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North Carolina Catholics encouraged not to let faith get 'watered down'

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (CNS) -- Attendance at Mass remains central to Catholics' faith because they must be nourished by Jesus' body and blood or they will not remain strong Catholics, said Bishop Peter J. Jugis of Charlotte.

Work of vocation directors vital to church's future, says archbishop

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. (CNS) -- Archbishop Jorge Patron Wong, secretary for seminaries at the Vatican's Congregation for Clergy, understands the need to affirm, assist and support priests involved in vocation ministry.

Pope, in Albania, says killing in God's name is sacrilege

TIRANA, Albania (CNS) -- Killing in the name of God is sacrilege, and religious leaders must denounce the use of faith to justify violence and oppression, Pope Francis said during a one-day visit to Albania.