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Pope advances sainthood causes of Lutheran convert, U.S. missionary in Vietnam

Pope advances sainthood causes of Lutheran convert, U.S. missionary in Vietnam

| Junno Arocho Esteves | December 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis advanced the sainthood causes of a Lutheran convert who established a branch of the Bridgettine order in her country and a U.S. missionary who died while ministering to the wounded in Vietnam.

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Syrian family arrives in Indianapolis with ‘so much hope in their eyes’

Syrian family arrives in Indianapolis with ‘so much hope in their eyes’

| Natalie Hoefer | December 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

The two small children and their parents were exhausted as their plane landed in Indianapolis at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7.

These were not the average tired travelers coming home from a tourist trip. This was a family arriving to their new home, ready to start a new life in a new country.

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Proposals to restrict religion raise ‘alarms,’ says U.S. bishop

Proposals to restrict religion raise ‘alarms,’ says U.S. bishop

| Junno Arocho Esteves | December 15, 2015 | 2 Comments

The threat of terrorism must be confronted sensibly and not by restrictions based on religion, which ultimately threaten religious freedom and incite more violence, said Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty.

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Catholic activists, pope say more work needed after climate change pact

Catholic activists, pope say more work needed after climate change pact

| James Martone | December 15, 2015 | 2 Comments

German Msgr. Josef Sayer prayed over a crowd of environmental activists at Saint-Merry Catholic Church, where they had joined for Mass after two weeks of intense lobbying in and around the U.N. climate change conference.

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Vatican releases instruction on identity, mission of religious brothers

Vatican releases instruction on identity, mission of religious brothers

| Carol Glatz | December 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

To help appreciate and better promote the vocation of religious brothers, the Vatican released a 50-page reflection on the importance of their life and mission of evangelization, fraternity and sacrifice.

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Pope’s visit to border expected to highlight church’s outreach to poor

Pope’s visit to border expected to highlight church’s outreach to poor

| December 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

With the poverty on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, Pope Francis’ visit to the region in February will be an important opportunity for the Catholic Church “to emphasize the mercy of God that is at the core of the Christian faith.”

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Author has tips for parents to encourage children to come back to church

Author has tips for parents to encourage children to come back to church

| Veronica Ambuul | December 14, 2015 | 1 Comment

It’s a scenario that will probably play out in thousands of homes across the country this Christmas: A young adult goes home for the holidays and announces that he or she no longer attends Mass.

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Pope reaffirms new annulment reforms as they come into effect

Pope reaffirms new annulment reforms as they come into effect

| Carol Glatz | December 14, 2015 | 1 Comment

As reformed rules for marriage annulment cases came into effect, Pope Francis said the new norms are to be adhered to in order to help bring healing to failed marriages.

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Bankruptcy allows diocese to assist victims, ‘protect church’s mission’

Bankruptcy allows diocese to assist victims, ‘protect church’s mission’

| December 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Diocese of Duluth said Dec. 7 it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection because efforts to reach a settlement “that would assist all abuse victims and protect the church’s mission” have been unsuccessful.

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Time for forgiveness has begun, pope says as holy doors open worldwide

Time for forgiveness has begun, pope says as holy doors open worldwide

| By Carol Glatz | December 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

With the opening the Holy Door at the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome, Pope Francis declared that the time for tenderness, joy and forgiveness had begun.

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New Vatican document reflects on relations between Catholics, Jews

New Vatican document reflects on relations between Catholics, Jews

| Cindy Wooden | December 10, 2015 | 5 Comments

Catholics are called to witness to their faith in Jesus before all people, including Jews, but the Catholic Church “neither conducts nor supports” any institutional missionary initiative directed toward Jews, says a new document from a Vatican commission.

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Pope Francis’ 2015: Family, ecology, but mostly mercy

Pope Francis’ 2015: Family, ecology, but mostly mercy

| Cindy Wooden | December 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

At the Vatican and on five continents in 2015, Pope Francis continued to encourage and demonstrate a style of evangelization that emphasizes walking with people, listening to them and showing them God’s mercy.

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