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Prelates say House bill would protect religious freedom at federal level

Prelates say House bill would protect religious freedom at federal level

| July 13, 2016 | 1 Comment

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee July 12 held a hearing on the First Amendment Defense Act, a bill two U.S archbishops said would provide “a measure of protection for religious freedom at the federal level.”

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English cardinal welcomes Theresa May as new British prime minister

English cardinal welcomes Theresa May as new British prime minister

| July 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

An English cardinal said he was delighted by the appointment of Theresa May as Britain’s new prime minister because of the commitment she has shown in the fight against human trafficking.

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Pope picks U.S. consultant Kim Daniels for communications body

Pope picks U.S. consultant Kim Daniels for communications body

| Carol Glatz | July 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

More than a year after he established the Secretariat for Communications, Pope Francis named 16 new members to the body whose aim is to coordinate and streamline the Holy See’s multiple communications outlets.

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Crowds gather in churches, parks, plazas to remember Dallas officers

Crowds gather in churches, parks, plazas to remember Dallas officers

| David Sedeno | July 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

In the week since five Dallas area police officers were gunned down, thousands have gathered in churches, parks, plazas, parking lots and a symphony hall to remember the fallen officers, to cry for hope and pray for peace and unity in communities across the country.

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Organizations combat trend toward moral acceptance of pornography

Organizations combat trend toward moral acceptance of pornography

| Colleen Dulle | July 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

A recent Gallup poll found that most Americans deem pornography largely unacceptable, but that majority is shrinking.

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Pilgrims to take sharpened social media strategies to World Youth Day

Pilgrims to take sharpened social media strategies to World Youth Day

| Tom Tracy | July 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

Low-cost video messaging carried across increasingly video-friendly social media platforms will define this year’s World Youth Day experience, said several organizational leaders finalizing their media strategies.

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Kansas seminarian believed drowned after saving life of kayaker on river

Kansas seminarian believed drowned after saving life of kayaker on river

| Christopher M. Riggs | July 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

Brian Bergkamp, a seminarian from the Diocese of Wichita who was studying at a Maryland seminary, is believed dead after saving the life of a woman who fell into the Arkansas River July 9.

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Experts: Cardinal Sarah’s Mass comments encourage what canon law permits

Experts: Cardinal Sarah’s Mass comments encourage what canon law permits

| Colleen Dulle | July 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

Recent comments by a high-ranking Vatican official have sparked questions about the direction priests should face while celebrating Mass, but the Vatican spokesman said Pope Francis has made it clear no changes are foreseen.

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Film about Benedictine nuns a story of hope amid darkness, says director

Film about Benedictine nuns a story of hope amid darkness, says director

| Allana Haynes | July 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

Anne Fontaine, director of “Coco Before Chanel” and “Gemma Bovery,” released her most recent work, “The Innocents,” about a group of Benedictine nuns in Warsaw, Poland, raped by soldiers after World War II and the doctor who comes to their aid.

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World Youth Day leaders tell pilgrims to prepare sensibly, spiritually

World Youth Day leaders tell pilgrims to prepare sensibly, spiritually

| Colleen Dulle | July 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

As World Youth Day approaches, U.S. organizers offered tips on how pilgrims can prepare logistically, spiritually and even digitally.

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Pope signs decrees in causes for U.S. bishop, martyr of Nazi regime

Pope signs decrees in causes for U.S. bishop, martyr of Nazi regime

| Carol Glatz | July 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis advanced the sainthood cause of a U.S. bishop, who ministered to California farmworkers and the poor, and recognized the martyrdom of an Italian layman, who died en route to a Nazi death camp after refusing to recite allegiance to Adolf Hitler.

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Bishops urge passage of conscience protection bill regarding abortion

Bishops urge passage of conscience protection bill regarding abortion

| July 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

The chairmen of two U.S. bishops’ committees are urging Congress to pass the Conscience Protection Act of 2016 as an “immediate federal remedy” for government “coercion on abortion.”

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