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Legal proceedings, pastoral outreach both part of annulment process

Legal proceedings, pastoral outreach both part of annulment process

| Liz O'Connor | October 1, 2014 | 1 Comment

There’s an inherent tension between upholding the indissolubility of sacramental marriage and bringing pastoral care to those whose marriages have failed, according to a canon law professor and ethics professor at The Catholic University of America in Washington.

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Nun who won Italy’s ‘The Voice’ records first album

Nun who won Italy’s ‘The Voice’ records first album

| September 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Universal has released a promotional video for the first album by Sister Cristina Scuccia, the Ursuline nun who won first place on last season’s The Voice Italy.

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Pope calls for ‘globalization of charity’ to protect migrants

Pope calls for ‘globalization of charity’ to protect migrants

| Francis X. Rocca | September 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis called for the “globalization of charity” through an international network to fight human trafficking and ensure the rights of migrants and refugees.

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USCCB president suggests Sept. 28 as day of prayer for upcoming synod

USCCB president suggests Sept. 28 as day of prayer for upcoming synod

| September 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has joined Pope Francis and the office for the Synod of Bishops in encouraging a universal day of prayer Sept. 28 for the upcoming synod on the family.

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Bishop Cupich named to succeed Cardinal George as Chicago archbishop

Bishop Cupich named to succeed Cardinal George as Chicago archbishop

| Joyce Duriga | September 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Archdiocese of Chicago now knows who will succeed Cardinal Francis E. George.

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Hosting date nights a way for parishes to help couples keep bond strong

Hosting date nights a way for parishes to help couples keep bond strong

| Carol Zimmermann | September 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

For many Catholic married couples, the training they received for their vocation started and ended with the required marriage preparation classes they took as engaged couples.

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Pope names five women to International Theological Commission

Pope names five women to International Theological Commission

| Francis X. Rocca | September 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis, who has said the Catholic Church has “not yet come up with a profound theology of womanhood,” named five women, a record number, to the International Theological Commission.

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Despite 50 years of ‘War on Poverty,’ prosperity for many seems elusive

Despite 50 years of ‘War on Poverty,’ prosperity for many seems elusive

| Mark Pattison | September 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

According to the Census Bureau’s new statistics, released Sept. 16, poverty in the United States is down, but only slightly.

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Cardinal Pell rules out change on Communion for divorced, remarried

Cardinal Pell rules out change on Communion for divorced, remarried

| Francis X. Rocca | September 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

In a book coming out just before October’s extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family, Cardinal George Pell rules out proposed changes to church practice that would allow divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to receive Communion.

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U.S. physician-deacon now in Liberia felt called to help Ebola patients

U.S. physician-deacon now in Liberia felt called to help Ebola patients

| Jessica A. Botelho | September 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

According to the World Health Organization, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has infected at least 4,784 people, and claimed the lives of more than 2,400 as of Sept. 15. It is the worst Ebola epidemic in history.

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At wedding, pope says spouses make each other better men and women

At wedding, pope says spouses make each other better men and women

| Francis X. Rocca | September 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Presiding over the wedding of 20 couples in St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis celebrated marriage as the union of a man and woman playing complementary roles during their common journey through life. “This is what marriage is all about: man and woman walking together, wherein the husband helps his wife to become ever more a […]

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Sistine Chapel weathers fallout from ‘Francis effect’ on attendance

Sistine Chapel weathers fallout from ‘Francis effect’ on attendance

| September 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

The “Francis effect” has spilled over into the Sistine Chapel, bringing a surge in visitors but also increasing risks to maintenance of what Antonio Paolucci, director of the Vatican Museums, calls “the world’s chapel.”

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