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Speakers hopeful post-Scalia court will have religious liberty advocate

Speakers hopeful post-Scalia court will have religious liberty advocate

| Kurt Jensen | April 19, 2016 | 5 Comments

Even without Justice Antonin Scalia and with the likelihood of deadlocks by an eight-member Supreme Court for some time to come, there’s still hope for a strong religious liberty advocate, a panel of speakers concluded.

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Poll respondents back Little Sisters of Poor in government dispute

Poll respondents back Little Sisters of Poor in government dispute

| April 19, 2016 | 6 Comments

According to a Marist Poll survey, a majority of Americans say it is “unfair” how the federal government is treating the Little Sisters of the Poor in the ongoing dispute over compliance with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services contraceptive mandate.

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Young nun, postulants among hundreds of Ecuador earthquake victims

Young nun, postulants among hundreds of Ecuador earthquake victims

| April 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

Six members of the Servant Sisters of the Home of the Mother, including a young nun from Northern Ireland, are among the dead in the strongest earthquake to strike Ecuador since 1979.

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From nightmare to dream: Syrian refugees thank pope for safety

From nightmare to dream: Syrian refugees thank pope for safety

| Cindy Wooden | April 18, 2016 | 1 Comment

After less than 48 hours in Rome, “dream” is the word used most often by the six Syrian adults Pope Francis brought back to Italy with him from a refugee camp in Greece.

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Fortunetellers can’t show the path to eternal life, pope says

Fortunetellers can’t show the path to eternal life, pope says

| Junno Arocho Esteves | April 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

Fortunetellers and seers cannot lead people to eternal life, and those who listen to such charlatans are not following Jesus, Pope Francis said.

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Panelists discuss today’s ‘throwaway culture’ in event at Georgetown

Panelists discuss today’s ‘throwaway culture’ in event at Georgetown

| Kurt Jensen | April 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

The scheduled April 20 appearance at Georgetown University by Cecile Richards, head of the Planned Parenthood Federation, has spawned a series of protests.

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Sanders says his invitation to Vatican wasn’t political endorsement

Sanders says his invitation to Vatican wasn’t political endorsement

| Carol Glatz | April 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

In his 15-minute address, the Jewish senator extolled the Catholic Church’s social teachings, saying few others “rival the depth and insight” the Church displays in its moral teaching on the challenges of a market economy.

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Pope prays for refugees, brings 12 Syrians back to Rome

Pope prays for refugees, brings 12 Syrians back to Rome

| Cindy Wooden | April 16, 2016 | 1 Comment

Pope Francis’ five-hour visit to Greece ended with him offering safe passage to Italy to 12 Syrian Muslims, half under the age of 18.

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Pope Francis asks for prayers ahead of visit to Lesbos

Pope Francis asks for prayers ahead of visit to Lesbos

| April 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis asked Christians to pray for him before embarking on a one-day visit to the Greek island of Lesbos.

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Nebraska bishops ‘deeply regret’ school group’s vote on transgender issue

Nebraska bishops ‘deeply regret’ school group’s vote on transgender issue

| April 14, 2016 | 3 Comments

Disappointed but not giving up.

That might summarize the reaction of Nebraska’s Catholic bishops to the Nebraska School Activities Association’s statewide representative assembly vote April 8 to retain a pathway for transgender participation in high school sports and other activities.

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‘VatiLeaks’ trial: Author says he had duty to publish private documents

‘VatiLeaks’ trial: Author says he had duty to publish private documents

| Junno Arocho Esteves | April 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

An Italian journalist said he was given private documents by a Vatican official detailing problems with financial reforms and that he had a duty to publish them.

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New rules ensure faith-based groups can vie for funding like other groups

New rules ensure faith-based groups can vie for funding like other groups

| Mark Pattison | April 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

Nearly seven years in the making, the federal government has issued rules intended to allow faith-based organizations as well as neighborhood groups to apply for federal grants and awards on an equal footing with other nonprofits.

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