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Laity To Help Grow Eastern Catholic Churches
Catholic News Service (25 September 2012)
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (CNS) — The message hit Patrick Keegan loud a clear: He’s a leader in his Byzantine Catholic parish just as much as his pastor.

Pope Francis: Ecumenical Dialogue Leads to Growth in Faith
Catholic News Service (28 June 2013)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis, who recently spoke of a need to increase the common responsibility all bishops hold for the universal church, told a delegation of Orthodox leaders that the Catholic Church can learn from the synod structure of the Eastern Christian churches.

Fall Synod to Review State of Family; 2015 Synod to Draw Up Proposals
Catholic News Service (27 June 2014)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Representatives of the world’s Catholic bishops, meeting together in a synod, are not expected to make any formal proposals about the church’s pastoral care of families until after a second, larger gathering in 2015.

Rules for the ‘Great Lent’ Fast in Eastern Catholic Churches
Catholic News Service (6 March 2015)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In the eyes of Latin-rite Catholics, the extent of Eastern Catholics’ Lenten fasting and abstinence is perceived as particularly strict.

from Blog Content

Picture of the Day: A New Patriarch in Iraq
Patriarch Louis Sako of Baghdad stands with his crosier after being enthroned as the new head of the Chaldean Church. (photo: CNS/Saad Shalash, Reuters)

In the Eternal City
Msgr. John Kozar reports on the events of his trip to Rome, which included ROACO's 86th plenary assembly.

The Church Alive!
Our good friends at Salt+Light Television have produced an excellent new series dedicated to the New Evangelization.

A Note From Syria:
"It Is Too Difficult for the Church Life"

Today, I was touched to receive the brief handwritten note pictured above.

Picture of the Day: A Venerable Spirit
Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky, who led the Ukrainian Catholic Church in the tumultuous period of both world wars and the early Soviet era, has been declared “venerable” by Pope Francis. (photo: CNS)

Spotlight on the Eastern Churches:
The Maronite Church

The Maronites’ greatest accomplishments are perseverance in the faith, the unique relationship forged between patriarch and people, and their role in the creation of modern Lebanon.

Spotlight on the Eastern Churches:
The Eritrean Catholic Church

Some 3,000 years ago, Semitic peoples from the Arabian Peninsula crossed the Red Sea and settled in the Horn of Africa.

A Visitor from Australia:
‘We Are a Very Young Church’

Yesterday, the bishop of a young eparchy in Australia stopped by for a visit, and had a chance to share his thoughts about the unique challenges his church faces Down Under.