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Pope’s pro-life challenge: Respect all life, oppose death penalty

Pope’s pro-life challenge: Respect all life, oppose death penalty

| Cindy Wooden | October 19, 2017 | 22 Comments

Pope Francis’ recent statement that the death penalty is incompatible with the Gospel focused less on a government’s role in protecting its people and more on the need to defend the sacredness and dignity of every human life.

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Bishops’ migration chairman asks for extension of immigration status

Bishops’ migration chairman asks for extension of immigration status

| October 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

The head of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Migration said some migrants from Honduras and El Salvador cannot safely return to their home countries in the near future and should have a special immigration permit extended.

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Pope condemns deadly terrorist attack in Somalia

Pope condemns deadly terrorist attack in Somalia

| Junno Arocho Esteves | October 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis prayed for the victims of a terrorist attack in Mogadishu, Somalia, that left hundreds dead and countless wounded in one of the deadliest attacks in the country’s history.

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Respect, don’t just tolerate other religions, Vatican officials say

Respect, don’t just tolerate other religions, Vatican officials say

| October 17, 2017 | 1 Comment

Peace and harmony will not result from members of different religions simply tolerating each other; respect and appreciation of customs and cultural diversity is required, top Vatican officials said in a message to the world’s Hindus.

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Franciscans in Holy Land sow peace, fraternity, respect, pope says

Franciscans in Holy Land sow peace, fraternity, respect, pope says

| Carol Glatz | October 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Franciscans assisting the Christian minority and caring for the churches and shrines in the Holy Land are “ambassadors” of all the people of God, Pope Francis said.

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Pope on interviews: Church must listen, respond to people’s questions

Pope on interviews: Church must listen, respond to people’s questions

| October 17, 2017 | 3 Comments

Replying to questions and giving interviews are a “pastoral risk” Pope Francis said he is prepared to take, because it is the best way to know and respond to people’s real concerns.

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Groups settle in lawsuit against HHS contraceptive mandate

Groups settle in lawsuit against HHS contraceptive mandate

| Carol Zimmermann | October 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

Dozens of Catholic groups that challenged the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act have reached a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department, they announced late Oct. 16.

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Senate confirms Callista Gingrich as U.S. ambassador to the Holy See

Senate confirms Callista Gingrich as U.S. ambassador to the Holy See

| October 17, 2017 | 8 Comments

The Senate confirmed Callista Gingrich as the new U.S. ambassador to the Holy See.

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Ex-head of Vatican hospital found guilty of abuse of office

Ex-head of Vatican hospital found guilty of abuse of office

| Carol Glatz | October 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

A Vatican court found the former president of the Vatican-owned pediatric hospital guilty of abuse of office for using donations belonging to the hospital’s foundation to refurbish a Vatican-owned apartment used by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, former Vatican secretary of state.

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U.S. bishop concerned about impact of Trump’s health care order on poor

U.S. bishop concerned about impact of Trump’s health care order on poor

| October 16, 2017 | 5 Comments

A part of President Donald Trump’s Oct. 13 executive order on health care that would end subsidies to health insurance companies aimed at helping individuals with low to modest incomes is of “grave concern,” a U.S. bishop said.

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Victims of Las Vegas shooting remembered at funeral Masses, vigils

Victims of Las Vegas shooting remembered at funeral Masses, vigils

| October 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

Immediate makeshift memorials in Las Vegas to the 58 victims killed during the Oct. 1 outdoor country music concert are being replaced by memorial services, vigils and Catholic funerals at the victims’ hometowns across the country and in Canada.

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Sessions’ memo praised for reaffirming laws protecting religious liberty

Sessions’ memo praised for reaffirming laws protecting religious liberty

| October 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ memo on religious freedom issued for all federal agencies and departments to follow “helpfully reaffirms that the law protects the freedom of faith-based organizations to conduct their operations in accordance with their religious mission,” a U.S. archbishop said.

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