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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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Catholic senator earns victory in federal court against HHS mandate

Catholic senator earns victory in federal court against HHS mandate

| Jennifer Brinker | August 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

A Missouri senator won’t be forced to pay for health insurance that includes “religiously objectionable” medical services, according to a judgment issued in federal court.

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After document release, Archbishop Nienstedt maintains misconduct allegations are false

After document release, Archbishop Nienstedt maintains misconduct allegations are false

| August 2, 2016 | 1 Comment

With the closure of the criminal case, the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office made public documents from its investigation of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, including memos and affidavits addressing an inquiry of whether Archbishop John Nienstedt, then head of the archdiocese, may have mishandled a clergy sex abuse case because of his friendship with former priest Curtis Wehmeyer and his own alleged sexual misconduct.

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Archbishop Hebda elaborates on charge dismissal, Archbishop Nienstedt investigation

Archbishop Hebda elaborates on charge dismissal, Archbishop Nienstedt investigation

| August 2, 2016 | 1 Comment

Archbishop Bernard Hebda takes questions on the archdiocese’s child-protection efforts, decision not to plead guilty to the criminal charges and plans for the release of documents tied to the 2014 internal investigation of Archbishop John Nienstedt.

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As she qualified for Olympics, U.S. fencer had ongoing talks with God

As she qualified for Olympics, U.S. fencer had ongoing talks with God

| Kelly Seegers | August 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

As fencer Kat Holmes was going through the Olympic trials, she had “an almost ongoing conversation with God.”

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Papal academy convenes summit to tackle world refugee crisis

Papal academy convenes summit to tackle world refugee crisis

| Carol Glatz | August 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

A papal think tank is convening a summit to tackle the threat to global stability posed by today’s refugee crisis.

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Secularized culture leads to ‘orphaned’ Christians, pope tells bishops

Secularized culture leads to ‘orphaned’ Christians, pope tells bishops

| Junno Arocho Esteves | August 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis warned Poland’s Catholic bishops that an increasingly secularized and de-Christianized culture leaves people orphaned, being vaguely spiritual without Christ or his church.

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Pope names six women, six men to panel to study women deacons

Pope names six women, six men to panel to study women deacons

| Cindy Wooden | August 2, 2016 | 4 Comments

Pope Francis has appointed six men and six women to a commission to study the issue of women deacons, particularly their ministry in the early church.

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