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Do not pay for Mass, redemption is free, pope says

Do not pay for Mass, redemption is free, pope says VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Mass isn't a paid arrangement for salvation but rather the commemoration of Christ's sacrifice of his life, given freely to all, Pope Francis said.     Christians can make a silent prayer during Mass or donate money to offer a Mass for a loved one who is in need...
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Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Update: Immigrants, advocates navigating post-DACA-deadline landscape

Update: Immigrants, advocates navigating post-DACA-deadline landscape WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The last government shutdown -- well, threatened shutdown, anyway -- seems so long ago.     The nine-hour "funding lapse" of Feb. 9, like the three-day shutdown that began Jan. 20, hinged on how Congress was going to address the Deferred Action for Childhood Arriv...
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Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Archbishop: Church's Christian anthropology is basis for social teachings

Archbishop: Church's Christian anthropology is basis for social teachings INDIANAPOLIS (CNS) -- The Catholic response to today's widely debated societal issues -- from abortion to immigration to racism -- must be rooted in the church's fundamental teaching about human dignity and the "destiny of the human person," said the archbishop of Indianapolis.    In...
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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Florida school shooting an act of 'horrifying evil,' says Miami archbishop

 Florida school shooting an act of 'horrifying evil,' says Miami archbishop MIAMI (CNS) -- Miami Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski urged community members to come together "to support one another in this time of grief" after a shooting rampage Feb. 14 at a Broward County high school left at least 17 people dead.    "With God's help, we can remain strong and resolu...
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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Cardinal Tobin: Christians must recognize humanity of immigrants, refugees

Cardinal Tobin: Christians must recognize humanity of immigrants, refugees WASHINGTON (CNS) -- At the forefront of the immigration battle in the U.S., few Catholic Church leaders have been as physically present in supporting the most vulnerable in that group as Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin of Newark, New Jersey.     Last year, he intertwined his hands with thos...
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Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Homilies must help people reflect, not nap, pope says

Homilies must help people reflect, not nap, pope says VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Catholic priests must deliver good homilies so the "good news" of the Gospel can take root in people's hearts and help them live holier lives, Pope Francis said.    But the faithful in the pews need to do their part, too, the pope said at his weekly general audi...
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Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Survey: Women say Eucharist, helping poor is what it means to be Catholic

Survey: Women say Eucharist, helping poor is what it means to be Catholic NEW YORK (CNS) – American Catholic women are increasingly disengaged from the Church, although they remain affiliated and say helping the poor and receiving the Eucharist are the most important aspects of what it means to be Catholic.          ...
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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Catholic groups decry end of immigration protection for Salvadorans

Catholic groups decry end of immigration protection for Salvadorans WASHINGTON (CNS) – As the Catholic Church in the U.S. began observing National Migration Week – a time to reflect on the circumstances confronting migrants, immigrants, refugees, and human trafficking victims – the administration of President Donald Trump announced that it would e...
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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Indiana 'Dreamer' fears family breakup if DACA expires

Indiana 'Dreamer' fears family breakup if DACA expires INDIANAPOLIS (CNS) – Brenda Martinez's first dream was to become an astrophysicist.             As she finished seventh grade in Indianapolis, her heart was set on attending Purdue University with the help of a state scholarship program....
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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Don't confess other's faults, own up to sins, pope says at audience

Don't confess other's faults, own up to sins, pope says at audience VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Fear and the shame of admitting one's own sins leads to pointing fingers and accusing others rather than recognizing one's own faults, Pope Francis said.     "It's difficult to admit being guilty, but it does so much good to confess with sincerity. But you must...
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Thursday, January 04, 2018