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Little Flower celebrates fall

fallfest1St. Therese, the Little Flower of Jesus, Port Arthur, celebrated the changing of the season with its annual Fall Festival Sept. 29. Parishioners enjoyed barbecue chicken dinners as well as a cake wheel, games for the kids and a craft store filled with homemade decorations for fall and Christmas. (more…)

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By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service

People visit tomb of Blessed John XXIII in St. Peter's Basilica at VaticanVATICAN CITY (CNS) — Recognizing that Blessed John XXIII and John Paul II have widespread reputations for holiness and that years of studying their lives and actions have proven their exceptional virtue, Pope Francis announced he would declare his two predecessors saints at a single ceremony April 27.

The pope made the announcement Sept. 30 at the end of an “ordinary public consistory,” a gathering of cardinals and promoters of the sainthood causes of the two late popes. The consistory took place in the context of a prayer service in Latin and included the reading of brief biographies of the two sainthood candidates. (more…)

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By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service

Pope reaffirms importance of responding decisively to abuseVATICAN CITY (CNS) — In a letter to an atheist Italian mathematician, retired Pope Benedict XVI defended his own handling of allegations of the sexual abuse of minors by clergy and politely criticized the logician’s total reliance on scientific facts for meaning.

“I never sought to conceal these things,” the pope said of cases of clerical abuse, and lamented the scholar depicting the church as the only place where such “deviation” and “filth” occur.

The publication of the retired pope’s comments Sept. 24 to an atheist scholar came the same month a written letter by Pope Francis to an Italian journalist concerning dialogue with nonbelievers was published. Both letters were published, with the two popes’ permission, by the Italian daily La Repubblica. (more…)

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By Catholic News Service

A man prays during a Mass for consolation and healing at St. Matthew's Cathedral Sept. 17, a day after a deadly shooting spree at the Navy Yard in Washington. Authorities said 13 people were killed, including the gunman, and at least eight were injured a t the facility, which is the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters. (CNS photo /Bob Roller)

A man prays during a Mass for consolation and healing at St. Matthew’s Cathedral Sept. 17, a day after a deadly shooting spree at the Navy Yard in Washington. Authorities said 13 people were killed, including the gunman, and at least eight were injured a t the facility, which is the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters. (CNS photo /Bob Roller)

WASHINGTON (CNS) — As military, police and federal investigators searched for answers as to why a lone gunman opened fired Sept. 16 at the Washington Navy Yard, killing 12 people and wounding at least eight more, religious leaders and public officials offered prayers for the victims and their families.

Washington Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl and Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, who heads the Washington-based Archdiocese for the Military Services, both issued brief statements offering prayers for the victims and their families.

The shooter was identified as Aaron Alexis, 34, who became the 13th victim when he died in a gun battle with police at the naval office building in the nation’s capital. At first, law enforcement authorities thought there was a second shooter, but by the end of the day confirmed Alexis was the only gunman.

According to news reports, Alexis was a former Navy reservist who received a “general discharge” from the service and had moved to the Washington area from Texas about a year ago. He worked for a military contractor and had security clearance at the Navy Yard.

Archbishop Broglio said the “terrible loss of life” shocked and saddened him, particularly as it occurred at a familiar place where he has often visited and celebrated the Eucharist. (more…)

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IMG_3352Gift of Life Breast Cancer Program sponsor St. Katharine Drexel Humanitarians provided 34 free mammograms for Southeast Texas women without health insurance at a Gift of Life mobile mammography van site held at Cristo Rey Church today, Sept. 17. Since 2004, the humanitarian organization has been a Gift of Life supporter, providing nearly 500 free mammograms to medically underserved women throughout the region and helping extend the lives of women diagnosed with breast cancer through the support of St. Katharine Drexel Humanitarians.

 

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By Catholic News Service

Washington Navy Yard personnel evacuated after gunman opens fire inside Washington Navy Yard in nation's capitalWASHINGTON (CNS) — As military, police and federal investigators searched for a second suspect in the Sept. 16 shootings at the Washington Navy Yard that left at least 12 dead, religious leaders and public officials offered prayers for the victims and their families.

Washington Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl and Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, who heads the Washington-based Archdiocese for the Military Services, both issued brief statements offering prayers for the victims and their families.

Archbishop Broglio said the “terrible loss of life” shocked and saddened him, particularly as it occurred at a familiar place where he has often visited and celebrated the Eucharist. (more…)

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By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service

Pope leaves Basilica of St. John Lateran after meeting with clergy from Diocese of Rome

Pope Francis leaves the Basilica of St. John Lateran after a meeting Sept. 16. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

ROME (CNS) — Recent remarks by Pope Francis about the need for a stronger pastoral approach to marriage and divorced couples, do not signal the church is overturning its laws or practice of denying communion to Catholics who divorce and remarry, said two canon law experts.

When Pope Francis made parenthetical reference to the Orthodox churches permitting, in some cases, a second marriage, he was referring to an issue that has been under discussion for decades, said U.S. Cardinal Raymond L. Burke, prefect of the Supreme Court of the Apostolic Signature. (more…)

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