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Syrian nun honored by State Department says U.S. bombing is step back

Syrian nun honored by State Department says U.S. bombing is step back

| Cindy Wooden | April 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

Two weeks after the U.S. State Department honored her as a Woman of Courage, a Salesian sister from Syria told reporters President Donald Trump’s decision to bomb a Syrian air base is another step back from peace.

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Professor teaches Twitter course on St. Augustine’s ‘City of God’

Professor teaches Twitter course on St. Augustine’s ‘City of God’

| Kelly Seegers | April 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

Students in professor Chad Pecknold’s newest class come from Canada, Uruguay, France, Germany, England, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand, and all across the United States, but two things unite them all — a printed copy of St. Augustine’s “City of God” and their Twitter accounts.

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Bishops back bill to let agencies opt out of adoption for same-sex couples

Bishops back bill to let agencies opt out of adoption for same-sex couples

| April 10, 2017 | 4 Comments

Three bishops, in a joint letter to the measure’s sponsor, voiced their support of the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act, which would permit social service agencies to refuse on religious grounds to provide adoption or foster services for households headed by same-sex couples.

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New Supreme Court justice says he’s humbled by call to serve high court

New Supreme Court justice says he’s humbled by call to serve high court

| April 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

After he was sworn in for the U.S. Supreme Court in a public ceremony at the White House Rose Garden April 10, Justice Neil Gorsuch said he would be “a faithful servant of the Constitution” and of the laws “of this great nation.”

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Pope gives youths three missions before synod, World Youth Day

Pope gives youths three missions before synod, World Youth Day

| April 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

On the eve of Palm Sunday, Pope Francis gave young people several missions: to ask their grandparents what their dreams were; to work to make those dreams reality; and to let their bishops and the pope himself know what they need from the church.

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Love Jesus in all who suffer, pope says on Palm Sunday

Love Jesus in all who suffer, pope says on Palm Sunday

| April 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

Jesus does not ask that people only contemplate his image, but that they also recognize and love him concretely in all people who suffer like he did, Pope Francis said.

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After rules change, Senate confirms court nominee Gorsuch in 54-45 vote

After rules change, Senate confirms court nominee Gorsuch in 54-45 vote

| April 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

The U.S. Senate April 7 confirmed Judge Neil Gorsuch for the seat on the Supreme Court left vacant by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia last year.

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Cardinal, other pro-life leaders praise decision to defund U.N. agency

Cardinal, other pro-life leaders praise decision to defund U.N. agency

| April 7, 2017 | 1 Comment

The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ pro-life committee and other prominent pro-life leaders cheered the U.S. State Department’s April 3 announcement that it would no longer contribute to the U.N. Population Fund because of the agency’s involvement in China’s Population and Family Planning Law, long known as the “one-child policy.”

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‘Great War’ brought Catholics, bishops into mainstream of U.S. society

‘Great War’ brought Catholics, bishops into mainstream of U.S. society

| April 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

April 6 marked the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entrance into the war. On April 2, 1917, Democratic President Woodrow Wilson asked a special joint session of Congress to declare war on the German Empire. Congress issued the declaration April 6, 1917.

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Venezuelan bishops call for civil disobedience in constitutional crisis

Venezuelan bishops call for civil disobedience in constitutional crisis

| Cody Weddle | April 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

In response to a renewed constitutional crisis in the country, the Venezuelan bishops’ conference has called for “peaceful civil disobedience” to restore constitutional order.

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Pew study shows Christianity’s growth will be in global South

Pew study shows Christianity’s growth will be in global South

| Bronwen Dachs | April 7, 2017 | 4 Comments

Most of Christianity’s future growth is likely to be in the global South, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, where the Christian population is relatively young, according to a new analysis from the U.S.-based Pew Research Center.

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Papal envoy praises ‘spiritual climate’ of Medjugorje

Papal envoy praises ‘spiritual climate’ of Medjugorje

| April 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

While he said he had no authority or expertise to discuss the authenticity of the alleged apparitions of Mary at Medjugorje, Pope Francis’ envoy to the town said it was clear “there is a special spiritual climate here.”

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