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Survey shows most Americans support celebrating Columbus Day

Survey shows most Americans support celebrating Columbus Day

| October 7, 2017 | 2 Comments

A new survey shows that almost six in 10 Americans, or 57 percent, believe that celebrating Columbus Day is a “good idea,” while only 29 percent oppose the holiday.

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Trump administration expands exemptions on contraceptive mandate

Trump administration expands exemptions on contraceptive mandate

| October 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Trump administration Oct. 6 issued interim rules expanding the exemption to the contraceptive mandate for religious employers, such as the Little Sisters of the Poor, who object on moral grounds to covering contraceptive and abortion-inducing drugs and devices in their employee health insurance.

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‘Love Saves Lives’ theme for 2018 March for Life marking Roe decision

‘Love Saves Lives’ theme for 2018 March for Life marking Roe decision

| October 5, 2017 | 0 Comments

The theme for the 45th annual March for Life will be “Love Saves Lives: Life Is the Loving, Empowering and Self-Sacrificial Option.”

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Facebook, Microsoft try to keep up with vast scale of online abuse

Facebook, Microsoft try to keep up with vast scale of online abuse

| Carol Glatz | October 5, 2017 | 1 Comment

Two giants in the digital world presented some key ways they are trying to keep up with the vast scale and increasing sophistication of the abuse and exploitation of minors online.

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Eliminating any difference between sexes ‘is not right,’ pope says

Eliminating any difference between sexes ‘is not right,’ pope says

| Junno Arocho Esteves | October 5, 2017 | 10 Comments

While societies must find a way to overcome the subjugation of women, pretending there are no differences between men and women or even using technology to change a person’s sex is not the answer, Pope Francis said.

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Forty Catholic institutions plan to divest from fossil fuels

Forty Catholic institutions plan to divest from fossil fuels

| October 5, 2017 | 1 Comment

Forty Catholic institutions, including the Belgian bishops’ conference and a leading church social welfare agency in South Africa, have decided to divest from fossil fuel companies.

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New Orleans restaurateur hopes Scalise’s shooting will bring unity

New Orleans restaurateur hopes Scalise’s shooting will bring unity

| October 5, 2017 | 0 Comments

When Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise, the House majority whip, addressed the House floor Sept. 28 for the first time since he had been shot during a summer baseball practice, a New Orleans restaurateur was watching from the House’s packed upper gallery.

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Las Vegas Catholic shrine an initial place of refuge for shooting victims

Las Vegas Catholic shrine an initial place of refuge for shooting victims

| Carol Zimmermann | October 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Shrine of the Most Holy Redeemer — a white stucco church just off the Las Vegas Strip and dwarfed by giant hotels, casinos and flashing neon lights — has long been a spiritual oasis for tourists.

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U.S. House passes bill to ban abortion after 20 weeks of gestation

U.S. House passes bill to ban abortion after 20 weeks of gestation

| October 4, 2017 | 2 Comments

The U.S. House Oct. 3 passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which bans abortions after 20 weeks of gestation, about the time doctors have determined that an unborn child can feel pain.

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Las Vegas shooting leaves emotional weight on city, Catholic actor says

Las Vegas shooting leaves emotional weight on city, Catholic actor says

| Carol Zimmermann | October 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

Clarence Gilyard, the actor most known for co-starring in the TV hits “Walker, Texas Ranger” and “Matlock” and who now teaches acting in Las Vegas, said the deadly mass shooting at the outdoor country music festival Oct. 1 left a “palpable emotional weight” on the city and its Catholic community.

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Social innovators meet in Rome to seek new ways to build bridges

Social innovators meet in Rome to seek new ways to build bridges

| October 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

While tourists walking around the lobby of Rome’s Crowne Plaza Hotel eagerly discussed their vacation plans, young men and women from around the world were nestled in a nearby conference room, engaged in a different kind of conversation.

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Pope: True Christians must remain hopeful, not ‘whiny and angry’

Pope: True Christians must remain hopeful, not ‘whiny and angry’

| Junno Arocho Esteves | October 4, 2017 | 3 Comments

Real hope lies in the proclamation of Jesus’ death and resurrection, not just with one’s words but also in deeds, Pope Francis said.

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