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Dramatic photos: Ukraine’s priests take an active role in protests

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Priest in Ukraine Blessing Protestor

Eastern Orthodox Catholicism plays an important role in Ukraine, and Ukraine’s Orthodox and Catholic priests have been ministering to protestors and riot police alike. Read the story and see the photos in The Washington Post here: Dramatic photos: Ukraine’s priests take an active role in protests. More after the jump:

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Misc: Food and Water from Pope Francis

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Pope Francis

In a gesture of mercy, Pope Francis is sending half a ton of food to families suffering hardships in one of Rome’s poorest neighborhoods. Read about from Catholic News Agency here: Rome’s Poor Receive 1,000 Pounds of Food. He has also been speaking recently about the importance of clean water. More from NCR here: Pope: Future of Humanity Depends on Protecting and Sharing Water.

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Church Likely to Lift Ban on Ordination of Married Priests in Eastern Catholic Churches in the US

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Orthodox priest and family

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has announced that married priests will likely be ordained in Eastern Catholic Churches in the US, thus affirming the ancient tradition, and encouraging the restoration of unity between Catholic and Orthodox Christians. Read the statement here: Church to Lift Ban on Ordination of Married Priests in Eastern Catholic Churches in the US