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Supreme Knight Carl Anderson highlights Knights’ efforts worldwide

MINNEAPOLIS (CNS)—Five years after the Islamic State invaded northern Iraq and began systematically persecuting the country’s Christians, the Knights of Columbus are continuing their work of supporting Iraqi parishes that are rebuilding, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said in his annual report Aug. 6 at the Knights’ 137th Supreme Convention in Minneapolis. “The road ahead for […]

Program gives educators tools to teach about Holocaust, anti-Semitism

WASHINGTON (CNS)—A group of 35 teachers from Catholic middle and high schools around the country went back to school briefly this summer to learn how to better approach anti-Semitism and the Holocaust in the classroom. In its 24th annual summer conference, Bearing Witness—a partnership between the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the National Catholic Educational […]

Des Moines bishop retires; priest of Dubuque named successor

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, and named as his successor Father William M. Joensen, a priest in the Archdiocese of Dubuque, Iowa. The resignation and appointment were announced July 18 in Washington by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the Vatican nuncio to the United States. […]

Religious communities receive $28 million toward retirement needs

WASHINGTON—In June, the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) distributed $28 million in financial assistance to 360 U.S. religious communities to help underwrite the care of aging members. The funding is made possible by the Retirement Fund for Religious collection, an annual, parish-based appeal benefiting some 30,000 senior religious and their communities. The latest appeal was held in […]

U.S. Bishops’ President and Committee Chairman say horrific death of father and daughter at border and appalling conditions for children are cries that reach heaven itself

WASHINGTON—The cry of a father and his baby daughter who drowned crossing the Rio Grande reaches heaven itself. This unspeakable consequence of a failed immigration system, together with growing reports of inhumane conditions for children in the custody of the federal government at the border, shock the conscience and demand immediate action. Cardinal Daniel N. […]

U.S. State Department honors nun as anti-trafficking ‘hero’

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Honored as one of the U.S. State Department’s “heroes” in combating human trafficking, Comboni Sister Gabriella Bottani urged action to fight the situations that make people, especially women and children, vulnerable to trafficking. Sister Bottani, international coordinator of the Talitha Kum anti-trafficking network of Catholic women’s and men’s religious orders, was honored […]

Peter’s Pence Collection 2019 supports the Holy Father’s charitable outreach to the suffering and marginalized

WASHINGTON— The annual Peter’s Pence Collection will be taken in many dioceses across the United States the weekend of June 29-30. Funds from this collection support Pope Francis’ charitable outreach to the suffering and marginalized around the world. The proceeds benefit people on the margins of society, including victims of war, oppression, and natural disasters. “Pope Francis […]