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Changes in Indiana RFRA law OK’d; some see weaker religious protections

Changes in Indiana RFRA law OK’d; some see weaker religious protections

| April 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

The new language “may undermine religious freedom,” it said, because the terms “religious function” and “nonprofit religious organization” are not clearly defined in wording related to religious freedom protections.

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Papal preacher: Passion continues today as world ignores persecution

Papal preacher: Passion continues today as world ignores persecution

| Carol Glatz | April 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

Widespread indifference to the violent persecution of Christians and other communities suggests the world is full of Pontius Pilates who eagerly wash their hands of all responsibility, the papal preacher said.

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Pope asks prisoners to pray that Christ make him a better servant

Pope asks prisoners to pray that Christ make him a better servant

| April 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

In a moving ceremony that recalled how Jesus loved the world so deeply that he lowered himself to serve and died for everyone’s sins, Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 prison inmates, plus a small toddler who lives with his incarcerated mother.

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Pope says a ‘good Easter’ requires making Jesus’ passion one’s own

Pope says a ‘good Easter’ requires making Jesus’ passion one’s own

| Laura Ieraci | April 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

The pope began his catechesis, dedicated to the celebration of Holy Week and Easter, by saying that the death and resurrection of Christ are “the culmination” of the entire liturgical year and of the Christian life.

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Pence stands by Indiana law; critics say it discriminates against gays

Pence stands by Indiana law; critics say it discriminates against gays

| Brigid Curtis Ayer | March 31, 2015 | 1 Comment

Indiana residents of all faith traditions can be assured the government will not infringe upon their constitutional right to freely exercise their religious beliefs, Gov. Mike Pence said as he signed into law a religious freedom bill passed by the Indiana General Assembly.

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Bills aim to block D.C. laws opponents say violate religious liberty

Bills aim to block D.C. laws opponents say violate religious liberty

| Nate Madden | March 31, 2015 | 0 Comments

Two U.S. senators have sponsored joint resolutions to try to block two new laws in the District of Columbia that they say prevent religious institutions, pro-life groups and individuals from operating within their own belief systems.

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Imitate Jesus’ humility and service, pope says at Palm Sunday Mass

Imitate Jesus’ humility and service, pope says at Palm Sunday Mass

| Cindy Wooden | March 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

From modern-day martyrs to those who quietly care for the sick or elderly, Pope Francis remembered all those who “sacrifice themselves daily,” following Jesus in serving others and giving witness to the Gospel.

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President, first lady to welcome Pope Francis to White House Sept. 23

President, first lady to welcome Pope Francis to White House Sept. 23

| March 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will welcome Pope Francis to the White House Sept. 23.

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World Youth Day 2016 in Poland will offer ‘Message of Mercy’

World Youth Day 2016 in Poland will offer ‘Message of Mercy’

| Jonathan Luxmoore | March 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

A new airport, improved road and rail links, a fleet of dream buses and “Youth Bible” are among features projected for the Catholic Church’s 14th international celebration of World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland, in 2016.

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Pope joins homeless people for private tour of Sistine Chapel

Pope joins homeless people for private tour of Sistine Chapel

| Cindy Wooden | March 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

While enjoying a private visit to the Sistine Chapel, a group of VIP guests — homeless people who live around the Vatican — were surprised by a visit from Pope Francis.

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Via Dolorosa pilgrims accept uncertainty about Jesus’ exact route

Via Dolorosa pilgrims accept uncertainty about Jesus’ exact route

| Judith Sudilovsky | March 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

Several pilgrim groups gathered in a sunny courtyard in Jerusalem’s Old City. They were preparing to follow a tradition reaching back at least to the fifth century: walking along the Via Dolorosa, through the cobbled streets of Jerusalem’s Old City.

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Patriarch: No to outside military in Syria

Patriarch: No to outside military in Syria

| Laura Ieraci | March 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

The head of the Melkite Catholic Church rejected outright all calls for an international military intervention in Syria and urged Pope Francis and all Christian churches to “promote a concrete and realistic road map” to peace in the beleaguered nation.

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