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Pope to seminarians: Do not be orphan, businessman or prince priests

Pope to seminarians: Do not be orphan, businessman or prince priests

| Carol Glatz | May 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis told seminarians not to become “orphan priests,” who are motherless without Mary; “businessman priests,” who are after money; or “prince priests,” who are aloof from the people.

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As Hispanics approach majority in U.S. church, needs for ministry loom

As Hispanics approach majority in U.S. church, needs for ministry loom

| Patricia Zapor | May 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

Training of pastoral leaders and provision of most other resources for Hispanic ministry aren’t keeping up with the fast-approaching time when Hispanics will make up the majority of Catholics in the United States, according to a new report.

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Archbishop says botched execution highlights brutality of death penalty

Archbishop says botched execution highlights brutality of death penalty

Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City said the botched execution April 29 of an Oklahoma inmate “highlights the brutality of the death penalty” and should bring the nation to “consider whether we should adopt a moratorium on the death penalty or even abolish it altogether.”

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Cardinal O’Malley: Sex abuse panel to stress accountability, education

Cardinal O’Malley: Sex abuse panel to stress accountability, education

| Francis X. Rocca | May 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

The new papal commission for protecting minors from clerical sex abuse will recommend stricter standards for accountability of abusers and those who fail to protect children, and will fight widespread denial of the problem within the church, said Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston.

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Supreme Court ruling allows prayers before public meetings

Supreme Court ruling allows prayers before public meetings

| Carol Zimmermann | May 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Supreme Court ruled May 5 that prayers said before town council meetings in Greece, N.Y., do not violate the Constitution.

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Hopes rise that pope, patriarch meeting renews Christian unity effort

Hopes rise that pope, patriarch meeting renews Christian unity effort

| Francis X. Rocca | May 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Orthodox bishop who is coordinating the upcoming pilgrimage to Jerusalem by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople said he hopes the patriarch’s May 25 meeting with Pope Francis will give new impetus to efforts for Christian unity.

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Roughing it for the saints: Thousands sleep outdoors to get to Mass

Roughing it for the saints: Thousands sleep outdoors to get to Mass

| April 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Volunteers wearing neon yellow vests interlocked their arms and led the crowds, several hundred at a time, slowly toward St. Peter’s Square. The “one-block-at-a-time” strategy was to help avoid a chaotic rush and crush of tens of thousands of people when the square opened at 5:30 a.m.

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Don’t forget to pack patience, determination on pilgrimage to Rome

Don’t forget to pack patience, determination on pilgrimage to Rome

| April 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

When preparing for two canonizations that draw nearly 1 million people to Rome, people usually pack essentials like food, water, raingear and sun hats. But like any real pilgrimage, the most important supplies end up being plenty of patience and perseverance, many pilgrims said.

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Canonization opens way for universal celebration of popes’ feast days

Canonization opens way for universal celebration of popes’ feast days

| April 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

From the moment Pope Francis said, “We declare and define Blesseds John XXIII and John Paul II be saints” and “they are to be venerated as such by the whole church,” their October feast days automatically could be celebrated at Masses around the world.

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Minnesota business owners explain lawsuits over HHS mandate

Minnesota business owners explain lawsuits over HHS mandate

| Susan Klemond | April 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

When a challenge seems impossible, Deacon Greg Hall doesn’t focus on the outcome as much as the next step. The lesson he learned when his St. Joseph-based company was providing equipment in the 2010 rescue of Chilean miners trapped underground is as relevant today in his fight against the Obama Administration’s HHS contraception mandate. Deacon […]

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Celebrating two new saints

Celebrating two new saints

| April 23, 2014 | 1 Comment

Archbishop to attend canonization Mass in Rome April 27 for Popes John Paul II, John XXIII

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Pope sends Easter eggs to hospitalized children, gift to the homeless

Pope sends Easter eggs to hospitalized children, gift to the homeless

| Judith Harris | April 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Ensuring small patients at a Vatican-owned hospital could keep an Italian Easter tradition, Pope Francis donated 150 brightly wrapped chocolate Easter eggs to children, including those undergoing cancer treatment, at the Bambino Gesu pediatric hospital near the Vatican.

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