope

  • By Cathy Dee, OSV Daily Take

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  • February 06 2015

Pope Francis hosts a video chat with disabled children.

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‘Salem bus’ rolls across diocesan lines

  • By Eddie O'Neill, OSV Newsweekly

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  • January 26 2015

Committed to providing a Catholic education, parish carpool drives children to school over 20 miles each way.

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Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service

  • By Marilou Abramshe

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  • January 16 2015

Faith is something that we must exercise every day in our lives.

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Learning from the Doctors of the Church

  • By Matthew Bunson, OSV Newsweekly

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  • January 14 2015

Recognized for their extraordinary contributions to the Faith, the lives of these holy men and women instruct us on the path to heaven.

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For Pope Francis, 2015 will be a big year

  • By Austen Ivereigh, OSV Newsweekly

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  • December 26 2014

Pontiff scheduled to visit Asia and the U.S., release new encyclical and host a second family synod.

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The Christmas octave: Continuing the celebration

  • By Dennis Emmons, OSV Newsweekly

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  • December 18 2014

The seven feast days following the Nativity of the Lord aid us in our understanding of the Incarnation.

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Bethlehem University called an ‘oasis of peace’

  • By Matthew Bunson, OSV Newsweekly

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  • December 11 2014

In an area of the world filled with turmoil, the Catholic university is a symbol of interreligious success.

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Rediscovering the wonder around us

  • By Melinda Selmys, OSV Newsweekly

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  • December 04 2014

Exploring God's creation with a sense of curiosity not only can help cure boredom, but also foster growth in Christ.

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Beauty of Mary on display in new exhibit

  • By Nora Hamerman, OSV Newsweekly

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  • November 26 2014

National Museum of Women in the Arts collects more than 60 masterworks of the Blessed Virgin.

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‘Sisterhood’ lets viewers go behind convent doors

  • By Emily Stimpson, OSV Newsweekly

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  • November 17 2014

New reality show shadows five women as they discern religious life.

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Melchizedek Project helps boost vocations

  • By Joseph R. LaPlante, OSV Newsweekly

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  • November 06 2014

Small groups at parishes, colleges, high schools provide support for young men eyeing priesthood.

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Liberian bishop pleads for aid in fighting Ebola

  • By OSV Staff, OSV Newsweekly

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  • October 23 2014

'We are losing our humanity' in the face of the disease, said Bishop Anthony Fallah Borwah.

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Sister Miriam Teresa beatified in New Jersey

  • By Kathryn Jean Lopez, OSV Newsweekly

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  • October 09 2014

At first U.S. beatification, new ‘blessed’ remembered as one with ‘mystical visions, deep insights.’

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Beatification makes history for U.S. Church

  • By Thomas J. Craughwell, OSV Newsweekly

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  • October 02 2014

The first American beatified in the United States, Sister Miriam Teresa modeled a life of holiness.

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A new app-reciation for faith on the go

  • By Sarah Reinhard, OSV Newsweekly

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  • September 11 2014

These Catholic apps for smartphones and tablets will help keep you on the right path during your faith journey.

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Catholic schools key to inner cities

  • By William Bole, OSV Newsweekly

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  • August 06 2014

New book by Notre Dame professors shows how important parish schools are to their neighborhoods.

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Celebrating Mary in the month of August

  • By Marge Fenelon, OSV Newsweekly

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  • July 31 2014

Feast days commemorating the Mother of God highlight her life and role in our salvation.

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‘More human’

  • By Hannah M. Brockhaus

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  • July 17 2014

A Brazilian school uses technology to connect English-language students and senior citizens.

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Haven of peace for sick threatened in Pakistan

  • By Kamran Chaudhry, OSV Newsweekly

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  • July 15 2014

St. Joseph's Hospice faces terrorism, financial crisis while serving the injured with nowhere else to go.

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‘Can’t bring me down’

  • By Hannah M. Brockhaus

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  • July 03 2014

In video, dancing refugee children show resilience and hope amidst suffering and loss.

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‘A vacation for the soul’

  • By Mary DeTurris Poust, OSV Newsweekly

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  • June 25 2014

Catholic conferences enrich lives of parents and children by strengthening their faith through prayer, formation, discipleship.

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A World Cup with a different goal

  • By Hannah M. Brockhaus

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  • June 19 2014

Homeless men and women around the world play soccer for a better life.

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Church a ‘first responder’ to human trafficking

  • By Maria Wiering, OSV Newsweekly

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  • June 12 2014

Catholic organizations help domestic, global fight against growing problem of forced labor.

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Don’t let Lent end

  • By Jennifer Rey

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  • April 08 2014

Though it may be tempting, we shouldn't go back to the way things were before Lent.

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