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Don’t be bad Christians, people may think atheism is better, pope says

Don’t be bad Christians, people may think atheism is better, pope says

| Carol Glatz | October 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

The way Christians behave can either help and inspire others, or turn them away from ever following Jesus, Pope Francis said.

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Pope: Evolution, Big Bang do not push aside God, who set it in motion

Pope: Evolution, Big Bang do not push aside God, who set it in motion

| Carol Glatz | October 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Big Bang theory and evolution do not eliminate the existence of God, who remains the one who set all of creation into motion, Pope Francis told his own science academy.

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Pope Francis calls for abolishing death penalty and life imprisonment

Pope Francis calls for abolishing death penalty and life imprisonment

| Francis X. Rocca | October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis called for abolition of the death penalty as well as life imprisonment, and denounced what he called a “penal populism” that promises to solve society’s problems by punishing crime instead of pursuing social justice.

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Widowhood and the curveballs in life

Widowhood and the curveballs in life

| Bill Dodds | October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

I think if God played Major League Baseball, he’d be a pitcher. He’d pitch mostly fastballs, and then, just to mix things up, an occasional curveball — a big curveball.

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Family synod’s dynamics recalled the Second Vatican Council

Family synod’s dynamics recalled the Second Vatican Council

| Francis X. Rocca | October 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Even before the start of the Oct. 5-19 Synod of Bishops on the family, observers were likening it to the Second Vatican Council of 1962-65.

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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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