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50 years on, moon landing still generates a wistful sense of wonderment

50 years on, moon landing still generates a wistful sense of wonderment WASHINGTON (CNS) -- When Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong gingerly stepped onto the surface of the moon July 20, 1969, Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno had no idea that some day he would become the director of the Vatican Observatory. Sixteen at the time, he had followed the space program since Ala...
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Thursday, June 27, 2019

When are we judged? - Do Catholic movie ratings bind in conscience?

When are we judged? - Do Catholic movie ratings bind in conscience? Q. In the Nicene Creed, we recite that Christ "will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead." But many of us assume that we are judged individually (and hopefully off to heaven) at the moment of our death. So which is it -- are we judged by God as soon as we die or is it later, at Chri...
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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Religious Freedom Week is June 22-29

WASHINGTON— The chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee for Religious Liberty, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, encourages Catholics to pray and act in support of religious liberty at home and abroad during Religious Freedom Week 2019, which beg...
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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Bishops take major steps toward accountability

Bishops take major steps toward accountability The Spring General Assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops resulted in significant steps to hold bishops accountable for instances of sexual abuse of children or vulnerable persons, sexual misconduct or the intentional mishandling of such cases. The bishops overwhelmingly approved three...
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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Bishops vote to revise U.S. catechism's capital punishment section

Bishops vote to revise U.S. catechism's capital punishment section BALTIMORE (CNS) – The U.S. bishops voted June 13 to revise what the U.S. church teaches its adult members about the death penalty in the U.S. Catechism for Adults.               The full body of bishops approved the revised pass...
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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Bishop Barron: Church should focus on getting 'nones' back

Bishop Barron: Church should focus on getting 'nones' back BALTIMORE (CNS) – During the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ spring general assembly in Baltimore, the bishops considered something described as the second-most important issue currently facing U.S. church leaders (after the sexual-abuse crisis): How to get religiously unaffiliated...
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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Leaders say listening, mentoring key to keeping young adults

WASHINGTON (CNS) – Professors, youth ministers and lay theologians across the country give different reasons for why young people are leaving the church, but they all agree that listening and mentoring are key to developing and maintaining faith.        ...
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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Divorce as grave injustice; More on crying babies

Divorce as grave injustice; More on crying babies Q. I read your recent answer concerning divorced Catholics and their standing in the church. You and others fail to remind Catholics that the Catechism (No. 2384-85) calls divorce a grave injustice to the abandoned spouse and the children and also introduces disorder into society. How can you (and,...
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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Young adult leaders gather for post-synod discussion

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Catholic young adults felt the hierarchy started listening to them in preparation for the 2018 Synod of Bishops on young people, and they will do whatever they can to make sure their voices continue to be heard, said a youth minister from New Zealand.     &...
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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Missing Mass while traveling/Can a Democrat be pro-life?

Missing Mass while traveling/Can a Democrat be pro-life? Q. Now is the time of year when I book a summer tour for my family. I always try for a place where I know there will be an accessible Saturday evening or Sunday Mass; although my intentions are good, sometimes I am not successful. We then go to Mass as soon as we can on the trip, or right away when...
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Thursday, June 13, 2019