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Iowa court upholds state’s requiring 72-hour waiting period for abortions

Iowa court upholds state’s requiring 72-hour waiting period for abortions

| Lindsay Steele | October 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

An Iowa District Court judge Oct. 2 upheld the state’s 72-hour waiting period for abortions, signed into law in May by former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad.

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Long-term recovery ahead for California communities hit hard by wildfires

Long-term recovery ahead for California communities hit hard by wildfires

| October 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Diocese of Santa Rosa “has been hit hard” and “is in an ongoing state of uncertainty” because of Northern California wildfires that began the night of Oct. 8, said Bishop Robert Vasa.

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Catholic group will accept Scouts’ decision to allow girls to join

Catholic group will accept Scouts’ decision to allow girls to join

| October 12, 2017 | 10 Comments

The leaders of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting, which has its headquarters in the Dallas suburb of Irving, said they “accept and work with the new membership policy of the Boy Scouts of America” to admit girls.

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South Korean Catholics pray for Olympics as tensions build in North

South Korean Catholics pray for Olympics as tensions build in North

| Alastair Wanklyn | October 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

Parishes in the South Korean province that will host the 2018 Winter Olympics are praying for the event’s success as tensions increase between Washington and Pyongyang, a spokesman for South Korea’s Diocese of Chuncheon told Catholic News Service.

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Death penalty is ‘contrary to the Gospel,’ pope says

Death penalty is ‘contrary to the Gospel,’ pope says

| Cindy Wooden | October 11, 2017 | 3 Comments

The death penalty, no matter how it is carried out, “is, in itself, contrary to the Gospel,” Pope Francis said.

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Nothing is in vain, nothing is resistant to love, pope says at audience

Nothing is in vain, nothing is resistant to love, pope says at audience

| Carol Glatz | October 11, 2017 | 1 Comment

Christians are never pessimistic, resigned or weak, thinking life is an unstoppable train careening out of control, Pope Francis said.

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Pope tops 40 million followers on Twitter, 5 million on Instagram

Pope tops 40 million followers on Twitter, 5 million on Instagram

| Matthew Fowler | October 11, 2017 | 5 Comments

Pope Francis’ @Pontifex Twitter accounts reached more than 40 million followers just a few months before the fifth anniversary of when Pope Benedict XVI launched the initiative.

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Kenyan bishops urge politicians to participate in pre-election dialogue

Kenyan bishops urge politicians to participate in pre-election dialogue

| Francis Njuguna | October 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

Kenya’s bishops called on opposing parties to agree to dialogue to ensure a free and fair presidential election Oct. 26.

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Help defend democracy, vote for governors, say Venezuelan bishops

Help defend democracy, vote for governors, say Venezuelan bishops

| Cody Weddle | October 10, 2017 | 1 Comment

Venezuela’s bishops urged citizens to vote in upcoming gubernatorial elections.

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Child Martyrs of Tlaxcala recalled for their devotion to faith

Child Martyrs of Tlaxcala recalled for their devotion to faith

| October 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

Blessed Cristobal was about 12 or 13 when he confronted his father in 1527 over drinking “pulque,” an alcoholic beverage made from fermented sap of agave plant.

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Catholics voice concern about EPA efforts to dismantle Clean Power Plan

Catholics voice concern about EPA efforts to dismantle Clean Power Plan

| Dennis Sadowski | October 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

An Environmental Protection Agency decision to roll back an Obama-era regulation to curb carbon dioxide emissions from power plants met with disapproval and pledges to work to keep key components of the plan in place from Catholic organizations.

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Poverty, violence hinder progress for many women, girls, says nuncio

Poverty, violence hinder progress for many women, girls, says nuncio

| October 10, 2017 | 1 Comment

Conditions in many parts of the world force women and girls to bear the burden of carrying out everyday chores for their families and communities, keeping many of them from getting even a basic education, the Vatican’s U.N. nuncio said Oct. 6.

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