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Preparing for Christmas one papal homily at a time

Preparing for Christmas one papal homily at a time

| Cindy Wooden | December 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

As Advent got under way, Pope Francis included in his morning Mass homilies specific graces Catholics should pray for as they prepare for Christmas.

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Donor says helping her pastor an easy decision: ‘He needed a kidney’

Donor says helping her pastor an easy decision: ‘He needed a kidney’

| Jack Sheedy | December 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

A parishioner walks up to her pastor and says, “I want to give you my kidney.”

Pastor smiles and says, “OK.”

Don’t expect a punchline. It’s no joke.

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Young women share hopes, sorrows in letters to pope

Young women share hopes, sorrows in letters to pope

| Tim Johnson | December 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Students, supported by St. Mary’s Center for Spirituality and the college’s campus ministry, organized a national letter-writing response to Pope Francis’ outreach to young people to encourage the millennial generation — those born between 1981 and 1995 — to write to the pope about their love for Catholic tradition and offer ideas about how the Church might better reach their demographic.

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Pope: Support Catholic religious in their mission, ministries

Pope: Support Catholic religious in their mission, ministries

| Cindy Wooden | December 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

During the Year of Consecrated Life, all Catholics are called to thank God for the gifts members of religious orders have given the Church and the world, to join them in prayer and find practical ways to support them and their ministries, Pope Francis said.

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In Pictures – December 4, 2014

In Pictures – December 4, 2014

| December 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

CLIMATE CHANGE
SIX NEW SAINTS

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Police officer leans on Catholic faith during Ferguson crisis

Police officer leans on Catholic faith during Ferguson crisis

| Dave Luecking | December 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

In the situation that has become known as simply “Ferguson,” Sgt. John Wall of the St. Louis County Police Department knew in the second week of August that the time had come to stand up and be counted. Peaceful protests after the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown by a police officer during a confrontation had devolved into rioting and looting.

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Symposium speaker examines ‘vocation to agriculture’

Symposium speaker examines ‘vocation to agriculture’

| November 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Catholics, and not just farmers, should consider “the meaning of a vocation to agriculture,” said the president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.

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Ruling in Priests for Life HHS suit ‘wrong’; group won’t ‘obey’ mandate

Ruling in Priests for Life HHS suit ‘wrong’; group won’t ‘obey’ mandate

| November 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, said a federal appeals court that ruled against his organization in its challenge to the federal contraceptive mandate “is wrong, and we will not obey the mandate.”

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At parish mission, evangelist tries to start ‘holiness revolution’

At parish mission, evangelist tries to start ‘holiness revolution’

| November 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

“I think he’s telling us what we need to hear,” Masek said. “So many of our Catholic churches seem so dead. We’re broken. We’ve compromised with the culture.”

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Widowhood and the curveballs in life

Widowhood and the curveballs in life

| Bill Dodds | October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

I think if God played Major League Baseball, he’d be a pitcher. He’d pitch mostly fastballs, and then, just to mix things up, an occasional curveball — a big curveball.

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Program offers women regimen to reverse RU-486 abortion in first stages

Program offers women regimen to reverse RU-486 abortion in first stages

| Valerie Schmalz | October 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

As soon as Rebekah Chaveste swallowed the first pill of the RU-486 abortion regimen at a Planned Parenthood clinic, she regretted it.

“I was crying and I was alone,” recalled Chaveste, a 20-year-old college student who lives in the Sacramento area.

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In Pictures – September 25, 2014

In Pictures – September 25, 2014

| September 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

MOVED TO TEARS
BISHOPS VISIT HOLY LAND

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