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Dark to light: Buried under scaffolding, Holy Stairs set for resurrection

Dark to light: Buried under scaffolding, Holy Stairs set for resurrection

| Carol Glatz | July 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

With large sheets of plain plywood blocking public access to the Holy Stairs, one woman lovingly touched a large color photograph of the stairs, made the sign of the cross, lowered her head and prayed.

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Parish hosts Bishop’s Bike Ride as cycling send-off for event across Iowa

Parish hosts Bishop’s Bike Ride as cycling send-off for event across Iowa

| Barb Arland-Fye | July 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

They arrived outside St. Mary Parish rectory practically incognito: 13 smiling clergy and laypeople wearing sun glasses and bike helmets and ready for the Bishop’s Bike Ride.

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Spanish church leaders criticize government plans on religion in schools

Spanish church leaders criticize government plans on religion in schools

| Jonathan Luxmoore | July 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

Spain’s Catholic Church has voiced “deep concern” over plans by the new government to curb religious teaching and re-examine past accords with the Vatican.

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‘Prosperity gospel’ props up policies lacking compassion, journal says

‘Prosperity gospel’ props up policies lacking compassion, journal says

| Cindy Wooden | July 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

The “prosperity gospel” that U.S. President Donald Trump and many of his advisers and followers seem to espouse does not promote solidarity for the common good, but sees God as giving his blessings to the rich and punishing the poor, said an influential Jesuit journal.

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Nicaraguan bishops to pray for exorcism as violence continues

Nicaraguan bishops to pray for exorcism as violence continues

| July 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

Police and paramilitaries in Nicaragua have attacked another parish in an indigenous community as churches and clergy come under attack for trying to protect populations protesting authoritarian rule.

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Events of 9/11 put successful broadcast journalist on path to diaconate

Events of 9/11 put successful broadcast journalist on path to diaconate

| Peter Finney Jr. | July 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

Greg Kandra was a good-enough Catholic, observant and Mass-going, although he admits his wife was by comparison the real lion of the faith as they attended Mass at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Parish in Forest Hills, New York.

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Central African bishops distance themselves from group promising violence

Central African bishops distance themselves from group promising violence

| Fredrick Nzwili | July 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

Catholic bishops in the Central African Republic have distanced themselves from a group that is promising to defend the church and avenge the deaths of priests.

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India’s Sister Prema condemns trafficking, says nuns not involved

India’s Sister Prema condemns trafficking, says nuns not involved

| July 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

Facing child trafficking allegations at one of its homes for unmarried mothers in India, the Missionaries of Charity said the order condemns the actions of individuals involved and stressed that these are unrelated to the order.

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Celebrating our technicolor glory

Celebrating our technicolor glory

| Greg Erlandson | July 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

My wife and I moved from the Midwest to the East Coast a few years ago. There was a predictable amount of culture shock for both of us in leaving the manifest blessings of the Midwest: Housing prices (you can buy a palace for what a garage might cost elsewhere). Traffic (four drivers politely waving each other through at a four-way stop). Endless expanses of corn and soybeans (OK, those do get boring after a while, but they make current talk of tariffs affecting crop prices much more real).

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