Ministry News

Trump signs executive order stopping family separation policy

President Donald Trump signed an executive order June 20 that halts his administration's family separation policy for families who have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally.
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Relic of early pope, found by waste company, given to London cathedral

A relic of bones of an early pope was given to the Catholic Church after it was stolen from a car and recovered by a waste disposal company.
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Pope supports U.S. bishops’ criticism of ‘immoral’ immigration policy

Pope Francis said he stands with the U.S. bishops who recently condemned the Trump administration's policy on immigration that has led to children being held in government shelters while their parents are sent to federal prisons.
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Sister Catherine Phelps, longtime leader of Trinity School, dies

Sister of Notre Dame de Namur Catherine Phelps died unexpectedly June 15. A Baltimore native, she served as head of Trinity School for 47 years, twice leading it National Blue Ribbon recognition.
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Religious freedom in U.S., around world focus of June 22-29 observance

"Serving Others in God's Love" is the theme of this year's Religious Freedom Week. U.S. Catholics are encouraged to pray and take action act in support of religious liberty at home and abroad.
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Dictatorships begin with taking over media to spread lies, pope says

All dictatorships begin the same way: media outlets are put in the hands of "unscrupulous" people who spread lies and weaken democracy, Pope Francis said.
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Archbishop Lori, bishops across U.S. condemn separation, detention of migrant children

Archbishop William E. Lori joined his brother bishops “and so many others of goodwill in calling on our leaders to cease the current practice of separating children from their mothers..."
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Pope: Aborting children with birth defects is like Nazi eugenics program

Children are God's greatest gift and should be welcomed "as they come, as God sends them, as God allows, even if at times they are sick," the pope said.
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Ghana’s Cardinal Turkson appreciates significance of Baltimore 

Cardinal Turkson is considered by some to be a potential successor to Pope Francis, and his visit attracted faithful from across Charm City to the basilica.
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7 Quick Takes started at 30,000 feet (featuring beer-shaped salami, a button sculpture, a yard sale purchase, and more)

I started writing these while on an airplane yesterday, but then I didn't manage to finish them until today. But it felt a little like being in Green Eggs and Ham. "Can you write takes on a plane? Can you write them on a train? In a car or on a tree...?"
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Migration is about people, not numbers, pope says

At the Holy See-Mexico Conference on International Migration at the Casina Pio IV, the pope said international cooperation is needed "at every stage of migration."
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Live like you’re going to be 95

I turn 35 tomorrow and have been thinking about how I want to live in this new phase of my life. There are two philosophies that people use as guidelines for making decisions about their life’s experiences. I am posing a third.
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