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Nebraska bishops ‘deeply regret’ school group’s vote on transgender issue

Nebraska bishops ‘deeply regret’ school group’s vote on transgender issue

| April 14, 2016 | 3 Comments

Disappointed but not giving up.

That might summarize the reaction of Nebraska’s Catholic bishops to the Nebraska School Activities Association’s statewide representative assembly vote April 8 to retain a pathway for transgender participation in high school sports and other activities.

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‘VatiLeaks’ trial: Author says he had duty to publish private documents

‘VatiLeaks’ trial: Author says he had duty to publish private documents

| Junno Arocho Esteves | April 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

An Italian journalist said he was given private documents by a Vatican official detailing problems with financial reforms and that he had a duty to publish them.

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New rules ensure faith-based groups can vie for funding like other groups

New rules ensure faith-based groups can vie for funding like other groups

| Mark Pattison | April 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

Nearly seven years in the making, the federal government has issued rules intended to allow faith-based organizations as well as neighborhood groups to apply for federal grants and awards on an equal footing with other nonprofits.

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A ministry of mercy tackles suicide epidemic on Lakota reservation

A ministry of mercy tackles suicide epidemic on Lakota reservation

| April 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

A sad reality on a number of Native American reservations is the high suicide rate. That is especially true on the Rosebud Reservation in south central South Dakota.

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Pope to visit Lesbos with Orthodox to highlight plight of refugees

Pope to visit Lesbos with Orthodox to highlight plight of refugees

| Carol Glatz | April 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

In an effort to highlight the dramatic situation of refugees left in limbo on the Greek island of Lesbos, Pope Francis and other Christian leaders will meet with the migrants April 16.

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Franciscan convent to shelter refugees

Franciscan convent to shelter refugees

| Carol Glatz | April 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

A medieval Franciscan convent near Assisi, Italy, opened its doors once again to offer refugees shelter and assistance.

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A little bit country: Pope looks at the nitty-gritty of family life

A little bit country: Pope looks at the nitty-gritty of family life

| Cindy Wooden | April 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis’ hymn to love and family life is more like a country song than a Disney tune.

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Pope names papal nuncio to Mexico to be new nuncio to the United States

Pope names papal nuncio to Mexico to be new nuncio to the United States

| April 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Christophe Pierre, papal nuncio to Mexico since 2007, to be the new apostolic nuncio to the United States.

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Observers say apostolic exhortation can help church model mercy to families

Observers say apostolic exhortation can help church model mercy to families

| Dennis Sadowski | April 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on love and the family invites the church to see the daily struggles of families as an opportunity to encounter people the way Jesus encountered people with mercy throughout his life, Catholic observers said.

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Church leaders hail document’s mercy but caution against hurried reading

Church leaders hail document’s mercy but caution against hurried reading

| April 8, 2016 | 1 Comment

Church leaders from around the world hailed the tone of mercy in Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, “Amoris Laetitia” (“The Joy of Love”), but cautioned against a hurried reading of the document.

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Gestures, spirituality are essential in family life, pope says

Gestures, spirituality are essential in family life, pope says

| Junno Arocho Esteves | April 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

Simple gestures such as a kind look or a morning kiss and family prayer can strengthen couples in living out their vocation to marriage, Pope Francis said in his apostolic exhortation.

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Cardinal: Document on family develops doctrine, doesn’t change it

Cardinal: Document on family develops doctrine, doesn’t change it

| Carol Glatz | April 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis’ document on the family reflects an “organic development” of church teaching and doctrine, said Vienna Cardinal Christoph Schonborn, theologian and participant in both synods that dealt with the topic.

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