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N.H. death penalty repeal bid called ‘an enormous victory for life’

N.H. death penalty repeal bid called ‘an enormous victory for life’

| April 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

The New Hampshire Senate’s vote to repeal the death penalty is “an enormous victory for life,” according to the executive director of the Catholic Mobilizing Network.

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Georgetown students vote for student fee to pay reparations over slavery

Georgetown students vote for student fee to pay reparations over slavery

| April 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

Undergraduate students at Jesuit-run Georgetown University voted overwhelmingly April 11 to pay a new student fee that would be for reparations to the descendants of slaves owned and later sold by the school.

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Twitter restricts Mother Teresa abortion quote; CEO can’t explain why

Twitter restricts Mother Teresa abortion quote; CEO can’t explain why

| April 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

Before the crowd at an April 10 hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, displayed a billboard containing a tweet of a St. Teresa of Kolkata quote, “Abortion is profoundly anti-woman. Three quarters of its victims are women: Half the babies and all the mothers.”

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Humanity’s ancestors: Lucy, Toumai and the evolving journey of prehumans

Humanity’s ancestors: Lucy, Toumai and the evolving journey of prehumans

| Carol Glatz | April 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

As a follow-up to a 2013 symposium on the origin and evolution of humans, the Pontifical Academy of Sciences held a workshop discussing the latest discoveries about humanity’s earliest ancestors — where they lived and what they may have looked like millions of years ago.

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Bulgarian Orthodox: No common prayer for their clergy during papal visit

Bulgarian Orthodox: No common prayer for their clergy during papal visit

| April 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

Bulgaria’s predominant Orthodox Church has ordered its clergy not to take part in prayers or services with the pope when he visits the country in early May.

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Washington Post files motion to dismiss Covington student’s lawsuit

Washington Post files motion to dismiss Covington student’s lawsuit

| Carol Zimmermann | April 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

Lawyers for The Washington Post filed a motion in federal court April 9 seeking the dismissal of the $250 million defamation lawsuit filed against the newspaper by Nick Sandmann, a student at Kentucky’s Covington Catholic High School.

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Ohio governor signs fetal heartbeat law, setting stage for legal challenges

Ohio governor signs fetal heartbeat law, setting stage for legal challenges

| April 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed a bill that would make it illegal to carry out an abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected.

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It’s in the cards for woman religious who threw perfect pitch

It’s in the cards for woman religious who threw perfect pitch

| Carol Zimmermann | April 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

The perfect pitch Dominican Sister Mary Jo Sobieck threw prior to a Chicago White Sox game last summer not only went viral but is still out of the park.

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Retired pope publishes reflection on abuse crisis

Retired pope publishes reflection on abuse crisis

| Carol Glatz | April 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

Retired Pope Benedict XVI, acknowledging his role in helping the Catholic Church come to terms with the clerical sexual abuse crisis beginning in the 1980s, wrote an article outlining his thoughts about what must be done now.

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Draft of new constitution for Curia reform ready for consultation

Draft of new constitution for Curia reform ready for consultation

| Carol Glatz | April 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

A draft of the proposed apostolic constitution for reforming and governing the Roman Curia will soon be sent out to leaders of the world’s bishops’ conferences, religious orders and some pontifical universities for their observations and suggestions.

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Executions down globally, but up in U.S., says Amnesty International

Executions down globally, but up in U.S., says Amnesty International

| Bronwen Dachs | April 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

The number of executions worldwide has dropped by almost one-third, Amnesty International said in its latest review of the death penalty.

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Indian police charge bishop with repeatedly raping nun

Indian police charge bishop with repeatedly raping nun

| April 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

Indian police charged Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jalandhar with repeatedly raping a nun in her rural convent, with a charge sheet that is 2,000 pages long.

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