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Voters reject nearly all ballot measures on issues of Catholic concern

Voters reject nearly all ballot measures on issues of Catholic concern

| Carol Zimmermann | November 9, 2016 | 5 Comments

In this year’s election, voters went against nearly all of the ballot initiatives backed by Catholic leaders and advocates, except the referendums on minimum wage increases and gun control measures.

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Agencies expect positive engagement with Congress, Trump postelection

Agencies expect positive engagement with Congress, Trump postelection

| Dennis Sadowski | November 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

It’s time to move beyond the polarizing presidential campaign so that the basic needs of the unemployed, the world’s poor and the unborn can be addressed, said Catholics who consistently work with Congress and the White House.

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Diocese investigating priest over political video of fetus, altar use

Diocese investigating priest over political video of fetus, altar use

| Rhina Guidos | November 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Diocese of Amarillo, Texas, said in a statement it is investigating the incident of a pro-life priest who placed “the body of an aborted fetus” on an altar and broadcast it on Facebook Live to get people to vote for Republican Donald J. Trump, causing “the desecration of the altar.”

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Religious, lay leaders react to Trump win in presidential election

Religious, lay leaders react to Trump win in presidential election

| November 9, 2016 | 3 Comments

Lay and religious leaders of all stripes reacted to news of Donald J. Trump’s upset win in the Nov. 8 presidential election.

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Top Vatican official congratulates Trump, offers prayers

Top Vatican official congratulates Trump, offers prayers

| November 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

“We send our best wishes to the new president that his administration may truly be fruitful,” Cardinal Pietro Parolin said. “And we also assure him of our prayers that the Lord would enlighten and sustain him in his service to his country naturally, but also in serving the well-being and peace of the world.”

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Pro-life supporters denounce Father Pavone over election Facebook video

Pro-life supporters denounce Father Pavone over election Facebook video

| Rhina Guidos | November 9, 2016 | 1 Comment

Pro-life supporters in the Catholic Church are denouncing activist Father Frank Pavone for what he said was an “emergency situation” on the eve of the U.S. presidential election.

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Mosaic for Trinity Dome seen as ‘crowning jewel’ for national shrine

Mosaic for Trinity Dome seen as ‘crowning jewel’ for national shrine

| Allana Haynes | November 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

After nearly 100 years since construction began on the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the placement of a final mosaic — inside the Trinity Dome — is expected to be completed in December 2017.

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Cardinal Nichols apologizes to unmarried women coerced to give up babies

Cardinal Nichols apologizes to unmarried women coerced to give up babies

| Simon Caldwell | November 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

An English cardinal has apologized for the “hurt caused” to young unmarried mothers pressured by church agencies in the mid-20th century to surrender their children for adoption.

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Priests to celebrate Masses outdoors after massive earthquake in Italy

Priests to celebrate Masses outdoors after massive earthquake in Italy

| Junno Arocho Esteves | November 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

Priests in central Italy were instructed to celebrate Mass outdoors following another devastating earthquake that rocked the region and brought one its most spiritually and historically significant churches tumbling down.

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Medieval crucifix in St. Peter’s Basilica ‘resurrected’ from obscurity

Medieval crucifix in St. Peter’s Basilica ‘resurrected’ from obscurity

| Carol Glatz | November 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

His toes curl in pain, his veins bulge from exertion, his bony chest heaves in the last throes of death.

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Panel ponders path to civility following presidential election

Panel ponders path to civility following presidential election

| Mark Pattison | November 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

If Catholics have a role in helping heal divisions after a turbulent presidential election year, they may need to start looking inward, according to some panelists at a Nov. 1 forum at The Catholic University of America on “Citizenship and Civility: The Role of Catholics in Rebuilding the American Political Culture.”

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Q&A on instruction on proper handling of ashes following cremation

Q&A on instruction on proper handling of ashes following cremation

| November 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

In 1963, the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued an instruction permitting cremation as long as it was not done as a sign of denial of the basic Christian belief in the resurrection of the dead.

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