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Fortnight observance called advocacy, faith formation for Catholics

Fortnight observance called advocacy, faith formation for Catholics

In the nation’s capital and across the country, Catholics gathered to mark the end of the Fortnight for Freedom observance that calls them to celebrate religious freedom and grow in awareness of efforts the Catholic Church sees as threats to that freedom, chief among them the federal government’s contraceptive mandate.

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High youth unemployment rates are ‘defeat’ for society, pope says

High youth unemployment rates are ‘defeat’ for society, pope says

| Cindy Wooden | July 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

Job creation, respect for the environment and the second chances God grants to every sinner were recurring themes as Pope Francis visited the southern Italian region of Molise July 5.

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Iraqi patriarch: Situation perhaps ‘darkest and most difficult period’

Iraqi patriarch: Situation perhaps ‘darkest and most difficult period’

| Dale Gavlak | July 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

The patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church in Baghdad called the current situation in his country “perhaps the darkest and most difficult period in (the church’s) recent history.”

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Irish abuse victim who met with pope calls it ‘huge vindication’

Irish abuse victim who met with pope calls it ‘huge vindication’

| Michael Kelly | July 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

One of the Irish survivors of clerical sexual abuse who met Pope Francis July 7 described the encounter as a “huge vindication” for her.

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Text of pope’s homily during Mass with survivors of clerical sex abuse

Text of pope’s homily during Mass with survivors of clerical sex abuse

I know that these wounds are a source of deep and often unrelenting emotional and spiritual pain, and even despair. Many of those who have suffered in this way have also sought relief in the path of addiction. Others have experienced difficulties in significant relationships, with parents, spouses and children. Suffering in families has been especially grave, since the damage provoked by abuse affects these vital family relationships.

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Pope meets sex abuse victims, says clergy actions cloaked in complicity

Pope meets sex abuse victims, says clergy actions cloaked in complicity

| Carol Glatz | July 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

Asking for forgiveness, Pope Francis told abuse survivors that “despicable actions” caused by clergy have been hidden for too long and had been “camouflaged with a complicity that cannot be explained.”

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Vatican laicizes former nuncio in connection with abuse allegations

Vatican laicizes former nuncio in connection with abuse allegations

| Carol Glatz | July 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

A Vatican investigation has led to the expulsion of a former Vatican ambassador from the priesthood in response to allegations of sexually abusing minors.

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U.S. & World news briefs – July 3, 2014

U.S. & World news briefs – July 3, 2014

Court gives EWTN last-minute relief from HHS contraception mandate
Synod document cites cultural and economic threats to family
Founders of Korean church among martyrs Pope Francis will beatify
British high court rejects challenges to assisted suicide laws

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A win for religious freedom

A win for religious freedom

| Carol Zimmermann | July 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Supreme Court’s June 30 ruling that certain businesses, based on their religious objections, can be exempted from a government requirement to include contraceptives in their employee health insurance coverage means “justice has prevailed,” said two U.S. archbishops.

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Church faced challenges to undo slavery’s legacy, embrace civil rights

Church faced challenges to undo slavery’s legacy, embrace civil rights

| Russ Shaw | July 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

On Oct. 24, 1963 — a little more than eight months before President Lyndon Johnson signed the landmark Civil Rights Act into law — Bishop Robert E. Tracy of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, urged the Second Vatican Council to take a tough line against racism. Speaking for the American bishops, he said doing that would “greatly help the bishops to teach their people.”

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Texas diocese responds to immigrants’ need in surge of children

Texas diocese responds to immigrants’ need in surge of children

| Brenda Nettles Riojas | July 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

Scared, tired and hungry, immigrants, mostly mothers with their children, have been arriving at the McAllen and Brownsville bus stations at odd hours.

Most hope to travel farther to connect with waiting family members.

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Pope offers condolences to families of three Israeli teens found dead

Pope offers condolences to families of three Israeli teens found dead

| Cindy Wooden | July 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis expressed his participation in the “unspeakable suffering” of the families of three kidnapped Israeli teens whose bodies were found June 30 in Hebron, West Bank.

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