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Catholic-Muslim dialogue opens to support Islamic American communities

Catholic-Muslim dialogue opens to support Islamic American communities

| James Martone | January 10, 2017 | 1 Comment

An emerging Catholic dialogue with Muslims aims to show public support for Islamic American communities.

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Father Scanlan, college and church leader, dies at age 85

Father Scanlan, college and church leader, dies at age 85

| January 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

Franciscan Father Michael Scanlan, whose name is almost synonymous with the Franciscan University of Steubenville, died Jan. 7 at Garvey Manor, a Catholic nursing home in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, after a long illness. He was 85.

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Pope: Jesus amazed because he was humble, helpful, not a hypocrite

Pope: Jesus amazed because he was humble, helpful, not a hypocrite

| Carol Glatz | January 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

Jesus astonished people with the way he taught and interacted with others because he wasn’t aloof, domineering or hypocritical, Pope Francis said in a homily.

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Georgia woman killed by gunman at Florida airport was parish stalwart

Georgia woman killed by gunman at Florida airport was parish stalwart

| January 10, 2017 | 2 Comments

Olga Woltering, a bedrock member of her parish and the Atlanta Cursillo movement and beloved to her family and many friends, was among five people killed in the Jan. 6 shooting at a Florida airport.

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Doctrinal chief dismisses idea of ‘fraternal correction’ of pope

Doctrinal chief dismisses idea of ‘fraternal correction’ of pope

| Cindy Wooden | January 9, 2017 | 9 Comments

The Catholic Church is “very far” from a situation in which the pope is in need of “fraternal correction” because he has not put the faith and church teaching in danger, said Cardinal Gerhard Muller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

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Mexican church calls for calm amid gas-price protests

Mexican church calls for calm amid gas-price protests

| David Agren | January 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

Mexican Catholic officials called for calm as angry protests over hikes in the government-set gasoline price consume the country.

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La La Land

La La Land

| Joseph McAleer | January 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

Though it’s set in present-day Los Angeles, the comedy-drama “La La Land” takes a spirited stab at reviving the musicals of Hollywood’s golden age.

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Aleppo friar says learn about Syria, keep an open mind

Aleppo friar says learn about Syria, keep an open mind

| Rhina Guidos | January 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

Syrians don’t want to leave their homeland, they want a safe place to live in peace, said a Franciscan friar from Aleppo, Syria, who spoke on Jan. 5 with the Archdiocese of Washington’s Holy Land Committee.

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Bishops mention immigration policy, heritage in National Migration Week statement

Bishops mention immigration policy, heritage in National Migration Week statement

| January 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

Urging Americans to look at their families for stories of immigration, the president and vice president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops called attention to the hardships and contributions of immigrants to American society as the U.S. church prepared to observe National Migration Week.

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Magi’s journey reflects people’s longing for God, pope says on Epiphany

Magi’s journey reflects people’s longing for God, pope says on Epiphany

| Junno Arocho Esteves | January 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Magi had the courage to set out on a journey in the hope of finding something new, unlike Herod who was full of himself and unwilling to change his ways, Pope Francis said.

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Catholics in Congress: one-third of House, one-quarter of Senate

Catholics in Congress: one-third of House, one-quarter of Senate

| Carol Zimmermann | January 4, 2017 | 4 Comments

The religious makeup of the 115th Congress is significantly Christian — 91 percent — with Catholics comprising one-third of the House of Representatives and about a quarter of the Senate.

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Fix overcrowded prisons unfit for human life, pope says

Fix overcrowded prisons unfit for human life, pope says

| January 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

In the wake of a deadly riot in a Brazilian jail, Pope Francis called for all prisons to offer dignified living conditions and be places for true rehabilitation.

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