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Gaffigans offer Catholic University graduates witty banter, sage advice

Gaffigans offer Catholic University graduates witty banter, sage advice

| Maureen Boyle | May 18, 2016 | 1 Comment

True happiness exists in the love of faith, family and fresh guacamole, comedian Jim Gaffigan and his wife and writing partner, Jeannie, told more than 1,700 graduates of the Class of 2016 during The Catholic University of America’s 127th annual commencement on May 14.

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Study of women deacons won’t be first, but might answer questions

Study of women deacons won’t be first, but might answer questions

| Carol Zimmermann | May 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

The pope’s agreement on the idea — raised by members of the International Union of Superiors General, the leadership group for superiors of women’s orders — was interpreted by some as a thumbs-up to women deacons and eventually women priests, which the Vatican spokesman was quick to rebut the next day.

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People of faith must advocate for religious liberty, says House speaker

People of faith must advocate for religious liberty, says House speaker

| Allana Haynes | May 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

People of faith have the responsibility to “advocate for their faith,” not only through good works, but on spiritual realms — one being through prayer, U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, said May 17.

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Obama directive on transgender access to facilities ‘deeply disturbing’

Obama directive on transgender access to facilities ‘deeply disturbing’

The Obama administration’s May 13 directive on transgender access to bathrooms “that treats ‘a student’s gender identity as the student’s sex’ is deeply disturbing,” said the chairmen of two U.S. Catholic bishops’ committees.

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Notre Dame gives Laetare Medal to Biden, Boehner over critics’ objections

Notre Dame gives Laetare Medal to Biden, Boehner over critics’ objections

| Ann Carey | May 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

The University of Notre Dame conferred it prestigious Laetare Medal on Vice President Joe Biden and former House Speaker John Boehner without incident at graduation May 15, but the controversy over the recipients still hung in the air.

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U.S. Supreme Court sends Zubik case back to lower courts

U.S. Supreme Court sends Zubik case back to lower courts

The U.S. Supreme Court May 16 sent the Zubick v. Burwell case, which challenges the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive requirement for employers, back to the lower courts.

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Pope tells women religious Vatican will study women deacons

Pope tells women religious Vatican will study women deacons

Pope Francis told the heads of women’s religious orders from around the world that he would set up a commission to study the New Testament deaconesses and he also insisted more can and should be done to involve lay and consecrated women in church decision-making at every level.

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Iowa bishop supports medical marijuana bill in letter to lawmakers

Iowa bishop supports medical marijuana bill in letter to lawmakers

| Anne Marie Cox | May 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines urged state lawmakers to pass legislation that would legalize medical marijuana.

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St. Katharine Drexel Shrine, Blessed Sacrament motherhouse put up for sale

St. Katharine Drexel Shrine, Blessed Sacrament motherhouse put up for sale

| Lou Baldwin | May 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, the congregation founded by St. Katharine Drexel, announced that it will sell its historic motherhouse in Bensalem, Pennsylvania. The 44-acre property also contains the National Shrine of St. Katharine Drexel and her tomb.

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Alberta bishop grateful for no deaths as city evacuated for wildfires

Alberta bishop grateful for no deaths as city evacuated for wildfires

As firefighters fought to save Fort McMurray from a wildfire that threatened to destroy the northern Alberta city, a bishop gave thanks that there had been no loss of life.

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Health care is a right, not a privilege, pope says

Health care is a right, not a privilege, pope says

| Cindy Wooden | May 10, 2016 | 3 Comments

The Catholic Church is not a fancy medical clinic for the rich, but a “field hospital” that — often literally — provides the only medical care some people will ever receive, Pope Francis said.

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Chaldean archbishop does not believe Christians will be gone from Iraq

Chaldean archbishop does not believe Christians will be gone from Iraq

| Dale Gavlak | May 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

Despite predictions that Christianity could be wiped out of his war-torn homeland within five years, an Iraqi Catholic cleric said he believes in God’s ultimate preservation.

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