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Cardinal: Muslims, Christians work for peace, especially in war zones

Cardinal: Muslims, Christians work for peace, especially in war zones

| Carol Glatz | July 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Christians and Muslims should work together to bring peace and reconciliation, especially where the two communities face “the horror of war,” said Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran.

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No summer break for debate on Common Core standards for schools

No summer break for debate on Common Core standards for schools

| Carol Zimmermann | July 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Even in the dog days of summer, the realization that the school year is just around the corner keeps creeping up like pockets of sprouting weeds in a garden.

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Obama’s order bans discrimination based on workers’ sexual orientation

Obama’s order bans discrimination based on workers’ sexual orientation

| Mark Pattison | July 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

President Barack Obama’s executive order of July 21 has installed workplace rules forbidding the firing of employees based on sexual orientation and gender identity by the federal government and federal contractors — a key provision in the Employment Non-Discrimination Act languishing in Congress.

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Bishops: To end border crisis, address issues forcing people to flee

Bishops: To end border crisis, address issues forcing people to flee

| July 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

To end the U.S.-Mexico border crisis, the United States must address the flow of illegal drugs and arms and the harmful economic policies forcing children and families to leave Central America for the U.S., said the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace.

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Family, nuncio in Syria plead for news about kidnapped Jesuit

Family, nuncio in Syria plead for news about kidnapped Jesuit

| Cindy Wooden | July 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

On the eve of the first anniversary of the presumed kidnapping of an Italian Jesuit in Syria, his family posted a video on YouTube pleading for news about his whereabouts.

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Like good shepherd, church must seek out, help abused, says survivor

Like good shepherd, church must seek out, help abused, says survivor

| Carol Glatz | July 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Just as Jesus commanded pastors to leave their flock to find the lost sheep, the church must set out in search of all those who have been abused by clergy and offer them help, said one abuse survivor.

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German bishops mark WWI anniversary, acknowledge churches share guilt

German bishops mark WWI anniversary, acknowledge churches share guilt

| July 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

As the world marks the 100th anniversary of World War I, Germany’s Catholic bishops urged efforts to overcome “destructive self-interest” and acknowledged the shared guilt of churches for the conflict, which left 16 million dead.

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Archbishop Chaput confirms pope to visit Philadelphia in September 2015

Archbishop Chaput confirms pope to visit Philadelphia in September 2015

| Nancy Wiechec | July 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said Pope Francis has accepted his invitation to attend the World Meeting of Families in the U.S. next year.

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Surprise visit: Pope heads to Vatican cafeteria for Friday fish menu

Surprise visit: Pope heads to Vatican cafeteria for Friday fish menu

| Carol Glatz | July 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

“I didn’t have the courage to give him the bill,” said Claudia Di Giacomo, who was sitting behind the cash register.

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Vatican revising canon law on abuse penalties, cardinal says

Vatican revising canon law on abuse penalties, cardinal says

| Cindy Wooden | July 24, 2014 | 2 Comments

Church law has procedures and penalties for effectively dealing with allegations of clerical sexual abuse, but the Vatican is working to revise a section of the Code of Canon Law to make those norms and procedures clearer and, therefore, more effective, said the president of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts.

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Free from ordeal in Sudan, woman condemned for apostasy meets pope

Free from ordeal in Sudan, woman condemned for apostasy meets pope

| Carol Glatz | July 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Meeting a Sudanese woman who risked execution for not renouncing her Catholic faith, Pope Francis thanked Meriam Ibrahim for her steadfast witness to Christ.

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U.S. AIDS official warns against stigma against gays in Africa

U.S. AIDS official warns against stigma against gays in Africa

| Paul Jeffrey | July 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

The U.S. government global AIDS coordinator praised faith-based groups for their action to combat AIDS but warned against an increase in stigma and discrimination against gays, especially in Africa.

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