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Bishops stress hospitality for Camino de Santiago hosts

The bishops of Spain and France have published a new letter emphasizing the importance of hospitality for people who host pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago, offering guidelines for how they can welcome and care for the spiritual needs of those making the long trek. In the letter the bishops noted that hospitality is a










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Have you heard of Venerable ‘Mama Bosco’?

While St. John Bosco is a beloved saint among Catholics, many do not know that his mother, Margaret Bosco, was declared Venerable in 2006 and has an advancing cause towards beatification. Margaret Occhiena was born in a small town in Italy in 1788 to a large family of faithful Christians. At the age of 24,










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US neurology expert will visit UK to examine Charlie Gard

The American doctor whose experimental treatment has been sought by the parents of Charlie Gard will travel to London on Monday, after a judge ruled that he could examine the baby and confer with the UK doctors. On Friday, the specialist in mitochondrial diseases and genetic myopathies agreed to travel to examine Charlie in-person at










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New research: Shroud of Turin bears blood of a torture victim

New research indicates that the Shroud of Turin shows signs of blood from a torture victim, and undermines arguments that the reputed burial shroud of Jesus Christ was painted. Very small particles attached to the linen fibers of the shroud “have recorded a scenario of great suffering, whose victim was wrapped up in the funeral










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Mosul needs help to rebuild, Iraqi official cautions

Just days after Iraqi forces completed their recapture of Mosul from the Islamic State, the nation’s ambassador to the Holy See has said that they are eager to rebuild the city and have people return home, but it will require help to do so. “We reiterate our need for greater cooperation and greater help for










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Yemeni minister: Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil is still alive

After nearly a year since his kidnapping, Yemen officials say that Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil is in fact alive and efforts are being made for his release. “The Yemeni deputy prime minister conveyed that as per available information, Father Tom was alive and the Yemen government has been making all efforts to secure his release," Gopal










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Macron scrutinized for blaming Africa’s poverty on high birthrate

French President Emmanuel Macron has been under attack for identifying Africa’s development issue as a problem of overpopulation, ignoring the effects of France’s imperialism. In response a question on Africa’s needs by a reporter at the G20 Summit July 7, Macron said, “it’s by a more rigorous governance, a fight against corruption, a fight for










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