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Pope says memorize the beatitudes, assess your care for the needy

Pope says memorize the beatitudes, assess your care for the needy

| Cindy Wooden | August 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

Christians should memorize not only the Ten Commandments but also the beatitudes, which Jesus taught as the path to true happiness, Pope Francis said.

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Bill would protect faith-based adoption agencies against discrimination

Bill would protect faith-based adoption agencies against discrimination

| August 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

Two lawmakers July 30 introduced a measure they say is needed to protect faith-based agencies that provide adoption and foster care services from discrimination based on their religious beliefs.

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U.S. Chaldeans decry ‘genocide’ of Iraqi Christians, rally for aid

U.S. Chaldeans decry ‘genocide’ of Iraqi Christians, rally for aid

| Mike Stechschulte | August 5, 2014 | 1 Comment

Shouting slogans such as “Obama, Obama, where are you? Iraqi Christians need you!” and “Stop the violence in Iraq!” about 150 protesters marched through the streets of downtown Detroit Aug. 1 to call awareness to the violent persecution of Christians in their native land.

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Iraqi Christians brave heat to demand help from U.N.

Iraqi Christians brave heat to demand help from U.N.

| Simon Caldwell | July 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

Iraqi Christian refugees braved temperatures as high as 122 degrees Fahrenheit to demand that the United Nations intervene to protect them from persecution by Islamist militants.

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Top 10 secrets to happiness according to Pope Francis

Top 10 secrets to happiness according to Pope Francis

| July 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

In an interview published in part in the Argentine weekly “Viva” July 27, the pope listed his Top 10 tips for bringing greater joy to one’s life:

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Cardinal: Muslims, Christians work for peace, especially in war zones

Cardinal: Muslims, Christians work for peace, especially in war zones

| Carol Glatz | July 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Christians and Muslims should work together to bring peace and reconciliation, especially where the two communities face “the horror of war,” said Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran.

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No summer break for debate on Common Core standards for schools

No summer break for debate on Common Core standards for schools

| Carol Zimmermann | July 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Even in the dog days of summer, the realization that the school year is just around the corner keeps creeping up like pockets of sprouting weeds in a garden.

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Obama’s order bans discrimination based on workers’ sexual orientation

Obama’s order bans discrimination based on workers’ sexual orientation

| Mark Pattison | July 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

President Barack Obama’s executive order of July 21 has installed workplace rules forbidding the firing of employees based on sexual orientation and gender identity by the federal government and federal contractors — a key provision in the Employment Non-Discrimination Act languishing in Congress.

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Bishops: To end border crisis, address issues forcing people to flee

Bishops: To end border crisis, address issues forcing people to flee

| July 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

To end the U.S.-Mexico border crisis, the United States must address the flow of illegal drugs and arms and the harmful economic policies forcing children and families to leave Central America for the U.S., said the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace.

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Family, nuncio in Syria plead for news about kidnapped Jesuit

Family, nuncio in Syria plead for news about kidnapped Jesuit

| Cindy Wooden | July 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

On the eve of the first anniversary of the presumed kidnapping of an Italian Jesuit in Syria, his family posted a video on YouTube pleading for news about his whereabouts.

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Like good shepherd, church must seek out, help abused, says survivor

Like good shepherd, church must seek out, help abused, says survivor

| Carol Glatz | July 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Just as Jesus commanded pastors to leave their flock to find the lost sheep, the church must set out in search of all those who have been abused by clergy and offer them help, said one abuse survivor.

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German bishops mark WWI anniversary, acknowledge churches share guilt

German bishops mark WWI anniversary, acknowledge churches share guilt

| July 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

As the world marks the 100th anniversary of World War I, Germany’s Catholic bishops urged efforts to overcome “destructive self-interest” and acknowledged the shared guilt of churches for the conflict, which left 16 million dead.

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