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Forgive others, find peace, pope says during brief visit to Assisi

Forgive others, find peace, pope says during brief visit to Assisi

| August 5, 2016 | 1 Comment

Celebrating how God’s mercy has been experienced for 800 years in a tiny stone church in Assisi, Italy, Pope Francis said people need to experience God’s forgiveness and start learning how to forgive others.

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Pope appoints head of Catholic University of America to Vatican agency

Pope appoints head of Catholic University of America to Vatican agency

| August 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis appointed John Garvey, president of The Catholic University of America, to the board of directors of a Vatican agency overseeing institutes of higher learning.

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Measure to protect gay students’ rights said to target religious colleges

Measure to protect gay students’ rights said to target religious colleges

| Kurt Jensen | August 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

A small independent Catholic college in Escondido, California, has joined the opponents of a state law aimed at banning discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students by depriving colleges of state and federal student-aid funds.

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Bombing of Aleppo destroys hospitals, traps civilians, especially kids

Bombing of Aleppo destroys hospitals, traps civilians, especially kids

| Dale Gavlak | August 3, 2016 | 1 Comment

Only a small number of civilians in Aleppo are using humanitarian corridors to flee weeks of intensive bombardment; activists say people do not trust that the routes are safe.

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Catholic senator earns victory in federal court against HHS mandate

Catholic senator earns victory in federal court against HHS mandate

| Jennifer Brinker | August 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

A Missouri senator won’t be forced to pay for health insurance that includes “religiously objectionable” medical services, according to a judgment issued in federal court.

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As she qualified for Olympics, U.S. fencer had ongoing talks with God

As she qualified for Olympics, U.S. fencer had ongoing talks with God

| Kelly Seegers | August 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

As fencer Kat Holmes was going through the Olympic trials, she had “an almost ongoing conversation with God.”

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Papal academy convenes summit to tackle world refugee crisis

Papal academy convenes summit to tackle world refugee crisis

| Carol Glatz | August 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

A papal think tank is convening a summit to tackle the threat to global stability posed by today’s refugee crisis.

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Secularized culture leads to ‘orphaned’ Christians, pope tells bishops

Secularized culture leads to ‘orphaned’ Christians, pope tells bishops

| Junno Arocho Esteves | August 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis warned Poland’s Catholic bishops that an increasingly secularized and de-Christianized culture leaves people orphaned, being vaguely spiritual without Christ or his church.

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Pope names six women, six men to panel to study women deacons

Pope names six women, six men to panel to study women deacons

| Cindy Wooden | August 2, 2016 | 4 Comments

Pope Francis has appointed six men and six women to a commission to study the issue of women deacons, particularly their ministry in the early church.

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Bishop visits West Virginia’s flood-ravaged areas, where recovery is ongoing

Bishop visits West Virginia’s flood-ravaged areas, where recovery is ongoing

| Tim Bishop | August 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

Bishop Michael J. Bransfield of Wheeling-Charleston toured the flood-ravaged town of Rainelle July 25 to see firsthand the damage caused by the severe June 23 floods.

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World record-holder swimmer still says ‘a prayer — or two — before any race’

World record-holder swimmer still says ‘a prayer — or two — before any race’

| Kelly Seegers | August 1, 2016 | 1 Comment

Four years ago, at age 15, swimmer Katie Ledecky won Olympic gold in the women’s 800-meter freestyle.

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Superhero cape project brings joy to young patients

Superhero cape project brings joy to young patients

| Rachele Smith | August 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

At almost 4 years old, Caroline Hoffman is battling something no child should ever have to worry about: cancer.

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