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Delegates ‘get fired up’ for historic convocation

Sixteen laypeople, a parish pastor and a deacon will join Archbishop Robert J. Carlson and Auxiliary Bishop Mark Rivituso at an historic gathering of Catholic leaders Saturday, July 1 to Tuesday, July 4 in Orlando, Fla.

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House OKs bill to aid genocide victims; Senate urged to act quickly on it

Men walked in rubble near St. Mary’s Catholic Church and St. Elias Orthodox Church last year after a bombing in Damascus, Syria. The United States passed a bill to aid victims of genocide, especially Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East.

WASHINGTON — The co-authors of a House bill that will provide humanitarian aid to Christians and other religious groups suffering at the hands of Islamic State militants praised the House passage of the measure June 6 and urged the Senate to quickly act on it.

The House unanimously approved the bipartisan Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability Act, or H.R. 390, in a voice vote.

Annual audit of Church abuse allegations shows work still needed

WASHINGTON — The 14th annual report on diocesan compliance with the U.S. Catholic Church's "Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People" (sometimes referred to as the Dallas Charter) shows that Church leaders have taken steps to help many find healing as victims of clergy sexual abuse, but there is still work to be done.

Poverty requires action, not empty words, pope says

Homeless Filipinos rested in late April on a street in Manila. The World Day of the Poor, to be celebrated Nov. 19 this year, will focus on the apostle John’s call to love “not with words, but with deeds.”

VATICAN CITY — People shouldn't sit back and be indifferent or unresponsive to growing poverty in the world as a privileged minority accumulates "ostentatious wealth," Pope Francis said.

"God created the heavens and the earth for all; yet sadly some have erected barriers, walls and fences, betraying the original gift meant for all humanity, with none excluded," the pope stated in a message for the first World Day of the Poor.

Pentecost is celebration of unity in diversity

VATICAN CITY — The Holy Spirit continues to give Christians different gifts and to call them to share those gifts with each other in a community marked by forgiveness and "unity in diversity," Pope Francis said on Pentecost.

"In a way both creative and unexpected," the pope said, the Holy Spirit "generates diversity, for in every age He causes new and varied charisms to blossom. Then He brings about unity: He joins together, gathers and restores harmony."

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