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Church called to keep hope alive, live in joyful expectation, pope says

Church called to keep hope alive, live in joyful expectation, pope says

| Cindy Wooden | October 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

The church of Christ is called to keep the light of hope alive in the world, showing all humanity the path leading to “the merciful face of God” and salvation in Christ, Pope Francis said.

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Court blocks law that had closed most Texas abortion clinics

Court blocks law that had closed most Texas abortion clinics

| Patricia Zapor | October 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

In a brief order posted after normal business hours, the Supreme Court granted requests by some of the affected abortion clinics to block parts of the law. It blocked statewide the requirement that abortion clinics meet standards of an ambulatory surgical center, which a majority of the Texas abortion providers could not meet. For clinics in McAllen and El Paso only, the order also blocked a provision requiring abortion clinic doctors to have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles of the clinic.

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Be in a ‘holy hurry’ to share Gospel, love others, pope says

Be in a ‘holy hurry’ to share Gospel, love others, pope says

| Cindy Wooden | October 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

On the feast of St. Teresa of Avila, Pope Francis said he wished the whole church would follow her example and be in a “holy hurry” to bring the Gospel and God’s love to the world.

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Synod interim report: the Church must renew commitment to family

Synod interim report: the Church must renew commitment to family

| Andrea Gagliarducci | October 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

The approach to irregular unions must start from positive aspects, and stable couples should be accompanied in a development toward the sacrament of marriage, the Synod of Bishops said in a midterm report issued Monday.

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If laws don’t lead people to Jesus, they are obsolete, pope says

If laws don’t lead people to Jesus, they are obsolete, pope says

| October 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

Jesus did “strange things,” like “walk with sinners, eat with tax collectors” — things the scholars of the law “did not like; doctrine was in danger, that doctrine of the law” that they and the “theologians had created over the centuries,” he said, according to Vatican Radio.

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Court’s pass on same-sex marriage rulings leaves plenty of questions

Court’s pass on same-sex marriage rulings leaves plenty of questions

| Carol Zimmermann | October 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

When the Supreme Court declined to review the appeals on rulings striking down same-sex marriage bans as unconstitutional, many people were left second-guessing why this happened and what it means for the future of same-sex marriages and bans on such marriages.

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Debate emerges on St. John Paul II’s early writings on social ethics

Debate emerges on St. John Paul II’s early writings on social ethics

| Jonathan Luxmoore | October 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

Less than six months after St John Paul II was canonized, questions are being raised about a book of lectures he penned as a young priest in his Polish homeland.

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U.S. couple at synod calls for ‘robust, creative’ family programs

U.S. couple at synod calls for ‘robust, creative’ family programs

| Cindy Wooden | October 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

Existing diocesan programs and Catholic organizations aimed at helping Catholic families fulfill their vocation clearly are not strong enough to meet modern needs, a Wisconsin couple told the Synod of Bishops.

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Life of newly beatified New Jersey sister called ‘recipe for holiness’

Life of newly beatified New Jersey sister called ‘recipe for holiness’

| Beth Griffin | October 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

More than 2,200 people packed the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark Oct. 4 to celebrate the first beatification liturgy in the United States.

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Vatican’s abuse panel plans to include more experts, another survivor

Vatican’s abuse panel plans to include more experts, another survivor

| Carol Glatz | October 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

A papal commission on child protection will be expanding its nine-member panel to include more experts and another survivor of clerical abuse.

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Pope recalls another key anniversary in his life: his first Communion

Pope recalls another key anniversary in his life: his first Communion

| Carol Glatz | October 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

Unable to resist telling the world about a personal event that is dear to his heart, Pope Francis said that 70 years ago to the day, he celebrated his first Communion.

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Pope: Tiny voice in your head? Don’t ignore it; it’s a guardian angel

Pope: Tiny voice in your head? Don’t ignore it; it’s a guardian angel

| Carol Glatz | October 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

Guardian angels are not the stuff of fantasy; they are really present as wise travel companions helping people navigate life’s journey, Pope Francis said.

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