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Vatican releases updated guidelines for bioethical questions

Vatican releases updated guidelines for bioethical questions

| Carol Glatz | February 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

To offer clearly and accurately the Catholic Church’s positions on abortion, contraception, genetic engineering, fertility treatments, vaccines, frozen embryos and other life issues, the Vatican released an expanded and updated guide of the church’s bioethical teachings.

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God loves all his children, even the ‘homely,’ pope says at Mass

God loves all his children, even the ‘homely,’ pope says at Mass

| Cindy Wooden | February 7, 2017 | 1 Comment

The Book of Genesis makes clear that God gave human beings three great gifts: their identity as children of God, their role as protectors and custodians of creation and the call to love, Pope Francis said.

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New gender policy won’t affect Catholic Scouting units, says committee

New gender policy won’t affect Catholic Scouting units, says committee

| February 7, 2017 | 8 Comments

The Boy Scouts of America’s new policy to accept members based on their gender identity will have no impact on Scouting units sponsored by the Catholic Church, said the National Catholic Committee on Scouting.

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Clergy differ on bill to repeal the Johnson Amendment

Clergy differ on bill to repeal the Johnson Amendment

| Mark Pattison | February 6, 2017 | 2 Comments

People of goodwill can disagree on matters of public policy — even if they’re ordained clergy, and the public policy under debate has the potential to affect the way they conduct their ministry.

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Pope Francis has a special message for the Super Bowl

Pope Francis has a special message for the Super Bowl

| February 5, 2017 | 0 Comments

As the Patriots and the Falcons gear up for Super Bowl LI, Pope Francis sent a message to both players and viewers, saying the game is an opportunity to show solidarity and build virtue.

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Refugee advocates outline arguments for legal action on presidential ban

Refugee advocates outline arguments for legal action on presidential ban

| Dennis Sadowski | February 3, 2017 | 1 Comment

The breadth of President Donald Trump’s authority to limit refugees entering the United States will be fought in federal court and some of the legal challenges ultimately may end up before the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Spiritual, not monetary, success defines America, Trump says

Spiritual, not monetary, success defines America, Trump says

| Mark Pattison | February 2, 2017 | 0 Comments

“Spiritual success” is a more accurate measure for the United States than wealth, according to likely billionaire President Donald Trump in remarks Feb. 2 at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington.

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Archbishop Hebda calls on lawyers, lawmakers to evangelize at Red Mass

Archbishop Hebda calls on lawyers, lawmakers to evangelize at Red Mass

| Joyce Coronel | February 2, 2017 | 0 Comments

Archbishop Bernard Hebda is no stranger to the legal profession.

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Prelates raise concern over Trump decision to keep Obama executive order

Prelates raise concern over Trump decision to keep Obama executive order

| February 1, 2017 | 1 Comment

The chairmen of two bishops’ committees expressed disappointment Feb. 1 over President Donald Trump’s decision to retain a 2014 executive order by his predecessor, Barack Obama, that bans federal discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity against federal employees and workers for federal government contractors.

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In accused priest killer’s case, bishops urge mercy, reject death penalty

In accused priest killer’s case, bishops urge mercy, reject death penalty

| February 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

Saying “justice needs to be tamed by mercy,” Bishop Felipe Estevez of St. Augustine, Florida, and two brother bishops called Jan. 31 for the state of Georgia to drop the death penalty in the case of accused priest killer Steven J. Murray.

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Pope: Like expectant moms, live in joyful expectation of embracing God

Pope: Like expectant moms, live in joyful expectation of embracing God

| Carol Glatz | February 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

Christian hope isn’t about believing in something that may or may not come true, like hoping tomorrow’s weather will be pleasant, Pope Francis said.

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Judge Neil Gorsuch nominated to fill Supreme Court vacancy

Judge Neil Gorsuch nominated to fill Supreme Court vacancy

| January 31, 2017 | 1 Comment

Gorsuch, 49, hasn’t written a ruling specifically on abortion but he has strong views on religious liberty. He sided with the Little Sisters of the Poor in their challenge of the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act.

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