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Arriving in Bolivia, pope insists on church’s role in public life

Arriving in Bolivia, pope insists on church’s role in public life

| Cindy Wooden | July 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

Praising Bolivia’s efforts to include all its citizens in the country’s economic, political and social life, Pope Francis also defended the record and the right of the Catholic Church to be an active member of society and the right of the bishops to comment on public issues.

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Educate young to care for others, for the earth, pope tells teachers

Educate young to care for others, for the earth, pope tells teachers

| Cindy Wooden | July 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

Education is a right and a privilege that should impart not only knowledge and skills, but also a sense of responsibility for others and for the earth, Pope Francis told representatives of Ecuadorean schools and universities.

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Greek archbishop hopeful for new deal to save his country’s economy

Greek archbishop hopeful for new deal to save his country’s economy

| Jonathan Luxmoore | July 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

A Greek archbishop said he was hopeful for a last-minute deal to save his country from bankruptcy.

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Florida’s abortion waiting period goes into effect; judge’s stay lifted

Florida’s abortion waiting period goes into effect; judge’s stay lifted

A new Florida law establishing a 24-hour waiting period for women seeking an abortion went into effect July 1.

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Death penalty protests bring together families of victims, the executed

Death penalty protests bring together families of victims, the executed

| Daniel O'Shea | July 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

On the same day the death of exonerated death-row inmate Glenn Ford in Louisiana made national headlines, a fast and vigil opposing the death penalty began in Washington.

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Independence Day Mass closes U.S. bishops’ annual Fortnight for Freedom

Independence Day Mass closes U.S. bishops’ annual Fortnight for Freedom

| Julie Asher | July 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

Religious freedom is “the human right that guarantees all other rights,” Miami Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski said July 4 in his homily at the closing Mass of the U.S. bishops’ fourth annual Fortnight for Freedom.

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Pope’s visits to Cuba, U.S. to highlight families, charity, tolerance

Pope’s visits to Cuba, U.S. to highlight families, charity, tolerance

| Cindy Wooden | July 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

In word and deed, Pope Francis will take his vision of a Catholic’s approach to family life, parish life, charity, economics, immigration and good governance to Cuba and the United States during a Sept. 19-27 visit.

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Court upholds execution drug protocol criticized as cruel and unusual

Court upholds execution drug protocol criticized as cruel and unusual

| Patricia Zapor | June 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

In another in a series of bitterly divided end-of-term cases, the Supreme Court June 29 upheld the execution protocol used by Oklahoma and several other states.

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USCCB president calls Supreme Court ruling on marriage ‘tragic error’

USCCB president calls Supreme Court ruling on marriage ‘tragic error’

| June 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

The president of the U.S. bishops’ conference called the Supreme Court’s June 26 marriage ruling “a tragic error” and he urged Catholics to move forward with faith “in the unchanging truth about marriage being between one man and one woman.”

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Court rules same-sex marriage legal nationwide

Court rules same-sex marriage legal nationwide

| Patricia Zapor | June 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

In a landmark ruling, a divided Supreme Court June 26 said same-sex marriage is constitutional nationwide.

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Court upholds health care subsidies in states with federal exchanges

Court upholds health care subsidies in states with federal exchanges

| Patricia Zapor | June 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

Writing that “Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them,” a 6-3 majority of the Supreme Court June 25 upheld tax subsidies for participants in health care exchanges run by the federal government in states that refused to create them.

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Pope tells parents to be mindful of children’s suffering

Pope tells parents to be mindful of children’s suffering

| Laura Ieraci | June 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

The deep hurts that spouses inflict on each other cause great suffering to their children and, in some cases, lead to a separation that is “morally necessary” to protect spouses and children from more serious forms of violence, Pope Francis said during his general audience in St. Peter’s Square June 24.

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