Ground broken for new St. Kateri Tekakwitha Shrine in New Mexico diocese

The rosary walk at a new shrine to be built in the Gallup Diocese to honor St. Kateri Tekakwitha "will imitate" the life and example of the Native American saint, popularly known as the "Lily of the Mohawks," said Gallup Bishop James S. Wall.
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Religion, state of the church among topics at annual Napa conference

The Napa Institute, founded in 2010, hosted its ninth annual Summer Conference in late July, focusing on the theme of authentic reform and the current state of the church.
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Franciscans’ Denver meeting first phase of making six provinces into one

History was made when close to 400 Franciscan friars -- from 25 states as well as Canada, Italy Jamaica, Mexico and the Philippines -- gathered in unity and fraternity in Denver for the religious order's "Chapter of Mats."
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Supreme Knight Carl Anderson highlights Knights’ efforts worldwide

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.
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Teen who died saving classmates in school shooting made a Knight

As residents of El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, mourned the loss of 31 people in mass shootings Aug. 3 and Aug. 4, the Knights of Columbus honored a teen who died in May trying to save the lives of his classmates during a shooting at his suburban Denver high school.
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Knights give over $185 million to charity, 76 million service hours in 2018

In 2018, the Knights of Columbus gave $185.7 million to charity and donated 76.7 million hours of hands-on service.
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More bishops issue statement against president’s tweets on Baltimore

Three more U.S. bishops spoke out Aug. 2 on a recent spate of tweets by President Donald Trump against the city of Baltimore.
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Wimbledon champ carried gift from confirmation sponsor to each match

Abbey Forbes, the 18-year-old winner of the junior girls doubles championship at Wimbledon, has kept an inspirational book in her tennis bag at recent competitions and for all seven Wimbledon matches.
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Archbishop Gregory: Offensive speech, actions a ‘growing plague’ that ‘must end’

The archbishop of Washington said recent public comments by President Trump and others about Baltimore and the responses those remarks have generated "have deepened divisions and diminished our national life."
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Abortion rate falling in South Carolina; pro-life advocates welcome trend

The number of abortions occurring annually in South Carolina continues to fall, a trend welcomed by advocates who credit pro-life legislation and increased public awareness for the decline.
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Fire destroys ‘treasured’ historic Catholic church in Texas

The Church of the Visitation in Westphalia, a nearly 125-year-old wooden church with bell towers on each side, burned to the ground July 29.
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Hearts ‘heavy with sadness’ over shooting at festival, San Jose bishop says

GILROY, Calif. (CNS) — Hundreds gathered late July 29 at St. Mary’s Church for a bilingual prayer service, invited by Gilroy’s Catholic community “to come together and pray for all those affected by the senseless tragedy.” A day earlier, a gunman, later identified as 19-year-old Santino William Legan, fired on the crowd attending the final...
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