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Fire chaplain helped save religious artifacts from burning Paris cathedral
Father Jean-Marc Fournier, chaplain of the Paris Fire Brigade, talks with French journalists at a Paris fire station April 17, 2019. The priest led the effort to save religious artifacts from Notre Dame Cathedral during the April 15 fire. CNS photo/Paul Haring

Father Jean-Marc Fournier, chaplain of the Paris Fire Brigade, talks with French journalists at a Paris fire station April 17, 2019. The priest led the effort to save religious artifacts from Notre Dame Cathedral during the April 15 fire. CNS photo/Paul Haring

PARIS – A hero emerging from the Notre Dame Cathedral fire April 15 is Father Jean-Marc Fournier, chaplain of the Paris Fire Brigade, who is credited with saving a reliquary containing the crown of thorns and the Blessed Sacrament from the burning cathedral. More ...
Friday, April 19, 2019

Man arrested after trying to walk into cathedral with flammables
NEW YORK – A man who tried to walk through St. Patrick's Cathedral in midtown Manhattan close to 8 p.m. local time April 17 had gas cans, lighter fluid and igniters and claimed he was just cutting through the cathedral to get to Madison Avenue where he had left his car, which he said had run out of gas. More ...
Thursday, April 18, 2019
Diocese of Trenton faithful share feelings of sadness, horror over Notre Dame fire

“We all know that a church is not just a building. It is ‘living stone’ created from a continuous stream of prayer," Cheryl Manfredonia, co-founder of the Domestic Church Media apostolate, Ewing, said of the Notre Dame Cathedral fire.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Pope sends aid to flood victims in Iran
VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis has sent a large donation to assist tens of thousands of Iranians who lost their homes and businesses in waves of severe flooding that began in mid-March. More ...
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Georgetown students vote for student fee to pay reparations over slavery
WASHINGTON – Undergraduate students at Jesuit-run Georgetown University voted overwhelmingly April 11 to pay a new student fee that would be for reparations to the descendants of slaves owned and later sold by the school. More ...
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
N.H. death penalty repeal bid called 'an enormous victory for life'
CONCORD, N.H. – The New Hampshire Senate's vote to repeal the death penalty is "an enormous victory for life," according to the executive director of the Catholic Mobilizing Network. More ...
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Notre Dame to Notre Dame: University to donate to cathedral restoration
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Holy Cross Father John I. Jenkins, president of the University of Notre Dame, has directed the university to donate $100,000 toward the renovation of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. More ...
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Archbishop invites Parisians to light a candle to dispel Notre Dame fire's darkness
PARIS – Archbishop Michel Aupetit of Paris invited the faithful to attend the annual chrism Mass at historic St. Sulpice Church April 17 in the wake of the massive fire that seriously damaged the historic Notre Dame Cathedral. More ...
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
French president, Paris archbishop vow to rebuild Notre Dame

PARIS – The president of France and the archbishop of Paris have vowed to rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral after a devastating fire, continuing what a professor of architecture described as the natural lifecycle of a historic building.

Steven W. Semes, a professor and director of graduate studies in the Historic Preservation Program at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, said he was as shocked and pained as everyone watching on television as the building burned April 15.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Blaze erupts at Paris' iconic Notre Dame Cathedral

PARIS – A major blaze engulfed the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral April 15, sending pillars of flame and billowing smoke over the center of the French capital.

The fire erupted about 6:30 p.m. local time. Authorities said the cause was not certain, but that it could be linked to renovation work that the cathedral was undergoing, the BBC reported.

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Monday, April 15, 2019
Ohio governor signs fetal heartbeat law, setting stage for legal challenges
COLUMBUS, Ohio  – Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed a bill that would make it illegal to carry out an abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected. More ...
Friday, April 12, 2019
USCCB pro-life committee chair urges end to 'barbaric' late-term abortions
WASHINGTON – The chairman of the U.S. bishops' pro-life committee called on Congress to pass a measure that would stop "the barbaric practice of late-term abortion." More ...
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
EPA plan to roll back pollution rule would harm unborn, Bishops say
WASHINGTON – Unborn children would face greater health risks if the Environmental Protection Agency moves to rescind a rule regulating hazardous air pollutants emitted by power plants, said the chairmen of two U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' committees. More ...
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Historic flooding in Midwest threatening lives, destroying livelihoods
WASHINGTON – The chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ domestic policy committee late March 19 expressed grief over the lives and livelihoods lost and threatened by the historic flooding in the Midwest and offered prayers for recovery. More ...
Thursday, March 21, 2019
As cyclone slams Africa, churches, aid agencies coordinate response
CAPE TOWN, South Africa • Two boys at a Catholic boarding school in Zimbabwe are among the more than 300 people killed in the aftermath of a cyclone that slammed into Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi in mid-March.  More ...
Thursday, March 21, 2019
'Our only hope is in God': New Zealanders gather to pray after shooting
Tears flowed during a Mass for peace at St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand, March 16, one day after a terrorist attacked two mosques, leaving at least 50 people dead and dozens more injured. More ...
Thursday, March 21, 2019
GOP House members urge Democrats to allow vote on 'Born-Alive' measure
WASHINGTON – Republican leaders in the House are calling on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, and other House Democrats "to stop blocking" a vote on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. More ...
Friday, March 15, 2019
'We hold you in prayer,' New Zealand bishops tell Muslims after deadly attack on mosques
AUCKLAND, New Zealand – New Zealand's Catholic bishops have expressed horror and distress at a terrorist attack in two mosques in Christchurch that saw at least 49 people killed.

The shootings took place at or near the Al Noor Mosque, where 41 people were killed, and at the Linwood Mosque, where seven were killed. One more person subsequently died at Christchurch Hospital. Muslims had gathered at the mosques for Friday prayers. Some of those killed were children, it has been reported.
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Friday, March 15, 2019
USCCB migration chairman, head of CRS oppose 'Remain in Mexico' policy
WASHINGTON – The chairman of the U.S. bishops' migration committee and the president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services March 13 joined Texas and Mexico bishops in opposing the U.S. policy of sending asylum-seekers back to Mexico while they wait for court proceedings. More ...
Thursday, March 14, 2019
Four CRS staffers, humanitarian workers among the 157 killed in Ethiopian plane crash
WASHINGTON – Four Catholic Relief Service staff members on their way to a training session in Nairobi, Kenya, were among the passengers aboard an Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed moments after takeoff in the east African nation. More ...
Monday, March 11, 2019
Catholic Charities offering aid after deadly tornado ravages South
MOBILE, Ala. – With search and rescue efforts underway for the tornado that whipped through Alabama and other parts of the South March 3, Mobile Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi asked for prayers for "those who lost their lives and their loved ones as well as those who have lost homes and businesses." More ...
Tuesday, March 5, 2019

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