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St. Clare of Assisi: Saint of the Day for Thursday, August 11, 2022

St. Clare of Assisi was born in Assisi on July 16, 1194, as Chiara Offreduccio, the beautiful eldest daughter of Favorino Sciffi, Count of Sasso-Rosso and his wife Ortolana. Tradition says her father was a wealthy representative of an ancient Roman family and her mother was a very devout woman belonging to the noble family of Fiumi. As a young girl, Clare dedicated herself to prayer. At 18-years-old, she heard St. Francis of Assisi preach during a Lenten service in the church of San Giorgio ...

Cardinal Tomko’s love for service to Church recalled at funeral Mass

Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re celebrates the funeral Mass for the late Cardinal Jozef Tomko, and recalls the former Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples’ faithful and fruitful service to the Church and the Pope.

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Nicaraguan Bishop’s future remains uncertain as Church holds day of prayer

Violence against Bishops and clergy by armed groups aligned with the Nicaraguan government continues to affect the local Catholic Church, as Bishop Rolando Alvarez of Matagalpa is kept under house arrest.

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Pakistan Minorities Day: Forced conversions ‘scourge’ of vulnerable

As Pakistan commemorates its annual National Minorities Day on 11 August, Christian leaders draw attention to the ongoing reality of forced conversions.

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Sierra Leone: Nationwide curfew imposed amid anti-government protest

Sierra Leonean authorities declare a nationwide curfew following anti-government protests that led to deadly clashes between demonstrators and security operatives.

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Meet the first Cardinal of East Timor

In a wide-ranging interview with Vatican News, meet Cardinal-elect Virgilio do Carmo da Silva of Dili, who will become East Timor's first Cardinal at the end of August.

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St. Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr: Saint of the Day for Wednesday, August 10, 2022

By: Deacon Keith Fournier The year was 258 A.D. It was a difficult beginning for what would become the First Christian Millennium. Hostility against the early followers of Jesus Christ was growing. The barbarism and severity of pagan Rome had begun to reach a fever pitch. It would soon lead to a blood lust. The newborn Christian Church, faithful to the One who had given Himself for the life of the world, continued the work of His redemption.   Roman authorities charged Christians of that era ...

South Africa: Bishops alarmed by the country’s neglect of rural areas and indifference to inequalities.

The Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) say they are concerned with what is happening to South Africa’s economy and how households are sinking into debt and deep poverty.

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Pope: Ukrainians still suffering from a “cruel war”

Pope Francis asks for ongoing prayers for the people of Ukraine, as the nearly six-month war with Russia continues.

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Save the Children: ‘Life is dire for children in Afghanistan’

A new report by the charity Save the Children reveals that since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan a year ago, children are suffering with girls more likely to go hungry and feel isolated.

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