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Explaining Scripture, Venezuelan priest becomes social media sensation

Explaining Scripture, Venezuelan priest becomes social media sensation

| Manuel Rueda | October 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

Understanding the Bible can be challenging, but Catholics in Venezuela are becoming more familiar with Scripture through the work of a tech-savvy friar.

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From sidewalk weeds to Amazon waterways, the wonders of creation abound

From sidewalk weeds to Amazon waterways, the wonders of creation abound

| Barbara J. Fraser | October 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

The forests, rivers and swamps of the Amazon basin do many things. They lock away carbon and methane, two key greenhouse gases. They produce half of the rain that falls over the region. They are a source of timber, fruit and medicines.

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At catacombs, synod members pledge simplicity, closeness to the poor

At catacombs, synod members pledge simplicity, closeness to the poor

| Cindy Wooden | October 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

More than a half century after a group of bishops at the Second Vatican Council made a solemn pledge to live a simple lifestyle close to their people, a group of participants from the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon signed a new pact in the Catacombs of Domitilla.

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Army chaplains first line of defense in soldiers’ behavioral health

Army chaplains first line of defense in soldiers’ behavioral health

| Mark Pattison | October 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Army, like the rest of the military, is not immune from the destabilizing and sometimes crippling psychological traumas that affect civilians.

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Thieves steal statues used at synod prayer, throw them in the river

Thieves steal statues used at synod prayer, throw them in the river

| Cindy Wooden | October 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

Two men entered a Catholic Church near the Vatican early Oct. 21 and stole copies of a statue of a pregnant woman that had been a centerpiece of several prayer services connected to the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon.

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Barr sees ‘growing refusal’ to accommodate free exercise of religion

Barr sees ‘growing refusal’ to accommodate free exercise of religion

| Julie Asher | October 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

Religion “helps promote moral discipline within society” and “helps teach, train and habituate people to want what is good,” U.S. Attorney General William Barr told an audience at the University of Notre Dame Law School.

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Washington Archdiocese’s solar array touted as model for Church agencies

Washington Archdiocese’s solar array touted as model for Church agencies

| Mark Zimmermann | October 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

The sun shone on Catholic Charities, literally, Oct. 17 as Washington Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory blessed a solar array installed on five acres of the agency’s land surrounding the Missionaries of Charity’s Gift of Peace home.

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Women’s role in Amazon Church does not depend on diaconate, sisters say

Women’s role in Amazon Church does not depend on diaconate, sisters say

| Barbara J. Fraser | October 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

Whether or not the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon helps open the door to ordaining women deacons, women will continue to play a fundamental role in ministry in the Church in the region, religious sisters said.

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Indigenous vow to stand with Pope Francis, with each other

Indigenous vow to stand with Pope Francis, with each other

| Cindy Wooden | October 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis and members of the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon repeatedly vowed to support, defend and accompany the region’s indigenous people.

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World faces difficult task in seeking lasting peace in Syrian conflict

World faces difficult task in seeking lasting peace in Syrian conflict

| Dennis Sadowski | October 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

Turkey’s long-threatened incursion into northeast Syria after the sudden pullout of U.S. military forces from the country in early October raises serious moral questions on the responsibility to protect civilians caught in the middle of a new conflict.

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Synod groups propose Amazonian rite, new ministries for women

Synod groups propose Amazonian rite, new ministries for women

| Junno Arocho Esteves | October 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

Creating an Amazonian-rite liturgy and new ministries for laypeople, including the ordination of women deacons, are some of the recurring proposals made by small groups at the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon.

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Church must make ‘preferential option for the Amazon,’ bishop says

Church must make ‘preferential option for the Amazon,’ bishop says

| Barbara J. Fraser | October 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

As tropical forests fall victim to loggers, miners and ranchers, the Catholic Church must take sides to defend the Amazon region and its people, said a bishop whose Bolivian diocese has been ravaged by fire this year.

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