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    May 25, 2015

    Michael Tilotson, longtime Catholic Communications freelancer, passes away at age 50

     

    SPRINGFIELD – Michael Tillotson, a longtime freelance television videographer and director for the Diocese of Springfield’s Catholic Communications office, died late last week at the age of 50. Michael had worked part-time for the diocese for more than 25 years.

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    May 24, 2015

    Holy Spirit leads to truth, renews the earth, emboldens, pope says


    (CNS photo/Michael Alexander, Georgia Bulletin)

    By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The power of the Holy Spirit transforms people into bold witnesses of the Gospel, who reach out to others, exercise charity and live in harmony with creation, Pope Francis said.

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    May 23, 2015

    Blessed Romero 'another brilliant star' belonging to church of Americas

     
    (CNS photos/Lissette Lemus)

    By Rhina Guidos, Catholic News Service
    SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (CNS) -- Some thought this day would never arrive. Others hoped and some always knew it would.

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    May 22, 2015

    Catolica Springfield radio station improves FM signal


    (Photo courtesy of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parish)

    Staff report
    SPRINGFIELD – Catolica Springfield, the low-power FM radio station of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parish, here, can now be more easily heard over a wider area, thanks to an unexpected shift in cell phone tower “real estate.”


Jun 16, 2014

Pope appeals for peace in Iraq, announces plans to visit Albania


 

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(CNS photos/Stringer, EPA)

By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis expressed his fears over increasing violence in Iraq and prayed for peace, security and reconciliation in the country.

He also announced he would be visiting Albania Sept. 21 to encourage the Catholic minority there and the people "who long suffered as a result of the ideologies of the past."

The one-day visit to Tirana will be Pope Francis' first papal visit to a European nation and a nation where all religious practice was banned from 1967 to 1990. Persecution of the church, especially the clergy, had become the norm when the Communist Party took control of the government in 1944.

The pope made his announcement after praying the Angelus with those gathered in St. Peter's Square June 15. He said he was following the news of increasing violence in Iraq "with deep concern."

"I invite all of you to join me in prayer for the dear Iraqi nation, above all for the victims and for those who are suffering the consequences of the growing violence, most especially the many people, including many Christians, who had to leave their homes," he said.

Pope Francis added that he hoped the whole country could enjoy "security, peace and a future of reconciliation and justice, where all Iraqis, whatever their religion, could build their nation together, creating a model of coexistence."

The United Nations estimated 1 million Iraqis have become internally displaced because of a recent upsurge in sectarian violence and the recent fall of Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, to Islamist militants.

Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako of Baghdad, who was visiting Chaldean communities in North America, called for a day of fasting and prayer June 18.

He told the Vatican's Fides news agency June 16 that the Synod of the Chaldean Church would still take place, but that instead of being held in Baghdad as originally planned, the June 24-28 meeting would be held in Kurdish-controlled Ankawa, near Irbil.

Chaldean Father Kais Mumtaz of Kirkuk told Fides June 14 that the situation unfolding in Iraq suggests that "everything seems to be leading toward only a military management" of the crisis.

He said the threat of civil war "scares many Christians even more than the advance of the Islamists: The war makes no distinction between soldiers, terrorists and civilians. It strikes Christians, Sunnis, Kurds and Shiites in the same way."