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‘So many funerals,’ says El Paso priest who comforted grieving kin

‘So many funerals,’ says El Paso priest who comforted grieving kin

| Mark Pattison | August 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

Father Fabian Marquez was the right priest at a very wrong time.

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Illinois bishop decries ‘crisis of gun violence,’ asks for solutions

Illinois bishop decries ‘crisis of gun violence,’ asks for solutions

| August 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

Bishop Edward K. Braxton of Belleville decried “a crisis of gun violence” in the United States and asked Catholics in his diocese to come together to suggest ways to stop it.

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Planned Parenthood to withdraw from Title X without ‘judicial relief’

Planned Parenthood to withdraw from Title X without ‘judicial relief’

| August 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

Attorneys for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America told the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in an Aug. 14 letter that the organization would have to withdraw from the federal Title X program by the close of business Aug. 19 “absent emergency judicial relief.”

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LCWR calls on Trump to stop ‘divisive and polarizing rhetoric’

LCWR calls on Trump to stop ‘divisive and polarizing rhetoric’

| August 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

Delegates at the Leadership Conference of Women Religious’ annual assembly, meeting in Scottsdale, approved a letter to be sent to President Donald Trump asking that he stop using “divisive and polarizing rhetoric.”

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‘You cannot be a Catholic and sit on the sidelines,’ archbishop says

‘You cannot be a Catholic and sit on the sidelines,’ archbishop says

| Josephine von Dohlen | August 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

In a crowded bar, bustling with young adult Catholics from the Washington area for the monthly Theology on Tap, Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory shared his pain over what this archdiocese suffered in the past year due to priestly abuse scandals, and encouraged the young adults to turn to the Eucharist as a source of healing.

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Assumption feast invites people to look to heaven with hope, pope says

Assumption feast invites people to look to heaven with hope, pope says

| Carol Glatz | August 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

Mary’s assumption into heaven calls people to put aside all those insignificant, mundane and petty concerns competing for their attention and instead be drawn to God and his greatness, Pope Francis said.

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Vatican official: Church must be prudent judging Medjugorje apparitions

Vatican official: Church must be prudent judging Medjugorje apparitions

| Sarah Mac Donald | August 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina, is a place of prayer, conversion and pilgrimage for millions of people, but the Church must be prudent and not rush to any judgment on the alleged Marian apparitions there, said Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization.

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Mexican bishops: No matter how life is conceived, abortion is wrong

Mexican bishops: No matter how life is conceived, abortion is wrong

| David Agren | August 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Mexican bishops’ conference has expressed concerns over a Supreme Court decision that upheld a health norm allowing access to abortion in public clinics if a woman has been the victim of sexual violence.

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Disrespect for life, lack of moral center seen as factors in gun violence

Disrespect for life, lack of moral center seen as factors in gun violence

| Elizabeth Bachmann | August 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

In this American age of violence, where 165 shootings happened this year alone, where politicians scream at each other across the aisle about gun laws and Second Amendment rights without even the common ground of mutual respect, religious leaders, scholars and TV personalities alike notice a more insidious problem with American culture.

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Ground broken for new St. Kateri Tekakwitha Shrine in New Mexico diocese

Ground broken for new St. Kateri Tekakwitha Shrine in New Mexico diocese

| August 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

The rosary walk at a new shrine to be built in the Gallup Diocese to honor St. Kateri Tekakwitha “will imitate” the life and example of the Native American saint, popularly known as the “Lily of the Mohawks,” said Gallup Bishop James S. Wall.

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Crucified women: New book aims to end scourge of forced prostitution

Crucified women: New book aims to end scourge of forced prostitution

| Junno Arocho Esteves | August 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

While Pope Francis was moved by the stories of many people he visited throughout the Year of Mercy, this particular visit struck a nerve.

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African bishop: Church must work to end violence against albinos

African bishop: Church must work to end violence against albinos

| Bronwen Dachs | August 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Church in Africa must work to end violence against people with albinism through its schools and other education efforts, said Bishop Sithembele Sipuka of Mthatha, South Africa, first vice president of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar.

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