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‘You cannot be a Catholic and sit on the sidelines,’ archbishop says

‘You cannot be a Catholic and sit on the sidelines,’ archbishop says

| Josephine von Dohlen | August 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

In a crowded bar, bustling with young adult Catholics from the Washington area for the monthly Theology on Tap, Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory shared his pain over what this archdiocese suffered in the past year due to priestly abuse scandals, and encouraged the young adults to turn to the Eucharist as a source of healing.

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Assumption feast invites people to look to heaven with hope, pope says

Assumption feast invites people to look to heaven with hope, pope says

| Carol Glatz | August 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

Mary’s assumption into heaven calls people to put aside all those insignificant, mundane and petty concerns competing for their attention and instead be drawn to God and his greatness, Pope Francis said.

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Vatican official: Church must be prudent judging Medjugorje apparitions

Vatican official: Church must be prudent judging Medjugorje apparitions

| Sarah Mac Donald | August 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina, is a place of prayer, conversion and pilgrimage for millions of people, but the Church must be prudent and not rush to any judgment on the alleged Marian apparitions there, said Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization.

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Mexican bishops: No matter how life is conceived, abortion is wrong

Mexican bishops: No matter how life is conceived, abortion is wrong

| David Agren | August 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Mexican bishops’ conference has expressed concerns over a Supreme Court decision that upheld a health norm allowing access to abortion in public clinics if a woman has been the victim of sexual violence.

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Disrespect for life, lack of moral center seen as factors in gun violence

Disrespect for life, lack of moral center seen as factors in gun violence

| Elizabeth Bachmann | August 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

In this American age of violence, where 165 shootings happened this year alone, where politicians scream at each other across the aisle about gun laws and Second Amendment rights without even the common ground of mutual respect, religious leaders, scholars and TV personalities alike notice a more insidious problem with American culture.

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Ground broken for new St. Kateri Tekakwitha Shrine in New Mexico diocese

Ground broken for new St. Kateri Tekakwitha Shrine in New Mexico diocese

| August 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

The rosary walk at a new shrine to be built in the Gallup Diocese to honor St. Kateri Tekakwitha “will imitate” the life and example of the Native American saint, popularly known as the “Lily of the Mohawks,” said Gallup Bishop James S. Wall.

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Crucified women: New book aims to end scourge of forced prostitution

Crucified women: New book aims to end scourge of forced prostitution

| Junno Arocho Esteves | August 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

While Pope Francis was moved by the stories of many people he visited throughout the Year of Mercy, this particular visit struck a nerve.

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African bishop: Church must work to end violence against albinos

African bishop: Church must work to end violence against albinos

| Bronwen Dachs | August 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Church in Africa must work to end violence against people with albinism through its schools and other education efforts, said Bishop Sithembele Sipuka of Mthatha, South Africa, first vice president of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar.

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Catholic peace advocates commemorate Hiroshima, Nagasaki anniversaries

Catholic peace advocates commemorate Hiroshima, Nagasaki anniversaries

| August 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

About 40 peace advocates representing about a dozen religious communities held a special Hiroshima and Nagasaki Commemoration Prayer Service of Repentance midday Aug. 9 outside the White House in Washington.

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As Calif. novena ends, Christians urged to be society’s ‘moral conscience’

As Calif. novena ends, Christians urged to be society’s ‘moral conscience’

| Nicholas Wolfram Smith | August 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco called for Christians to be the “moral conscience” of society during a Mass marking the end of a novena against an upcoming abortion bill.

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Closeness is God’s answer to suffering, pope says

Closeness is God’s answer to suffering, pope says

| Junno Arocho Esteves | August 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

In hopeless situations of pain and suffering, God never abandons his children but rather remains close to them, Pope Francis said.

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Religion, state of the Church among topics at annual Napa conference

Religion, state of the Church among topics at annual Napa conference

| Elizabeth Bachmann | August 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

Under the clear, California-blue skies of Napa Valley, 15 bishops and 100 priests gathered with over 500 lay Catholics and women religious to discuss religion and drink wine, brainstorm solutions and smoke cigars, not to mention celebrate Mass over 100 times in the span of just a few days.

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