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Magi’s journey reflects people’s longing for God, pope says on Epiphany

Magi’s journey reflects people’s longing for God, pope says on Epiphany

| Junno Arocho Esteves | January 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Magi had the courage to set out on a journey in the hope of finding something new, unlike Herod who was full of himself and unwilling to change his ways, Pope Francis said.

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Catholics in Congress: one-third of House, one-quarter of Senate

Catholics in Congress: one-third of House, one-quarter of Senate

| Carol Zimmermann | January 4, 2017 | 4 Comments

The religious makeup of the 115th Congress is significantly Christian — 91 percent — with Catholics comprising one-third of the House of Representatives and about a quarter of the Senate.

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Fix overcrowded prisons unfit for human life, pope says

Fix overcrowded prisons unfit for human life, pope says

| January 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

In the wake of a deadly riot in a Brazilian jail, Pope Francis called for all prisons to offer dignified living conditions and be places for true rehabilitation.

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Federal judge blocks HHS transgender regulation

Federal judge blocks HHS transgender regulation

| January 3, 2017 | 1 Comment

A federal judge in Texas Dec. 31 blocked a regulation by the Department of Health and Human Services requiring Catholic hospitals and health care providers to perform or provide gender transition services, saying it would place “substantial pressure” on the plaintiffs — a coalition of religious medical organizations who said the ruling was contrary to their religious beliefs.

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Pro-life groups set to travel long distances for annual March for Life

Pro-life groups set to travel long distances for annual March for Life

| Kurt Jensen | January 3, 2017 | 1 Comment

Participants in the annual March for Life always have two identical memories: the brisk January chill on the streets of the nation’s capital, and the long bus ride.

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Pope to bishops: Defend children from abuse, protect their dignity, joy

Pope to bishops: Defend children from abuse, protect their dignity, joy

| Carol Glatz | January 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

Stand up and protect children from exploitation, slaughter and abuse, which includes committing to a policy of “zero tolerance” of sexual abuse by clergy, Pope Francis told the world’s bishops.

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New Year calls for courage, hope; no more hatred, selfishness, pope says

New Year calls for courage, hope; no more hatred, selfishness, pope says

| Carol Glatz | January 1, 2017 | 2 Comments

Whether the new year will be good or not depends on us choosing to do good each day, Pope Francis said.

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Guatemalan coffee growers find hope in CRS-supported cooperative

Guatemalan coffee growers find hope in CRS-supported cooperative

| Judith Sudilovsky | December 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

Six years after receiving a teaching degree 25-year-old Susana Mateo Cano still has not gotten a teaching job because she has no connections in Guatemala’s educational system.

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Providence bishop declares 2017 as Marian Year for Rhode Island diocese

Providence bishop declares 2017 as Marian Year for Rhode Island diocese

| December 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

Catholics in the Diocese of Providence have an additional reason to celebrate the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God Jan. 1, as the feast day also marks the beginning of the upcoming Marian Year for the diocese.

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Benefits association, diocese file suit over HHS transgender regulation

Benefits association, diocese file suit over HHS transgender regulation

| December 29, 2016 | 2 Comments

The Catholic Benefits Association, the Diocese of Fargo and Catholic Charities North Dakota filed a lawsuit Dec. 28 in U.S. District Court in North Dakota against a federal regulation scheduled to take effect Jan. 1 that redefines “sex” for anti-discrimination purposes to include sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Catholic organizations, faith groups glad to see end of Muslim registry

Catholic organizations, faith groups glad to see end of Muslim registry

| Rhina Guidos | December 29, 2016 | 3 Comments

Catholic organizations and other faith groups say they are happy with the Obama administration’s last-minute decision to end a type of national Muslim registry.

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New York cardinal to participate in Trump inauguration

New York cardinal to participate in Trump inauguration

| Rhina Guidos | December 29, 2016 | 1 Comment

New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan will take part in the upcoming presidential inauguration of Republican Donald Trump.

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