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Experts outline alternatives for infertile couples

Experts outline alternatives for infertile couples

| Lindsay Steele | November 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

For couples struggling to conceive a child, in vitro fertilization has been a medical standard for the past 30 years.

The Catholic Church has long opposed the process because it separates contraception from the marital act, and it destroys embryos.

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CRS manages ‘safe and dignified’ burials of Ebola victims

CRS manages ‘safe and dignified’ burials of Ebola victims

| November 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

Burials that are dignified and safe are urgently needed for Ebola victims in West Africa, where corpses are frequently left unattended for days and then thrown into graves without ceremony, a U.S. Church aid official said.

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Woman’s suicide called tragedy, symbol of ‘culture of death’ in U.S.

Woman’s suicide called tragedy, symbol of ‘culture of death’ in U.S.

| November 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Brittany Maynard, a young California woman who was suffering from terminal brain cancer and gained national attention for her plan to use Oregon’s assisted suicide law, ended her life Nov. 1. She was 29 years old.

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Did Pope Francis get what he wanted from the synod?

Did Pope Francis get what he wanted from the synod?

| Francis X. Rocca | October 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

Since the end of the Oct. 5-19 Synod of Bishops on the family, news outlets have portrayed the outcome as a “setback” or “loss” for Pope Francis — even a “rebuke” to him.

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Be ready with God’s weaponry; devil is real, pope says

Be ready with God’s weaponry; devil is real, pope says

| Carol Glatz | October 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

Christian life is a constant battle against the devil, who is not the stuff of legend, but really exists, Pope Francis said in a morning homily.

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Don’t be bad Christians, people may think atheism is better, pope says

Don’t be bad Christians, people may think atheism is better, pope says

| Carol Glatz | October 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

The way Christians behave can either help and inspire others, or turn them away from ever following Jesus, Pope Francis said.

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Pope: Evolution, Big Bang do not push aside God, who set it in motion

Pope: Evolution, Big Bang do not push aside God, who set it in motion

| Carol Glatz | October 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Big Bang theory and evolution do not eliminate the existence of God, who remains the one who set all of creation into motion, Pope Francis told his own science academy.

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Pope Francis calls for abolishing death penalty and life imprisonment

Pope Francis calls for abolishing death penalty and life imprisonment

| Francis X. Rocca | October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis called for abolition of the death penalty as well as life imprisonment, and denounced what he called a “penal populism” that promises to solve society’s problems by punishing crime instead of pursuing social justice.

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Family synod’s dynamics recalled the Second Vatican Council

Family synod’s dynamics recalled the Second Vatican Council

| Francis X. Rocca | October 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Even before the start of the Oct. 5-19 Synod of Bishops on the family, observers were likening it to the Second Vatican Council of 1962-65.

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Synod ends by affirming tradition, leaving controversial questions open

Synod ends by affirming tradition, leaving controversial questions open

| Francis X. Rocca | October 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

After several days of animated debate over its official midterm report, the Synod of Bishops on the family agreed on a final document more clearly grounded in traditional Catholic teaching. Yet the assembly failed to reach consensus on especially controversial questions of Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried and the pastoral care of homosexuals.

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Pope beatifies Blessed Paul VI, the ‘great helmsman’ of Vatican II

Pope beatifies Blessed Paul VI, the ‘great helmsman’ of Vatican II

| Francis X. Rocca | October 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Beatifying Blessed Paul VI at the concluding Mass of the Synod of Bishops on the family, Pope Francis praised the late pope as the “great helmsman” of the Second Vatican Council and founder of the synod, as well as a “humble and prophetic witness of love for Christ and his church.”

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Paul VI was pope of firsts, a pope of dialogue, cardinal says

Paul VI was pope of firsts, a pope of dialogue, cardinal says

| Cindy Wooden | October 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Pope Paul VI, the late pope who is to be beatified by Pope Francis Oct. 19, was described by retired Italian Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re as a man rich in spirituality, a thinker and a pastor “very sensitive to the challenges of the modern world.”

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