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Liturgical items top agenda at USCCB general meeting

Liturgical items top agenda at USCCB general meeting

| Mark Pattison | November 7, 2014 | 1 Comment

Liturgical matters will take center stage on the agenda of action items at the fall general meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, to be held Nov. 10-13 in Baltimore.

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Pope says annulment process should be cheaper and more efficient

Pope says annulment process should be cheaper and more efficient

| Francis X. Rocca | November 5, 2014 | 1 Comment

Pope Francis said the church’s marriage annulment process should be more efficient and perhaps even free of charge, and he decried any attempts to exploit it for profit.

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Pope will visit Shroud of Turin, commemorate birth of St. John Bosco

Pope will visit Shroud of Turin, commemorate birth of St. John Bosco

| Carol Glatz | November 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis will visit the Shroud of Turin during its public display in Turin’s cathedral April 19-June 24, 2015, as well as commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of St. John Bosco.

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Pope: Bishops must be servants, not vain careerists after power, honor

Pope: Bishops must be servants, not vain careerists after power, honor

| Carol Glatz | November 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

The world’s bishops are called to be servants and shepherds who use their position to care for people and the faith, not to seek power and boost their pride, Pope Francis said.

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U.S. & World News briefs – November 6, 2014

U.S. & World News briefs – November 6, 2014

| November 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

- Companies criticized for offering to pay to freeze female workers’ eggs
– Three Cincinnati priests on leave for misconduct have been laicized
– Creighton criticized for giving benefits to same-sex spouses of workers
– Bright lights, cool air protect Sistine Chapel from visiting hordes

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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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