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Trump calls Pope Francis after Notre-Dame fire

Washington D.C., Apr 17, 2019 CNA.- President Donald Trump and Pope Francis spoke on the phone Wednesday afternoon, with the president pledging to assist with the rebuilding of Notre-Dame de Paris.

Thousands of new Catholics expected to join church at Easter Vigil

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Tens of thousands of new Catholics are expected to join the Catholic Church at Easter Vigil liturgies in parishes throughout the United States the night of April 20.

Fire chaplain helped save religious artifacts from burning cathedral

PARIS (CNS) -- A hero emerging from the Notre Dame Cathedral fire April 15 is Father Jean-Marc Fournier, chaplain of the Paris Fire Brigade, who is credited with saving a reliquary containing the crown of thorns and the Blessed Sacrament from the burning cathedral.

Vermont's 10th bishop opens sainthood cause for diocese's first bishop

BURLINGTON, Vt. (CNS) -- The 10th bishop of the Diocese of Burlington has opened a cause for canonization for the first bishop of the statewide diocese.

Notre Dame to Notre Dame: University to donate to cathedral restoration

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (CNS) -- Holy Cross Father John I. Jenkins, president of the University of Notre Dame, has directed the university to donate $100,000 toward the renovation of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

Irish commission: Grave for children was improper, but not a septic tank

DUBLIN (CNS) -- The commission investigating the historic treatment of unmarried mothers and their children in religious-run care homes in Ireland has dismissed claims that an underground burial plot was in fact a sewage tank.

Notre Dame fire showed that beauty still matters, art historian says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- As people in Paris and around the world watched in horror as flames consumed the roof of Notre Dame Cathedral, the blaze also stirred genuine emotions that could come only from witnessing the loss of beauty, art historian Elizabeth Lev said.

North Dakota governor signs bill banning 'dismemberment abortions'

BISMARCK, N.D. (CNS) -- The North Dakota Catholic Conference praised Republican Gov. Doug Burgum for signing a bill into law April 10 to "prohibit the practice of dismemberment abortions."

The Easter Effect today

Some two millennia ago, a ragtag bunch of nobodies learned what their tortured and executed friend, the rabbi Jesus from Nazareth, meant by "rising from the dead" (Mark 9:9-10) -- because they met him again, the same but utterly transformed, as the Risen Lord. The Easter Effect upturned all they had once thought about time, history, and God's promises to Israel; it also transformed these nobodies into extraordinary evangelists, for the missionary project they launched converted perhaps as much as half the Mediterranean world over the next two and a half centuries.

And all manner of being shall be well

We are all, I suspect, familiar with the famous expression from Julian of Norwich, now an axiom in our language. She once famously wrote: In the end all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of being shall be well. To which Oscar Wilde is reported to have added: "And if it isn't well, then it's still not the end."