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Benefits association, diocese file suit over HHS transgender regulation

Benefits association, diocese file suit over HHS transgender regulation

| December 29, 2016 | 2 Comments

The Catholic Benefits Association, the Diocese of Fargo and Catholic Charities North Dakota filed a lawsuit Dec. 28 in U.S. District Court in North Dakota against a federal regulation scheduled to take effect Jan. 1 that redefines “sex” for anti-discrimination purposes to include sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Catholic organizations, faith groups glad to see end of Muslim registry

Catholic organizations, faith groups glad to see end of Muslim registry

| Rhina Guidos | December 29, 2016 | 3 Comments

Catholic organizations and other faith groups say they are happy with the Obama administration’s last-minute decision to end a type of national Muslim registry.

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New York cardinal to participate in Trump inauguration

New York cardinal to participate in Trump inauguration

| Rhina Guidos | December 29, 2016 | 1 Comment

New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan will take part in the upcoming presidential inauguration of Republican Donald Trump.

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Vatican says 3.9 million pilgrims visited during Jubilee year

Vatican says 3.9 million pilgrims visited during Jubilee year

| Junno Arocho Esteves | December 29, 2016 | 1 Comment

More than 3.9 million pilgrims visited and attended papal events, liturgies or prayer services during the Holy Year of Mercy in 2016, the Vatican said.

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Back to bishops: Pope’s 2017 calendar filled with ‘ad limina’ visits

Back to bishops: Pope’s 2017 calendar filled with ‘ad limina’ visits

| Cindy Wooden | December 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

For Pope Francis, the Year of Mercy will be followed by the Year of the “Ad Limina” Visits.

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Even complaining to God is a form of prayer, pope says

Even complaining to God is a form of prayer, pope says

| Junno Arocho Esteves | December 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

To complain to God in moments of doubt and fear like Abraham did is not something bad but rather is a form of prayer that requires the courage to hope beyond all hope, Pope Francis said.

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Father Tolton’s remains exhumed, verified; his cause takes step forward

Father Tolton’s remains exhumed, verified; his cause takes step forward

| Joyce Duriga | December 27, 2016 | 4 Comments

On the morning of Dec. 10 in a cemetery in Quincy, Father Augustus Tolton’s cause for canonization took one step further as his remains were exhumed and verified.

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Pope asks people to offer love, tears, prayers for persecuted Christians

Pope asks people to offer love, tears, prayers for persecuted Christians

| Carol Glatz | December 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

Despite increased persecution and attacks against Christians, the faithful must strengthen their courage and joyful desire to follow Christ no matter the cost, Pope Francis said.

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NBC series ‘This Is Us’ proves to be refreshingly pro-life, pro-family

NBC series ‘This Is Us’ proves to be refreshingly pro-life, pro-family

| Chris Byrd | December 27, 2016 | 1 Comment

The pilot episode of NBC’s drama “This Is Us” featured an eye-catching first scene. Pregnant with triplets, Rebecca Pearson (Mandy Moore) celebrated husband Jack’s (Milo Ventimiglia) 36th birthday by dancing suggestively for him, while he lay on their bed, wearing only a towel.

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USCCB forms working group to monitor needs of migrants, refugees

USCCB forms working group to monitor needs of migrants, refugees

| December 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is establishing a working group charged with developing spiritual, pastoral and policy advocacy support for immigrants and refugees.

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Pope orders early prison release for priest convicted in VatiLeaks II

Pope orders early prison release for priest convicted in VatiLeaks II

| Carol Glatz | December 21, 2016 | 1 Comment

Pope Francis granted clemency to a Spanish monsignor who had been sentenced to 18 months in prison for leaking confidential Vatican documents.

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Christmas reminds us of hope for the future, pope says

Christmas reminds us of hope for the future, pope says

| Junno Arocho Esteves | December 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

The birth of Christ is a reminder for Christians to take a moment and reflect on the hope of salvation given by God to the world, Pope Francis said.

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