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Pope asks council for evangelization to oversee Catholic shrines

Pope asks council for evangelization to oversee Catholic shrines

| April 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

Highlighting Catholic shrines’ potential to strengthen the faith of Catholics and draw people to Christianity, Pope Francis transferred responsibility for coordinating the activity of shrines to the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization.

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Priest: Catholics can encounter Jesus in their own ‘Upper Room’

Priest: Catholics can encounter Jesus in their own ‘Upper Room’

| Mark Zimmermann | April 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

Places in the Bible can seem distant and remote, separated from us by thousands of miles and years.

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Proclaim value of life with solidarity, welcome, pope says

Proclaim value of life with solidarity, welcome, pope says

| Cindy Wooden | April 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

Simple gestures of welcome and solidarity, when supported by faith in Jesus’ resurrection, proclaim the value of life, Pope Francis said.

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Risen Christ calls all to follow him on path to life, pope says

Risen Christ calls all to follow him on path to life, pope says

| Cindy Wooden and Junno Arocho Esteves | April 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

Jesus is the risen shepherd who takes upon his shoulders “our brothers and sisters crushed by evil in all its varied forms,” Pope Francis said before giving his solemn Easter blessing.

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Pope washes feet of 12 prison inmates at Holy Thursday Mass

Pope washes feet of 12 prison inmates at Holy Thursday Mass

| Junno Arocho Esteves | April 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

In a gesture of service toward marginalized people, Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 inmates, including three women and a man who is converting from Islam to Catholicism.

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Trump signs bill to let states redirect funds away from abortion clinics

Trump signs bill to let states redirect funds away from abortion clinics

| April 14, 2017 | 1 Comment

President Donald Trump signed a bill into law April 13 that allows states to redirect Title X family planning funding away from clinics that perform abortions and to community clinics that provide comprehensive health care for women and children.

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An empty tomb and a bodily resurrection: why it matters

An empty tomb and a bodily resurrection: why it matters

| Mark Pattison | April 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

Catholics and other Christians have grown up believing in the Resurrection, but the Apostles themselves were among the first who were skeptical that Jesus arose from the dead.

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Iowa House passes measure to ban almost all abortions after 20 weeks

Iowa House passes measure to ban almost all abortions after 20 weeks

| Joanne Fox | April 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

Pro-life supporters are praising the Iowa House of Representatives on passing legislation that bans almost all abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

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Roman Missal calls Easter Vigil ‘mother of all vigils’ for a reason

Roman Missal calls Easter Vigil ‘mother of all vigils’ for a reason

| Carol Zimmermann | April 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Catholic Church pulls out all the stops for the Easter Vigil, the Mass celebrated on Holy Saturday.

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Saving lives must be first concern of immigration policy, pope says

Saving lives must be first concern of immigration policy, pope says

| Cindy Wooden | April 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

The defense of the life, dignity and human rights of migrants and refugees must come before any other question when enacting migration policies, Pope Francis said.

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Syrian nun honored by State Department says U.S. bombing is step back

Syrian nun honored by State Department says U.S. bombing is step back

| Cindy Wooden | April 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

Two weeks after the U.S. State Department honored her as a Woman of Courage, a Salesian sister from Syria told reporters President Donald Trump’s decision to bomb a Syrian air base is another step back from peace.

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Professor teaches Twitter course on St. Augustine’s ‘City of God’

Professor teaches Twitter course on St. Augustine’s ‘City of God’

| Kelly Seegers | April 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

Students in professor Chad Pecknold’s newest class come from Canada, Uruguay, France, Germany, England, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand, and all across the United States, but two things unite them all — a printed copy of St. Augustine’s “City of God” and their Twitter accounts.

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