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Catholics urged to appeal to lawmakers in Congress to pass DACA bill now

Catholics urged to appeal to lawmakers in Congress to pass DACA bill now

| February 16, 2018 | 1 Comment

By day’s end Feb. 15, members of the U.S. Senate had rejected four immigration proposals, leaving it unclear how lawmakers will address overall immigration reform and keep the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in place.

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Early Man — A-II (PG)

Early Man — A-II (PG)

| Sister Hosea Rupprecht | February 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

Nick Park, the creative genius behind so many Aardman Animations claymation comedies spanning more than two decades, finally makes his feature-length directing debut with “Early Man.”

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Head of Catholic physicians’ group warns of threats to conscientious objection

Head of Catholic physicians’ group warns of threats to conscientious objection

| Cindy Wooden | February 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

No physician should be forced to choose between violating his or her conscience and facing professional sanctions when defending human life, said the president of the World Federation of Catholic Medical Associations.

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Philippine bishop orders investigation into Ash Wednesday burns

Philippine bishop orders investigation into Ash Wednesday burns

| February 16, 2018 | 1 Comment

A bishop in the Philippine capital has ordered an investigation into reports that several Massgoers developed rashes after having their foreheads marked with ash on Ash Wednesday.

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Fasting during Lent includes sharing, treating others kindly, pope says

Fasting during Lent includes sharing, treating others kindly, pope says

| Carol Glatz | February 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

Loudly boasting or complaining about fasting during Lent and treating others unkindly is not what God wants, Pope Francis said.

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Black Panther — A-III (PG-13)

Black Panther — A-III (PG-13)

| John Mulderig | February 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

Though the mayhem on screen, which ranges from hand-to-hand combat to a high-flying, high-tech dogfight, is treated with restraint, touches of vulgarity may give some parents of older teens pause. Weighing on the other side of the scale, however, is the racial empowerment that drives the narrative and the significant themes the film tackles in a thoughtful way.

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Pope says he prays for those who call him a heretic

Pope says he prays for those who call him a heretic

| Cindy Wooden | February 15, 2018 | 1 Comment

Pope Francis said he tries to dialogue with those who disagree with him in the hope that he will learn something; but he just prays for those who call him a heretic.

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Pope told Jesuits he regularly meets abuse survivors, journal reports

Pope told Jesuits he regularly meets abuse survivors, journal reports

| Cindy Wooden | February 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis told a group of Jesuits in Peru that he often meets on Fridays with survivors of sex abuse.

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Florida school shooting an act of ‘horrifying evil,’ says Miami archbishop

Florida school shooting an act of ‘horrifying evil,’ says Miami archbishop

| February 15, 2018 | 1 Comment

Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski urged community members to come together “to support one another in this time of grief” after a shooting rampage Feb. 14 at a Broward County high school left at least 17 people dead.

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Lent: Giving up, doing extra, or both, aren’t one size fits all

Lent: Giving up, doing extra, or both, aren’t one size fits all

| Carol Zimmermann | February 14, 2018 | 0 Comments

People often talk about giving up something for Lent such as candy, soda or more recently, social media, while some commit to doing something extra including praying more, reading spiritual works or helping others.

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Catholic leaders caution that federal budget must reflect common good

Catholic leaders caution that federal budget must reflect common good

| Dennis Sadowski | February 14, 2018 | 2 Comments

Catholic leaders cautioned that federal spending must safeguard the common good after the White House released its fiscal year 2019 spending plan that boosts military spending and cuts human services, environmental protection, diplomacy and international humanitarian assistance while assuring that the budget deficit will grow over the next decade.

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People have right to receive God’s word, so preach it well, pope says

People have right to receive God’s word, so preach it well, pope says

| February 14, 2018 | 1 Comment

Everyone who goes to Mass has the right to hear the word of God in all its fullness, which means it must be read well and explained well with “fervor,” Pope Francis said.

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