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Antonin Scalia, Supreme Court justice, dies

Antonin Scalia, Supreme Court justice, dies

| February 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the longest-serving justice on the Supreme Court, died of apparent natural causes at a resort in West Texas Feb. 13. He was 79.

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Pope Francis tells Mexican bishops be unified, speak out on tough issues

Pope Francis tells Mexican bishops be unified, speak out on tough issues

| David Agren | February 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis demanded forceful denunciations of drug violence in Mexico from the country’s bishops, who have preferred timid pronouncements instead of speaking prophetically on a tragedy that has claimed more than 100,000 lives over the past 10 years and left an another 25,000 Mexicans missing.

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A glimpse of citizenship

A glimpse of citizenship

| Sharon Perkins | February 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

I have a 2-year-old nephew who lives in Shanghai with his parents. He was born in China, but because my brother and his wife are U.S. citizens, their son received the full privileges and benefits of American citizenship even before his first glimpse of the U.S.; he only needed to obtain the necessary documentation.

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When to call a priest; saints in the Mass

When to call a priest; saints in the Mass

| Father Kenneth Doyle | February 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

I have a 2-year-old nephew who lives in Shanghai with his parents. He was born in China, but because my brother and his wife are U.S. citizens, their son received the full privileges and benefits of American citizenship even before his first glimpse of the U.S.; he only needed to obtain the necessary documentation.

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Cookies, sombrero and a shoe shine: Even reporters give pope gifts

Cookies, sombrero and a shoe shine: Even reporters give pope gifts

| Cindy Wooden | February 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

Making his 12th trip abroad, Pope Francis was accustomed to collecting interview requests, notes and gifts from the journalists who travel on the plane with him.

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Talk to new bishops does not change guidelines on abuse, Vatican says

Talk to new bishops does not change guidelines on abuse, Vatican says

| Carol Glatz | February 12, 2016 | 1 Comment

A 44-page report authored by French Msgr. Tony Anatrella and just published by the Vatican publishing house “is not in any way — as someone erroneously interpreted — a new Vatican document or a new instruction or new guidelines for bishops,” Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi said in a written statement released Feb. 11.

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Pope-patriarch meeting historic, observers say, but substance is key

Pope-patriarch meeting historic, observers say, but substance is key

| Mark Pattison | February 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

The planned Feb. 12 meeting in Cuba between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church will be a historic event, those involved in ecumenical relations agree, but they contend the proof of the pudding will lie in the content of the joint statement the two church leaders are expected to sign at the end of their meeting.

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Pope sends off missionaries of mercy to help people open hearts to God

Pope sends off missionaries of mercy to help people open hearts to God

| Carol Glatz | February 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis marked the beginning of the church’s Lenten journey by sending off several hundred religious and diocesan priests on their own special path as “missionaries of mercy” in local parishes.

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Giving to the poor is part of jubilee year, pope says

Giving to the poor is part of jubilee year, pope says

| Cindy Wooden | February 10, 2016 | 1 Comment

A jubilee year that does not open people’s wallets to share what they have with others is not a true jubilee, Pope Francis said.

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Don’t judge sinners who want to repent, help them come home, pope says

Don’t judge sinners who want to repent, help them come home, pope says

| February 9, 2016 | 3 Comments

On the eve of sending off “missionaries of mercy” to all corners of the globe, Pope Francis told his specially appointed men that the reassuring strength of God’s love — not the “bludgeon of judgment” — will bring the “lost sheep” back to the fold.

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Death penalty limbo: Supreme Court, states give laws another look

Death penalty limbo: Supreme Court, states give laws another look

| Carol Zimmermann | February 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

The death penalty in the United States is repeatedly getting hit by the pause button — which doesn’t mean it is going away anytime soon, but at the very least it is getting a second look by state legislatures, courts and the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Pope sends condolences after earthquake in Taiwan

Pope sends condolences after earthquake in Taiwan

| February 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

“The Holy Father was saddened to learn of the suffering caused by the deadly earthquake which struck Tainan, leaving many people dead or seriously injured,” read a message sent by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, on behalf of the pope.

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