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Vatican Museums loan Leonardo da Vinci work for special anniversary

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By Carol Zimmermann

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is marking the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci with a painting by the artist that will draw crowds but also pay solemn tribute to the larger-than-life Italian Renaissance painter, architect and inventor.

"Saint Jerome Praying in the Wilderness" -- an unfinished painting on wood on loan from the Vatican Museums [...]

2019-07-16T14:40:00+00:00July 16th, 2019|Catholic News|

Vatican City State set to end sale of single-use plastics

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By Carol Glatz

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- After current supplies run out, Vatican City State will no longer be selling any single-use plastic items on its tiny territory.

While the European Union pledged in May to ban single-use plastic starting in 2021, the Vatican had already begun limiting its use and soon "it will no longer be sold," said Rafael Ignacio Tornini, head of the department handling Vatican City State's gardens and waste collection.

"We have been [...]

2019-07-16T12:47:00+00:00July 16th, 2019|Catholic News|

Update: Administration to apply ‘third country’ rule for asylum-seekers

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WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The Trump administration announced the U.S. departments of Justice and Homeland Security are adopting an interim "third country rule" requiring immigrants seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border to first apply for refugee status in another country.

News that the rule was taking effect July 16 brought quick condemnation by Catholic and other immigrant advocates, including the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston.

He [...]

2019-07-16T12:08:00+00:00July 16th, 2019|Catholic News|

When Islamic State came, Iraqi monks had just finished hiding manuscripts

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By Doreen Abi Raad

BEIRUT (CNS) -- The first time a band of Islamic State militants "visited" the monks, they presented the monks with a kind of suggestion, in a nonthreatening manner: "Why don't you become a Muslim?"

Already, the four monks at the ancient Syriac Catholic Mar Behnam Monastery in Khidr, Iraq, had felt they were under siege. Ten days earlier, on June 10, 2014, five carloads of militants roared through the peaceful road leading to [...]

2019-07-16T12:05:00+00:00July 16th, 2019|Catholic News|

Update: Faith leaders decry ICE deportations, say action causes fear

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By Julie Asher

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Many Catholic and other faith leaders noted that the Gospel reading for July 14 -- the day U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement was to carry out deportation orders for some immigrants -- was the parable of the good Samaritan from the Gospel of St. Luke.

The story admonishes people to put aside their differences and "help those who are in need of help," such as the immigrants [...]

2019-07-16T16:50:00+00:00July 15th, 2019|Catholic News|

Love of God, love of neighbor are tied together, pope says

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By Cindy Wooden

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Praying that Catholics would understand and act on "the inseparable bond" between love of God and love of neighbor, Pope Francis again appealed for a solution to the crisis in Venezuela.

"We pray that the Lord will inspire and enlighten the parties in conflict so that as soon as possible they arrive at an agreement that puts an end to the suffering of the people for the good [...]

2019-07-15T10:06:00+00:00July 15th, 2019|Catholic News|

All hymns, all the time: ‘Great Catholic Music’ makes streaming debut

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By Mark Pattison

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Catholics hear hymns in church, but hardly ever on the radio. Now they can augment their weekly diet of hymnody through a new audio web streaming service called Great Catholic Music.

The service launched March 1, just before Lent, and plays a mix of pre-and post-Vatican II hymns and liturgical music all day, every day. "The response so far has been absolutely amazing," said program director [...]

2019-07-12T16:11:00+00:00July 12th, 2019|Catholic News|

Chile removes statute of limitations on sex abuse cases

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By Junno Arocho Esteves

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- As the Catholic Church in Chile continues to deal with the fallout of clerical sexual abuse and its cover-up, the Chilean government passed a law removing the statute of limitations on sex abuse crimes against children.

The new law, which passed the Chilean Congress July 6, ensures that there will be no time limit in prosecuting cases "regarding the kidnapping or abduction of a minor, [...]

2019-07-12T11:45:00+00:00July 12th, 2019|Catholic News|

Not the usual suspects: Cardinal wants parish teams of risk-takers

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By Cindy Wooden

ROME (CNS) -- The papal vicar for Rome has asked every pastor in the diocese to form a "pastoral team" of about a dozen "courageous explorers" to help launch a new neighborhood missionary outreach.

"Don't go looking for those who have shown they are prudent, measured and detail-oriented," Cardinal Angelo De Donatis, the papal vicar, wrote in a letter to pastors July 11.

Instead, he said, the team should be made up of "people [...]

2019-07-12T11:21:00+00:00July 12th, 2019|Catholic News|

Update: Census to go forward without citizenship question

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By Carol Zimmermann

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- In a July 11 announcement from the Rose Garden, President Donald Trump said he was ending his efforts to add a citizenship question to the census and would instead direct federal agencies by executive order to provide data about the country's citizens and noncitizens to the U.S. Commerce Department.

"We are not backing down on our effort to determine the citizenship status of the United States population," Trump said, in [...]

2019-07-12T11:13:00+00:00July 12th, 2019|Catholic News|