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Pope expands scope of John Paul II institute on marriage, family

Pope expands scope of John Paul II institute on marriage, family

| Carol Glatz | September 19, 2017 | 1 Comment

To better prepare priests and pastoral workers to help meet the challenges families face today, Pope Francis is strengthening the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family and changing its name to the Pontifical John Paul II Theological Institute for the Sciences of Marriage and Family.

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Archbishop calls for peace after verdict, asks community to come together

Archbishop calls for peace after verdict, asks community to come together

| Joseph Kenny and Jennifer Brinker | September 19, 2017 | 1 Comment

Archbishop Robert Carlson of St. Louis called for peace following a not guilty verdict in the trial of former St. Louis Police Officer Jason Stockley.

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Boston College says students doing well after acid attack in France

Boston College says students doing well after acid attack in France

| September 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

Boston College said Sept. 18 that four of its university students studying abroad who were victims of an acid attack a day earlier in Marseille, France, were doing well.

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Pope praises Rome’s first interreligious half-marathon

Pope praises Rome’s first interreligious half-marathon

| September 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

After thousands of runners completed the first ever “multireligious” half-marathon in Rome, Pope Francis praised the initiative, which was sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Culture.

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Catholic-Lutheran ecumenical efforts have borne fruit in past 50 years

Catholic-Lutheran ecumenical efforts have borne fruit in past 50 years

| Mark Pattison | September 18, 2017 | 1 Comment

Catholic-Lutheran ecumenical efforts have borne fruit over the past 50 years, noted two speakers in a joint address Sept. 15 during Georgetown University’s “1517-2017: Lutherans and Catholics: Then and Now” conference.

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Salesian priest recounts harrowing tale of his capture, liberation

Salesian priest recounts harrowing tale of his capture, liberation

| Junno Arocho Esteves | September 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

Salesian Father Tom Uzhunnalil was sitting in a room in an unknown location — one of several he had been relocated to during his 18-month imprisonment — when he received some unexpected news.

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Key West Catholic school struggles to reopen after Hurricane Irma

Key West Catholic school struggles to reopen after Hurricane Irma

| Tom Tracy | September 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

Robert Wright, principal of the Basilica School of St. Mary Star of the Sea in Key West, reluctantly left town before Hurricane Irma made its historic landfall, knowing it wouldn’t be easy getting back to Florida’s southernmost tip later on.

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Parish pantry volunteers say getting ahead of Irma helped people cope

Parish pantry volunteers say getting ahead of Irma helped people cope

| Jim Davis | September 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

The best way to cope with something like Hurricane Irma: Get ahead of it.

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Bannon remarks on ’60 Minutes’ revive anti-Catholic, anti-immigrant views

Bannon remarks on ’60 Minutes’ revive anti-Catholic, anti-immigrant views

| Robert P. Lockwood | September 15, 2017 | 1 Comment

When former White House strategist Steve Bannon criticized the Catholic Church and the U.S. bishops for their views on immigration, he resurrected widespread 19th-century anti-Catholic nativist charges against the church and immigrants to the United States.

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Belgian brothers group to keep offering euthanasia at psych facilities

Belgian brothers group to keep offering euthanasia at psych facilities

| Jonathan Luxmoore | September 15, 2017 | 3 Comments

Belgium’s Brothers of Charity Group, which runs 15 centers for psychiatric patients, has rejected a Vatican order to stop offering euthanasia.

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Don’t be embarrassed to talk about sex, youths tell Vatican officials

Don’t be embarrassed to talk about sex, youths tell Vatican officials

| Cindy Wooden | September 15, 2017 | 1 Comment

Several young people attending a Vatican-sponsored seminar on the upcoming Synod of Bishops urged the Vatican and the bishops themselves to be opening to listening to youths talk and ask questions about love, sex and sexuality.

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Judicial group launches digital ads opposing ‘religious litmus test’

Judicial group launches digital ads opposing ‘religious litmus test’

| September 15, 2017 | 7 Comments

The Washington-based Judicial Crisis Network Sept. 15 launched a 10-day digital ad campaign objecting to a U.S. Democratic senator grilling a Catholic judicial nominee Sept. 6 about what impact her faith would have on her interpretation of the law.

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