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Papal document addresses challenges of evangelizing in the digital age

Papal document addresses challenges of evangelizing in the digital age

| Junno Arocho Esteves | April 2, 2019 | 0 Comments

While digital communications and social media can be used as a tool of evangelization and a place of dialogue with others, they also can be lonely environments where young people fall prey to humanity’s worst vices, Pope Francis wrote.

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Canadian nun, sexologist: Catholics must increase their sexual maturity

Canadian nun, sexologist: Catholics must increase their sexual maturity

| Philippe Vaillancourt | April 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

A Canadian nun with a Ph.D. in clinical sexology said the sex abuse crisis in the Church does not mean “the end of faith” but rather “the end of a lack of formation and the end of deviance,” and a call to return to Jesus’ message of love.

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Jesuit: Without the Amazon, ‘we all go under’

Jesuit: Without the Amazon, ‘we all go under’

| Rhina Guidos | April 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

At the start of a mid-March gathering at Georgetown University, organizers asked church leaders, activists and members of indigenous communities to think of a person they knew who had worked in defense of the environment and to call out his or her name.

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Pope: Countries that sell arms have no right to talk about peace

Pope: Countries that sell arms have no right to talk about peace

| Junno Arocho Esteves | April 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

Nations that actively engage in arms dealing and help foment war in other countries should not expect to find peace in their own lands, Pope Francis said.

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Texas looking into city vote to bar restaurant chain over marriage views

Texas looking into city vote to bar restaurant chain over marriage views

| April 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

The marketplace, not elected officials, should decide whether a company should open an outlet in a particular location, said San Antonio Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller.

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This is our night for telling stories

This is our night for telling stories

| Laura Kelly Fanucci | April 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

The priest moved slowly through the shivering crowd, huddled around a roaring fire on the steps of the church, bracing ourselves against the biting wind.

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High court examines potential racial bias in juries on death penalty cases

High court examines potential racial bias in juries on death penalty cases

| Carol Zimmermann | March 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

In mid-March, the U.S. Supreme Court considered possible racially biased juries in two death penalty cases. They rejected one case and listened to oral arguments in another, but in both cases, justices expressed unease.

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Catholic leaders object to proposed changes in federal nutrition program

Catholic leaders object to proposed changes in federal nutrition program

| March 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops joined representatives of two leading Catholic charitable organizations in calling on a federal agency to withdraw or modify a plan to require some adults receiving food assistance to work or enroll in training programs or lose their government benefit.

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Pope issues new child protection law, guidelines for Vatican City State

Pope issues new child protection law, guidelines for Vatican City State

| Carol Glatz | March 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

To better protect minors and vulnerable adults from all forms of abuse and exploitation, Pope Francis approved a new law and a set of safeguarding guidelines for Vatican City State and the Roman Curia.

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Autonomous weapons systems threaten peace, says Vatican official

Autonomous weapons systems threaten peace, says Vatican official

| Liam McIntyre | March 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

The growing use of autonomous weapons systems poses serious risks to global peace and stability, a Vatican representative told a U.N. meeting in Geneva.

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Are sacraments conferred by laicized priests valid?

Are sacraments conferred by laicized priests valid?

| Father Glenn J. Comandini | March 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

In light of the laicization of Theodore McCarrick, some Catholics whose children or grandchildren were baptized or confirmed are wondering if the sacraments administered by McCarrick are still valid. “Must these individuals be re-baptized or re-confirmed?”

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Actress who stars in ‘Unplanned’ thinks film is ‘going to change history’

Actress who stars in ‘Unplanned’ thinks film is ‘going to change history’

| Denis Grasska | March 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

To say that actress Ashley Bratcher is enthusiastic about her latest film project is an understatement.

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