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USCCB: Retain open internet ‘by strongest legal authority available’

USCCB: Retain open internet ‘by strongest legal authority available’

| Mark Pattison | July 18, 2017 | 2 Comments

In comments delivered July 17 to the Federal Communications Commission, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops urged the FCC to use “the strongest legal authority available” to “retain open internet regulations.”

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Laziness, vices prevent seeds of Gospel from taking root, pope says

Laziness, vices prevent seeds of Gospel from taking root, pope says

| Carol Glatz | July 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

God proposes — not imposes — his Gospel and offer of salvation, putting the responsibility of being open to and moved by his message on the listener, Pope Francis said.

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Pro-life group welcomes court ruling to let U.S. doctor examine baby

Pro-life group welcomes court ruling to let U.S. doctor examine baby

| July 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

The national director of Priests for Life in New York welcomed a London court’s decision allowing a U.S. doctor to go to England to examine a 10-month-old terminally ill British infant at the center of a medical and ethical debate.

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Archbishop Hebda, Lutheran leaders oppose Medicaid cuts in health care proposals

Archbishop Hebda, Lutheran leaders oppose Medicaid cuts in health care proposals

| July 14, 2017 | 4 Comments

In a July 14 letter to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the leaders wrote that the two faith communities are committed to serving people in need, especially the poor, elderly, chronically ill, immigrants and disabled.

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Cardinal Schonborn: Church doing best to strengthen families of all types

Cardinal Schonborn: Church doing best to strengthen families of all types

| Sarah Mac Donald | July 14, 2017 | 3 Comments

The Catholic Church is doing whatever it can to strengthen the family, including families often considered nontraditional, said Cardinal Christoph Schonborn of Vienna, the theologian who reviewed Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on the family.

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Bishop sees little improvement in Senate’s latest effort on health care

Bishop sees little improvement in Senate’s latest effort on health care

| July 13, 2017 | 3 Comments

The Senate Republicans’ latest effort to overhaul the Affordable Care Act is “unacceptable” and shows little improvement over the lawmakers’ first attempt to reform the federal health care law, said the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ domestic policy committee.

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Former doctrine chief denies false account of papal meeting

Former doctrine chief denies false account of papal meeting

| Junno Arocho Esteves | July 13, 2017 | 2 Comments

The former head of the Vatican’s doctrine office denied reports claiming he was dismissed by Pope Francis due to differences in doctrinal matters.

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Engage young adults, support Black Lives Matter, bishops told

Engage young adults, support Black Lives Matter, bishops told

| Gail DeGeorge | July 13, 2017 | 2 Comments

A standing-room-only crowd of young black Catholics in a frank session that lasted more than two hours told bishops, priests, and women and men religious why they stay in the church, what threatens to drive them away and that they want a stronger voice from church officials for the Black Lives Matter movement.

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House passes anti-trafficking bill; measure goes to Senate

House passes anti-trafficking bill; measure goes to Senate

| July 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

The House passed a bill July 12 that puts more than $500 million over the next four years into efforts to fight labor and sex trafficking both in the United States and abroad.

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Q&A on the Vatican’s recent instruction on bread, wine for Communion

Q&A on the Vatican’s recent instruction on bread, wine for Communion

| July 13, 2017 | 1 Comment

The Vatican recently published a circular letter, “On the bread and wine for the Eucharist,” sent to diocesan bishops at the request of Pope Francis dated June 15 — the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ.

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Reformed churches sign agreement adopting justification doctrine

Reformed churches sign agreement adopting justification doctrine

| Junno Arocho Esteves | July 12, 2017 | 3 Comments

Signaling a turning point in ecumenical relations with the Catholic Church, the World Communion of Reformed Churches signed an agreement on a key issue that divided Catholics and Protestants for centuries.

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New Brighton writer helps incarcerated women pen stories of hurt, hope

New Brighton writer helps incarcerated women pen stories of hurt, hope

| Melenie Soucheray | July 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

The collected works of 43 women, “Breaking the Cycle: Writings by Women in Prison,” was published in April. The authors hope it will influence others to avoid criminal activity.

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