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Court seems divided in cake case examining religious rights, expression

Court seems divided in cake case examining religious rights, expression

| Carol Zimmermann | December 5, 2017 | 0 Comments

The U.S. Supreme Court seemed equally divided in the long-anticipated oral arguments Dec. 5 about the baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple because of his religious beliefs.

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In Nova Scotia, cemeteries tell story of 1917 ship collision, explosion

In Nova Scotia, cemeteries tell story of 1917 ship collision, explosion

| December 5, 2017 | 0 Comments

The tall, gray and weathered headstone in Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery is carved with 11 names, all from the same family, and with a simple statement at the bottom: “They died Dec. 6, 1917, at 66 Veith St.”

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Court allows travel ban to be implemented as legal challenges continue

Court allows travel ban to be implemented as legal challenges continue

| December 5, 2017 | 1 Comment

The U.S. Supreme Court said Dec. 4 that President Donald Trump’s travel ban restricting entry into the United States by nationals from some countries can be fully implemented while legal challenges to the ban work their way through the lower courts.

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Newtown and gun violence: One place where the political became personal

Newtown and gun violence: One place where the political became personal

| Mark Pattison | December 5, 2017 | 21 Comments

The numbers are inescapable: Dec. 14, 26 dead, five years.

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Croatian archbishop deplores ‘unjust verdicts’ after general’s suicide

Croatian archbishop deplores ‘unjust verdicts’ after general’s suicide

| December 5, 2017 | 0 Comments

The president of Croatia’s bishops’ conference condemned “unjust verdicts” at a United Nations war crimes trial, after a jailed general publicly committed suicide when his appeal was rejected.

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Innu women testify that Oblate missionary inappropriately touched them

Innu women testify that Oblate missionary inappropriately touched them

| Francois Gloutnay | December 5, 2017 | 0 Comments

Oblate Father Alexis Joveneau was said to have inappropriately touched women and girls in the Innu community in Quebec where he ministered from 1953 until his death in 1992.

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SNAP apologizes to St. Louis Archdiocese, priests over false abuse claims

SNAP apologizes to St. Louis Archdiocese, priests over false abuse claims

| December 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests issued an apology to the Archdiocese of St. Louis and two of its priests, Father Joseph Jiang and the late Msgr. Joseph Pins.

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In Myanmar and Bangladesh, pope calls for dialogue and respect for all

In Myanmar and Bangladesh, pope calls for dialogue and respect for all

| Cindy Wooden | December 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

As on every papal trip, Pope Francis’ visit to Myanmar and Bangladesh included a mix of meetings with government officials and events focused firmly on the nations’ Catholic communities.

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Catholic high school teacher inspired Meghan Markle’s outreach

Catholic high school teacher inspired Meghan Markle’s outreach

| Carol Zimmermann | December 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

Maria Pollia, a theology teacher at Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles, did not have to rack her brain to remember her former student Meghan Markle, the actress recently engaged to Prince Harry.

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Pope, as ‘grandfather,’ urges Myanmar’s young to love and serve

Pope, as ‘grandfather,’ urges Myanmar’s young to love and serve

| Cindy Wooden | November 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

Before ending his visit to Myanmar, Pope Francis turned to the nation’s young Catholics, urging them to pursue lives of faith, hope and love.

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Uncertainty in Congress envelopes children’s health care program, including Minnesota’s

Uncertainty in Congress envelopes children’s health care program, including Minnesota’s

| Dennis Sadowski | November 30, 2017 | 2 Comments

A health program that serves children from low-income families (CHIP) that has enjoyed bipartisan support for 20 years faces an uncertain future unless Congress adopts legislation reauthorizing it before funding runs out in the coming months.

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Tests offer new information on date of site believed to be tomb of Christ

Tests offer new information on date of site believed to be tomb of Christ

| November 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

Scientists who helped restore a shrine above the site believed to be the place where Christ was buried say testing of samples has dated the tomb to at least the fourth century.

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