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Kentucky high school senior invited to attend Trump’s address to Congress

Kentucky high school senior invited to attend Trump’s address to Congress

| Ruby Thomas | March 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

When President Donald Trump delivered his first address before a joint session of Congress Feb. 28, Emma Nunn, a senior at Assumption High School in Louisville, was in the audience.

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Pope: Lent breathes life into world asphyxiated by sin

Pope: Lent breathes life into world asphyxiated by sin

| Junno Arocho Esteves | March 1, 2017 | 1 Comment

Lent is a time to receive God’s breath of life, a breath that saves humanity from suffocating under the weight of selfishness, indifference and piety devoid of sincerity, Pope Francis said.

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Corned beef conundrum: Some dioceses give St. Patrick’s Day dispensation

Corned beef conundrum: Some dioceses give St. Patrick’s Day dispensation

| February 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

When St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Friday, as it does about every seven years, the Lenten rule requiring Catholics to abstain from meat on Fridays collides with the long-held tradition of eating corned beef and cabbage.

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Local bishop says again Mary is not appearing in Medjugorje

Local bishop says again Mary is not appearing in Medjugorje

| February 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

“The Virgin Mary has not appeared in Medjugorje,” said Bishop Ratko Peric of Mostar-Duvno, the diocese in Bosnia-Herzegovina, which includes Medjugorje.

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Don’t worry how it’s spent, always give homeless a handout, pope says

Don’t worry how it’s spent, always give homeless a handout, pope says

| Carol Glatz | February 28, 2017 | 1 Comment

People who don’t give money to the homeless because they think it will be spent on alcohol and not food should ask themselves what guilty pleasures they are secretly spending money on, Pope Francis said.

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Pope to priests: Defend marriage ministering to those in irregular unions

Pope to priests: Defend marriage ministering to those in irregular unions

| Carol Glatz | February 27, 2017 | 1 Comment

Reaching out to and guiding couples in cohabitation with tenderness and compassion is essential to promoting and defending the sanctity of marriage, Pope Francis said.

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USCCB committee chairmen applaud decision on transgender directive

USCCB committee chairmen applaud decision on transgender directive

| February 27, 2017 | 5 Comments

The chairmen of two U.S. bishops’ committees Feb. 24 praised President Donald Trump’s repeal of the Obama administration’s directive on transgender access to bathrooms.

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Moonlight

Moonlight

| John Mulderig | February 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

Considered as an exploration of the African-American experience in contemporary society, writer-director Barry Jenkins’ powerfully understated drama “Moonlight” (A24) makes a compelling statement.

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Discovery of Earth-sized planets boosts hope of finding alien life

Discovery of Earth-sized planets boosts hope of finding alien life

| Carol Glatz | February 24, 2017 | 1 Comment

The quest to find life on other planets got a boost when astronomers confirmed the existence of at least seven Earth-sized planets orbiting a red dwarf star just 40 light years away.

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Late exorcist’s words lift the veil on the demonic, Satan

Late exorcist’s words lift the veil on the demonic, Satan

| Allan F. Wright | February 24, 2017 | 2 Comments

“An Exorcist Explains the Demonic: The Antics of Satan and His Army of Fallen Angels” by Father Gabriele Amorth with Stefano Stimamiglio. Sophia Institute Press.

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Trump administration announces wide-ranging immigration guidelines

Trump administration announces wide-ranging immigration guidelines

| Rhina Guidos | February 23, 2017 | 7 Comments

In two memos published Feb. 20, the Department of Homeland Security outlined guidelines that White House officials said would enhance enforcement of immigration laws inside the country as well as prevent further unauthorized immigration into the U.S.

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Appointments – February 23, 2017

Appointments – February 23, 2017

| February 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

Archbishop Bernard Hebda has announced the following appointments in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis:

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