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Q&A – Rules for a crucifix at Mass and how far does forgiveness go?

Q&A – Rules for a crucifix at Mass and how far does forgiveness go?

| September 26, 2013 | 2 Comments

What is the rule? Where should the crucifix be in a Catholic church? (And also, why do Protestant churches have only a bare cross, while Catholic churches show Christ’s body on the cross?)

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Seeking more support for women to embrace work, kids

Seeking more support for women to embrace work, kids

| Carol Glatz | September 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

Many doors have opened the past several decades for women in education and employment, but very little has been done to support women as mothers and wives, said a U.S. expert in family law.

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Pope Francis celebrates the Church as loving ‘mamma’

Pope Francis celebrates the Church as loving ‘mamma’

| Francis X. Rocca | September 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis gave pilgrims attending his weekly public audience Sept. 11 what he called a “homework assignment” to find out the date they were baptized and celebrate it every year.

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Bishop of St. Cloud, Minn., retires; Alaska bishop named successor

Bishop of St. Cloud, Minn., retires; Alaska bishop named successor

| September 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop John F. Kinney of St. Cloud, Minn., and named Bishop Donald J. Kettler of Fairbanks, Alaska, to succeed him.

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Sitcom writer’s road to Catholic Church no laughing matter

Sitcom writer’s road to Catholic Church no laughing matter

| Mark Pattison | September 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

Tom Leopold is a very funny guy. He’s also a Catholic.

He has been funny longer than he has been a Catholic. But being a Catholic doesn’t stop him from being funny.

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‘Recipe for Joy’ reminds us that God alone satisfies our deepest longings

‘Recipe for Joy’ reminds us that God alone satisfies our deepest longings

| Allan F. Wright | August 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

There were three things Robin Davis said she would never do: move back to Ohio, get married and join any organized religion. God, it seems, has different designs on an otherwise beautifully planned life that this author had been leading as a food critic for a top-notch newspaper in San Francisco.

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Why Catholics call churches home

Why Catholics call churches home

| Mark Zimmermann | July 31, 2013 | 0 Comments

In new book, cardinal and co-author explain features of a typical Catholic church

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Texas stiffens abortion restrictions; pro-lifers rally to support bill

Texas stiffens abortion restrictions; pro-lifers rally to support bill

| July 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

The drama in Texas over abortion that drew national and international attention came to an end for the moment after the state House of Representatives then the state Senate voted to adopt tougher abortion regulations.

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Pope offers future priests, nuns how-to guide to happy vocation

Pope offers future priests, nuns how-to guide to happy vocation

| Carol Glatz | July 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

Be joyous, authentic and loving while resisting fly-by-night commitments, catty gossip and sleek cars, Pope Francis told future priests, brothers and nuns.

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Judge freezes law’s mandate abortion doctors have hospital privileges

Judge freezes law’s mandate abortion doctors have hospital privileges

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker July 5 signed into law a bill that requires women who want an abortion to get an ultrasound of their unborn child and doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of an abortion clinic.

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Three books help Catholics to share, defend the faith

Three books help Catholics to share, defend the faith

| Allan Wright | July 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

– Catholic and Confident: Simple Steps to Share Your Faith
– Envoy For Christ: 25 Years as a Catholic Apologist
– Yours Is the Church: How Catholicism Shapes Our World

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Catholics, Orthodox join to launch online-safety website

Catholics, Orthodox join to launch online-safety website

| Mark Pattison | June 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

Roman Catholics and Greek Orthodox in the United States have collaborated on a new website to instruct Web users, primarily parents, on how youths can navigate the online world, taking advantage of its promise while steering away from its pitfalls.

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