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Catholic groups raise concerns that climate rulebook not ambitious enough

Catholic groups raise concerns that climate rulebook not ambitious enough

| Jonathan Luxmoore | December 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

Catholic participants and observers criticized a “lack of ambition” by government negotiators at a U.N. conference on climate change that ended Dec. 15 with agreement on a rulebook to implement the 2015 Paris climate accord.

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Faith advocates see victories in new farm bill

Faith advocates see victories in new farm bill

| Mark Pattison | December 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

The farm bill that passed both houses of Congress by wide margins doesn’t have money in it to protect endangered species, but it did preserve one that had been on the threatened list: bipartisanship.

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Death penalty is fruit of laws lacking humanity, mercy, pope says

Death penalty is fruit of laws lacking humanity, mercy, pope says

| Junno Arocho Esteves | December 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

The death penalty is an inhumane form of punishment that ignores the primacy of mercy in the name of justice, Pope Francis said.

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Vatican names two reconciled bishops to head Chinese dioceses

Vatican names two reconciled bishops to head Chinese dioceses

| Michael Sainsbury | December 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

As part of its ongoing efforts to reconcile China’s Catholic communities, the Vatican recognized two previously excommunicated Chinese bishops as heads of dioceses.

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Vatican Museums to launch full virtual tour to increase accessibility

Vatican Museums to launch full virtual tour to increase accessibility

| December 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

In the technology support department at the Vatican Museums, Villanova University student Justin Myers is spending a semester creating virtual tours of galleries, part of a larger project to make the museums accessible to everyone.

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Religious freedom laws meant to be ‘shield, not sword,’ says speaker

Religious freedom laws meant to be ‘shield, not sword,’ says speaker

| Kurt Jensen | December 14, 2018 | 0 Comments

Religious freedom is widely misunderstood, prone to being used only for political purposes and is identified by the public mostly with the Republican politicians. And its enshrinement in law requires constant vigilance on all sides.

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Education key to solving migration crisis, pope says

Education key to solving migration crisis, pope says

| Junno Arocho Esteves | December 14, 2018 | 0 Comments

As the celebration of Christmas draws near, the plight of the Holy Family calls to mind the sufferings of the many men, women and children escaping war and persecution, Pope Francis said.

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Belief in Trinity should lead to unity in the church, preacher says

Belief in Trinity should lead to unity in the church, preacher says

| Cindy Wooden | December 14, 2018 | 0 Comments

Faith in the living God should translate into concrete expressions of love and unity, especially within the church, Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa told Pope Francis and leaders of the Roman Curia.

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Late Trappist monk still has impact on people of all faiths, says priest

Late Trappist monk still has impact on people of all faiths, says priest

| Ruby Thomas | December 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

Fifty years after his death, Father Thomas Merton is still helping to draw others nearer to Christ through his writings and the communities they tend to create, said Father Lawrence Morey.

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