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Trump administration urged to do all it can to ‘care for creation’

Trump administration urged to do all it can to ‘care for creation’

| February 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

Quoting Pope Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Si’,” three Catholic leaders wrote to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Feb. 17 urging the Trump administration to do all it can to care for creation both domestically and globally.

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Michael Novak, noted theologian, philosopher and author, dies at 83

Michael Novak, noted theologian, philosopher and author, dies at 83

| February 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

Michael Novak, a Catholic philosopher, theologian and author who was highly regarded for his religious scholarship and intellectual independence, died Feb. 17 at his home in Washington. He was 83.

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Pope’s tip for becoming a saint: Pray for someone who doesn’t like you

Pope’s tip for becoming a saint: Pray for someone who doesn’t like you

| Cindy Wooden | February 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

A practical first step toward holiness — as well as for assuring peace in one’s family and in the world — is to pray for a person who has caused offense or harm, Pope Francis said.

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Unusual detentions, raids raise questions as Trump announces ‘crackdown’

Unusual detentions, raids raise questions as Trump announces ‘crackdown’

| Rhina Guidos | February 17, 2017 | 5 Comments

People had been on edge for a while. You could feel the tension rise in immigrant neighborhoods in the U.S. as news of the first immigration raids under the Trump administration began in early February.

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Counteract vitriol by toning it down, talking less, listening more, pope says

Counteract vitriol by toning it down, talking less, listening more, pope says

| Carol Glatz | February 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

Addressing the fear of immigrants, dissatisfaction with a “fluid economy” and the impatience and vitriol seen in politics and society, Pope Francis told Rome university students to practice a kind of “intellectual charity” that promotes dialogue and sees value in diversity.

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USCCB leaders urge Trump to protect religious liberty

USCCB leaders urge Trump to protect religious liberty

| February 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

Catholic Church leaders in a Feb. 16 statement said they were encouraged that President Donald Trump may be considering an executive order to protect religious freedom and said they would be grateful if he would move forward with the pledge that his administration would “do everything in its power to defend and protect religious liberty.”

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God will ask an account for blood spilled in today’s wars, pope says

God will ask an account for blood spilled in today’s wars, pope says

| Junno Arocho Esteves | February 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

Humankind will have to answer to God for the bloodshed of the innocent victims of war, and the blood spilled by greed and arms trafficking, Pope Francis said.

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Special Olympians show world that ‘every person is a gift,’ pope says

Special Olympians show world that ‘every person is a gift,’ pope says

| Cindy Wooden | February 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

The athletes of the Special Olympics witness to the world the beauty and value of every human life and the joy that comes from reaching a goal with the encouragement and support of others, Pope Francis said.

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NCEA leader says school choice support can help Catholic parents

NCEA leader says school choice support can help Catholic parents

| Valerie Schmalz | February 13, 2017 | 1 Comment

The Trump administration’s apparent endorsement of parental school choice could present a “huge opportunity” for Catholic school parents, the president of the National Catholic Educational Association told a group of Catholic high school teachers in San Francisco.

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Pope praises abuse survivor for breaking silence

Pope praises abuse survivor for breaking silence

| February 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

The sexual abuse of children by those who have vowed to serve Christ and the church is a horrendous monstrosity that represents “a diabolical sacrifice” of innocent, defenseless lives, Pope Francis said.

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The Lego Batman Movie

The Lego Batman Movie

| February 11, 2017 | 3 Comments

In 2014’s “The Lego Movie,” Will Arnett voiced an amusingly self-absorbed version of Gotham City’s Dark Knight. With the entertaining spinoff “The Lego Batman Movie,” Arnett’s character, together with his inflated ego, takes center stage.

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Bishop Vasquez welcomes federal appeals court ruling on refugee ban

Bishop Vasquez welcomes federal appeals court ruling on refugee ban

| February 10, 2017 | 1 Comment

The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Migration welcomed a federal appeals court ruling that upheld a temporary restraining order against President Donald Trump’s travel ban on refugees from seven predominantly Muslim countries that also temporarily suspended the country’s refugee resettlement program.

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