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Pope tops 40 million followers on Twitter, 5 million on Instagram

Pope tops 40 million followers on Twitter, 5 million on Instagram

| Matthew Fowler | October 11, 2017 | 5 Comments

Pope Francis’ @Pontifex Twitter accounts reached more than 40 million followers just a few months before the fifth anniversary of when Pope Benedict XVI launched the initiative.

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Kenyan bishops urge politicians to participate in pre-election dialogue

Kenyan bishops urge politicians to participate in pre-election dialogue

| Francis Njuguna | October 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

Kenya’s bishops called on opposing parties to agree to dialogue to ensure a free and fair presidential election Oct. 26.

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Help defend democracy, vote for governors, say Venezuelan bishops

Help defend democracy, vote for governors, say Venezuelan bishops

| Cody Weddle | October 10, 2017 | 1 Comment

Venezuela’s bishops urged citizens to vote in upcoming gubernatorial elections.

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Child Martyrs of Tlaxcala recalled for their devotion to faith

Child Martyrs of Tlaxcala recalled for their devotion to faith

| October 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

Blessed Cristobal was about 12 or 13 when he confronted his father in 1527 over drinking “pulque,” an alcoholic beverage made from fermented sap of agave plant.

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Catholics voice concern about EPA efforts to dismantle Clean Power Plan

Catholics voice concern about EPA efforts to dismantle Clean Power Plan

| Dennis Sadowski | October 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

An Environmental Protection Agency decision to roll back an Obama-era regulation to curb carbon dioxide emissions from power plants met with disapproval and pledges to work to keep key components of the plan in place from Catholic organizations.

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Poverty, violence hinder progress for many women, girls, says nuncio

Poverty, violence hinder progress for many women, girls, says nuncio

| October 10, 2017 | 1 Comment

Conditions in many parts of the world force women and girls to bear the burden of carrying out everyday chores for their families and communities, keeping many of them from getting even a basic education, the Vatican’s U.N. nuncio said Oct. 6.

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International stewardship speakers examine faith practices of millennials

International stewardship speakers examine faith practices of millennials

| October 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

The leading edge of millennial-age believers is marrying and starting families. Parishes preparing for the future will evolve to meet the habits of this group, said a panel of four Atlanta millennials at the International Catholic Stewardship Council conference.

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Canon law must serve Vatican II vision of the church, pope says

Canon law must serve Vatican II vision of the church, pope says

| Cindy Wooden | October 9, 2017 | 3 Comments

The Catholic Church’s Code of Canon Law is an instrument that must serve the church’s pastoral mission of bringing God’s mercy to all and leading them to salvation, Pope Francis said.

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Survey shows most Americans support celebrating Columbus Day

Survey shows most Americans support celebrating Columbus Day

| October 7, 2017 | 5 Comments

A new survey shows that almost six in 10 Americans, or 57 percent, believe that celebrating Columbus Day is a “good idea,” while only 29 percent oppose the holiday.

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Trump administration expands exemptions on contraceptive mandate

Trump administration expands exemptions on contraceptive mandate

| October 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Trump administration Oct. 6 issued interim rules expanding the exemption to the contraceptive mandate for religious employers, such as the Little Sisters of the Poor, who object on moral grounds to covering contraceptive and abortion-inducing drugs and devices in their employee health insurance.

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‘Love Saves Lives’ theme for 2018 March for Life marking Roe decision

‘Love Saves Lives’ theme for 2018 March for Life marking Roe decision

| October 5, 2017 | 0 Comments

The theme for the 45th annual March for Life will be “Love Saves Lives: Life Is the Loving, Empowering and Self-Sacrificial Option.”

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Facebook, Microsoft try to keep up with vast scale of online abuse

Facebook, Microsoft try to keep up with vast scale of online abuse

| Carol Glatz | October 5, 2017 | 1 Comment

Two giants in the digital world presented some key ways they are trying to keep up with the vast scale and increasing sophistication of the abuse and exploitation of minors online.

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