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Notre Dame allows third-party coverage of contraceptives in health plans

Notre Dame allows third-party coverage of contraceptives in health plans

| Ann Carey | November 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

Questions and confusion continue to swirl around the University of Notre Dame’s decision to allow the third-party administrators of its health plans to go on providing morally objectionable services to university employees, even though Notre Dame no longer is required by the government to do so.

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Care for the dying does not mean obstinately resisting death, pope says

Care for the dying does not mean obstinately resisting death, pope says

| Cindy Wooden | November 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

People who are dying must be accompanied with the love of family members and the care of medical professionals, but there is no requirement that every means available must be used to prolong their lives, Pope Francis said.

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New museum tells the story of the Bible — chapter and verse

New museum tells the story of the Bible — chapter and verse

| November 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

Hey, Smithsonian, there’s a new kid on the block.

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Chinese officials pay poor to swap religious images for portraits of Xi

Chinese officials pay poor to swap religious images for portraits of Xi

| November 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

Officials in China’s eastern Jiangxi province have replaced religious images displayed by Christian families with portraits of the country’s leader, Xi Jinping.

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Justice League

Justice League

| John Mulderig | November 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

When it comes to repetitiously threatening the world with annihilation, Hollywood is almost as persistent as North Korean state media.

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Spaghetti Bowl: Fitness, camaraderie part of U.S. seminary life in Rome

Spaghetti Bowl: Fitness, camaraderie part of U.S. seminary life in Rome

| November 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

A seminary is not typically known for its emphasis on physical activity and fitness, but many seminarians see it as an integral part of daily life.

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Quick fixes, denial won’t stop climate change, pope says

Quick fixes, denial won’t stop climate change, pope says

| Carol Glatz | November 16, 2017 | 1 Comment

Denial or indifference when it comes to climate change will not help further honest research or facilitate finding adequate solutions, Pope Francis told government leaders attending a meeting on implementing the Paris accord.

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USCCB committee sees more texts, rise of digital technology

USCCB committee sees more texts, rise of digital technology

| Mark Pattison | November 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

A growing number of texts, not only in English and Spanish but in other languages, and the rise of digital technology is having an impact on the work of the U.S. bishops’ Subcommittee on the Catechism, said its chairman, Bishop Frank Caggiano of Bridgeport, Connecticut.

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Mass is a time of silence and prayer, not idle chitchat, pope says

Mass is a time of silence and prayer, not idle chitchat, pope says

| Junno Arocho Esteves | November 15, 2017 | 1 Comment

Mass is the highest form of prayer and not an appropriate moment for small talk, Pope Francis said.

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Bishop asks for prayers after shooting tragedy in California

Bishop asks for prayers after shooting tragedy in California

| November 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, California, asked his brother bishops meeting in Baltimore to pray for the victims of the nation’s latest shooting tragedy.

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‘Papal’ Lamborghini gift to be auctioned off for charity

‘Papal’ Lamborghini gift to be auctioned off for charity

| Junno Arocho Esteves | November 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

While a Lamborghini would make a stylish popemobile, Pope Francis has decided to auction off the one he was given by the Italian automaker to aid several charities close to his heart.

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Bishops to put together pastoral plan for marriage, family life ministry

Bishops to put together pastoral plan for marriage, family life ministry

| November 14, 2017 | 1 Comment

U.S. Catholic bishops acknowledged that Catholic families and married couples need more support from the church at large and hope to offer it by giving parishes plenty of resources through a pastoral plan for marriage and family life.

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