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Helping, not fame from chainsaw video, brings true joy, says Carmelite

Carmelite Sister Margaret Ann Laechelin, principal of Archbishop Coleman F. Carroll High School in Miami, holds the chainsaw she used to help clean up debris following Hurricane Irma. (CNS photo/courtesy Sister Margaret Ann)

By Rhina Guidos / Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — She inspired many when she rolled up the sleeves of her habit to clean up after Hurricane Irma with a chainsaw. After the local police department posted a video Sept. 12 on Twitter of Carmelite Sister Margaret Ann Laechelin trimming branches off a fallen tree […]

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Knights of Columbus to change fourth-degree uniform: What do you think?

At left, members of a Knights of Columbus fourth degree honor guard in full traditional regalia are pictured during a recent procession at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria. At right are the new uniforms shown Aug. 1 during during the international fraternal organization's 135th annual Supreme Convention in St. Louis. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody and CNS/Knights of Columbus)

By Tony Gutierrez / Catholic News Service ST. LOUIS, Mo. (CNS) — The Knights of Columbus, long associated with swords, capes and chapeaus, will be going through a significant uniform change. The traditional regalia worn by fourth-degree Knights will be replaced, announced Supreme Knight Carl Anderson Aug. 1 during the international fraternal organization’s 135th annual […]

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Chicago cardinal praises Gov. Rauner’s ‘principled stand’ to veto abortion bill

Cardinal Blase J. Cupich of Chicago is seen in Chicago April 4. He praised Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner for his promise to veto a bill that would use public funds for abortion. (CNS/Karen Callaway)

By Catholic News Service CHICAGO (CNS) — Chicago Cardinal Blase J. Cupich said Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has taken a “principled stand” by promising to veto a bill to allow taxpayer money to pay for elective abortions for Medicaid recipients and state employees. Under the bill pending in the state General Assembly, the public money […]

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Approved miracle paves the way for canonization of two Fatima visionaries

Jacinta and Francisco Marto are pictured with their cousin Lucia dos Santos (right) in a file photo taken around the time of the 1917 apparitions of Mary at Fatima, Portugal. Pope Francis has approved the recognition of a miracle attributed to the intercession of two of the shepherd children, thus paving the way for their canonization. (CNS file photo)

By Junno Arocho Esteves/Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis has approved the recognition of a miracle attributed to the intercession of two of the shepherd children who saw Our Lady of Fatima in 1917, thus paving the way for their canonization. Pope Francis signed the decree for the causes of Blesseds Francisco […]

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‘For Her’ online magazine aims to help women have life of ‘beauty, meaning’

Cynthia Dermody, editor in chief of "For Her" magazine, said the new online magazine launched by Aleteia was created for "the modern Catholic woman." (CNS/handout)

By Julie Asher, Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Women’s fashion and lifestyle magazines abound on the Internet and in print, but there’s still a void in what those offer to women, according to the editor of a new online magazine launched by the global Catholic network Aleteia.org. For Her — forher.aleteia.org — was created […]

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A little bit country: Pope Francis looks at the nitty-gritty of family life

Children spend time with their grandmother on the front porch of their home in Hillsdale, Mo. Pope Francis' postsynodal apostolic exhortation on the family, "Amoris Laetitia" ("The Joy of Love"), was released April 8. (CNS/Sid Hastings)

By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service Vatican Letter/Backgrounder and Analysis VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis’ hymn to love and family life is more like a country song than a Disney tune. In “Amoris Laetitia” (“The Joy of Love”), Pope Francis’ postsynodal apostolic exhortation on the family, there is passion and devotion, but also heartache […]

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Share truth of family with mercy, help those struggling, Pope Francis urges

Copies of Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation on the family, "Amoris Laetitia" ("The Joy of Love"), are seen during the document's release at the Vatican April 8. The exhortation is the concluding document of the 2014 and 2015 synods of bishops on the family. (CNS/Paul Haring)

By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The same mercy and patience that are essential for building a strong family must be shown to those whose families are in trouble or have broken up, Pope Francis said in his highly anticipated postsynodal apostolic exhortation. The document, “‘Amoris Laetitia’ (The Joy of Love), […]

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All creation sings God’s praise, but people are silencing it: pope

Photo Caption: The cover of the English edition of Pope Francis encyclical on the environment. The long-anticipated teaching document was released June 18. By: By Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The earth, which was created to support life and give praise to God, is crying out with pain because human activity is destroying […]

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All creation sings God’s praise, but people are silencing it: pope

Photo Caption: Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, speaks during a news conference to present Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment at the Vatican June 18. By: By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The earth, which was created to support life and give praise to […]

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Quotes from Pope Francis’ new encyclical letter, “Laudato Si”

Photo Caption: “Leaving an inhabitable planet to future generations is, first and foremost, up to us,” writes Pope Francis. By: By Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The following are selected quotes from Pope Francis’ encyclical letter, “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home”: — The earth, our home, is beginning […]

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