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Ohio lawmakers send governor two bills restricting abortion

Ohio lawmakers send governor two bills restricting abortion

| December 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

On Dec. 8, lawmakers passed a measure to ban abortions in the state after 20 weeks, or five months of pregnancy. On Dec. 6, they approved legislation that would ban abortions when a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which is usually at about the sixth week of pregnancy.

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John Glenn, American ‘icon,’ astronaut, former U.S. senator, dies at 95

John Glenn, American ‘icon,’ astronaut, former U.S. senator, dies at 95

| December 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

Astronaut legend and decorated World War II pilot John H. Glenn, who served for 24 years in the U.S. Senate and inspired young people to pursue careers in sciences and engineering, died Dec. 8. He was 95.

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‘Tis the season, and Bethlehem businesses hope for a merry one

‘Tis the season, and Bethlehem businesses hope for a merry one

| Judith Sudilovsky | December 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

Even the Christmas decorations seem more cheerful this year in Bethlehem.

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Amid the darkness, hold fast to light of hope, pope says

Amid the darkness, hold fast to light of hope, pope says

| Cindy Wooden | December 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

Christian hope is not the same as being optimistic about the future, but is knowing that whatever dark or frightening things are going on in one’s life, God is there offering protection and light, Pope Francis said.

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Priest-historian: 75 years later, Pearl Harbor ‘such a powerful event’

Priest-historian: 75 years later, Pearl Harbor ‘such a powerful event’

| Mark Pattison | December 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

A Catholic military chaplain and historian says the attack on Pearl Harbor, even 75 years later, continues to rivet the attention of Americans because it is “such a powerful event.”

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Paper’s 1941 war edition expressed faith, patriotism of island Catholics

Paper’s 1941 war edition expressed faith, patriotism of island Catholics

| Patrick Downes | December 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

“Our beloved country is at war. Our peaceful shores have been ruthlessly attacked, and all citizens are called upon to unite their efforts toward that peace for which we have all prayed, that peace which the world cannot give, and that peace which God will surely bring about when mankind has seen its folly and conforms its ways to his.”

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Supreme Court agrees to take up church hospitals’ pension dispute

Supreme Court agrees to take up church hospitals’ pension dispute

| Carol Zimmermann | December 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Supreme Court agreed Dec. 2 to hear arguments about church hospital pension disputes over whether religious hospitals and schools can be exempt from complying with federal laws covering employee pension benefits.

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Foley school bakes thousands of Christmas cookies for fundraiser

Foley school bakes thousands of Christmas cookies for fundraiser

| December 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

For more than 20 years, St. John’s Area Catholic School in Foley has carried on the tradition of baking, packaging and selling homemade Christmas treats each December.

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Catholic college presidents pledge support for students with DACA status

Catholic college presidents pledge support for students with DACA status

| Carol Zimmermann | December 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

More than 70 presidents at Catholic colleges and universities have signed a statement pledging their support for students attending their schools who are legally protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA.

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Many numbers, one result: What polling can and cannot do

Many numbers, one result: What polling can and cannot do

| Mark Pattison | December 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

Four years ago around this time, Americans were wondering about the death of public-opinion polling in an entirely different vein. Then, Nate Silver of the FiveThirtyEight website had correctly called every state and its delegate count in the 2012 presidential election, rendering most other forms of punditry pretty much useless.

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Some fleeing scene of wildfires describe it as escaping ‘gates of hell’

Some fleeing scene of wildfires describe it as escaping ‘gates of hell’

| Bill Brewer | December 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

St. Mary’s Catholic Church was at ground zero in the wildfires that devastated parts of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Nov. 28, and while flames reached to within yards of the tourist city church, it appears to have been spared.

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In Ireland, doctors, church leaders tell the horrors of life in Syria

In Ireland, doctors, church leaders tell the horrors of life in Syria

| Sarah Mac Donald | December 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

Fifty percent of Syria’s hospitals and medical centers have been destroyed or looted and their staff kidnapped, tortured or slaughtered, a leading Syrian surgeon told members of the Irish Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee.

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