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Pope names St. Gregory of Narek a doctor of the church

Pope names St. Gregory of Narek a doctor of the church

| February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

A 10th-century Armenian monk has been named among the doctors of the church.

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God wants you to find real love — lifelong love — pope tells youths

God wants you to find real love — lifelong love — pope tells youths

| Cindy Wooden | February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Christianity is not a set of prohibitions, but a “project for life” that can lead to true happiness in building better relationships and a better world, Pope Francis told Catholic young people.

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Pope seeks prayers for Egyptians beheaded by Islamic State

Pope seeks prayers for Egyptians beheaded by Islamic State

| Carol Glatz | February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

He offered morning Mass Feb. 17 in the chapel of his residence for the slain Christians he termed “our 21 brother Copts” whose throats had been slit “for the sole reason of being Christians,” and he requested people pray for the victims so “that the Lord welcome them as martyrs.”

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Ukrainian Catholic leader invites pope, says visit could bring peace

Ukrainian Catholic leader invites pope, says visit could bring peace

| Carol Glatz | February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

The head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church invited Pope Francis to visit the war-torn nation, saying it would help bring peace.

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Survey: 133 percent increase in attacks on religion in past three years

Survey: 133 percent increase in attacks on religion in past three years

| Nate Madden | February 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

The report, “Undeniable: The Survey of Hostility to Religion in America, 2014 Edition,” chronicles a series of more than 1,300 court cases recently handled or monitored by the institute, a nonprofit legal group that represents plaintiffs who feel their religious liberty has been violated.

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Archbishop says morality clauses are about upholding mission of church

Archbishop says morality clauses are about upholding mission of church

| February 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone told a group of California legislators that he respects their right “to employ or not employ whomever you wish to advance your mission” and expects the same in return.

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Pope: Don’t let meatless Fridays be selfish, soulless, seafood splurge

Pope: Don’t let meatless Fridays be selfish, soulless, seafood splurge

| Carol Glatz | February 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

Real fasting isn’t just restricting food choices, it must also include cleansing the heart of all selfishness and making room in one’s life for those in need and those who have sinned and need healing, Pope Francis said.

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Texas judge blocks DAPA, DACA expansion; administration to appeal

Texas judge blocks DAPA, DACA expansion; administration to appeal

| Patricia Zapor | February 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

A little more than one day before an expansion was to take effect in a deferred deportation program known as DACA, a federal judge in Texas issued a preliminary injunction blocking the Obama administration’s effort.

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Assisted suicide making way in states, courts

Assisted suicide making way in states, courts

| Mark Pattison | February 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

Assisted suicide is legal in only four states currently, but several other jurisdictions are considering passing legislation to legalize the practice.

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New books for Lenten spiritual reading

New books for Lenten spiritual reading

| February 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

Here is a selection of recent releases for Lenten reading.

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House Speaker Boehner announces Pope Francis will address Congress

House Speaker Boehner announces Pope Francis will address Congress

| February 5, 2015 | 0 Comments

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, announced Feb. 5 that Pope Francis will address a joint meeting of Congress Sept. 24.

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Pope: Farmers must care for an earth more vulnerable to climate change

Pope: Farmers must care for an earth more vulnerable to climate change

| Carol Glatz | February 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

Farmers must find a delicate balance between reaping the precious gifts of the earth and protecting them for future generations, especially given the threat of climate change, Pope Francis said.

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