Archive for November, 2017

HHS looks into removing barriers to program funding for religious groups

HHS looks into removing barriers to program funding for religious groups

| Carol Zimmermann | November 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Oct. 25 that it is looking for ways to ensure that faith-based and religious groups are not blocked from receiving HHS funding for their programs.

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Harvey Weinstein’s not alone

Harvey Weinstein’s not alone

| Greg Erlandson | November 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

Harvey Weinstein is a pig.

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Pope condemns ‘murderous folly’ of terrorism after attacks

Pope condemns ‘murderous folly’ of terrorism after attacks

| Junno Arocho Esteves | November 7, 2017 | 1 Comment

Pope Francis prayed for victims of the terrorist attack in New York, as well as victims of other terror attacks, and condemned the murder of innocent men and women in the name of God.

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In new book, Father Joncas reflects on suffering from rare disorder

In new book, Father Joncas reflects on suffering from rare disorder

| November 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

In 2003, prolific composer, professor and priest of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis Father Michael Joncas was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré Syndrome, a disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks the nervous system. He wrote about the experience in “On Eagle’s Wings: A Journey Through Illness Toward Healing,” released last month by Twenty-Third Publications. The Catholic Spirit interviewed him by email. The responses have been edited for length and clarity.

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‘Victims’ charter’ is next step in fighting trafficking, academy says

‘Victims’ charter’ is next step in fighting trafficking, academy says

| November 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

After 7-year-old Rani Hong was stolen from her mother in a small village in India and sold into slavery, her captors kept her in a cage to teach her to submit completely to her “master.”

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Teach students role of justice in migration, pope says

Teach students role of justice in migration, pope says

| Carol Glatz | November 7, 2017 | 1 Comment

Catholic universities need to study the root causes of forced migration and ways to counter the discrimination and xenophobic reactions it provokes in so many traditionally Christian nations, Pope Francis said.

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Vocations Holy Hours coming to a parish near you

Vocations Holy Hours coming to a parish near you

| Father David Blume | November 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

This year, the Office of Vocations has chosen as its theme, “Pray to the Lord of the Harvest,” a direct reference to the words of Jesus telling his disciples, “The harvest is abundant, but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest” (Lk 10:2). Jesus does not make this as a suggestion, but rather a command that we ask, or pray “to the master of the harvest” for more laborers.

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Toronto cardinal urges Parliament to keep religious provisions in place

Toronto cardinal urges Parliament to keep religious provisions in place

| Deborah Gyapong | November 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

Parliament would be sending a “disturbing message” to Canada’s religious community if it eliminates a law that currently makes it an offense to disrupt a religious service, Cardinal Thomas Collins told a parliamentary committee.

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Book says nuns found John Paul I dead, could help on path to sainthood

Book says nuns found John Paul I dead, could help on path to sainthood

| November 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

Two women may hold the key to clearing up questions still surrounding the death of Pope John Paul I and to overcoming the first hurdle on his path to canonization.

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Pope offers prayers for victims of Texas shooting

Pope offers prayers for victims of Texas shooting

| November 7, 2017 | 1 Comment

Calling the mass shooting in a Texas Baptist church Nov. 5 an “act of senseless violence,” Pope Francis asked the local Catholic archbishop to convey his condolences to the families of the victims and to the injured.

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Panel looks at future of religious minorities victimized by IS militants

Panel looks at future of religious minorities victimized by IS militants

| Beth Griffin | November 7, 2017 | 2 Comments

The day she succeeded in her fourth attempt to escape six months of daily rape and humiliation by her Islamic State captors, Iraqi teen Ekhlas Khudur Bajoo made a vow.

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Soon-to-be Blessed Father Solanus Casey lived in Stillwater

Soon-to-be Blessed Father Solanus Casey lived in Stillwater

| Susan Klemond | November 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

Father Solanus Casey and two of his brothers made an unusual threesome as they walked together at the College St. Thomas in St. Paul in the summer of 1937: He and Father Maurice Casey wore brown Capuchin Franciscan habits while Father Edward Casey donned the black clerics of an archdiocesan priest.

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