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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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Narrow gate of mercy difficult to enter with bloated pride, pope says

Narrow gate of mercy difficult to enter with bloated pride, pope says

| Junno Arocho Esteves | August 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

The “narrow gate” to salvation described by Jesus isn’t narrow because God is oppressive, but because pride bloats Christians and prevents them from entering God’s merciful embrace, Pope Francis said.

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Father Marvin O’Connell, Church historian, dies

Father Marvin O’Connell, Church historian, dies

| August 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

Father Marvin O’Connell, 86, a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and professor emeritus of history at the University of Notre Dame, died Aug. 19 at Holy Cross Village in Notre Dame, Indiana.

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Olympic swimming champion Ledecky returns home to cheering crowd

Olympic swimming champion Ledecky returns home to cheering crowd

| Kelly Seegers | August 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

After winning five medals — four gold and one silver — at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, swimming champion Katie Ledecky is taking things one step at a time on her return home.

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Schools plan for new buildings, expanded preschool

Schools plan for new buildings, expanded preschool

| August 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Catholic Spirit asked Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis to share what’s new for the 2016-17 academic year. The following is a selection of their responses.

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Venezuela native prepares to lead diverse Minneapolis school

Venezuela native prepares to lead diverse Minneapolis school

| Sam Patet | August 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

Edgar Alfonzo leaves law for education, finds he has a heart for students

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