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Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, looks on as Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson speaks during a symposium on Blessed Junipero Serra at the Pontifical North American College in Rome May 2. The symposium was held before Pope Francis' midday visit to the college to celebrate Mass.  (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-NAC and SERRA-NAC May 2, 2015.

Canonizing Blessed Serra is call to new evangelization, speakers say

May 3, 2015 ROME (CNS) — Defining Blessed Junipero Serra as a “working-class missionary,” Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez said the 18th-century Franciscan deserves to be made a saint and to have his record as a defender of native peoples made known. Pope Francis’ announcement that he will canonize Blessed Serra in September “has…

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Aid, health and water are fundamental issues in Nepal

May 3, 2015 (Vatican Radio) Customs bottlenecks in Nepal are being blamed for a hold up in the distribution of urgently needed aid. Exacerbating the situation, is also a shortage of supply trucks and drivers, because after the earthquake many immediately returned to their villages to help their families. At the same time, the Nepalese Government is…

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