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Prayer is powerful, life-giving, pope says

Prayer is powerful, life-giving, pope says

| Cindy Wooden | May 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

Prayer is powerful not because it changes God or God’s plans, but because it changes individuals and communities, one heart at a time, Pope Francis said.

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Pope clears way to sainthood for three, advances causes of others

Pope clears way to sainthood for three, advances causes of others

| Junno Arocho Esteves | May 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis advanced the sainthood causes of two women and 11 men, including a miracle attributed to Blessed Charles de Foucauld.

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Pope clears way for beatification of Knights of Columbus founder

Pope clears way for beatification of Knights of Columbus founder

| Cindy Wooden | May 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis has approved a miracle attributed to the intercession of Father Michael McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus, clearing the way for his beatification.

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Pope renews prayers for Catholics in China

Pope renews prayers for Catholics in China

| Carol Glatz | May 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis assured Catholics in China that the universal church shared their hopes and supported them during hardship.

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Just what is the truth about Norma McCorvey?

Just what is the truth about Norma McCorvey?

| John Mulderig | May 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

The documentary “AKA Jane Roe” (FX, streaming on Hulu) is ostensibly a portrait of Norma McCorvey, the official but largely nominal plaintiff in the landmark 1973 Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade, the outcome of which was the legalization of abortion across the United States.

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Pope to lead world shrines in rosary prayer for pandemic May 30

Pope to lead world shrines in rosary prayer for pandemic May 30

| Junno Arocho Esteves | May 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis will lead the major shrines around the world in praying the rosary to implore Mary’s intercession and protection amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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Bioethics center: U.K. elderly death rate greatest failure of pandemic

Bioethics center: U.K. elderly death rate greatest failure of pandemic

| Simon Caldwell | May 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

The “extremely high death rate” in U.K. care homes for the elderly will go down as the greatest national failure of the coronavirus crisis, a Catholic bioethics institute said.

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Faith leaders: Protecting human life is priority in reopening churches

Faith leaders: Protecting human life is priority in reopening churches

The bishops of the state of Washington said suspension of the public celebration of Mass because of the coronavirus pandemic was undertaken “not out of fear, but out of our deepest respect for human life and health.”

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Catholic leaders decry prisoners’ exposure to COVID-19 during pandemic

Catholic leaders decry prisoners’ exposure to COVID-19 during pandemic

| Mark Pattison | May 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

A May 19 statement by 14 Catholic leaders, including five bishops, decried the danger people in prison are exposed to during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Trump says houses of worship ‘essential,’ directs governors to open them

Trump says houses of worship ‘essential,’ directs governors to open them

Saying America needs “more prayer, not less,” President Donald Trump May 22 declared houses of worship “essential” and directed the country’s governors “to do the right thing and allow these very important essential places of faith to open right now, this weekend.”

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Pro-lifers say Planned Parenthood must return $80 million in PPP funds

Pro-lifers say Planned Parenthood must return $80 million in PPP funds

The head of National Right to Life and other pro-life leaders criticized Planned Parenthood affiliates for applying for and receiving funds under the Paycheck Protection Program, created by Congress to provide relief for small businesses with fewer than 500 employees.

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Italy: Study shows increase in prayer, religious fervor amid pandemic

Italy: Study shows increase in prayer, religious fervor amid pandemic

| Junno Arocho Esteves | May 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

The uncertainty and restrictive measures in place due to the coronavirus pandemic caused an increase in prayers and religious fervor in Italy, a recent study said.

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