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Synod ends by affirming tradition, leaving controversial questions open

Synod ends by affirming tradition, leaving controversial questions open

| Francis X. Rocca | October 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

After several days of animated debate over its official midterm report, the Synod of Bishops on the family agreed on a final document more clearly grounded in traditional Catholic teaching. Yet the assembly failed to reach consensus on especially controversial questions of Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried and the pastoral care of homosexuals.

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Pope beatifies Blessed Paul VI, the ‘great helmsman’ of Vatican II

Pope beatifies Blessed Paul VI, the ‘great helmsman’ of Vatican II

| Francis X. Rocca | October 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Beatifying Blessed Paul VI at the concluding Mass of the Synod of Bishops on the family, Pope Francis praised the late pope as the “great helmsman” of the Second Vatican Council and founder of the synod, as well as a “humble and prophetic witness of love for Christ and his church.”

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Paul VI was pope of firsts, a pope of dialogue, cardinal says

Paul VI was pope of firsts, a pope of dialogue, cardinal says

| Cindy Wooden | October 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Pope Paul VI, the late pope who is to be beatified by Pope Francis Oct. 19, was described by retired Italian Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re as a man rich in spirituality, a thinker and a pastor “very sensitive to the challenges of the modern world.”

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Cardinal Pell: Synod says no to ‘secular agenda’

Cardinal Pell: Synod says no to ‘secular agenda’

| Francis X. Rocca | October 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Cardinal George Pell said working-group reports from the Synod of Bishops on the family finally give a true picture of the assembly’s views, counteracting what he characterized as a misleading midterm report.

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App brings God into digital environment, creates ‘space’ for meditation

App brings God into digital environment, creates ‘space’ for meditation

| Sarah McCarthy | October 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Amid the imposed and often fast-paced routine of everyday life, an app is giving people a reason to quiet their minds through light meditation and prayer.

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Speaker: Technology can provide personal connection church members seek

Speaker: Technology can provide personal connection church members seek

| Samantha Marinelli | October 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

A steady decline in the number of Christians who go to church doesn’t mean Christianity is dying but that church members want a personal connection they aren’t finding in church, said the keynote speaker at an Oct. 14 technology summit at Villanova University.

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Church called to keep hope alive, live in joyful expectation, pope says

Church called to keep hope alive, live in joyful expectation, pope says

| Cindy Wooden | October 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

The church of Christ is called to keep the light of hope alive in the world, showing all humanity the path leading to “the merciful face of God” and salvation in Christ, Pope Francis said.

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Court blocks law that had closed most Texas abortion clinics

Court blocks law that had closed most Texas abortion clinics

| Patricia Zapor | October 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

In a brief order posted after normal business hours, the Supreme Court granted requests by some of the affected abortion clinics to block parts of the law. It blocked statewide the requirement that abortion clinics meet standards of an ambulatory surgical center, which a majority of the Texas abortion providers could not meet. For clinics in McAllen and El Paso only, the order also blocked a provision requiring abortion clinic doctors to have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles of the clinic.

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Be in a ‘holy hurry’ to share Gospel, love others, pope says

Be in a ‘holy hurry’ to share Gospel, love others, pope says

| Cindy Wooden | October 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

On the feast of St. Teresa of Avila, Pope Francis said he wished the whole church would follow her example and be in a “holy hurry” to bring the Gospel and God’s love to the world.

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If laws don’t lead people to Jesus, they are obsolete, pope says

If laws don’t lead people to Jesus, they are obsolete, pope says

| October 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

Jesus did “strange things,” like “walk with sinners, eat with tax collectors” — things the scholars of the law “did not like; doctrine was in danger, that doctrine of the law” that they and the “theologians had created over the centuries,” he said, according to Vatican Radio.

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Court’s pass on same-sex marriage rulings leaves plenty of questions

Court’s pass on same-sex marriage rulings leaves plenty of questions

| Carol Zimmermann | October 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

When the Supreme Court declined to review the appeals on rulings striking down same-sex marriage bans as unconstitutional, many people were left second-guessing why this happened and what it means for the future of same-sex marriages and bans on such marriages.

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Debate emerges on St. John Paul II’s early writings on social ethics

Debate emerges on St. John Paul II’s early writings on social ethics

| Jonathan Luxmoore | October 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

Less than six months after St John Paul II was canonized, questions are being raised about a book of lectures he penned as a young priest in his Polish homeland.

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