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Caption: Carmelita Sharpback of Winnebago, Neb., swaddles her 8-week-old daughter, Willow Rain, during the parade of nations at the annual Tekakwitha Conference in Fargo, N.D. The gathering of Native American Catholics, named for St. Kateri Tekakwitha, marked its 75th anniversary July 23-27. (CNS/Nancy Wiechec)
Carmelita Sharpback of Winnebago, Neb., swaddles her 8-week-old daughter, Willow Rain, during the parade of nations at the annual Tekakwitha Conference in Fargo, N.D. The gathering of Native American Catholics, named for St. Kateri Tekakwitha, marked its 75th anniversary July 23-27. (CNS/Nancy Wiechec)
Native American Catholics gather to pray, reflect, recharge their faith

By Nancy Wiechec
Catholic News Service

FARGO, N.D. (CNS) -- On the 75th anniversary of the Tekakwitha Conference, Native American Catholics came together again to review the past, plan for the future and recharge their faith.

More than 750 people from 35 states and representing 135 tribes gathered under the theme "To walk humbly," a nod to namesake St. Kateri Tekakwitha, the gentle Mohawk-Algonquin woman canonized two years ago.
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Caption: Lebanese religious leaders pray during a July 24 sit-in in Beirut to express solidarity with the Iraqi Christians of Mosul and against Israel's military action in Gaza. A prominent Syrian Christian political leader has warned of an impending assault by Islamist fighters on Syria's northeastern province of Hassake to take control of predominantly Christian and Kurdish area. (CNS/Reuters)
Lebanese religious leaders pray during a July 24 sit-in in Beirut to express solidarity with the Iraqi Christians of Mosul and against Israel's military action in Gaza. A prominent Syrian Christian political leader has warned of an impending assault by Islamist fighters on Syria's northeastern province of Hassake to take control of predominantly Christian and Kurdish area. (CNS/Reuters)
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-- The United States should do all it can to bring about an immediate cease-fire in Gaza, Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, urges Secretary of State John Kerry on behalf of the U.S. bishops.

-- Catholic leaders in the Holy Land call for an end to the cycle of violence between Israelis and Palestinians, while criticizing Israel's "collective punishment" of Palestinians.

-- Richard Jones, a Catholic Relief Services representative, outlines forces propelling the flight of youth and children from Central America and the programs CRS and other agencies have developed aimed at helping families remain intact in their home countries.

-- Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, Vatican ambassador to the U.S., exhorts Catholic educators to develop creative ways of countering the challenges secularism, materialism and relativism pose to youth today.

-- Archbishops William E. Lori of Baltimore and Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, celebrating the opening and closing Masses of the U.S. bishops' conference's Fortnight for Freedom, highlight the many ways religious people and agencies serve the nation.


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