First Mass Celebrated in Notre Dame Cathedral Since Fire

Notre Dame des Sept-Douleurs chapel where first Mass since the April 15 fire took place

The restoration of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris achieved a major milestone on Saturday when Archbishop Michel Aupetit celebrated the first Mass in the building exactly two months after a fire nearly destroyed it.

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After Years on Death Row, Pakistani Catholic Woman Arrives Safely in Canada

After a decade-long fight for her life, Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Catholic wife and mother who was falsely accused of blaspheming the Prophet Mohammed and sat on death row in prison for nearly ten years before being acquitted, has now safely relocated to Canada.

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In Wake of Notre Dame Fire, Many Questions Remain

French investigators say it could take up to two months before the cause of the fire that nearly destroyed Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral on April 15 is known, but a former chief architect of the cathedral who insists that the fire was “incomprehensible” has raised plenty of questions.

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Church Mourns “Bestial and Inhuman” Terrorist Attacks in Sri Lanka

The faithful from across the globe are rallying around the people of Sri Lanka whose lives were torn apart on Easter Sunday in a series of terrorist bombing attacks that left nearly 300 dead and more than 500 injured.

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Murdered Rwandan Couple Considered for Sainthood

Cyprien and Daphrosa Rugumba in 1992 in the garden of their home in Kigali, Rwanda. (Wikicommons)

A Rwandan couple who raised 10 children while enduring a rocky marriage and political violence that would eventually end their lives, is being considered for sainthood.

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Media Ignore Killing of Christians in Nigeria

While the mainstream media devoted extensive coverage to the senseless slaughter of 50 Muslim worshipers in two New Zealand mosques earlier this month, they uttered barely a word about the 120 Christians who were slaughtered in Nigeria by Muslim extremists during the same time.

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Joseph of Nazareth: The Strong, Silent, Just Man

Joseph of Nazareth has been a trusted confidant, beloved father figure, and favorite saint to me over a span of many years. Researching his life, I am reassured; I have chosen my mentor well. The same sterling characteristics – faithful, compassionate, humble, hard-working, obedient, strong, protective – reveal themselves over and over again in his story. Those, and countless other positive adjectives, make up the portrait of a righteous man whose life was centered on God and family.

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