COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CNS) — A priest who celebrates Mass every Friday morning on a sidewalk near the Planned Parenthood facility targeted by a lone gunman Nov. 27 said the shooter’s actions were the antithesis of the pro-life cause.

It's been 35 years since three religious sisters and a lay missionary were abducted, raped and murdered by members of the National Guard on their way from a Salvadoran airport and the masterminds of the crime have gone unpunished.

Marking the first Sunday of Advent at the Mass with priests, religious, catechists and youths, Pope Francis urged the Catholic community to be committed to helping the country make a new start.

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While awaiting basic medical treatment, three Iraqi retirees recalled celebrating everything together before the Islamic State seized control of Qaraqosh in August 2014, driving out some 50,000 Christians.

Offering a Christian funeral and burial to those who would otherwise never have one is among the corporal works of mercy, but arguably the one least spoken of.

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — After consultation with the governing council of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, Pope Francis named Msgr. Steven J. Lopes to be the first bishop of the ordinariate, which serves former Anglicans in the United States and Canada living in full communion with the Roman Catholic Church.

WASHINGTON (CNS) — A Boston cardinal and the Maryland Catholic Conference were among hundreds of faith leaders who called for compassion in addressing the world refugee crisis and stressed the importance of developing a national immigration policy based on humanitarian need.

The pope also asked people to pray for his first visit to Africa, Nov. 25-30, that it be "a sign of closeness and love."

Phoenix are focusing on what it means for the faithful and how the year will be celebrated. The pope has asked that all dioceses around the world designate a “Door of Mercy” at their cathedral or another special church or shrine, and that every diocese implement the “24 Hours for the Lord” initiative on the Friday and Saturday before the fourth week of Lent.


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