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Crimes, oppression against religion 'span width of our world,' says Pence

WASHINGTON (CNS) – In a July 26 speech at the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence described the state of religious freedom around the world and the wide variety of attacks it faces.             He ment...
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Thursday, August 02, 2018

Pope revises catechism to say death penalty is 'inadmissible'

Pope revises catechism to say death penalty is 'inadmissible' VATICAN CITY (CNS) – Building on the development of Catholic Church teaching against capital punishment, Pope Francis has ordered a revision of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to assert "the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the per...
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Thursday, August 02, 2018

Learn from the past before looking to future, pope tells young people

Learn from the past before looking to future, pope tells young people VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The future cannot be understood without reflecting on the past and on the history and traditions passed on to young people from parents and grandparents, Pope Francis said.     "It's from your roots that you will get the strength to continue. None of us -- neith...
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Monday, July 16, 2018

President nominates Judge Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme Court

President nominates Judge Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme Court WASHINGTON (CNS) – President Donald Trump announced on July 9 that his nominee for the Supreme Court is Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge in Washington and a Catholic who once clerked for retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.         ...
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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Catholic physicians highlight lesser-known dangers of contraceptives

WASHINGTON (CNS) – A team of Catholic Medical Association physicians and students are working on a comprehensive literature review of the medical effects of contraception, set to be available later this year.             With about 10.6 m...
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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Encuentro priorities help shape Hispanic ministry in U.S.

Encuentro priorities help shape Hispanic ministry in U.S. SOUTH BEND, Ind. (CNS) – Hispanic ministry leaders from 13 dioceses in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin gathered last month at the University of Notre Dame for their Region VII encuentro.             Among the main issues participants cons...
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Thursday, July 05, 2018

Question Corner - Sunday Shopping

Question Corner - Sunday Shopping Q. I am a sports professional and have various opportunities for endorsement deals. Can you tell me whether it's all right to be sponsored by a brand whose stores are open on Sundays? (I know that Sunday shopping is a grave sin.) (Naples, Florida) A. First, I admire the question. It shows a specia...
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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Pope supports U.S. bishops' criticism of 'immoral' immigration policy

Pope supports U.S. bishops' criticism of 'immoral' immigration policy VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis said he stands with the U.S. bishops who recently condemned the Trump administration's policy on immigration that has led to children being held in government shelters while their parents are sent to federal prisons.     "I am on the side of the bis...
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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

DiNardo: All clergy, no matter their 'standing,' must protect children

DiNardo: All clergy, no matter their 'standing,' must protect children WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said June 20 that all clergy in the Catholic Church "have made a solemn promise to protect children and young people from all harm."    "This sacred charge applies to all who minister in the church, no matte...
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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Pope Francis' words of encouragement

Pope Francis' words of encouragement "Jesus does not lie to us; he takes us seriously."             Pope Francis told this to a group of young people during his apostolic visit to Paraguay a couple of years ago. He was talking about life as a football game where people need to dec...
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Thursday, June 14, 2018