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CUA an onsite, online repository for Archbishop Sheen's archives

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Thanks to television and radio, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen touched countless Americans using the most advanced technology available to him.

Rome conference focuses on holistic approach to caring for elderly

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Religions share an understanding of the importance of caring for people's physical, emotional and spiritual needs -- and this precious insight is especially needed in the field of palliative care, said Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia.

Catholics urged to pray novena for Archbishop Sheen's beatification

PEORIA, Ill. (CNS) -- Supporters of the canonization cause for Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen have been invited to take part in a novena starting Dec. 12 to "petition God unceasingly to remove all obstacles" for the beatification of the media pioneer, author and evangelist.

Bethlehem family feels the pull of living in the town of Jesus' birth

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (CNS) -- Brothers Peter and Eli Hosh grew up knowing that their hometown was not only the place where they went to school and ran down to the corner market for their mother, but the town where Jesus was born.

Evangelization, care for priests top topics at Region VI meeting with pope

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The bishops of Ohio and Michigan spent two hours conversing with Pope Francis about their dioceses, about the sexual abuse crisis, the crisis' impact on priests and, especially, about ways to ensure Catholics really are "missionary disciples."

Go to confession, let yourself be consoled, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Anyone who wants to experience the consolation and tenderness of God simply needs to go to confession, Pope Francis said at his morning Mass.

Supreme Court leaves temporary stop on federal executions in place

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The U.S. Supreme Court has left in place a preliminary injunction prohibiting the Trump administration from carrying out the first federal executions in 16 years.

Experts: Protests reflect world frustration with inequality, corruption

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- From Chile to Haiti to Hong Kong, protests appear to be sweeping the globe. Although sparked by different events, they also reflect a common frustration with economic inequality and corrupt governments, experts say.

Film examines whether papal message could have saved Europe's Jews

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- One great unanswerable question regarding the Catholic Church and the Holocaust is whether Jewish lives would have been saved had Pope Pius XI or his successor, Pope Pius XII, issued a statement urging the protection of Jews in Axis-held Europe.

U.S. Bishops Approve Over $830,000 in Funding for Pastoral Projects to Support the Church in Africa

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Subcommittee on the Church in Africa approved 36 grants totaling $832,500 in funding to support bishops’ conferences, dioceses and pastoral projects across the African continent.

“I am pleased to announce our support for the Church in Africa, which despite great challenges, continues to grow and bring people throughout the continent closer to Christ,” said Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., of Newark, chairman of the Subcommittee on the Church in Africa.

Among the projects approved to receive funding through the Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa are the following:
●  In postwar Liberia, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Liberia will organize a national gathering of 250 young people to be formed as agents of peace and reconciliation.
●  In celebration of the Year of the Word of God throughout the world, the Episcopal Conference of Malawi will undertake efforts to share the Bible throughout the country through various media as well as training for members of the Bible Apostolate.
●  The Tanzania Episcopal Conference will train 170 religion teachers from all dioceses who will both teach and train other volunteer teachers to help meet the critical staffing needs in secondary schools across the country.
●  The Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa (RECOWA) will organize a workshop for member conferences in the region to discuss the growing menace of land grabbing and actions the Church can take to curb it.

Additional areas of funding include seminarian and religious formation, evangelization, family ministries, and lay leadership training.

The Subcommittee on the Church in Africa oversees the Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa as part of the USCCB Committee on National Collections. It allocates revenue received from the Solidarity Fund, which is a voluntary collection, as pastoral grants to episcopal conferences and their regional associations in Africa.

To learn more about the work of the Subcommittee watch the SFCA videos and visit www.usccb.org/africa.

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Keywords: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa, Subcommittee on the Church in Africa, Pastoral Projects

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