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Vatican ready to announce decision, guidelines on Medjugorje, pope says

Vatican ready to announce decision, guidelines on Medjugorje, pope says

| Carol Glatz | June 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis said the Vatican was ready to make an announcement concerning the alleged Marian apparitions in Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina.

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Climate encyclical expected to send strong moral message to the world

Climate encyclical expected to send strong moral message to the world

| Barbara J. Fraser | June 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis’ upcoming encyclical on ecology and climate is expected to send a strong moral message — one message that could make some readers uncomfortable, some observers say.

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Finance watchdog agency inspects Vatican bank, praises reporting system

Finance watchdog agency inspects Vatican bank, praises reporting system

| Carol Glatz | June 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Vatican’s financial watchdog agency conducted its first routine on-site inspection of the Vatican bank to verify its compliance with regulations to prevent money laundering and the financing of terrorism.

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Priest tells Obama about Cuban exiles’ suffering, longing for freedom

Priest tells Obama about Cuban exiles’ suffering, longing for freedom

| Ana Rodriguez-Soto | June 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

The priest prayed an Our Father. The president lit a candle. And while gazing together at a revered image of Cuba’s patroness, the priest reminded the president of the suffering of Cuba’s people.

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Nebraska bishops welcome override of veto of bill ending death penalty

Nebraska bishops welcome override of veto of bill ending death penalty

Nebraska state senators overrode Gov. Pete Ricketts’ veto of a bill repealing capital punishment that had been supported by the state’s Catholic bishops.

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Key figure in families meeting investigated for alleged misuse of funds

Key figure in families meeting investigated for alleged misuse of funds

| Matthew Gambino | June 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, the head of the Pontifical Council for the Family and lead Vatican organizer of September’s World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, is under investigation by Italian prosecutors for alleged embezzlement.

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Pope Francis lists abortion, unsafe workplaces among ‘attacks on life’

Pope Francis lists abortion, unsafe workplaces among ‘attacks on life’

| Laura Ieraci | June 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

Abortion, abandoning migrants at sea, unsafe working conditions, malnutrition, terrorism and euthanasia are all “attacks on life,” said Pope Francis.

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Selfish, ‘armchair’ Christians distance people from Christ, pope says

Selfish, ‘armchair’ Christians distance people from Christ, pope says

| Carol Glatz | May 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

Christians must ask themselves whether they help people in need of salvation or whether they just keep Jesus for themselves and are deaf or indifferent to others, Pope Francis said at his morning Mass.

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USCCB plans fourth annual Fortnight for Freedom with events nationwide

USCCB plans fourth annual Fortnight for Freedom with events nationwide

Threats to religious freedom continue to emerge, making it more urgent for people of faith to take action to defend the full realm of religious practice, said Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore.

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Study day on synod did not aim to change doctrine, spokesman says

Study day on synod did not aim to change doctrine, spokesman says

| Cindy Wooden | May 27, 2015 | 2 Comments

The presidents of the bishops’ conferences of Germany, France and Switzerland decided their preparation for the Synod of Bishops on the family could benefit from listening to theologians, biblical scholars and canon lawyers from all three countries, said the spokesman for the German bishops.

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Pope urges engaged couples to take time, be open to God’s surprises

Pope urges engaged couples to take time, be open to God’s surprises

| Laura Ieraci | May 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

Couples who are seeking to marry, even those who have lived together, should value their engagement period as a time to grow in mature love and in profound knowledge of each other, said Pope Francis.

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Blessed Romero ‘another brilliant star’ belonging to church of Americas

Blessed Romero ‘another brilliant star’ belonging to church of Americas

| Rhina Guidos | May 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Some thought this day would never arrive. Others hoped and some always knew it would.

On May 23, the Catholic Church, beatified Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdamez, of El Salvador, who was assassinated in 1980 while celebrating Mass, just a day after pleading and ordering soldiers to stop killing innocent civilians.

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