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Oregon Catholic father of four killed trying to protect fellow passengers

Oregon Catholic father of four killed trying to protect fellow passengers

| Ed Langlois | May 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

Rick Best defended two women being accosted by a passenger yelling hate speech about Muslims and other groups. Best, a 53-year-old member of Christ the King in Milwaukie, Oregon, would die for his noble deed.

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Pope, Trudeau talk about reconciliation with Canada’s indigenous people

Pope, Trudeau talk about reconciliation with Canada’s indigenous people

| Cindy Wooden | May 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

For its part, the Vatican issued a statement saying that the prime minister’s meetings with the pope and with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, included “the themes of integration and reconciliation, as well as religious freedom and current ethical issues.”

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Priest says Egypt’s Christians feel they could be martyrs at any time

Priest says Egypt’s Christians feel they could be martyrs at any time

The spokesman for the nation’s bishops lamented the number of children killed in an attack on a bus carrying Coptic Orthodox Christians to St. Samuel Monastery in southern Egypt May 26.

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Military archdiocese completes phase in sainthood cause for Vietnam-era chaplain

Military archdiocese completes phase in sainthood cause for Vietnam-era chaplain

The decision clears the way for the tribunal’s findings to go to the Vatican’s Congregation for Saints’ Causes for its review and a possible decision on whether to advance the priest’s cause to the next stage in the sainthood process.

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Catholic leaders find proposed federal budget largely fails the moral test

Catholic leaders find proposed federal budget largely fails the moral test

| Dennis Sadowski | May 26, 2017 | 3 Comments

Church leaders repeated in interviews that a budget is a moral document that reflects the nation’s priorities and that they found that the spending plan revealed May 23 backs away from the country’s historical support for children, the elderly and the poor, and protecting the environment.

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Cristo Rey community says DeVos intrigued by school’s education model

Cristo Rey community says DeVos intrigued by school’s education model

| John Shaughnessy | May 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

As Precious Mayfield and Froylan Avila awaited the arrival of U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos at their school May 23, the two students talked about the impact that Providence Cristo Rey High School in Indianapolis has had on them and their families.

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Gunmen take Catholic hostages; Philippines’ Duterte imposes martial law

Gunmen take Catholic hostages; Philippines’ Duterte imposes martial law

Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Philippine bishops’ conference, said the terrorists “have threatened to kill the hostages if government forces pitted against them are not recalled.”

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Baltimore archdiocese reaffirms cooperation with nun’s murder probe, subject of Netflix documentary

Baltimore archdiocese reaffirms cooperation with nun’s murder probe, subject of Netflix documentary

| Chris Gunty | May 24, 2017 | 9 Comments

The Netflix documentary series, titled “The Keepers,” debuted May 19 and focuses on allegations of sexual abuse in the 1960s and ’70s at Archbishop Keough High by Maskell and of a relationship between that abuse and Sister Cathy’s death.

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As Trump and Pope Francis meet, peace offerings in person and via Twitter

As Trump and Pope Francis meet, peace offerings in person and via Twitter

| Rhina Guidos | May 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

The New York archbishop said the pope probably speaks about the same topics to other world leaders, but “I think he especially would to the president of the strongest, mightiest power on the face of the earth.”

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Pope, President Trump speak of hopes for peace

Pope, President Trump speak of hopes for peace

| Cindy Wooden | May 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis and U.S. President Donald Trump spent 30 minutes speaking privately in the library of the Apostolic Palace May 24, and as the president left, he told the pope, “I won’t forget what you said.”

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Catholic groups sue over St. Louis ordinance protecting abortion advocacy

Catholic groups sue over St. Louis ordinance protecting abortion advocacy

| Jennifer Brinker | May 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

Enacted in February, the city ordinance provides a protected-class status to any woman who chooses to have an abortion and those who support her in that action — while also discriminating against those who promote pro-life alternatives, the lawsuit stated.

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Pope, English Church leaders offer prayers after Manchester Arena attack

Pope, English Church leaders offer prayers after Manchester Arena attack

| Simon Caldwell | May 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

In a telegram sent to English Church officials on Pope Francis’ behalf, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, said the pope “was deeply saddened to learn of the injury and tragic loss of life” after a suicide bomb killed at least 22 people and injured another 59 at Manchester Arena May 22. Many concertgoers at the Ariana Grande concert were teenagers, young adults and families.

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