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Amid polarization, nation urged to reclaim civility through dialogue

Amid polarization, nation urged to reclaim civility through dialogue

| Carolyn Mackenzie | July 10, 2017 | 1 Comment

Political polarization in America has recently peaked, according to surveys conducted by Pew Research Center and Gallup, among others.

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Vatican asks bishops to ensure validity of matter for Eucharist

Vatican asks bishops to ensure validity of matter for Eucharist

| Carol Glatz | July 10, 2017 | 3 Comments

Bishops should look at ways to help verify and guarantee the validity and worthiness of the bread and wine used for the celebration of the Eucharist, the Vatican said in a recent document.

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Upcoming Aug. 21 solar eclipse thrills astronomers, Kentucky parishioners

Upcoming Aug. 21 solar eclipse thrills astronomers, Kentucky parishioners

| Dennis Sadowski | July 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

For the first time in 99 years, the summer sky will turn to night at midday Aug. 21 during a solar eclipse along a 70-mile wide path from coast to coast.

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Virginia carries out execution despite pleas inmate was mentally ill

Virginia carries out execution despite pleas inmate was mentally ill

| July 10, 2017 | 1 Comment

Virginia officials executed a man convicted of killing a hospital security guard and a sheriff’s deputy despite the pleas of advocates who said the crimes resulted from severe mental illness.

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Fraternity of St. Charles priests look forward to serving at St. Peter in North St. Paul

Fraternity of St. Charles priests look forward to serving at St. Peter in North St. Paul

| July 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

Having met Christ in the midst of community, Italian priests Father Ettore Ferrario and Father Pietro Rossotti hope to lead the people of St. Peter in North St. Paul to a similar encounter as they begin their ministry at the 128-year-old parish.

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German bishops regret lawmakers’ vote to legalize same-sex marriage

German bishops regret lawmakers’ vote to legalize same-sex marriage

| Jonathan Luxmoore | June 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

Germany’s bishops’ conference expressed regret over a June 30 parliamentary vote to allow same-sex weddings, vowing to defend the “Catholic understanding of marriage.”

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Poverty, inequality in Latin America at unthinkable levels, pope says

Poverty, inequality in Latin America at unthinkable levels, pope says

| Junno Arocho Esteves | June 30, 2017 | 1 Comment

Latin America’s traditional social values of cooperation and solidarity must prevail over the societal ills that threaten the livelihood of the region’s inhabitants, Pope Francis said.

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Catholic mom: Children’s-Blue Cross contract dispute puts baby’s cancer treatment in limbo

Catholic mom: Children’s-Blue Cross contract dispute puts baby’s cancer treatment in limbo

| June 30, 2017 | 1 Comment

“This isn’t your issue right now, but it could be your issue, so it’s your fight to fight as well,” Melissa Jaeger said. “Just because you don’t have a medically compromised kid right now doesn’t mean that you might not in the future. We need Children’s Hospital to be thriving to help all of our children.”

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Marawi bishop says church can’t negotiate with terrorists who hold priest

Marawi bishop says church can’t negotiate with terrorists who hold priest

| June 29, 2017 | 1 Comment

The Catholic bishop in the southern Philippine city of Marawi dismissed as “ridiculous” proposals to negotiate for the release of a priest held captive by terrorist gunmen.

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Life academy offers prayers to parents of terminally ill baby

Life academy offers prayers to parents of terminally ill baby

| Carol Glatz | June 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Pontifical Academy for Life and the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales extended prayers for terminally ill baby, Charlie Gard, the medical staff caring for him and the parents who have lost a legal battle to keep him on life-support and seek treatment in the United States.

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Pope tells new cardinals to serve people, tackle sins

Pope tells new cardinals to serve people, tackle sins

| Carol Glatz | June 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

Cardinals are not called to be “princes” of the church, but to serve the people of God and tackle the sins of the world, Pope Francis told five new cardinals.

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Court says church school can’t be barred from state funds for playground

Court says church school can’t be barred from state funds for playground

| Carol Zimmermann | June 26, 2017 | 1 Comment

In a 7-2 decision, the Supreme Court June 26 said a Lutheran preschool should not be excluded from a state grant program to refurbish its playground surface just because it is a religious entity.

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