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Church must make ‘preferential option for the Amazon,’ bishop says

Church must make ‘preferential option for the Amazon,’ bishop says

| Barbara J. Fraser | October 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

As tropical forests fall victim to loggers, miners and ranchers, the Catholic Church must take sides to defend the Amazon region and its people, said a bishop whose Bolivian diocese has been ravaged by fire this year.

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North American indigenous support Amazonian indigenous at synod

North American indigenous support Amazonian indigenous at synod

| Cindy Wooden | October 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

As the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon heard pleas to defend the rights of the region’s indigenous people and of the land they hold sacred, indigenous leaders from Canada and the United States came to Rome to support them.

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Cured Chicago mother: Newman events ‘experience of a thousand lifetimes’

Cured Chicago mother: Newman events ‘experience of a thousand lifetimes’

| October 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Chicago mother healed from a potentially lethal haemorrhage at the intercession of St. John Henry Newman has described his canonization as “the experience of a thousand lifetimes.”

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Catholic teachers urge Ghana to remove sex ed program from schools

Catholic teachers urge Ghana to remove sex ed program from schools

| October 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

Catholic teachers in Ghana have joined the bishops’ conference and Muslim organizations in urging the government to withdraw a sex education program from the national school curriculum.

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Report outlines ‘dangers, harms’ assisted suicide laws pose to disabled

Report outlines ‘dangers, harms’ assisted suicide laws pose to disabled

| Julie Asher | October 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

The National Council on Disability said in a new study that “the dangers and harms” physician-assisted suicide laws present to people with disabilities “appear to be as significant today” as they were in 1997 and 2005, when the council earlier analyzed the harms of such laws.

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Development proposals at synod raise questions about indigenous rights

Development proposals at synod raise questions about indigenous rights

| Barbara J. Fraser | October 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

Proposals for Amazonian development made by well-known observers at the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon could conflict with the expectations of indigenous people unless they are included in decision-making, some synod participants said.

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March for Life 2020 theme pays tribute to pro-life view of early feminists

March for Life 2020 theme pays tribute to pro-life view of early feminists

| Kurt Jensen | October 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

Organizers of the March for Life have chosen “Life Empowered: Pro-Life Is Pro-Woman” for the 2020 rally and march in Washington.

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Gov. Cuomo pledges ‘full support’ for public statue of Mother Cabrini

Gov. Cuomo pledges ‘full support’ for public statue of Mother Cabrini

| October 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced the formation of a “state commission” to work with the Columbus Citizens Foundation and the Diocese of Brooklyn, among others, to fund creation of a statue of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini and find a site for it.

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Panel: ‘Nones’ make up bigger percentage of population than ever before

Panel: ‘Nones’ make up bigger percentage of population than ever before

| Beth Griffin | October 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

“None of the above” is the fastest-growing religious identifier in the United States and now approximates the percentage of Catholics in the country.

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