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More than 200 Korean martyrs are up for beatification

The first Bishop of Pyongyang, an American born-bishop, and numerous priests and laity are among the 213 who could be beatified and advanced on the process to sainthood under a process begun in South Korea. Bishop Lazarus You Heung-sik of Daejon predicted it will take at least ten years before any beatification or canonization, “but






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The Pope and the Russian Orthodox Patriarch met a year ago. Here’s what’s next.

One year ago marked a historic first meeting between a Pope and a Russian Orthodox Patriarch. Now, the Vatican and the Moscow Patriarchate will celebrate the meeting’s anniversary with a conference at Switzerland’s Freibourg University. The conference will take place Feb. 12, exactly one year after the meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill at






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Cardinal Muller makes it clear, nobody, not even a pope, can change marriage

Cardinal Gerhard Muller, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has spoken out against adultery and those who are creating confusion about Amoris Laetitia. Cardinal Gerhard Muller has rebuked bishops who are using Amoris Laetitia to “justify situations against the will of God.” The Cardinal, who has previously spoken in favor






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Jerusalem bishop’s insights on peacemaking in the Holy Land

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Recently I emailed questions to the auxiliary bishop of the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Bishop William Shomali, asking him to share his first-hand insights regarding the many injustices and violent environment in the land of the Prince of Peace. He graciously sent back a recorded audio response upon which this column is based. Bishop Shomali






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When Canterbury and Rome meet in a common mission

Pope Francis and the Archbishop of Canterbury will pray tonight in the church in Rome from where St. Augustine was sent to evangelize the English. The Anglican-Catholic search for unity is switching from theological dialogue to joint mission. In the history of this pontificate, October 2016 may come to be seen as the focal point of






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Armed police patrol Canterbury Cathedral amid terrorist fears

Security has been increased following the murder of Fr Jacques Hamel Police with guns are patrolling Canterbury Cathedral amid fears about terror attacks. The extra security comes after a series of jihadist attacks across Europe, including the murder of Fr Jacques Hamel. Essex and Kent Police have ordered armed officers to guard potential terrorist targets,






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‘Dear President Obama:’ 6-year-old’s letter inspires the nation

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A six-year-old boy named Alex witnessed the heartbreaking images of children in Aleppo, Syria. One picture in particular caught his eye and, unable to stand by and do nothing, penned a letter to US President Barack Obama. The image that launched Alex’ request to the President? The Syrian boy Omran Daqneesh, who was photographed covered






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ISIS claims responsibility for Minnesota mall stabbing

A man ran into a Minnesota mall Saturday night, where he stabbed nine people. The attack occurred around 8 p.m. at the Crossroads Mall in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Eight victims were treated for non-life-threatening wounds and were later released. One person was admitted to the hospital with more serious injuries but was reported to also






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