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Schools try to curb migration from Guatemala with little success

Schools try to curb migration from Guatemala with little success

| David Agren | August 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

Carlos Rene Osorio pitches parents in rural Guatemala on the value of keeping their kids in school, rather than migrating with them to the United States.

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Australian pro-life leaders organize to block bill legalizing abortion

Australian pro-life leaders organize to block bill legalizing abortion

| Catherine Sheehan | August 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

Thousands of pro-life supporters demonstrated in the streets of the Australian capital, expressing their opposition to a bill in the New South Wales state parliament that would permit abortion until birth for any reason.

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Jesus is truly present: Do most Catholics need to go back to second grade?

Jesus is truly present: Do most Catholics need to go back to second grade?

| Tom Dermody | August 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

As schools reopen and parishes gear up for religious education and RCIA classes, a new survey shockingly shows that many Catholics need to return to second grade, the year most of us received our first holy Communion. Before that most special day, we were taught repeatedly that we were about to receive not bread and wine, but Jesus — really, truly present in the sacrament.

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Hypocrisy of ‘spiritual tourism’ destroys the Church, pope says

Hypocrisy of ‘spiritual tourism’ destroys the Church, pope says

| Junno Arocho Esteves | August 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

Christians who focus more on being superficially close to the Church rather than care for their fellow brothers and sisters are like tourists who wander around aimlessly, Pope Francis said.

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Appeals court upholds Cardinal Pell conviction on abuse charges

Appeals court upholds Cardinal Pell conviction on abuse charges

| August 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

An Australian appeals court upheld the conviction of Cardinal George Pell on five counts of sexually assaulting two choirboys more than two decades ago.

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Taking our part

Taking our part

| Liz Kelly | August 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

A dear friend calls; he’s at his wits end. Looking at the world, it looks like evil is winning. Among the crippling issues on his mind are: corruption in our government, media, and banking practices; religious persecution here and abroad; terrorism generally speaking; and to go ahead and break the camel’s back, the absolute lunacy that you can shoot a pregnant woman and be charged with not one, but two counts of murder, and yet, that same mother could abort that same child and we call it “her right.”

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Prayers greet people attending so-called black mass in Canadian capital

Prayers greet people attending so-called black mass in Canadian capital

| Deborah Gyapong | August 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

About 200 people, most clutching a rosary, held a prayer vigil as a satanic black mass occurred Aug. 17 at a heavy metal club in the Canadian capital.

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Face facts, says LCWR official, sisters have been part of abuse scandal

Face facts, says LCWR official, sisters have been part of abuse scandal

| Dan Stockman | August 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

Catholic sisters must face the reality that they have also been part of the sexual abuse scandal in the church, said Holy Cross Sister Sharlet Wagner.

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Now-retired scientist has spent life, career showing people the stars

Now-retired scientist has spent life, career showing people the stars

| Mary K. Tilghman | August 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

Jim O’Leary has spent the past 44 years looking up into the heavens — a space-age kid who grew up watching astronauts rocketing into the great beyond.

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Popular movements key to social change, pope says

Popular movements key to social change, pope says

| Junno Arocho Esteves | August 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

Popular movements can spark the change needed to ensure a future that is no longer in the hands of elites and powerful people, but includes the poor who have the inalienable right to a life of dignity, Pope Francis said.

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Pope applauds launch of abuse investigation center in Chile

Pope applauds launch of abuse investigation center in Chile

| Junno Arocho Esteves | August 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

A specialized center at Chile’s premier Catholic university can help the Catholic Church protect minors and vulnerable persons from the scourge of clerical sexual abuse, which has plagued the Catholic Church in the country and around the world, Pope Francis said.

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Faith leaders ask for end to Trump administration rule for asylum-seekers

Faith leaders ask for end to Trump administration rule for asylum-seekers

| August 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

Calling it “a backdoor asylum ban,” more than 250 faith leaders and organizations called for an end to the Trump administration’s policy to turn away asylum-seekers if they don’t first seek protection in countries along their way to the U.S.

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