Pope Francis leads his general audience Jan. 24 in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. (CNS/Tony Gentile, Reuters)

Sharing ‘fake news’ makes one an accomplice in evil, pope says

Posted by - January 27, 2018

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — People have a responsibility to check the source of what they share on social media to ensure it is not “fake news” designed to further prejudices or increase fear, Pope Francis said. Fake news grabs people’s attention “by appealing to stereotypes and common social prejudices, and exploiting instantaneous emotions like anxiety,

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A man from the Yezidi minority and young people pray at a shrine being rebuilt after it was destroyed in 2017 by Islamic State militants in Bashiqa, Iraq. (CNS photo/Khalid al Mousily, Reuters)

Persecution based on religious belief is unacceptable, pope says

Posted by - January 27, 2018

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — All people have a right to freely profess their own religious beliefs without fear of duress, Pope Francis said, calling on the world community to do more to protect the Yezidi minority. “It is unacceptable that human beings are persecuted and killed because of their religion,” he told a group of

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Students attend a prayer vigil Jan. 23 at a church in Marion, Ky., after a 15-year-old boy opened fire with a handgun that day at Marshall County High School. Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, called for prayers for the victims killed and injured in a pair of school shootings in Kentucky and Italy High School in Texas Jan. 22. (CNS photo/Harrison McClary, Reuters)

USCCB president calls for prayer after pair of school shootings

Posted by - January 27, 2018

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston called for prayers for the victims killed and injured in a pair of school shootings in Kentucky and Texas. In a statement released Jan. 23 after the second shooting in two days, Cardinal DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said Christians experience the

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President Donald Trump greets a girl after addressing attendees of the annual March for Life rally from the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington Jan. 19. The live feed was projected onto a large video screen during the rally on the National Mall. (CNS photo/Kevin Lamarque, Reuters)

Every child ‘precious gift from God,’ Trump tells pro-life rally

Posted by - January 27, 2018

WASHINGTON (CNS) — In remarks broadcast to the March for Life from the White House Rose Garden, President Donald Trump said that his administration “will always defend the very first right in the Declaration of Independence, and that is the right to life.” He invoked the theme of this year’s march, “Love Saves Lives,” and

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Bishop Joseph C. Bambera of Scranton, Pa., who is chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, celebrates a prayer service Jan. 18 in the chapel at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' headquarters in Washington. The service was said on the first day of the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)

Bishop: Christians of all traditions can be models of unity in divisive time

Posted by - January 27, 2018

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Christians of different faith traditions gathering to pray, to work together for a better world and to express love for others despite differences can provide a powerful witness and example in a divisive world, said a U.S. bishop who specializes in relations between Christians and interfaith groups. Bishop Joseph C. Bambera, chairman

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Bishop Ryan Issues Pastoral Letter on Immigration

Posted by - January 27, 2018

“Narrow-mindedness is to be abandoned in order to serve the greater good” Editor’s note: The front page of the North Star issue this week will be dedicated to the new Pastoral Letter of His Excellency Ryan P. Jimenez on the issue of immigration. Perhaps one of the most sensitive issues in the Commonwealth today, the

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DID YOU KNOW? Quick Facts About Karidat

Posted by - January 27, 2018

For more information about any of the following, or to find out more about Karidat services, please call 234-6981 during regular business hours—Monday thru Friday, 8am- 5pm. Karidat is a non-profit agency which has operated under the auspices of the Diocese of Chalan Kanoa for almost 38 years. Karidat exists to serve those who are

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The War Years – 1941-1945: A Time of Agony

Posted by - January 27, 2018

So often when people discover mutual friends or acquaintances, you hear them say,” It’s a small world!” and truly on those occasions it seems so. And it must have seemed so in 1941 when the world was in turmoil and the clashes of nations reached the shores of Saipan. Although our sisters could not send

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Catholic Culture Part 4

Posted by - January 27, 2018

(This is a continuation of a series of reflections drawing on the core values mentioned in the Diocese of CK pastoral plan) Promoting Catholic culture is not directed only inward toward the members of the Catholic Church but has an external component as well. During the 11th and 12th centuries Europe underwent a significant transformation. The politics

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