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Stop taking smartphone snapshots during Mass, pope says

Stop taking smartphone snapshots during Mass, pope says

| Carol Glatz | November 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

That is why people need to focus their hearts on God, not focus their smartphones for pictures during Mass, he said.

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‘Spiritual but not religious’: What does it mean? Survey offers clues

‘Spiritual but not religious’: What does it mean? Survey offers clues

| November 8, 2017 | 2 Comments

It’s almost reached the level of cliche in American society: You ask someone why they don’t go to church, and they reply, “Oh, I’m spiritual but not religious.”

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Author: Reformation continues to shape world

Author: Reformation continues to shape world

| Dennis Sadowski | November 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

Modern society — largely defined by capitalism and consumerism, burgeoning technology, religious-like allegiance to nation and the rise in secularism — has its roots in the Protestant Reformation, says historian Brad S. Gregory. And both are intertwined much more than a lot of people think, he said.

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HHS looks into removing barriers to program funding for religious groups

HHS looks into removing barriers to program funding for religious groups

| Carol Zimmermann | November 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Oct. 25 that it is looking for ways to ensure that faith-based and religious groups are not blocked from receiving HHS funding for their programs.

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Harvey Weinstein’s not alone

Harvey Weinstein’s not alone

| Greg Erlandson | November 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

Harvey Weinstein is a pig.

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Pope condemns ‘murderous folly’ of terrorism after attacks

Pope condemns ‘murderous folly’ of terrorism after attacks

| Junno Arocho Esteves | November 7, 2017 | 1 Comment

Pope Francis prayed for victims of the terrorist attack in New York, as well as victims of other terror attacks, and condemned the murder of innocent men and women in the name of God.

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‘Victims’ charter’ is next step in fighting trafficking, academy says

‘Victims’ charter’ is next step in fighting trafficking, academy says

| November 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

After 7-year-old Rani Hong was stolen from her mother in a small village in India and sold into slavery, her captors kept her in a cage to teach her to submit completely to her “master.”

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Teach students role of justice in migration, pope says

Teach students role of justice in migration, pope says

| Carol Glatz | November 7, 2017 | 1 Comment

Catholic universities need to study the root causes of forced migration and ways to counter the discrimination and xenophobic reactions it provokes in so many traditionally Christian nations, Pope Francis said.

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Toronto cardinal urges Parliament to keep religious provisions in place

Toronto cardinal urges Parliament to keep religious provisions in place

| Deborah Gyapong | November 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

Parliament would be sending a “disturbing message” to Canada’s religious community if it eliminates a law that currently makes it an offense to disrupt a religious service, Cardinal Thomas Collins told a parliamentary committee.

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Book says nuns found John Paul I dead, could help on path to sainthood

Book says nuns found John Paul I dead, could help on path to sainthood

| November 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

Two women may hold the key to clearing up questions still surrounding the death of Pope John Paul I and to overcoming the first hurdle on his path to canonization.

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Pope offers prayers for victims of Texas shooting

Pope offers prayers for victims of Texas shooting

| November 7, 2017 | 1 Comment

Calling the mass shooting in a Texas Baptist church Nov. 5 an “act of senseless violence,” Pope Francis asked the local Catholic archbishop to convey his condolences to the families of the victims and to the injured.

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Panel looks at future of religious minorities victimized by IS militants

Panel looks at future of religious minorities victimized by IS militants

| Beth Griffin | November 7, 2017 | 2 Comments

The day she succeeded in her fourth attempt to escape six months of daily rape and humiliation by her Islamic State captors, Iraqi teen Ekhlas Khudur Bajoo made a vow.

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