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general Church news (about the Pope, too) that has some kind of Vincentian tie in or a tie in with our charism/concerns — concern for the poor, human trafficking, appointment of a Vincentian bishop, Vincentian involvement with a papl visit, University involvement with the local Church, world mission day, etc.

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Pope Commends AIC on 400th Anniversary #AIC400

Pope: ‘a culture of mercy renews hearts and opens up to a new reality’  (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has sent a message of encouragement and thanks to members of the International Association of Charities (AIC) as it celebrates the 400th anniversary of the foundation of the first Confraternity of Charity by Saint Vincent de Paul […]

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Parishioners in Charlotte Offer Trump Thousands of Flowers

A Vincentian parish in Charlotte, North Carolina, recently offered thousands of flowers as symbols of prayer that President Trump will have a change of heart and turn away from his plans to get tougher on undocumented immigrants. Father Vince Finnerty, CM serves as pastor for over 5,000 parishioners at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. He was recently […]

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The Pope Video: Help for Persecuted Christians

Help for Persecuted Christians, which is part of “The Pope Video” series promoted by the Vatican, was released Thursday, March 2. In many parts of the world, there are Christians who are persecuted simply because of the fact that they are Christians. They need not only our material help but also our prayer. Let us […]

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The Pope Video: Welcome the Needy

Welcome the Needy, which is part of “The Pope Video” series promoted by the Vatican, was released Thursday, February 2. Every month we will see a new two-minute video from Pope Francis with his intentions and a motivating message. The project is an initiative of Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (Apostleship of Prayer), that aims to spread […]

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Pope Francis: Communicating Hope and Trust in our Time

In our Vincentian Family Commissions meetings last week in Rome, one of the topics raised and discussed on more than one occasion was communications. Questions discussed were how are we communicating across commissions, how we are communicating with the Vincentian Executive Committee, how communications are across the Vincentian Family as a whole and how we […]

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Four Soon-to-be Saints Who Were Born in the USA

Living in the United States, it is easy to get the false impression that saints only come from Europe, especially if someone attends daily Mass — the liturgy celebrates the lives of numerous holy men and women who lived in a place and time very much removed from our own surroundings. This experience is very different […]

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U.S. Catholic Bishops are Mobilizing on Migration

In time for our year of welcoming the stranger, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is establishing a working group that is tasked with developing support for immigrants and refugees. The help will come in the forms of spiritual, pastoral and policy advocacy support. In announcing the working group, the Public Affairs Office said the […]

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