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Vatican asks bishops to ensure validity of matter for Eucharist

Vatican asks bishops to ensure validity of matter for Eucharist

| Carol Glatz | July 10, 2017 | 3 Comments

Bishops should look at ways to help verify and guarantee the validity and worthiness of the bread and wine used for the celebration of the Eucharist, the Vatican said in a recent document.

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Upcoming Aug. 21 solar eclipse thrills astronomers, Kentucky parishioners

Upcoming Aug. 21 solar eclipse thrills astronomers, Kentucky parishioners

| Dennis Sadowski | July 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

For the first time in 99 years, the summer sky will turn to night at midday Aug. 21 during a solar eclipse along a 70-mile wide path from coast to coast.

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Virginia carries out execution despite pleas inmate was mentally ill

Virginia carries out execution despite pleas inmate was mentally ill

| July 10, 2017 | 1 Comment

Virginia officials executed a man convicted of killing a hospital security guard and a sheriff’s deputy despite the pleas of advocates who said the crimes resulted from severe mental illness.

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Art as you’ve never seen it: New film highlights Pope Francis’ vision

Art as you’ve never seen it: New film highlights Pope Francis’ vision

Titled “My Idea of Art,” the 45-minute film is based on the book of the same name, authored by Pope Francis after Italian journalist Tiziana Lupi transcribed it from a sit-down interview with the pope in May 2015.

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Beloved friar known for cures, wise counsel to be beatified Nov. 18

Beloved friar known for cures, wise counsel to be beatified Nov. 18

Pope Francis recognized the authenticity of a miracle necessary for the friar to be elevated from venerable to blessed after a review by the Vatican’s Congregation for Saints’ Causes was completed earlier this year.

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Pope’s pediatric hospital is fixing past problems, says cardinal overseer

Pope’s pediatric hospital is fixing past problems, says cardinal overseer

The AP reported July 3 that the Vatican formed a commission in 2014 to study workers’ complaints and concerns about unsafe medical protocols, overcrowding and a culture that emphasized practices that might reap greater revenues.

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Pope calls for respecting parents’ wishes to care for dying child

Pope calls for respecting parents’ wishes to care for dying child

Expressing his closeness to the parents, Pope Francis said he was “praying for them, hoping that their desire to accompany and take care of their own baby until the end is not disregarded.”

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It’s an exciting time to be an evangelist, convocation delegates told

It’s an exciting time to be an evangelist, convocation delegates told

| Carol Zimmermann | July 5, 2017 | 1 Comment

“The saints always loved a good fight and we should like a good fight too,” said keynote speaker Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron of Los Angeles.

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For convocation delegates, it’s about unifying in faith in a troubled world

For convocation delegates, it’s about unifying in faith in a troubled world

The convocation, years in planning, was the first time in a century that the bishops convened Church leaders to respond to social and spiritual quandaries that have left millions of people drifting on the margins of society.

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Pope names archbishop to succeed Cardinal Muller at doctrine office

Pope names archbishop to succeed Cardinal Muller at doctrine office

| Cindy Wooden | July 1, 2017 | 2 Comments

Promoting the secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to the office of prefect, Pope Francis chose not to ask German Cardinal Gerhard Muller to serve a second five-year term in the post.

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Avoiding deportation: Shifting policies leave many on tenterhooks

Avoiding deportation: Shifting policies leave many on tenterhooks

| Mark Pattison | June 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

Immigrants facing deportation have won the occasional judicial victory, but getting a judge to hear their case poses the bigger problem in immigrants’ desperate attempt to stay in the United States.

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German bishops regret lawmakers’ vote to legalize same-sex marriage

German bishops regret lawmakers’ vote to legalize same-sex marriage

| Jonathan Luxmoore | June 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

Germany’s bishops’ conference expressed regret over a June 30 parliamentary vote to allow same-sex weddings, vowing to defend the “Catholic understanding of marriage.”

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