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For Catholic astronauts, flying to space doesn’t mean giving up the faith

For Catholic astronauts, flying to space doesn’t mean giving up the faith

| April 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

On the International Space Station there’s a place, while filled with robotic equipment, where astronauts like to hang out. Called the Cupola, the small module has seven large bay windows that give crew members a panoramic view of Earth.

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Pope to release document on the family April 8

Pope to release document on the family April 8

| Cindy Wooden | April 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

“Amoris Laetitia” is what is known as a “postsynodal apostolic exhortation,” a document addressed to the whole church reflecting on themes of church life and faith that have been discussed at a gathering of the Synod of Bishops.

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Saint’s relics found in rubble of church destroyed by terrorists

Saint’s relics found in rubble of church destroyed by terrorists

| Gaby Maniscalco | April 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

The relics of Syrian St. Elian, which originally were thought to have been destroyed by members of the so-called Islamic State militia, have been found amid the rubble of the desecrated Mar Elian Church in Qaryatain, Syria.

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God excludes no one from his love; offers mercy, not hate, pope says

God excludes no one from his love; offers mercy, not hate, pope says

| Carol Glatz | April 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

Jesus brought humanity God’s merciful, saving love, not hatred and animosity, Pope Francis said.

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Villanova player’s winning shot is no surprise to his high school coach

Villanova player’s winning shot is no surprise to his high school coach

| Carol Zimmermann | April 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

When Kris Jenkins got the ball with the score tied in the final seconds of the NCAA men’s basketball championship game April 4, his former high school coach had no doubt that the Villanova player would make the shot.

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Pope meets head of traditionalist Society of St. Pius X

Pope meets head of traditionalist Society of St. Pius X

| Cindy Wooden | April 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

Although the society is no longer considered to be in schism and the excommunication of its bishops was lifted in 2009, questions remained over whether the sacraments they celebrate are valid and licit.

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‘Creed,’ ‘Room,’ ‘The Martian’ among newest Christopher Award winners

‘Creed,’ ‘Room,’ ‘The Martian’ among newest Christopher Award winners

| April 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

The well-received feature films “Creed,” “The Martian” and “Room” are among 21 winners of Christopher Awards announced March 30 in New York.

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Pro-life advocates oppose new FDA guidelines for RU-486 use

Pro-life advocates oppose new FDA guidelines for RU-486 use

| Dennis Sadowski | April 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

Pro-life advocates expressed dismay with new Food and Drug Administration guidelines that effectively expand how pregnant women can use RU-486, a drug that induces abortion.

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Annunciation is feast of saying ‘yes’ to God, pope says

Annunciation is feast of saying ‘yes’ to God, pope says

| Cindy Wooden | April 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

When people do not want to say “yes” to God, they usually do not say “no,” they just hide like Adam and Eve did after they sinned, Pope Francis said.

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Nuclear engineer-turned-pilgrim finishes her journey in Quebec

Nuclear engineer-turned-pilgrim finishes her journey in Quebec

| Philippe Vaillancourt | April 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

On Holy Thursday, Ann Sieben was among a few women to get their feet washed at the Basilica-Cathedral Notre-Dame. While Quebec Auxiliary Bishop Gaetan Proulx dried her foot with a towel, they exchanged a smile, both contemplating the symbol within the symbol.

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Mother Angelica, EWTN founder, dies Easter Sunday at age 92

Mother Angelica, EWTN founder, dies Easter Sunday at age 92

| April 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

Mother Angelica, who founded the Eternal Word Television Network and turned it into one of the world’s largest religious media operations, died March 27 at age 92.

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No easy answers to pastoral questions on assisted suicides

No easy answers to pastoral questions on assisted suicides

| Nancy Frazier O'Brien | April 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

As Canada prepares for the legalization of assisted suicide throughout the country in June and nearly half of the U.S. states take up some kind of legislative proposal on the topic this year, questions arise about its pastoral implications.

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