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Lithuania’s first Soviet-era martyr to be beatified

A Soviet-era priest and bishop who continually defied communist rule and spent much of his ministry in prison will be beatified later this month in Vilnius, the Lithuanian capital. Archbishop Teofilius Matulionis was declared a martyr by Pope Francis Dec. 16, clearing the way for his beatification. Archbishop Matulionis was known for his heroism and










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English bishop issues liturgical norms for Neocatechumenal Way

The Bishop of Lancaster issued last week liturgical norms for the Neocatechumenal Way, which apply to all in the diocese, in the interest of “fostering clarity” around the celebration of the Eucharist. “The Neocatechumenal Way has been active in our Diocese for many years and has been a blessing to many people,” Bishop Michael Campbell,










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Salesians eager to recover relic of St John Bosco’s brain

Police in Italy are investigating the missing relic of the brain of St. John Bosco, which was reportedly stolen from its reliquary on Friday night. The Salesians, the religious order founded by St. John Bosco, issued desperate pleas for prayers for its return after it was discovered missing June 2. The reliquary was kept in










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Irish bishops praise court ruling recognizing the dignity of work

Ireland’s Catholic bishops have praised a Supreme Court decision in the country that will allow asylum seekers to find work while their status is being decided. The Republic of Ireland’s supreme court ruled May 30 that laws which indefinitely prohibit asylum seekers from gaining employment were unconstitutional. The case was brought by a Burmese refugee










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Attack on police near Notre Dame cathedral shakes Paris

A man was shot after an apparent hammer attack on police officers at Paris police headquarters next to the Cathedral of Notre Dame on Tuesday. The suspect was wounded in the chest during the June 6 attack. He had allegedly attacked officers on duty at the headquarters. Tourists ran from the attack, BBC News reports.










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