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German church to review employment practices after European court ruling

German church to review employment practices after European court ruling

| Jonathan Luxmoore | April 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

Germany’s Catholic Church said it would review its employment system after top European judges warned it could violate anti-discrimination laws by requiring staffers to be religious.

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Mother killed on Southwest flight was firm believer in Catholic schools

Mother killed on Southwest flight was firm believer in Catholic schools

| Carol Zimmermann | April 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

Tributes from business leaders and politicians alike described Jennifer Riordan — the 43-year-old passenger who died April 17 from injuries suffered on Southwest Flight 1380 when its engine exploded — as a devoted mother, community leader, mentor and volunteer.

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Tragedies and blessings have taught Roma Downey to ‘seize the moment’

Tragedies and blessings have taught Roma Downey to ‘seize the moment’

| April 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

One of Roma Downey’s life lessons came from her mother’s cabinet full of broken china.

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Bush recalled for her ‘unwavering love, devotion’ to family, community

Bush recalled for her ‘unwavering love, devotion’ to family, community

| April 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

Former first lady Barbara Bush “was a model public servant and set a standard for her unwavering and loving devotion to both family and community,” said Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston Houston in offering his prayers and “heartfelt condolences” to the Bush family.

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A great lady who was the first lady

A great lady who was the first lady

| Richard Szczepanowski | April 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

Along with many in this country and around the world, I mourn the loss of Barbara Bush, the former first lady who died April 17 at the age of 92. In my few and brief encounters with her, I always found her to be kind and gracious.

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Name given at baptism gives sense of identity, belonging, pope says

Name given at baptism gives sense of identity, belonging, pope says

| Junno Arocho Esteves | April 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

Naming a child is an important task for parents, because it gives children a sense of identity and belonging to their family and to God, Pope Francis said.

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Father of Alfie Evans meets pope, begs for help to save his son

Father of Alfie Evans meets pope, begs for help to save his son

| April 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

Begging Pope Francis to help his son, Alfie, Tom Evans met with the pontiff, pleading for “asylum” in Italy so his seriously ill son may receive care and not be euthanized in England.

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‘Is my dad in heaven?’ little boy asks pope

‘Is my dad in heaven?’ little boy asks pope

| Cindy Wooden | April 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

After circling a massive, crumbling public housing complex on the outskirts of Rome, Pope Francis had an emotional encounter with the neighborhood’s children.

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Violent extremists tarnish image of their own faith, cardinal says

Violent extremists tarnish image of their own faith, cardinal says

| Carol Glatz | April 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

Meeting with a top Muslim leader in Saudi Arabia, the Vatican’s chief interreligious dialogue official called for the equal treatment of people of all religions, saying discrimination and double standards based on religious affiliation only increase Islamophobia and Christianophobia.

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Scottish bishop criticizes BBC film for mockery of Eucharist

Scottish bishop criticizes BBC film for mockery of Eucharist

| April 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

A Scottish bishop has criticized the BBC for making a film that describes the Eucharist as smelling “like hate.”

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Pope apologizes for ‘serious mistakes’ in judging Chilean abuse cases

Pope apologizes for ‘serious mistakes’ in judging Chilean abuse cases

| Junno Arocho Esteves | April 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

In a letter to the bishops of Chile, Pope Francis apologized for underestimating the seriousness of the sexual abuse crisis in the country following a recent investigation into allegations concerning Bishop Juan Barros of Osorno.

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Pope, Christian leaders condemn use of violence against Syria

Pope, Christian leaders condemn use of violence against Syria

| Carol Glatz | April 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

Sharply criticizing a failure to find nonviolent means of bringing peace to Syria and other parts of the world, Pope Francis appealed to world leaders to work for justice and peace.

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