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Event aims to continue prayers following March for Life

Event aims to continue prayers following March for Life

| January 12, 2018 | 1 Comment

“We’re calling it a digital pilgrimage for life, of prayer and action, focusing on cherishing the gift of human life,” said Anne McGuire, USCCB assistant director for education and outreach.

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Pray with courage, conviction, not mindlessly like a parrot, pope says

Pray with courage, conviction, not mindlessly like a parrot, pope says

| January 12, 2018 | 3 Comments

Prayer is a “high stakes” endeavor, requiring courage, perseverance and patience, Pope Francis said.

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Catholic school founder among mudslides’ fatalities in California

Catholic school founder among mudslides’ fatalities in California

| January 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

The founder of a Catholic school in Ventura is among the fatalities caused by mudslides in Southern California, which have left at least 17 people dead and many others missing or injured in Montecito.

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Federal judge puts temporary block on Trump’s decision to end DACA

Federal judge puts temporary block on Trump’s decision to end DACA

| January 10, 2018 | 1 Comment

A U.S. District Court judge in San Francisco Jan. 9 temporarily blocked the Trump administration’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program by March.

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To be or not to be — parsing the implications of suicide

To be or not to be — parsing the implications of suicide

| January 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

In recent years we have witnessed a growing tendency to promote suicide as a way of resolving end-stage suffering. Physician-assisted suicide is now legal in a handful of states and a number of other jurisdictions are considering laws to legalize the practice. A few years ago on Nightline, Barbara Walters interviewed an assisted suicide advocate who summed it up this way: “We’re talking about what people want. There are people who, even suffering horribly, want to live out every second of their lives, and that’s their right, of course, and they should do it. Others don’t want that. Others want out!”

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Late Franciscan friar recalled as a ‘light shining in the darkness’

Late Franciscan friar recalled as a ‘light shining in the darkness’

| January 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

At his funeral Mass Dec. 20, Father Andrew Apostoli, a co-founder of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, was remembered for living a life that reflected the gifts of the Holy Spirit — love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness and faithfulness.

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Since 2002, U.S. church has had strict protocols in place to address abuse

Since 2002, U.S. church has had strict protocols in place to address abuse

| January 9, 2018 | 2 Comments

The death of Cardinal Bernard Law opened “a lot of old wounds,” causing “much pain and anger in those who have suffered so much already,” Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley said Dec. 20, the day the Vatican announced Cardinal Law’s death.

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Churches no longer exempt from FEMA disaster aid

Churches no longer exempt from FEMA disaster aid

| Carol Zimmermann | January 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is revising its policies to no longer exclude houses of worship from applying for federal aid to recover from damages caused by natural disasters.

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Zambia bans church services as cholera epidemic hits nation

Zambia bans church services as cholera epidemic hits nation

| January 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

As a cholera epidemic threatens the lives of more than 14 million Zambians, the country has banned church services and other gatherings in the Lusaka’s high-density residential areas.

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Pope says he goes to Chile, Peru as pilgrim of Gospel joy

Pope says he goes to Chile, Peru as pilgrim of Gospel joy

| January 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

Less than a week before embarking on a seven-day visit to South America, Pope Francis said he would go to Chile and Peru as a pilgrim and share the Gospel’s message of hope and joy.

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Pastors who lead double lives wound the church, pope says

Pastors who lead double lives wound the church, pope says

| Junno Arocho Esteves | January 9, 2018 | 1 Comment

Pastors who preach one thing and do another are wounded and harm the church, Pope Francis said.

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Catholic groups decry end of immigration protection for Salvadorans

Catholic groups decry end of immigration protection for Salvadorans

| Rhina Guidos | January 8, 2018 | 3 Comments

As the Catholic Church in the U.S. began observing National Migration Week, a time to reflect on the circumstances confronting migrants, immigrants, refugees, and human trafficking victims, the administration of President Donald Trump announced that it would end an immigration program for thousands of Salvadorans, one of the largest groups of modern-day immigrants in the country and one that includes many Catholics.

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