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Same-sex attraction needs more attention in parishes, say speakers

Same-sex attraction needs more attention in parishes, say speakers

| Dan Meloy | August 25, 2015 | 1 Comment

Clarifying the Catholic Church’s position and preaching to those with same-sex attraction are critically important to evangelizing in today’s world, speakers said during an Aug. 10-12 conference at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth.

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Central African religious leaders share U.N. prize for reconciliation

Central African religious leaders share U.N. prize for reconciliation

| August 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

Three religious leaders — including a Catholic archbishop — have been honored for promoting interfaith reconciliation in the conflict-torn Central African Republic.

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Judge orders release of immigrant families within 60 days

Judge orders release of immigrant families within 60 days

| Patricia Zapor | August 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

A federal judge Aug. 21 gave the Obama administration 60 days — until Oct. 23 — to release the hundreds of immigrant mothers and children being held in locked detention centers.

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Labor Day statement: Reflection, action ‘critical’ for care of workers

Labor Day statement: Reflection, action ‘critical’ for care of workers

| Mark Pattison | August 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

“Individual reflection and action is critical” when it comes to improving the conditions of workers in the United States and elsewhere, said Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, in the U.S. bishops’ annual Labor Day statement.

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Diocese of St. Augustine prepares for 450th anniversary of settlement

Diocese of St. Augustine prepares for 450th anniversary of settlement

| Margo C. Pope | August 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Diocese of St. Augustine will join the city of St. Augustine in celebrating the 450th anniversary of the first permanent settlement of European origin in what became the continental United States.

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Going to Rome for Year of Mercy? Make Holy Door reservation

Going to Rome for Year of Mercy? Make Holy Door reservation

| Cindy Wooden | August 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Drawing on the experience of the public exposition of the Shroud of Turin, Vatican officials are adopting a reservation system for pilgrims who want to cross the threshold of the Holy Door at St. Peter’s Basilica during the Year of Mercy.

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U.S. priest: Spiritual costs of Cuban embargo have been high

U.S. priest: Spiritual costs of Cuban embargo have been high

| Rhina Guidos | August 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

“The embargo has literally put a block between two hands, two sister churches working together,” Father Molina said. “The church in the United States is very much a missionary church that goes to very different places around the world, not only to spend time with their brothers and sisters, but also to help them.”

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Remember works of mercy on World Migrant Day 2016, Vatican says

Remember works of mercy on World Migrant Day 2016, Vatican says

| Cindy Wooden | August 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

In the Year of Mercy, the Catholic Church’s annual day of reflection and prayer on the situation of migrants and refugees will include a special reminder that “welcoming the stranger” is a corporal work of mercy.

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Balanced life includes time for family, work, prayer, pope says

Balanced life includes time for family, work, prayer, pope says

| Cindy Wooden | August 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

Work is an important expression of human dignity and of caring for one’s family, but today there is a “dangerous tendency” to consider a worker’s family obligations as an obstacle to productivity and profit, Pope Francis said.

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U.S. Trappists: Brewing enhances monastic life

U.S. Trappists: Brewing enhances monastic life

| August 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

The whoosh of the beer tap opening, the gentle glug of the golden brew pouring into the goblet and the sizzle of the foaming mousse are joyous sounds to Trappist Brother Jonah Pociadlo’s ears as he prepares to savor the signature ale created in his monastery’s brewery.

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Vatican Museums’ app gathers funds and art fans

Vatican Museums’ app gathers funds and art fans

| Cindy Wooden | August 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

By downloading an app for a smartphone or tablet, members of the public can chat with others about famous works of art in the Vatican Museums, share strategies for dealing with the crowds and choose a work to help restore.

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Catholics among initial responders to those injured in Tianjin blast

Catholics among initial responders to those injured in Tianjin blast

| August 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

The morning after the industrial blast in Tianjin, China, the Tianjin Diocesan Social Service Center helped line up 60 volunteers to assist the government’s rescue and relief work. The volunteers donated drinking water, clothes and other supplies to hospitals and temporary settlements for evacuees.

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