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Pope Francis’ 2015: Family, ecology, but mostly mercy

Pope Francis’ 2015: Family, ecology, but mostly mercy

| Cindy Wooden | December 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

At the Vatican and on five continents in 2015, Pope Francis continued to encourage and demonstrate a style of evangelization that emphasizes walking with people, listening to them and showing them God’s mercy.

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Holy Year is a reminder to put mercy before judgment, pope says

Holy Year is a reminder to put mercy before judgment, pope says

| Junno Arocho Esteves | December 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

On a cloudy, damp morning, Pope Francis’ voice echoed in the atrium of St. Peter’s Basilica: “Open the gates of justice.” With five strong thrusts, the pope pushed open the Holy Door, a symbol of God’s justice, which he said will always be exercised “in the light of his mercy.”

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Judge’s ruling frozen embryos must be destroyed called ‘tragic case’

Judge’s ruling frozen embryos must be destroyed called ‘tragic case’

| Liz O'Connor | December 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

A California state judge’s ruling that a now-divorced couple’s five frozen embryos must be destroyed is an example of doing something that technology allows without considering all its aspects, according to medical ethicists.

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For Christians, martyrdom remains a ‘never-ending story,’ says cardinal

For Christians, martyrdom remains a ‘never-ending story,’ says cardinal

| Mark Zimmermann | December 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

For Christians, martyrdom remains a “never-ending story” that stretches from Scripture accounts of apostolic times to today’s “amphitheater of YouTube,” Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington writes in a new book.

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Pope: Stopping climate change, poverty go hand-in-hand

Pope: Stopping climate change, poverty go hand-in-hand

| Junno Arocho Esteves | December 7, 2015 | 2 Comments

Heads of states at the U.N. climate change conference in Paris must do everything possible to mitigate the effects of both climate change and poverty “for the good of our common home,” Pope Francis said.

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San Bernardino bishop urges prayers for unity, healing after shootings

San Bernardino bishop urges prayers for unity, healing after shootings

| December 3, 2015 | 1 Comment

San Bernardino Bishop Gerald R. Barnes urged people to pray for unity and healing after the mass shooting in San Bernardino Dec. 2 that left 14 people dead and 17 others wounded.

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HHS mandate cases court will hear known collectively as Zubik v. Burwell

HHS mandate cases court will hear known collectively as Zubik v. Burwell

| Liz O'Connor | December 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

The following are the cases the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear in relation to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate that most employers provide coverage of contraception, sterilization and abortifacient drugs and devices in employee health plan:

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After police raid, Jesuit Refugee Service worker finds tables turned with refugees

After police raid, Jesuit Refugee Service worker finds tables turned with refugees

| Francois Gloutnay | December 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

Marcella Villalobos Cid, 36, lives in Saint-Denis, a working-class neighborhood in the north end of Paris, with her husband, Guillaume, and their 2-year-old daughter, Kateri. In her job as coordinator for Jesuit Refugee Service’s hospitality network, Villalobos often finds herself concerned for refugees and their families.

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Pope says he was surprised by crowds, joy in Africa

Pope says he was surprised by crowds, joy in Africa

| Cindy Wooden | December 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis told reporters he is well aware that God is a god of surprises, but he had not been prepared for what a surprise his first visit to Africa would be.

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‘VatiLeaks’ trial rescheduled for Dec. 7

‘VatiLeaks’ trial rescheduled for Dec. 7

| Junno Arocho Esteves | December 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

A Vatican trial against two Italian journalists, a Spanish monsignor and two others was postponed for one week after the court allowed one of the defendants to change lawyers.

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Climate deal must be transformative, papal envoy tells leaders in Paris

Climate deal must be transformative, papal envoy tells leaders in Paris

| Carol Glatz | December 1, 2015 | 1 Comment

Heads of state discussing carbon emission limits must create a global and “transformative” agreement built on justice, solidarity and fairness, a papal representative told the U.N. climate conference in Paris.

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Mother Angelica remains on feeding tube, confined to bed at monastery

Mother Angelica remains on feeding tube, confined to bed at monastery

| November 30, 2015 | 8 Comments

Mother Angelica, who spearheaded the founding of the Eternal Word Television Network, has been placed on a feeding tube as she continues to battle lingering effects of two strokes she suffered 14 years ago.

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