PICTURES: Three women consecrated as virgins in rare ceremony in Detroit

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Three brides in long, white dresses stood before the altar of the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Detroit. There was not a single groom in sight. Like the 10 wise virgins from Matthew’s Gospel, each carried a lighted lamp. Together, they joined their voices in an antiphon, “I am espoused to him whom

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Nebraska bishops urge Catholics to support death penalty repeal

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Nebraska’s three bishops made their position on capital punishment clear in 2015 in their support for repeal of the death penalty through the Legislature’s approval of a measure to eliminate capital punishment. And as the November election draws closer, Tom Venzor, executive director of the Nebraska Catholic Conference, is focused on sharing that message again

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U.S. Missionary Kidnapped in Niger

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Gunmen kidnapped an American missionary from his home in central Niger and killed two other people. The incident is the first reported kidnapping of an American in the region. On Oct. 14, the attackers stormed into Jeffery Woodke’s home in the town of Abalak, killing his guard and housekeeper, Niger’s interior ministry said in a

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Albanian president unveils statue of St Teresa in New York

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Albanian President Bujar Nishani unveiled a statue of St Teresa of Calcutta in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn, New York. Hundreds gathered for the ceremony outside St Athanasius Catholic Church, where the figure of the founder of the Missionaries of Charity cradling a child in her arms has been installed. St Teresa, often recalled as “a

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Two nuns found dead in their Mississippi home

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Two nuns have been found dead in their home in Mississippi on Thursday, authorities have said. The nuns have been identified as Sister Paula Merrill and Sister Margaret Held who worked as nurse practitioners at a hospital near their home in Durant, near the city of Jackson. Dr Elias Abboud, who worked with the sisters

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Thousands of Christians gather to worship in Washington DC

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About 350,000 people of all faiths gathered together on the National Mall in Washington DC on July 16 for Together 2016 to declare that Jesus changes everything and asking him to “reset the generation.” To enter the event, held near the Washington Monument, people lined up outside the gates for what seemed like miles. Together

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