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Death penalty is 'contrary to the Gospel,' pope says

Death penalty is 'contrary to the Gospel,' pope says The death penalty, no matter how it is carried out, "is, in itself, contrary to the Gospel," Pope Francis said.    Marking the 25th anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church at the Vatican Oct. 11, Pope Francis said the catechism's discussion of the death penalty, already f...
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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Religious liberty for me but not for thee: how laws affect freedom

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- It may come as no surprise that, when nations confer official status to a certain religion, Islam is the faith that more nations choose to designate as such.    But it may be a surprise that, when nations don't enshrine a particular religion in their constitution...
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Thursday, October 12, 2017

'Share the Journey' urges connecting with migrants

'Share the Journey' urges connecting with migrants WASHINGTON (CNS) – Supporting refugees and migrants can take many forms, and Pope Francis is hoping Catholics around the world will act over the next two years to encounter people on the move.             In the U.S., the Church's leading...
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Thursday, October 05, 2017

'Be Not Afraid' is theme for Respect Life Sunday and 2017-18 program

'Be Not Afraid' is theme for Respect Life Sunday and 2017-18 program WASHINGTON (CNS) – Respect Life Month is observed every October by the church in the United States, beginning with Respect Life Sunday, which takes place this year on Oct. 1. These events kick off the 2017-18 Respect Life Program.           &#...
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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Dolan: Honesty about church's flaws might win back fallen-away members

Dolan: Honesty about church's flaws might win back fallen-away members NEW ORLEANS (CNS) – New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan suggested to more than 400 priests of the state of Louisiana that humbly and openly sharing the "wounds" and shortcomings of the church might bring those who are alienated back to the practice of the faith.      &...
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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Share hope with those seeking better lives, pope says

Share hope with those seeking better lives, pope says VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The same hope that moves people to seek a better life for themselves and their loved ones also moves the hearts of men and women to welcome migrants and refugees with open arms, Pope Francis said.     "Those who come to our land and we who go toward their heart...
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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Share the Journey campaign urges Catholics to connect with migrants

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A prayer here, a share on social media there, a voice of support in a letter to the editor, even a get-to-know-others potluck.    Supporting refugees and migrants can take many forms, and Pope Francis is hoping Catholics around the world will act over the next two...
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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Church-based charities provide earthquake relief in Mexico

Church-based charities provide earthquake relief in Mexico WASHINGTON (CNS) -- In the aftermath of two earthquakes in the span of two weeks in Mexico church-based relief agencies have been on the ground providing food, shelter and repairs.    The magnitude 7.1 quake that hit near Mexico City Sept. 19 killed more than 230 people and injured m...
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Friday, September 22, 2017

Key West Catholic school struggles to reopen after Irma

Key West Catholic school struggles to reopen after Irma KEY WEST, Fla. (CNS) – Robert Wright, principal of the Basilica School of St. Mary Star of the Sea in Key West, reluctantly left town before Hurricane Irma made its historic landfall, knowing it wouldn't be easy getting back to Florida's southernmost tip later on.     ...
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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Relics of St. Padre Pio to be in Chicago, St. Louis

Relics of St. Padre Pio to be in Chicago, St. Louis Relics of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina – better known as Padre Pio – will tour several Archdioceses and Dioceses in the U.S. for the second time from Sept. 16 through Oct. 8. The relics will make stops in the Archdiocese of Chicago on Sept. 25-26 and in the Archdiocese of St. Louis on Sept....
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Wednesday, September 13, 2017