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Devil, not invaders, biggest enemy at hand, pope tells Swiss Guard

Devil, not invaders, biggest enemy at hand, pope tells Swiss Guard

| Carol Glatz | May 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

Be ready with the spiritual weapon of faith because the biggest battle facing the Swiss Guard today is fighting the devil and worldly vices, Pope Francis told the guard’s members.

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Head of French bishops welcomes Macron’s election

Head of French bishops welcomes Macron’s election

The head of the French bishops’ conference welcomed the election of President-elect Emmanuel Macron and said he hoped June legislative elections would not place the country “in an ungovernable situation.”

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U.S. bishops’ committee chairman: Fix flaws in American Health Care Act

U.S. bishops’ committee chairman: Fix flaws in American Health Care Act

| Mark Pattison | May 5, 2017 | 1 Comment

The American Health Care Act that passed by a four-vote margin May 4 in the House has “major defects,” said Bishop Frank Dewane of Venice, Florida, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Social Development.

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Vatican launches Belgium euthanasia investigation

Vatican launches Belgium euthanasia investigation

| Simon Caldwell | May 5, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Vatican is investigating the decision of a group of psychiatric care centers run by a Catholic religious order in Belgium to permit doctors to perform euthanasia of “nonterminal” mentally ill patients on its premises.

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Belgian Brothers to allow euthanasia for nonterminal psych patients

Belgian Brothers to allow euthanasia for nonterminal psych patients

| Simon Caldwell | May 5, 2017 | 0 Comments

A group of psychiatric care centers run by a Catholic religious order in Belgium has announced it will permit doctors to undertake the euthanasia of “nonterminal” mentally ill patients on its premises.

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Kansas family among first to aid fellow farmers affected by wildfires

Kansas family among first to aid fellow farmers affected by wildfires

| Joe Bollig | May 5, 2017 | 0 Comments

Father Prakash Rao Kola was in Coldwater, Kansas, 30 miles east of Ashland, the afternoon of March 6 when he began to get frantic calls from parishioners.

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Catholic leaders wary of AHA repeal-and-replace efforts

Catholic leaders wary of AHA repeal-and-replace efforts

| Mark Pattison | May 5, 2017 | 0 Comments

The House passed a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act by a four-vote margin May 4. The final vote was 217-213.

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Father Solanus Casey sainthood cause advances

Father Solanus Casey sainthood cause advances

| Carol Glatz | May 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis advanced the sainthood causes of Wisconsin-born Capuchin Father Solanus Casey, five religious, four laypeople and two cardinals, including Vietnamese Cardinal Francois Nguyen Van Thuan.

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Church leaders view religious freedom order as positive step

Church leaders view religious freedom order as positive step

| Carol Zimmermann | May 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

Many religious leaders viewed President Donald Trump’s executive order on religious freedom, which he signed in a White House Rose Garden ceremony May 4, as a step in the right direction.

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Pope Francis to meet Trump at Vatican May 24

Pope Francis to meet Trump at Vatican May 24

President Donald Trump will visit the Vatican and meet with Pope Francis May 24 as part of his first foreign trip as president.

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45 people saved from tornado’s fury in hallway of Texas church

45 people saved from tornado’s fury in hallway of Texas church

| Mark Pattison | May 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

In the insurance world, extreme weather events such as tornadoes are often referred to as “acts of God.”

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Retired Alaska archbishop, a St. Paul native, recovering after minor heart attack

Retired Alaska archbishop, a St. Paul native, recovering after minor heart attack

| Joel Davidson | May 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

Archbishop Schwietz experienced chest pains while preparing to celebrate morning Mass at St. Andrew Church in Eagle River, Alaska, where he has served as pastor since his retirement in November 2016.

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