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Pope meets head of traditionalist Society of St. Pius X

Pope meets head of traditionalist Society of St. Pius X

| Cindy Wooden | April 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

Although the society is no longer considered to be in schism and the excommunication of its bishops was lifted in 2009, questions remained over whether the sacraments they celebrate are valid and licit.

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Pro-life advocates oppose new FDA guidelines for RU-486 use

Pro-life advocates oppose new FDA guidelines for RU-486 use

| Dennis Sadowski | April 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

Pro-life advocates expressed dismay with new Food and Drug Administration guidelines that effectively expand how pregnant women can use RU-486, a drug that induces abortion.

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Annunciation is feast of saying ‘yes’ to God, pope says

Annunciation is feast of saying ‘yes’ to God, pope says

| Cindy Wooden | April 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

When people do not want to say “yes” to God, they usually do not say “no,” they just hide like Adam and Eve did after they sinned, Pope Francis said.

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Nuclear engineer-turned-pilgrim finishes her journey in Quebec

Nuclear engineer-turned-pilgrim finishes her journey in Quebec

| Philippe Vaillancourt | April 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

On Holy Thursday, Ann Sieben was among a few women to get their feet washed at the Basilica-Cathedral Notre-Dame. While Quebec Auxiliary Bishop Gaetan Proulx dried her foot with a towel, they exchanged a smile, both contemplating the symbol within the symbol.

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Mother Angelica, EWTN founder, dies Easter Sunday at age 92

Mother Angelica, EWTN founder, dies Easter Sunday at age 92

| April 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

Mother Angelica, who founded the Eternal Word Television Network and turned it into one of the world’s largest religious media operations, died March 27 at age 92.

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No easy answers to pastoral questions on assisted suicides

No easy answers to pastoral questions on assisted suicides

| Nancy Frazier O'Brien | April 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

As Canada prepares for the legalization of assisted suicide throughout the country in June and nearly half of the U.S. states take up some kind of legislative proposal on the topic this year, questions arise about its pastoral implications.

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God is greater than our sins, pope says at general audience

God is greater than our sins, pope says at general audience

| Junno Arocho Esteves | March 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

The power of God’s forgiveness “is greater than our sins,” Pope Francis said.

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Supreme Court seeks details on alternative contraceptive coverage

Supreme Court seeks details on alternative contraceptive coverage

| Carol Zimmermann | March 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

Less than a week after the Supreme Court heard oral arguments about the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive requirement, the court released an order requesting that additional briefs be submitted showing if and how contraceptive insurance coverage could be obtained by employees through their insurance companies without directly involving the religious employers objecting to this coverage.

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Crowd outside Supreme Court rallies against federal contraceptive mandate

Crowd outside Supreme Court rallies against federal contraceptive mandate

| Kurt Jensen | March 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

In the end, the women religious decided it would be good to sing after all.

That wasn’t on the agenda for the sunny 90-minute rally in front of the Supreme Court March 23 in support of the plaintiffs in Zubik v. Burwell. But it had a calming effect and sometimes even silenced a competing rally in support of the government, so it seemed like the right thing to do.

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Pope asks Pakistan government to ensure safety of Christians

Pope asks Pakistan government to ensure safety of Christians

| Cindy Wooden | March 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis appealed to the government of Pakistan to take steps to ensure the safety of the country’s Christians and other minorities the day after a terrorist bombing killed at least 70 people and injured more than 300 who were spending Easter afternoon in a public park.

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Rally outside White House Easter Egg Roll seeks end of family detention

Rally outside White House Easter Egg Roll seeks end of family detention

| Dennis Sadowski | March 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

Addressing about 100 people standing outside the White House March 28, Beatriz Mejia, a native of El Salvador, called on the United States to recognize that the thousands of mothers and children like her who have fled Central America in search of safety pose no threat to America.

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Poland, U.S. working to ensure safety of World Youth Day pilgrims

Poland, U.S. working to ensure safety of World Youth Day pilgrims

| Dennis Sadowski | March 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

World Youth Day organizers in the United States and Poland remain in touch with diplomatic and security officials in their respective countries to ensure that pilgrims will remain safe during the festival of faith in late July.

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