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Russian church official urges reflection on centenary of czar’s murder

Russian church official urges reflection on centenary of czar’s murder

| July 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

The secretary-general of the Russian bishops’ conference urged Catholics to remember the 1918 murder of Czar Nicholas II and his family with “penance and reflection,” while suggesting Catholics could participate in future commemorations.

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Pope adds teen to list of saints to be declared during synod on youth

Pope adds teen to list of saints to be declared during synod on youth

| July 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis added an Italian teenager to the list of people he will formally recognize as saints Oct. 14 during the monthlong meeting of the world Synod of Bishops on young people.

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Catholic agency must consider same-sex couples for foster care

Catholic agency must consider same-sex couples for foster care

| Matthew Gambino | July 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

A federal judge has swept away claims of religious discrimination by plaintiffs including Catholic Social Services of the Philadelphia Archdiocese and ruled the church agency must provide home assessments for same-sex couples wishing to provide foster care for at-risk children in Philadelphia.

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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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