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    Hong Kong bishop emphasizes pastoral over political concerns

    In an exclusive interview with Crux, Hong Kong's new bishop spoke of how he is focusing on pastoral matters over political concerns. Yeung says he devoting attention to young people, the elderly, and building social solidarity, rather than emphasizing political disagreement with the government.

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    Rome march defies anti-Semitism, celebrates Jewish/Catholic friendship

    Romans marched on Monday to commemorate the anniversary of when over one thousand Jews were taken from their homes by Nazis in 1943 and sent to the concentration camp of Auschwitz. As anti-semitic sentiments rise in Europe and the United States, Catholic and Jewish organizers of the event praise fruitful dialogue and invite faithful not to forget the lessons from the past.

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    Security situation for Christians in Mali gets worse

    Monsignor Edmond Dembélé, the secretary general of the bishops' conference of Mali, says "there are so many armed groups now, all trying to prove themselves” in the country. The Central African nation's small Christian minority is feeling the brunt of the violence, as Islamist groups destroy Christian places of worship, and drive Christians out of their homes.

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  • Italian priest kidnapped in Nigeria released

    Italian priest kidnapped in Nigeria released

    • October 18, 2017

    Father Maurizio Pallù, an Italian missionary kidnapped last Friday in Nigeria, apparently by a group of criminals with no relation to the Islamic militant group Boko Haram, was released on Tuesday night. He told Vatican Radio he’d seen first hand the “great miracles” that God performed to keep him alive, which must mean He has “great plans” for the country, which Pallù claims is being attacked by the devil.

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  • The National Catholic Youth Choir: Faith, Fun, Fantastic Music
    The National Catholic Youth Choir: Faith, Fun, Fantastic Music
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    (This article is paid advertising.) Do high-schoolers today want to spend 10 or 15 days of their summer at a camp next to a monastery singing Gregorian Chant, Palestrina, Bach, and diverse sacred music from contemporary composers around the world? Throw in daily prayer, religion classes, small-group faith-sharing… what will youth say to that? Judging by the National Catholic Youth Choir, they’ll say “Yes!”

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  • Middle East’s Samaritans link Muslims and Jews
    Middle East’s Samaritans link Muslims and Jews
    • October 18, 2017

    Today’s Samaritans live in two groups, separated not only by geography but culture. About 350 live under Palestinian rule on Mount Gerizim, the biblical mountain where, they say, Abraham prepared to sacrifice his son Isaac. The other group took root near Tel Aviv decades ago, after war prevented Samaritans working in Israel from returning to their West Bank homes.

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  • Cardinal says pope’s top diplomat has ‘poisoned mind’ on China
    Cardinal says pope’s top diplomat has ‘poisoned mind’ on China
    • October 16, 2017

    In an exclusive interview with Crux, retired bishop of Hong Kong Cardinal Joseph Zen says he believes Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin is more interested in diplomacy than he is the Catholic faith. The cardinal spoke critically about the current state of the Holy See’s relationship with China and says he believes the Church is willing to compromise too much in order to establish diplomatic relations.

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