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Vatican welcomes three new refugee families from Syria

Vatican welcomes three new refugee families from Syria

| Junno Arocho Esteves | April 5, 2017 | 0 Comments

The first three refugee families from Syria welcomed by the Vatican left their temporary homes to start their new lives in Italy, and three new families took their places in Vatican apartments.

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Author: For Christians, it’s the  end of a world as we know it

Author: For Christians, it’s the end of a world as we know it

| Julie Asher | April 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

Author Rod Dreher’s critics call him an “alarmist” for proposing that Christians today “put some distance” between themselves and “the chaotic mainstream,” or Christianity will not survive.

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Panel: After rescue, trafficking victims need help addressing trauma

Panel: After rescue, trafficking victims need help addressing trauma

| April 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

It’s not enough to rescue victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation — they must be given supportive care to address their trauma, and tools to live economically independent lives free from abuse.

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Bishop McRaith dies; served Diocese of Owensboro, Kentucky, for 26 years

Bishop McRaith dies; served Diocese of Owensboro, Kentucky, for 26 years

| April 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

Retired Bishop John McRaith of Owensboro, a strong advocate of the Catholic Church’s rural life ministries, died March 19 at age 82.

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Bishops urge Congress to take bipartisan approach on health care reform

Bishops urge Congress to take bipartisan approach on health care reform

| April 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

Now that lawmakers have withdrawn the American Health Care Act, Congress must “seize this moment to create a new spirit of bipartisanship” and make “necessary reforms” in existing health care law to address access, affordability, life and conscience, said three U.S. bishops’ committee chairmen.

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Committee in vote along party lines sends Gorsuch nomination to Senate

Committee in vote along party lines sends Gorsuch nomination to Senate

| April 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Senate Judiciary Committee April 3 voted to send the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the full Senate for a confirmation vote.

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Pope to seminarians: Using church for personal ambition is a ‘plague’

Pope to seminarians: Using church for personal ambition is a ‘plague’

| Carol Glatz | April 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

Do not settle for a worry-free, comfortable life with an unhealthy attachment to money and an ambitious heart yearning for honors, Pope Francis told seminarians studying in Rome.

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Bill passes to allow states to redirect funds away from abortion clinics

Bill passes to allow states to redirect funds away from abortion clinics

| March 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Senate voted late March 30 to override a rule change made by in the last days of the Obama administration that prevented states from redirecting Title X family planning funding away from clinics that performed abortions and to community clinics that provide comprehensive health care.

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Continuing ‘Mercy Friday’ practice, pope visits center for the blind

Continuing ‘Mercy Friday’ practice, pope visits center for the blind

| Cindy Wooden | March 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis returned to a practice he developed during the Year of Mercy: making a Friday-afternoon visit to people in need of or deserving special care.

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No secret: Last three popes share close bond to Fatima

No secret: Last three popes share close bond to Fatima

| Junno Arocho Esteves | March 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

Recent popes have had a special affection for Our Lady of Fatima, but no pope’s connection can match that of St. John Paul II.

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Pro-life advocates who made undercover videos charged with 15 felonies

Pro-life advocates who made undercover videos charged with 15 felonies

| March 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

Two California pro-life advocates are facing 15 felonies for making undercover videos of Planned Parenthood affiliate officials alleging they committed improprieties regarding fetal tissue and organs.

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Sisters preserve heritage, charisms of universities founded by orders

Sisters preserve heritage, charisms of universities founded by orders

| Elizabeth Eisenstadt Evans | March 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

Catholic women religious, intent on opening new frontiers for the children of immigrants, laid a foundation of convent schools and academies to educate girls.

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