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Mother Teresa’s canonization in 2016 only hypothetical, says Vatican

Mother Teresa’s canonization in 2016 only hypothetical, says Vatican

| Laura Ieraci | May 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

Despite reports in the Italian press that Blessed Teresa of Kolkata’s canonization has been set for Sept. 4, 2016, a Vatican spokesman says the date is only hypothetical and cannot be confirmed.

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Pro-lifers hail passage of Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

Pro-lifers hail passage of Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

U.S. House passage May 13 of a measure that would ban most abortions after 20 weeks is “long overdue and one of the most common sense laws under consideration,” said the president and CEO of Americans United for Life.

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Reaction mixed to Tsarnaev death sentence in Boston Marathon bombing

Reaction mixed to Tsarnaev death sentence in Boston Marathon bombing

| Mark Pattison | May 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

Reaction was mixed to the May 15 jury sentencing of death for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for his role in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

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Families are first victims of violence, poverty, pope tells bishops

Families are first victims of violence, poverty, pope tells bishops

| Carol Glatz | May 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

Families are the first victims wherever there is conflict or poverty, but they also are the best place for teaching peace and reconciliation, Pope Francis told bishops of the Central African Republic.

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No easy moral resolution to Vergara-Loeb dispute over frozen embryos

No easy moral resolution to Vergara-Loeb dispute over frozen embryos

| Nancy Frazier O'Brien | May 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

Are frozen embryos human beings worthy of dignity and respect or are they property subject to contractual obligations?

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In family relations, good manners are no joke, pope says at audience

In family relations, good manners are no joke, pope says at audience

| Cindy Wooden | May 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

The closer two people are to each other, the more care is required in respecting the other’s freedom and feelings, Pope Francis said.

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Survey shows increase in Americans who aren’t part of any religion

Survey shows increase in Americans who aren’t part of any religion

| Patricia Zapor | May 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

A major study of the religious landscape of the United States shows a continuing decline in the number of people who consider themselves part of any religion, with the largest shift occurring among the “millennial” generation.

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Castro says pope is so impressive he might start praying again

Castro says pope is so impressive he might start praying again

| Cindy Wooden | May 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

After spending close to an hour with Pope Francis, Cuban President Raul Castro told reporters he is so impressed by what the pope does and says that he might start praying and could even return to the church.

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Baltimore Catholics strive to heal, clean up city

Baltimore Catholics strive to heal, clean up city

| Christopher Gunty and Erik Zygmont | May 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

As Baltimore cleaned up after a night of riots, looting and fires following the funeral of Freddie Gray, Archbishop William Lori said the Church’s place is to pray, be a voice for peace and participate in a wider community dialogue to solve the systemic issues that led to the unrest.

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At seminary, Pope defends Blessed Serra

At seminary, Pope defends Blessed Serra

| Cindy Wooden | May 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

People seem to enjoy finding the shortcomings of candidates for sainthood like Blessed Junipero Serra, but they should ask themselves if they would have his generosity and courage to leave everything behind to care for the poor and bring them the Gospel, Pope Francis said.

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Week after quake, trucks of aid begin reaching remote areas of Nepal

Week after quake, trucks of aid begin reaching remote areas of Nepal

| Anto Akkara | May 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

Truckloads of relief material organized by church charities began moving across Nepal a week after the Himalayan nation was rocked by a magnitude-7.8 earthquake April 25.

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Kenya bishop responds to terrorist acts with message of hope, forgiveness

Kenya bishop responds to terrorist acts with message of hope, forgiveness

| May 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Catholic Spirit asked Bishop Anthony Muheria of Kitui, Kenya, to share via e-mail how his community has been coping in the aftermath of reportedly anti-Christian massacres April 2 at Garissa University, 170 miles northeast of Kitui in a neighboring diocese.

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