Siblings born two minutes apart continue strong bond as religious sisters

Benedictine Sisters Jill and Susan Reuber have often shared the same path in life, but their roads to their religious vocations took different turns.
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Pope recommends pastoral ‘closeness,’ urges bishops to be courageous

Bishops from New England shared with Pope Francis some of the joys, challenges and sufferings of the church in the Northeast and, really, throughout the United States, three of the bishops said.
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West Virginia Bishop Brennan seeks ‘amends for harm’ to church by predecessor

Bishop Mark E. Brennan of Wheeling-Charleston told Catholics in the statewide diocese he was working to have his predecessor "make amends for harm he caused during his tenure" as mandated by Pope Francis.
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Biden denied Communion at Mass during campaign stop in South Carolina

Former Vice President Joe Biden attended the 9 a.m. Mass at St. Anthony Church Oct. 27 and when he presented himself to receive the Eucharist was refused by the pastor.
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Mexican priest who runs shelter extorted, later attacked in rectory

A Mexican priest and migrant shelter operator suffered an extortion attempt and, later the same day, a violent robbery at his parish residence.
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Plan for drug injection site latest in ‘dose of despair,’ says archbishop

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia said the city's plan to create a safe drug injection site now that it has the legal go-ahead to do so "is simply the latest dose of despair offered by a confused and suffering culture."
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Appeals court rules against Little Sisters of the Poor over HHS mandate

The Little Sisters of the Poor lost another round in court Oct. 22 when a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruled 2 to 1 against the religious order getting a religious exemption from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services contraceptive mandate under a 2017 Trump administration...
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Lebanon’s church leaders to protesters: ‘We hear your cry’

Amid an unprecedented, massive uprising of the Lebanese population demanding a sweeping overhaul of the country's political system, leaders of Catholic, Orthodox and evangelical churches in Lebanon assured the people, "We hear your cry."
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Gov. Cuomo pledges ‘full support’ for public statue of Mother Cabrini

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced the formation of a "state commission" to work with the Columbus Citizens Foundation and the Diocese of Brooklyn, among others, to fund creation of a statue of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini and find a site for it.
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Vatican releases lineup for Christmas concert supporting the Amazon

Proceeds from a Christmas concert at the Vatican starring Lionel Richie, Bonnie Tyler and Susan Boyle will go to help protect the Amazon and support indigenous communities there.
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Italian Americans, others call for New York to honor saint with statue

The outrage over the snubbing of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini by New York City first lady Chirlane McCray's She Built NYC commission culminated in a march and Mass Oct. 6 to support a public statue of Mother Cabrini, as the patron saint of immigrants is best known.
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Bishop Barres says ‘Amazin’ Mets’ of ’69, who defeated Orioles for championship, can inspire church to evangelize

The New York Mets' improbable World Series championship in 1969 can inspire the Catholic Church to a new era of evangelization, Bishop John O. Barres of Rockville Center wrote in a new pastoral letter.
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