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State of Union address quickly highlights key Catholic issues

State of Union address quickly highlights key Catholic issues

| Carol Zimmermann | January 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

Although President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address Jan. 12 hit a fair amount of key Catholic issues, it did not go into detail on them.

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The best legacy children can receive from parents is faith, pope says

The best legacy children can receive from parents is faith, pope says

| Carol Glatz | January 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

The best thing parents can pass on to their children is their religious faith, Pope Francis said as he baptized 26 babies.

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Warmth of mercy can overcome cold indifference, pope tells diplomats

Warmth of mercy can overcome cold indifference, pope tells diplomats

| Junno Arocho Esteves | January 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

Cold indifference to migrants, the poor, the hungry and the persecuted must be overcome through the warmth of mercy, which can transform people into artisans of peace, Pope Francis said.

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Pope erects Syro-Malankara eparchy for U.S., Canada

Pope erects Syro-Malankara eparchy for U.S., Canada

| Junno Arocho Esteves | January 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis erected a new Syro-Malankara eparchy for the United States and Canada. The pope also named Bishop Thomas Eusebios Naickamparambil, who served as the apostolic exarch for Syro-Malankaran Catholics in the United States, as its first bishop.

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Vatican agreement with Palestine goes into effect

Vatican agreement with Palestine goes into effect

| January 7, 2016 | 1 Comment

A historic agreement signed between the Holy See and Palestine that supports a two-state solution in the Holy Land has gone into effect, the Vatican announced.

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Msgr. Lynn’s conviction overturned; court calls for new trial

Msgr. Lynn’s conviction overturned; court calls for new trial

| Matthew Gambino | January 7, 2016 | 1 Comment

The landmark trial of Msgr. William Lynn, the first high-ranking American Catholic churchman convicted of a crime in connection with the clergy sexual abuse scandal, will play out again as Pennsylvania Superior Court threw out his July 2012 conviction and ordered a new trial.

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New Jersey bishops urge greater care for immigrants, refugees, poor

New Jersey bishops urge greater care for immigrants, refugees, poor

| January 7, 2016 | 2 Comments

New Jersey’s Catholic bishops called on people of faith and “of goodwill” to “go beyond their comfort zone” and renew their commitment to caring for immigrants, refugees and the poor.

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Nebraska bishops urge support for ‘at-birth’ gender identity

Nebraska bishops urge support for ‘at-birth’ gender identity

| January 7, 2016 | 1 Comment

The Nebraska Catholic Conference has urged people to support a proposal being considered by the Nebraska School Activities Association that would formalize the current practice of basing high school sports participation on students’ sex at birth.

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National Geographic shutterbug recalls photographing Pope Francis

National Geographic shutterbug recalls photographing Pope Francis

| Mark Zimmermann | January 5, 2016 | 2 Comments

A year ago on Christmas Day, National Geographic photographer Dave Yoder got an unexpected Christmas gift that he will never forget.

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Number of refugees, displaced people at highest since World War II

Number of refugees, displaced people at highest since World War II

| Tom Tracy | January 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

The explosive global refugee crisis — likely the top debate-generating news story of 2015 — seems destined to dominate domestic and foreign politics for years to come at a time when Pope Francis has been calling for a compassionate world response.

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Away in a manger: Pope makes secret stop at Nativity scene’s birthplace

Away in a manger: Pope makes secret stop at Nativity scene’s birthplace

| Carol Glatz | January 5, 2016 | 1 Comment

Pope Francis made a surprise visit to the place where his namesake, St. Francis of Assisi, created the world’s first Nativity scene.

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Video messages of pope’s prayer intentions will hit social media

Video messages of pope’s prayer intentions will hit social media

| Carol Glatz | January 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis will deliver his monthly prayer intentions on video over social media as part of a Jesuit-run global prayer network.

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