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Cuba’s President Raul Castro joined that country’s Catholic bishops as they inaugurated the San Carlos and San Ambrosio Seminary on Nov. 3, the country’s first major church-related construction since the revolution. • Addressing the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace on Nov. 4, Pope Benedict XVI said that lay Catholics have a responsibility to promote social justice and charity in a world often marked by injustice and inequality. • The Vatican has asked the world’s bishops to be vigilant over the activities of Opus Angelorum, a “wayward movement” trying to revive banned practices that focus on angels. • Seventy-three percent of the British public think banks should have ethics policies that prevent them from doing business with companies with poor records on the environment and human rights or that are involved in arms manufacture. • Later this month a parish in western Poland will dedicate what it says is the world’s largest statue of Christ, 35 feet taller than the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro. • Church humanitarian workers rushed aid on Nov. 8 to thousands fleeing to Thailand from Burma to escape fighting between the ethnic Karen militia and the Burmese military.

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Celebrating Mass was wonderful the first time I did it 63 years ago. It is, if possible, even more wonderful today.
John Jay HughesApril 27, 2017
House Republicans are making a last-ditch effort to “reform and repeal” the Affordable Care Act before the clock runs out on the Trump administration’s first 100 days on Saturday, April 29.
Kevin ClarkeApril 27, 2017
Death-row inmate Ledell Lee. A ruling from the state Supreme Court allowing officials to use a lethal injection drug that a supplier says was misleadingly obtained cleared the way for Arkansas to execute Ledell Lee on Thursday, April 20, 2017, although he still had pending requests for reprieve. (Arkansas Department of Correction via AP)
To take Holy Communion in the face of death is to say that it is fellowship, and not food, that matters most.
Terrance KleinApril 26, 2017
A man rides a bicycle past a billboard with an image of Pope Francis April 26 ahead of the pontiff's April 28-29 visit to Cairo. (CNS photo/Amr Abdallah Dalsh, Reuters)
“Peace be with you” was the message of the Risen Jesus to his disciples on the first Easter, and it is the message Francis will bring to the Muslim and Christian communities in this land.
Gerard O'ConnellApril 26, 2017