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Report adds ‘entities’ deserving greater scrutiny on religious freedom

Report adds ‘entities’ deserving greater scrutiny on religious freedom

| Mark Pattison | April 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

The 2017 annual report of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom added three “entities” to its list of 28 “countries of particular concern,” thanks to a law passed in December. Islamic State, the Taliban and the Somali group al-Shabaab made the list in the report, released April 26. Islamic State was faulted for its […]

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In TED talk, pope urges people to make real connections

In TED talk, pope urges people to make real connections

| Keanine Griggs | April 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

“How wonderful would it be, while we discover faraway planets, to rediscover the needs of the brothers and sisters orbiting around us,” the pope said in the talk that TED organizers had been advertising as that of a “surprise guest.”

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Court’s death penalty vote will impact current stayed executions

Court’s death penalty vote will impact current stayed executions

| Carol Zimmermann | April 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

When the Arkansas Supreme Court stayed the executions of two of the eight men slated for April executions, Don Davis and Bruce Ward, it said it was awaiting guidance from the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in McWilliams v. Dunn, the case it heard April 24.

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Family Rosary Procession in St. Paul turns 70

Family Rosary Procession in St. Paul turns 70

| April 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

The prayerful walk for all ages from the State Capitol grounds to the Cathedral of St. Paul in St. Paul begins 2 p.m. May 7 with Archbishop Bernard Hebda leading.

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Pope makes donation to handicapped-accessible beach project

Pope makes donation to handicapped-accessible beach project

| Junno Arocho Esteves | April 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

The “Work of Love” association said the donation was accompanied by a message from the pope who “imparted his blessing to the volunteers and in a special way to the disabled people and their families” who visit the beach.

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After Easter, Chileans on horseback take sacraments to homebound

After Easter, Chileans on horseback take sacraments to homebound

| Jane Chambers | April 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

This year on April 23, Santiago Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati and 4,000 other helpers went to the foothills of the Andes, to the city of Colina, about 20 miles north of Santiago, to help the elderly and sick. They visited about 100 households. The volunteers are known as Quasimodists, and they come from different parts of the community.

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Spokesman: Tight security is ‘new normal’ as pope heads to Egypt

Spokesman: Tight security is ‘new normal’ as pope heads to Egypt

| Carol Glatz | April 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

Burke said that after Pope Francis’ private meeting with Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II, at the patriarch’s residence April 28, the two leaders will go together to the nearby church of Sts. Peter and Paul, which had been bombed during a Sunday Mass in Decem

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French bishops offer divided voters guidelines on presidential runoff

French bishops offer divided voters guidelines on presidential runoff

| April 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

“The state must integrate solidarity in … society and concretely apply its preoccupation for the poor, the elderly, the disabled, the unemployed. To neglect the most fragile is to divide society,” the statement said. It stressed the need to manage the tension between a “no-control liberalism” and the preservation of “social protection mechanisms.”

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After shooting, Fresno Catholics urged to be a light to community

After shooting, Fresno Catholics urged to be a light to community

| April 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

After three men were killed April 18 in a shooting rampage in Fresno by a gunman who was captured and admitted to the shootings, the Diocese of Fresno urged the local Catholic community to “seize this moment as an opportunity to live as people of light not darkness by rejecting the temptation to hate the hater.”

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Pedaling priests to bike across Peoria Diocese seeking vocation prayers

Pedaling priests to bike across Peoria Diocese seeking vocation prayers

| Jennifer Willems | April 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

Being a priest has made Father Michael Pica, Father Adam Cesarek and Father Tom Otto so happy that they are preparing to share their joy with people from Rock Island to Danville — literally.

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Egypt’s attacks won’t stop pope’s visit for peace, says Vatican official

Egypt’s attacks won’t stop pope’s visit for peace, says Vatican official

| Carol Glatz | April 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

Despite recent and repeated terrorist attacks against Egypt’s minority Christian communities, Pope Francis will not cancel his visit to Egypt.

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Papal almoner opens laundry service for the poor

Papal almoner opens laundry service for the poor

| Junno Arocho Esteves | April 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

The office charged with coordinating Pope Francis’ acts of charity announced the opening of a laundromat for the poor and homeless of Rome.

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