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‘My life just isn’t as valuable as others’: Woman sues British government

‘My life just isn’t as valuable as others’: Woman sues British government

| Simon Caldwell | February 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

A woman with Down syndrome will take the British government to court in an attempt to change a law that permits abortions up to birth of children considered to be “seriously handicapped.”

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Pope: Lent is a time to reflect on God’s love, not ‘useless sermons’

Pope: Lent is a time to reflect on God’s love, not ‘useless sermons’

| Junno Arocho Esteves | February 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

Ashes not only symbolize humanity’s frail mortality but are also a reminder of God’s infinite love of people, whom he created from dust, Pope Francis said.

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Papal academy invites tech giants to support ethical guidelines for AI

Papal academy invites tech giants to support ethical guidelines for AI

| Carol Glatz | February 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

The Pontifical Academy for Life has invited the leaders of Microsoft and IBM — two of the world’s leading developers of AI software — to sign a charter calling for an ethical framework and guidelines for the field of artificial intelligence.

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Appeals court upholds Trump administration’s Title X ‘Protect Life Rule’

Appeals court upholds Trump administration’s Title X ‘Protect Life Rule’

| February 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Feb. 24 upheld the Trump administration’s “Protect Life Rule” that enforces the Title X rule banning taxpayer funds from being used to promote or provide abortion as family planning.

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University of Notre Dame revokes awards given to L’Arche founder Vanier

University of Notre Dame revokes awards given to L’Arche founder Vanier

| February 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

The University of Notre Dame Feb. 23 revoked the Notre Dame Award that was conferred upon Jean Vanier in 1994 after the L’Arche organization he established found credible allegations that Vanier sexually exploited six women. Vanier was the recipient of the third Notre Dame Award for worldwide humanitarian service. The university established the award in […]

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East Africa fears prolonged locust invasion as eggs hatch from first wave

East Africa fears prolonged locust invasion as eggs hatch from first wave

| Fredrick Nzwili | February 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

In this remote village about 200 miles east of Nairobi, residents — some Catholics — were fearing a new wave of desert locusts, as millions of eggs the insects laid earlier began to hatch.

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High court to examine religious liberty, foster care by same-sex couples

High court to examine religious liberty, foster care by same-sex couples

| Carol Zimmermann | February 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

The U.S. Supreme Court announced Feb. 24 that in its next term it will examine if the city of Philadelphia can exclude a Catholic social services agency from the city’s foster care program because the agency will not accept same-sex couples as foster parents.

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Bishops want end to poisonous attacks that immobilize Zambians

Bishops want end to poisonous attacks that immobilize Zambians

| February 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

The Zambian bishops’ conference called for an immediate end to attacks in which people are sprayed with poisonous substances to immobilize them.

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After 142 years, Dominican Friars leaving Minneapolis parish

After 142 years, Dominican Friars leaving Minneapolis parish

| February 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

After 142 years of serving the parish they founded, the Dominican Friars plan to leave Holy Rosary/Santo Rosario in Minneapolis effective June 30.

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Seminar speakers: ‘Gender ideology’ spreads false idea of human person, doesn’t belong in Catholic education 

Seminar speakers: ‘Gender ideology’ spreads false idea of human person, doesn’t belong in Catholic education 

| February 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

In a culture where public school policies are increasingly pushing parents out of important conversations about their child’s sexual identity and gender expression, Catholic educators need to take an opposite approach, speakers told two gatherings of pastors, Catholic school leaders and religious education directors Feb. 20-21.  Sponsored by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis’ […]

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New guidelines for Catholic schools affirm students’ sexual identity as biological sex, opposing gender theory

New guidelines for Catholic schools affirm students’ sexual identity as biological sex, opposing gender theory

| February 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

Catholic schools and religious education programs in Minnesota dioceses are to relate to students “in a way that is respectful of and consistent with each student’s God-given sexual identity and biological sex,” the document states.

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As COVID-19 spreads, Holy Land Catholics concerned, but sites still open

As COVID-19 spreads, Holy Land Catholics concerned, but sites still open

| Judith Sudilovsky | February 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

After Israel reported that 18 people from a recent South Korean tour group were infected with COVID-19, a coronavirus, a spokesman for the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem said officials were concerned how the diagnosis would affect Lenten and Easter pilgrimages.

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