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Sainthood sometimes includes biting your tongue, pope says

Sainthood sometimes includes biting your tongue, pope says

| Carol Glatz | May 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

Holiness doesn’t depend on superhuman powers, but rather demands a heart filled with courage, hope and grace that strives for conversion each and every day, Pope Francis said at his morning Mass.

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USCCB abuse audit warns of complacency, cites ‘room for improvement’

USCCB abuse audit warns of complacency, cites ‘room for improvement’

| Mark Pattison | May 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

The annual report on the implementation of the U.S. bishops’ “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People” warns against complacency in dioceses, and the firm contracted to conduct audits of dioceses and parishes said there was “plenty of room for improvement” in implementing two of the charter’s articles.

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Pope Benedict denies latest rumors about Fatima ‘secret’

Pope Benedict denies latest rumors about Fatima ‘secret’

| Cindy Wooden | May 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

Sixteen years after the Vatican released the text of the so-called Third Secret of Fatima, rumors cyclically arise claiming that the Vatican still is keeping part of Mary’s message to three children in Fatima, Portugal, secret.

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Those who exploit for cheap labor are bloodsucking leeches, pope says

Those who exploit for cheap labor are bloodsucking leeches, pope says

| Junno Arocho Esteves | May 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

Human traffickers and unjust business owners who become wealthy by exploiting others for cheap labor commit a mortal sin, Pope Francis said at his morning Mass.

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Indian couples frustrated as Missionaries of Charity stop adoptions

Indian couples frustrated as Missionaries of Charity stop adoptions

| Saadia Azim | May 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

Although the sisters continue to keep and care for abandoned, destitute and sick children, they have stopped putting children up for adoption. The nuns said they made the decision because new government rules were “contrary to our Christian values.”

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To ignore the poor is to despise God, pope says at general audience

To ignore the poor is to despise God, pope says at general audience

| Junno Arocho Esteves | May 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

How Christians treat the poor is the clearest demonstration of their relationship with God, Pope Francis insisted.

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Gaffigans offer Catholic University graduates witty banter, sage advice

Gaffigans offer Catholic University graduates witty banter, sage advice

| Maureen Boyle | May 18, 2016 | 1 Comment

True happiness exists in the love of faith, family and fresh guacamole, comedian Jim Gaffigan and his wife and writing partner, Jeannie, told more than 1,700 graduates of the Class of 2016 during The Catholic University of America’s 127th annual commencement on May 14.

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Study of women deacons won’t be first, but might answer questions

Study of women deacons won’t be first, but might answer questions

| Carol Zimmermann | May 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

The pope’s agreement on the idea — raised by members of the International Union of Superiors General, the leadership group for superiors of women’s orders — was interpreted by some as a thumbs-up to women deacons and eventually women priests, which the Vatican spokesman was quick to rebut the next day.

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People of faith must advocate for religious liberty, says House speaker

People of faith must advocate for religious liberty, says House speaker

| Allana Haynes | May 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

People of faith have the responsibility to “advocate for their faith,” not only through good works, but on spiritual realms — one being through prayer, U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, said May 17.

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Obama directive on transgender access to facilities ‘deeply disturbing’

Obama directive on transgender access to facilities ‘deeply disturbing’

| May 16, 2016 | 1 Comment

The Obama administration’s May 13 directive on transgender access to bathrooms “that treats ‘a student’s gender identity as the student’s sex’ is deeply disturbing,” said the chairmen of two U.S. Catholic bishops’ committees.

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Notre Dame gives Laetare Medal to Biden, Boehner over critics’ objections

Notre Dame gives Laetare Medal to Biden, Boehner over critics’ objections

| Ann Carey | May 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

The University of Notre Dame conferred it prestigious Laetare Medal on Vice President Joe Biden and former House Speaker John Boehner without incident at graduation May 15, but the controversy over the recipients still hung in the air.

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U.S. Supreme Court sends Zubik case back to lower courts

U.S. Supreme Court sends Zubik case back to lower courts

The U.S. Supreme Court May 16 sent the Zubick v. Burwell case, which challenges the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive requirement for employers, back to the lower courts.

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