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Development proposals at synod raise questions about indigenous rights

Development proposals at synod raise questions about indigenous rights

| Barbara J. Fraser | October 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

Proposals for Amazonian development made by well-known observers at the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon could conflict with the expectations of indigenous people unless they are included in decision-making, some synod participants said.

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March for Life 2020 theme pays tribute to pro-life view of early feminists

March for Life 2020 theme pays tribute to pro-life view of early feminists

| Kurt Jensen | October 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

Organizers of the March for Life have chosen “Life Empowered: Pro-Life Is Pro-Woman” for the 2020 rally and march in Washington.

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Maleficent: Mistress of Evil — A-II (PG)

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil — A-II (PG)

| John Mulderig | October 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

The moral probing and feminist revisionism that characterized its 2014 predecessor are mostly absent from the routine follow-up “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.” So much so, that ethical straightforwardness makes its title seem somewhat misleading.

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Gov. Cuomo pledges ‘full support’ for public statue of Mother Cabrini

Gov. Cuomo pledges ‘full support’ for public statue of Mother Cabrini

| October 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced the formation of a “state commission” to work with the Columbus Citizens Foundation and the Diocese of Brooklyn, among others, to fund creation of a statue of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini and find a site for it.

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Panel: ‘Nones’ make up bigger percentage of population than ever before

Panel: ‘Nones’ make up bigger percentage of population than ever before

| Beth Griffin | October 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

“None of the above” is the fastest-growing religious identifier in the United States and now approximates the percentage of Catholics in the country.

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Humanitarian groups scramble to help people fleeing northeast Syria

Humanitarian groups scramble to help people fleeing northeast Syria

| Dale Gavlak | October 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

Humanitarian concerns are growing as people caught in the crosshairs of the Turkish incursion into northeastern Syria try to flee for safety, and groups are scrambling to aid them.

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Celibacy is a gift, not an obstacle, indigenous priest says

Celibacy is a gift, not an obstacle, indigenous priest says

| Junno Arocho Esteves | October 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

While indigenous cultures may have difficulty accepting the concept of celibacy, indigenous candidates for the priesthood are more than capable of understanding that it is a gift from God, said an indigenous priest from Brazil.

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Pope criticizes cruelty of world marked by hunger, obesity, food waste

Pope criticizes cruelty of world marked by hunger, obesity, food waste

| Paige Hanley | October 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

Resolving the global crises of world hunger and malnutrition demands a shift away from a distorted approach to food and toward healthier lifestyles and just economic practices, Pope Francis said.

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Inadequate formation a factor in lack of vocations, bishops say at synod

Inadequate formation a factor in lack of vocations, bishops say at synod

| October 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

Existing formation programs are not preparing priests and other pastoral workers to be leaders in a church with an Amazonian and indigenous face, according to bishops participating in the synod for the Amazon.

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USCCB elevates oldest Marian shrine in U.S. to national shrine status

USCCB elevates oldest Marian shrine in U.S. to national shrine status

| October 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

Bishop Felipe J. Estevez of St. Augustine made a surprise announcement during Mass Oct. 11 that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has elevated the Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche to national shrine status.

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Safe injection sites for drug addicts ‘a form of euthanasia,’ priest says

Safe injection sites for drug addicts ‘a form of euthanasia,’ priest says

| Gina Christian | October 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

Safe injection sites are “a form of euthanasia,” according to a Philadelphia priest who has spent almost 50 years ministering to those suffering from addiction.

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Pope: Evangelization must help, not hinder, people getting closer to God

Pope: Evangelization must help, not hinder, people getting closer to God

| Carol Glatz | October 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

God wants everyone to be saved, which is why those who evangelize must avoid letting their prejudices get in the way of God’s plan, Pope Francis said.

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