Lourdes Approves Repair Plans, After Last Year’s Flooding

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Almost a year after floods swept through southwestern France, the Shrine of our Lady of Lourdes is finally about to be repaired.It was June 2013 when the normally placid Gave de Pau River broke its banks, swamping much of southwestern France and leaving the famed pilgrimage site under water for two days.  Work crews rushed to clear mud and remove debris after the massive flood; but the grotto had been inundated by floodwaters, causing millions of dollars in damage and making the area unsafe … [Read more...]

Little Girl’s Got the Spirit!

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Oh, that we all could get into the mood when the choir sings, like this little girl! As the Kyrgyzstani choir sings, the toddler feels the rhythm and  practices for her future career with the orchestra. … [Read more...]

Catholic and Baptist Leaders Urge Senate to Name a Special Envoy for Religious Freedom

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Bishop Richard Pates, chair of the USCCB's Committee on International Justice and Peace,  and Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, have signed a joint letter to the U.S. Senate, urging Senators to support Senate Bill 653, which would create a Special Envoy for Religious Freedom.According to a statement just released by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops: March 4, 2014WASHINGTON—The U.S. Senate should act quickly to address a “g … [Read more...]