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Victims of Las Vegas shooting remembered at funeral Masses, vigils

Victims of Las Vegas shooting remembered at funeral Masses, vigils

| October 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

Immediate makeshift memorials in Las Vegas to the 58 victims killed during the Oct. 1 outdoor country music concert are being replaced by memorial services, vigils and Catholic funerals at the victims’ hometowns across the country and in Canada.

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Sessions’ memo praised for reaffirming laws protecting religious liberty

Sessions’ memo praised for reaffirming laws protecting religious liberty

| October 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ memo on religious freedom issued for all federal agencies and departments to follow “helpfully reaffirms that the law protects the freedom of faith-based organizations to conduct their operations in accordance with their religious mission,” a U.S. archbishop said.

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Catholics say diplomacy with North Korea, Iran needed to keep peace

Catholics say diplomacy with North Korea, Iran needed to keep peace

| October 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

More than 750 Catholics called on President Donald Trump and Congress to seek diplomatic solutions to defuse rising tensions between the United States and North Korea and to assure that the U.S. remains a party to the Iran nuclear deal.

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New saints inspire Christians to build peaceful world, bishop says

New saints inspire Christians to build peaceful world, bishop says

| Junno Arocho Esteves | October 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

The church’s newest saints represent a diverse group of people who offer encouragement and hope to Christians today through their example, a Brazilian bishop said.

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Vatican: Canada did not seek extradition for diplomat with porn charges

Vatican: Canada did not seek extradition for diplomat with porn charges

| Carol Glatz | October 13, 2017 | 1 Comment

Canadian authorities did not request the extradition of a Vatican diplomat who has been charged by police in Canada of accessing, possessing and distributing child pornography, a Vatican spokesman said.

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Bishop says decline of faith in West hurts Nigerian church

Bishop says decline of faith in West hurts Nigerian church

| October 12, 2017 | 2 Comments

A Nigerian bishop said the Catholic Church in his country is beginning to lose its public influence partly because of the decline of religious faith in the West.

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Catholic schools in Miami find room for Puerto Rican students

Catholic schools in Miami find room for Puerto Rican students

| October 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

Catholic schools in the Miami Archdiocese are accepting students and enrollment inquiries from Puerto Rican families displaced to Florida after the devastating impact of Hurricane Maria.

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Iowa court upholds state’s requiring 72-hour waiting period for abortions

Iowa court upholds state’s requiring 72-hour waiting period for abortions

| Lindsay Steele | October 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

An Iowa District Court judge Oct. 2 upheld the state’s 72-hour waiting period for abortions, signed into law in May by former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad.

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Unfinished

Unfinished

| Father Charles Lachowitzer | October 12, 2017 | 5 Comments

Four years ago in September, I sat at the kitchen table in the rectory reading the newspaper. I was a parish pastor and had been serving parishes and schools for over 23 years. I saw the headlines and was disturbed. There was yet another story on clergy sexual abuse. I felt angry at Church leaders and fighting attorneys. I felt frustrated that this issue had been going on since before I was ordained. I felt sadness and compassion for victims and their families.

I was clueless that in less than a week, I would be named vicar general and moderator of the curia for the archdiocese.

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