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The pope’s ‘staycation': Correspondence, trip preparation fill his days

The pope’s ‘staycation': Correspondence, trip preparation fill his days

| July 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Returning to the Vatican in the midst of a heat wave after an eight-day, three-country trip to South America, Pope Francis took the kind of vacation he said he prefers: what has become known as a “staycation.”

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Lafayette bishop offers prayers in wake of theater shooting

Lafayette bishop offers prayers in wake of theater shooting

| July 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Bishop Michael Jarrell of Lafayette offered prayers and sympathy to the victims of a multiplex cinema shooting July 23 in Lafayette in which two were killed and nine wounded.

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New video released with Planned Parenthood official discussing abortion

New video released with Planned Parenthood official discussing abortion

| July 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Amid an outcry from members of the GOP demanding answers to questions raised by a video of a Planned Parenthood physician talking about preserving fetal organs and tissue for researchers for a fee, a second video emerged July 21 of a different physician from the organization talking about the same topic.

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Wisconsin’s new law outlaws non-emergency abortions at or beyond 20 weeks

Wisconsin’s new law outlaws non-emergency abortions at or beyond 20 weeks

| July 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker July 20 signed a bill into law that would prohibit all Wisconsin abortions at or beyond the 20-week gestation mark, making an exception only for medical emergencies.

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‘Good Is Winning’ social media effort gears up for Pope Francis’ visit

‘Good Is Winning’ social media effort gears up for Pope Francis’ visit

| Patricia L. Guilfoyle | July 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

A broad digital media project to coincide with Pope Francis’ visit this fall to the United States aims to recruit and interact with young people, particularly those who do not think of themselves as religious.

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Papal trip began as World Meeting of Families, grew to be three-city tour

Papal trip began as World Meeting of Families, grew to be three-city tour

| Tom Tracy | July 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

The first traces of preparation for Pope Francis’ historic U.S. visit this September could be said to have started in Milan, Italy, in 2012.

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Father Barron among LA bishops-elect

Father Barron among LA bishops-elect

| July 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis has named three auxiliary bishops for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and accepted the resignation of Auxiliary Bishop Gerald Wilkerson, 75.

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Good pastors always look, have compassion, teach, pope says at Angelus

Good pastors always look, have compassion, teach, pope says at Angelus

| July 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

A good pastor always sees what people are going through, feels compassion and then nourishes them with God’s Word, Pope Francis said.

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Prayers, sympathy shared after Tennessee shootings

Prayers, sympathy shared after Tennessee shootings

| July 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

Mourners place flags at a makeshift memorial for shooting victims in front of the Armed Forces Career Center in Chattanooga, Tenn., July 16. CNS photo/Tami Chappell, Reuters

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Families need prayers, courage, including from synod, pope says

Families need prayers, courage, including from synod, pope says

| Cindy Wooden | July 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

Even if a pastoral proposal for helping a Catholic family with problems seems scandalous at first, it is possible God could use that proposal to bring healing and holiness, Pope Francis said.

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Video of Planned Parenthood doctor prompts calls for investigation

Video of Planned Parenthood doctor prompts calls for investigation

| By Valerie Schmalz | July 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

A video released July 14 appears to show a top Planned Parenthood official discussing the sale of parts of aborted babies for research, including discussing ways the abortion procedure can be altered to preserve specifically requested body parts.

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Pope tells young Paraguayans: Stir things up, then help fix things

Pope tells young Paraguayans: Stir things up, then help fix things

| Barbara J. Fraser | July 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

“Stir things up, but then help organize what you have stirred up,” Pope Francis told about 220,000 young people gathered on this city’s waterfront on July 12.

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