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Monday, April 10, 2017

Pope to youth: The Church needs to hear your voice

As wave of executions draws near, Catholics in Arkansas pray for an alternative

By Adelaide Mena
Even though legal options have run out, Catholics in Arkansas are still pushing back against a wave of eight executions set to start on Easter Monday, April 17.

Pope prays for victims of attack on Coptic church in Egypt

by Elise Harris
After a bomb blast killed over 20 people and wounded several others during Palm Sunday celebrations in Egypt, Pope Francis voiced his closeness to the Coptic nation, and prayed for those who perpetrate violence through the arms trade.

This Holy Week, look for Jesus in those who suffer, Pope says

by Elise Harris
On Palm Sunday Pope Francis said that as Holy Week begins, we should contemplate not only the glory with which Jesus is recognized as king as he enters Jerusalem, but also the suffering he endures before his death, and which is seen in the many who suffer due to war, violence and slavery today.

Bishops seek input from youth ahead of 2018 synod

By Hannah Brockhaus
An international conference this week in Rome is seeking feedback from young people on the upcoming 2018 Synod of Bishops, as preparations are also underway for the 2019 World Youth Day in Panama.

Pope to youth: The Church needs to hear your voice

Elise Harris
On Saturday Pope Francis held a special prayer vigil in anticipation of WYD and the 2018 Synod of Bishops, telling youth that they are the voice of the future, and as such, have something to say to the entire Church, including to himself and the bishops.

Venezuelan religious call for autonomy among branches of government

A group of religious men and women in Venezuela have expressed their concern over the country's political crisis and the lack of autonomy of the branches of the federal government.

Don't send a mother who fled drug cartels back to Mexico, archdiocese pleads

U.S. immigration authorities should show mercy on a detained Catholic mother with a special needs child, who fled Mexico when drug cartels began to persecute her family, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati said this week.

Philly priest charged with stealing $500k for concerts, dinners, casinos

A Philadelphia monsignor is being charged with embezzling more than half a million dollars from the priests’ home where he served as rector, and using that money on lavish dinners, casino visits and Philadelphia Pops concerts.

What Catholic leaders had to say about US missile strikes in Syria

By Matt Hadro and Adelaide Mena
The Melkite Archbishop of Aleppo expressed regret and disappointment at Thursday’s U.S. missile strikes in Syria, saying he hoped for “a political solution.”

Man found guilty in gruesome Camino murder of US pilgrim

The killer of an American woman who had been walking the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route has been found guilty and could face up to 25 years in prison.

Pro-life, religious freedom leaders cheer confirmation of Neil Gorsuch

By Matt Hadro
Pro-life and religious freedom advocates cheered the Senate’s confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch on Friday to the U.S. Supreme Court, filling an almost 14 month-long vacancy.

With 20-week abortion ban, Iowa set to join national trend

With stronger abortion restrictions advancing in the state legislature, Iowa is close to becoming the 20th state to bar abortion after 20 weeks.

Four people charged in connection with kidnapped nun in Mali

Four people have been arrested in Mali in connection with the February kidnapping of a nun who remains missing.

Pope Francis: Stop using the word 'illegal' as a synonym for 'immigrant'

By Hannah Brockhaus
Pope Francis said Friday that when it comes to solving the immigration crisis, the media need to stop perpetuating negative stereotypes and start explaining the big picture, shedding light on the causes behind migration.

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