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Catholic higher-ed leaders pledge to wrap Francis' environmental concerns into their mission


Inspired by Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical, 169 leaders of Catholic higher education around the globe -- including 96 presidents of U.S. schools -- signed a pledge to address Francis’ environmental concerns, in particular climate change, within their institutions’ research and engagements.

Meeting in Jerusalem, European bishops call on nations to support migrants

Leaders of the European bishops' conferences expressed solidarity with people of the Middle East, especially those being forced from their homes, and called on European states to act generously, justly, and respectfully toward the influx of migrants and refugees now reaching their shores.

In a statement released Wednesday, the last day of their meeting in Jerusalem, the bishops said they met in the Holy Land to "renew their rootedness in Christ."

Filipinos warned against making money out of 'miracles'


Philippine church leaders have warned the faithful against making money out of reported "miracles" and "apparitions" of Mary.

Fr. Melvin Castro, director general of the Confraternity of Mary Mediatrix of All Grace, noted that stories of weeping images of the Jesus' mother had surfaced in the media.

The stories followed a church declaration that a reported apparition of the Mary in the province of Batangas in 1948 has a "supernatural character."



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November 20-December 3, 2015


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