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Safe journey: Vatican pushes for global compacts on migration, refugees

Safe journey: Vatican pushes for global compacts on migration, refugees

| Cindy Wooden | September 28, 2017 | 2 Comments

While encouraging Catholics to reach out to migrants and refugees, the Vatican is reaching out to governments as they struggle to work out international policies and principles for dealing with the large number of people fleeing violence and poverty.

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‘Amoris Laetitia’ is built on traditional Thomist morality, pope says

‘Amoris Laetitia’ is built on traditional Thomist morality, pope says

| September 28, 2017 | 4 Comments

Seeing, understanding and engaging with people’s real lives does not “bastardize” theology, rather it is what is needed to guide people toward God, Pope Francis told Jesuits in Colombia.

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La Iglesia, los jóvenes y el papel de los padres

La Iglesia, los jóvenes y el papel de los padres

| Bishop Andrew Cozzens | September 28, 2017 | 1 Comment

Como católicos, tenemos que alarmarnos por las estadísticas que muestran cuántos de nuestros jóvenes están dejando la Iglesia. Los investigadores dicen que ahora casi la mitad de nuestros jóvenes salen de la Iglesia después de la escuela secundaria y algunos dicen que solo el 7 por ciento de los milenios católicos aún practican activamente su fe hoy — lo que significa que asistirán a misa semanal, y dicen que su fe es “extremadamente” o “muy” importante. Estamos en peligro de perder una generación de católicos.

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Share the Journey campaign urges Catholics to connect with migrants

Share the Journey campaign urges Catholics to connect with migrants

| Dennis Sadowski | September 27, 2017 | 1 Comment

A prayer here, a share on social media there, a voice of support in a letter to the editor, even a get-to-know-others potluck.

Supporting refugees and migrants can take many forms, and Pope Francis is hoping Catholics around the world will act over the next two years to encounter people on the move.

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A week after being hit by Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico begs for help

A week after being hit by Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico begs for help

| September 27, 2017 | 1 Comment

More than a week after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, much of the island remained without communication and in desperate need of humanitarian aid.

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Bishops’ requests on repeal bill go for naught as effort collapses

Bishops’ requests on repeal bill go for naught as effort collapses

| Julie Asher | September 26, 2017 | 1 Comment

The U.S. bishops’ effort urging senators to protect the poor and amend the Graham-Cassidy bill, meant to replace the Affordable Care Act, became a moot point as opposition to the bill stiffened amid frantic rewriting to get critical senators’ votes and ultimately led to a decision to have no vote on it.

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German bishops urge calm after anti-immigrant party gains in election

German bishops urge calm after anti-immigrant party gains in election

| September 26, 2017 | 1 Comment

The president of the German bishops’ conference urged “verbal disarmament” after Sept. 24 elections brought a far-right party into the Bundestag, or parliament, for the first time since World War II.

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Supreme Court cancels travel ban hearing as new restrictions announced

Supreme Court cancels travel ban hearing as new restrictions announced

| Rhina Guidos | September 25, 2017 | 1 Comment

The U.S. Supreme Court Sept. 25 canceled an upcoming hearing on the constitutionality of President Donald Trump’s travel ban after government officials unveiled the night before a new expanded version of the travel prohibitions.

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In martyr’s ministry, the Gospel of Jesus ‘trumped evil,’ says priest

In martyr’s ministry, the Gospel of Jesus ‘trumped evil,’ says priest

| Kate Blain | September 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

To Father Thomas Connery, his old seminary classmate was “a big guy from a farming family” who loved music and worked hard.

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Martyred priest ‘always served those most in need,’ says Guatemalan

Martyred priest ‘always served those most in need,’ says Guatemalan

| Tony Gutierrez | September 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

Wearing a red and black traditional Guatemalan shirt that had belonged to martyred U.S. priest Father Stanley Rother, Ronald Arteaga traveled from his village of Santiago Atitlan to witness the Sept. 23 beatification of the pastor he knew as “Padre Aplas.”

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Mexicans respond to quake with generosity, concern about politicians

Mexicans respond to quake with generosity, concern about politicians

| David Agren | September 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

Donations from Caritas chapters across Mexico started streaming into affected areas after an earthquake rocked central Mexico Sept. 19, claiming more than 300 lives, leveling homes and churches and leaving thousands homeless.

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Dolan: Honesty about Church’s flaws might win back fallen-away members

Dolan: Honesty about Church’s flaws might win back fallen-away members

| Peter Finney Jr. | September 25, 2017 | 7 Comments

New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan suggested to more than 400 priests of the state of Louisiana that humbly and openly sharing the “wounds” and shortcomings of the Church might bring those who are alienated back to the practice of the faith.

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