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Selfish, ‘armchair’ Christians distance people from Christ, pope says

Selfish, ‘armchair’ Christians distance people from Christ, pope says

| Carol Glatz | May 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

Christians must ask themselves whether they help people in need of salvation or whether they just keep Jesus for themselves and are deaf or indifferent to others, Pope Francis said at his morning Mass.

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USCCB plans fourth annual Fortnight for Freedom with events nationwide

USCCB plans fourth annual Fortnight for Freedom with events nationwide

Threats to religious freedom continue to emerge, making it more urgent for people of faith to take action to defend the full realm of religious practice, said Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore.

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Study day on synod did not aim to change doctrine, spokesman says

Study day on synod did not aim to change doctrine, spokesman says

| Cindy Wooden | May 27, 2015 | 2 Comments

The presidents of the bishops’ conferences of Germany, France and Switzerland decided their preparation for the Synod of Bishops on the family could benefit from listening to theologians, biblical scholars and canon lawyers from all three countries, said the spokesman for the German bishops.

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Pope urges engaged couples to take time, be open to God’s surprises

Pope urges engaged couples to take time, be open to God’s surprises

| Laura Ieraci | May 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

Couples who are seeking to marry, even those who have lived together, should value their engagement period as a time to grow in mature love and in profound knowledge of each other, said Pope Francis.

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Blessed Romero ‘another brilliant star’ belonging to church of Americas

Blessed Romero ‘another brilliant star’ belonging to church of Americas

| Rhina Guidos | May 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Some thought this day would never arrive. Others hoped and some always knew it would.

On May 23, the Catholic Church, beatified Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdamez, of El Salvador, who was assassinated in 1980 while celebrating Mass, just a day after pleading and ordering soldiers to stop killing innocent civilians.

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Dublin archbishop: Church needs ‘reality check’ after marriage vote

Dublin archbishop: Church needs ‘reality check’ after marriage vote

| CNS photo/Cathal McNaughton, Reuters | May 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Ireland was the first country in the world to put same-sex marriage to a popular vote and the May 22 poll was backed by 62 percent of the population. Same-sex marriage is now a constitutional right in Ireland.

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In Nepal, fresh quake rattles confidence

In Nepal, fresh quake rattles confidence

| Anto Akkara | May 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

The second major earthquake in less than three weeks in Nepal spread renewed fears and dented the confidence of people, said Church and charity workers.

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Wail of sirens calls priest, religious to crash site

Wail of sirens calls priest, religious to crash site

| Lou Baldwin | May 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

The wailing of sirens called Father Tom Higgins from his parish rectory and Sisters Linda Lukiewski and Julie Sertsch from their convent to the scene of the Amtrak train derailment the evening of May 12.

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Report: Only ‘full recognition of religious freedom’ will protect people

Report: Only ‘full recognition of religious freedom’ will protect people

| Carol Zimmermann | May 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

The cover photograph on a new 232-page report outlining religious freedom violations around the world last year pretty much says it all.

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Scathing report calls for dismantling immigrant detention system

Scathing report calls for dismantling immigrant detention system

| Patricia Zapor | May 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

A scathing new report on the conditions under which immigrants are detained concludes with the U.S. bishops’ recommendation that the current system be dismantled and replaced with less drastic approaches for keeping track of people whose immigration cases are pending.

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Mother Teresa’s canonization in 2016 only hypothetical, says Vatican

Mother Teresa’s canonization in 2016 only hypothetical, says Vatican

| Laura Ieraci | May 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

Despite reports in the Italian press that Blessed Teresa of Kolkata’s canonization has been set for Sept. 4, 2016, a Vatican spokesman says the date is only hypothetical and cannot be confirmed.

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Pro-lifers hail passage of Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

Pro-lifers hail passage of Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

U.S. House passage May 13 of a measure that would ban most abortions after 20 weeks is “long overdue and one of the most common sense laws under consideration,” said the president and CEO of Americans United for Life.

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