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Catholics surveyed say election issues, not candidates, mentioned at Mass

Catholics surveyed say election issues, not candidates, mentioned at Mass

| August 9, 2016 | 3 Comments

Catholics, by and large, haven’t heard endorsements for one presidential candidate over the other while in the pews this presidential election season.

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New Zika infection fears spark renewed debate on abortion, birth control

New Zika infection fears spark renewed debate on abortion, birth control

| Tom Tracy | August 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

With a growing number of U.S. travelers returning from abroad with the Zika virus and with several cases of Zika-related microcephaly and birth defects reported in the U.S., the disease has inflamed the abortion debate domestically.

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Florida races to stem Zika spread, offer pregnant women testing

Florida races to stem Zika spread, offer pregnant women testing

| Tom Tracy | August 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

Florida residents, officials and health care leaders have their hands full this summer containing the Zika virus outbreak, which prompted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to issue its first domestic travel advisory.

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Vatican prepares ‘St. Teresa’ of Kolkata stamp

Vatican prepares ‘St. Teresa’ of Kolkata stamp

| Cindy Wooden | August 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Vatican will anticipate the canonization of Blessed Teresa of Kolkata with a special postage stamp, which will be released Sept. 2, two days before Pope Francis officially declares her a saint.

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Mercy, poor at center of Blessed Teresa’s canonization events

Mercy, poor at center of Blessed Teresa’s canonization events

| Junno Arocho Esteves | August 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

The poor, the suffering and those who minister to them will be at the center of celebrations leading up to the canonization of Blessed Teresa of Kolkata at the Vatican.

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Pope praises witness of 10 athletes on Refugee Olympic Team

Pope praises witness of 10 athletes on Refugee Olympic Team

| Cindy Wooden | August 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

In a personal message addressed to each of the 10 members of the new Refugee Olympic Team, Pope Francis wished them success in their events and thanked them for the witness they are giving the world.

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At Rio’s Christ the Redeemer statue, cardinal blesses Olympic torch

At Rio’s Christ the Redeemer statue, cardinal blesses Olympic torch

| Lise Alves | August 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

High above the city, beneath the statue of Christ the Redeemer, Rio Cardinal Orani Tempesta blessed the Olympic torch, held by Brazil’s former Olympic volleyball player, Maria Isabel Barroso Salgado.

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Biden called ‘counter-witness’ to church teaching for presiding at wedding

Biden called ‘counter-witness’ to church teaching for presiding at wedding

| August 8, 2016 | 4 Comments

By officiating at a same-sex wedding, Vice President Joe Biden as a prominent Catholic politician has created confusion over church teaching on marriage and “the corresponding moral obligations of Catholics,” three U.S. bishops said Aug. 5.

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Forgive others, find peace, pope says during brief visit to Assisi

Forgive others, find peace, pope says during brief visit to Assisi

| August 5, 2016 | 1 Comment

Celebrating how God’s mercy has been experienced for 800 years in a tiny stone church in Assisi, Italy, Pope Francis said people need to experience God’s forgiveness and start learning how to forgive others.

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Pope appoints head of Catholic University of America to Vatican agency

Pope appoints head of Catholic University of America to Vatican agency

| August 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis appointed John Garvey, president of The Catholic University of America, to the board of directors of a Vatican agency overseeing institutes of higher learning.

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Measure to protect gay students’ rights said to target religious colleges

Measure to protect gay students’ rights said to target religious colleges

| Kurt Jensen | August 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

A small independent Catholic college in Escondido, California, has joined the opponents of a state law aimed at banning discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students by depriving colleges of state and federal student-aid funds.

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Bombing of Aleppo destroys hospitals, traps civilians, especially kids

Bombing of Aleppo destroys hospitals, traps civilians, especially kids

| Dale Gavlak | August 3, 2016 | 1 Comment

Only a small number of civilians in Aleppo are using humanitarian corridors to flee weeks of intensive bombardment; activists say people do not trust that the routes are safe.

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