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Argentine laywoman who kept Ignatian spirituality alive beatified

Argentine laywoman who kept Ignatian spirituality alive beatified

| Junno Arocho Esteves | August 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

The life of Blessed Maria Antonia de Paz Figueroa, who continued to lead Ignatian spiritual exercises in Argentina after the expulsion of the Jesuits, remains an example of Christian witness and perseverance, Pope Francis said.

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Catholic communities organize activities to battle racism

Catholic communities organize activities to battle racism

| August 26, 2016 | 5 Comments

In the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Archbishop Bernard Hebda will lead a public prayer service at 7 p.m. Sept. 8 at St. Peter Claver, 375 Oxford St. N., St. Paul. On Sept. 11, St. Bridget in Minneapolis is hosting an ecumenical prayer and worship service with Minneapolis’ New Creation Church. “Come Together: Seeking God’s Peace” will take place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at St. Bridget’s campus, 3811 Emerson Ave. N., Minneapolis.

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Suspect sought in murders of nuns who worked at Mississippi clinic

Suspect sought in murders of nuns who worked at Mississippi clinic

| Dennis Sadowski | August 26, 2016 | 1 Comment

Police continued to search for the killer of two women religious who spent years caring for poor people as nurse practitioners in central Mississippi.

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Federal judge blocks directive on transgender access to school bathrooms

Federal judge blocks directive on transgender access to school bathrooms

| August 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

A U.S. District Court judge in Texas has temporarily blocked a directive by the Obama administration on transgender access to bathrooms in public schools, and the injunction applies nationwide.

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Pope asks Jesuits to educate diocesan clergy in practice of discernment

Pope asks Jesuits to educate diocesan clergy in practice of discernment

| Cindy Wooden | August 25, 2016 | 2 Comments

When it comes to the Christian life, too many seminaries teach students a rigid list of rules that make it difficult or impossible for them as priests to respond to the real-life situation of those who come to them seeking guidance, Pope Francis said.

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U.S. bishops, Iran religious leaders issue joint declaration

U.S. bishops, Iran religious leaders issue joint declaration

| Mark Pattison | August 25, 2016 | 3 Comments

U.S. Catholic leaders and some of Iran’s top religious figures issued a joint declaration that calls for the end of weapons of mass destruction and of terrorism — and the assigning of blame for terrorist acts to an entire religion.

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Retired Pope Benedict says it was his ‘duty’ to resign from papacy

Retired Pope Benedict says it was his ‘duty’ to resign from papacy

| Junno Arocho Esteves | August 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

Retired Pope Benedict XVI said in an interview that he felt a “duty” to resign from the papacy because of his declining health and the rigorous demands of papal travel.

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Pope leads 11,000 pilgrims praying rosary for quake victims

Pope leads 11,000 pilgrims praying rosary for quake victims

| Cindy Wooden | August 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

Hearing the mayor of Amatrice in central Italy say his town no longer exists and knowing there were children who died Aug. 24 in the earthquakes that struck the region, Pope Francis turned his weekly general audience into a prayer service.

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Louisiana floods called worst U.S. natural disaster since Superstorm Sandy

Louisiana floods called worst U.S. natural disaster since Superstorm Sandy

| August 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

The line of destruction caused by historic flooding in southern Louisiana stretches for 25 miles, and according to Red Cross officials, it is the worst natural disaster in the United States since Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

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Vatican newspaper: ‘Amoris Laetitia’ is authoritative Church teaching

Vatican newspaper: ‘Amoris Laetitia’ is authoritative Church teaching

| Cindy Wooden | August 23, 2016 | 2 Comments

Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on the family is an example of the “ordinary magisterium” — papal teaching — to which Catholics are obliged to give “religious submission of will and intellect,” said an article in the Vatican newspaper.

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Mother Teresa knew what being unloved felt like, priest says

Mother Teresa knew what being unloved felt like, priest says

| Cindy Wooden | August 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

In the chapel of the first house Blessed Teresa of Kolkata established in Rome, Father Brian Kolodiejchuk of the Missionaries of Charity talks about her life, mixing the concrete and even mundane with the spiritual and even mystical.

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Receive forgiveness in confession, learn to forgive others, pope says

Receive forgiveness in confession, learn to forgive others, pope says

| Cindy Wooden | August 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

God’s mercy is poured out upon the repentant so that they can change and grow, sharing mercy with others and helping build families, neighborhoods and societies where people learn to forgive, Pope Francis said.

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