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Kansas family among first to aid fellow farmers affected by wildfires

Kansas family among first to aid fellow farmers affected by wildfires

| Joe Bollig | May 5, 2017 | 0 Comments

Father Prakash Rao Kola was in Coldwater, Kansas, 30 miles east of Ashland, the afternoon of March 6 when he began to get frantic calls from parishioners.

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Catholic leaders wary of AHA repeal-and-replace efforts

Catholic leaders wary of AHA repeal-and-replace efforts

| Mark Pattison | May 5, 2017 | 0 Comments

The House passed a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act by a four-vote margin May 4. The final vote was 217-213.

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Father Solanus Casey sainthood cause advances

Father Solanus Casey sainthood cause advances

| Carol Glatz | May 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis advanced the sainthood causes of Wisconsin-born Capuchin Father Solanus Casey, five religious, four laypeople and two cardinals, including Vietnamese Cardinal Francois Nguyen Van Thuan.

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Church leaders view religious freedom order as positive step

Church leaders view religious freedom order as positive step

| Carol Zimmermann | May 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

Many religious leaders viewed President Donald Trump’s executive order on religious freedom, which he signed in a White House Rose Garden ceremony May 4, as a step in the right direction.

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Pope Francis to meet Trump at Vatican May 24

Pope Francis to meet Trump at Vatican May 24

President Donald Trump will visit the Vatican and meet with Pope Francis May 24 as part of his first foreign trip as president.

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Film students travel to ‘Endor’ to shoot ‘Star Wars’ fan film

Film students travel to ‘Endor’ to shoot ‘Star Wars’ fan film

During the first day of production on his most recent film, Preston Yarger was concerned for the well-being of his cast and crew.

“It was 40 degrees and raining all day long, and everyone was soaked to the bone and just completely shivering,” the 21-year-old recalled.

But as it turned out, he needn’t have worried.

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Retired Alaska archbishop, a St. Paul native, recovering after minor heart attack

Retired Alaska archbishop, a St. Paul native, recovering after minor heart attack

| Joel Davidson | May 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

Archbishop Schwietz experienced chest pains while preparing to celebrate morning Mass at St. Andrew Church in Eagle River, Alaska, where he has served as pastor since his retirement in November 2016.

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Prayer cells still a vital part of World Apostolate of Fatima

Prayer cells still a vital part of World Apostolate of Fatima

| Mark Pattison | May 2, 2017 | 0 Comments

Millions of baby-boomer Catholics grew up hearing the phrase “Blue Army of Our Lady of Fatima” in their churches and Catholic schools.

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Religious practices for Christians not influenced by education levels

Religious practices for Christians not influenced by education levels

Although higher educated U.S. adults are typically linked with lower levels of religious practice, a new study by the Pew Research Center shows that Christians are the exception to the rule.

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Russian Catholic official criticizes court ban on Jehovah’s Witnesses

Russian Catholic official criticizes court ban on Jehovah’s Witnesses

| Jonathan Luxmoore | May 2, 2017 | 0 Comments

Russia’s Catholic Church has condemned a Supreme Court decision to outlaw the Jehovah’s Witnesses and warned the move will increase fears of new restrictions on Catholic rights.

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Society of Catholic Scientists meets in Chicago for first-ever conference

Society of Catholic Scientists meets in Chicago for first-ever conference

| Michelle Martin | May 2, 2017 | 0 Comments

“Origins,” the first conference of the Society of Catholic Scientists, gave more than 100 participants the opportunity to learn about everything from the birth of stars to the beginnings of human language and to reflect on how their faith and work inform each other.

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CRS unveils book about Muslim-Christian cooperation in peacebuilding

CRS unveils book about Muslim-Christian cooperation in peacebuilding

Religion matters but relationships among people of different beliefs matter most when it comes to peacebuilding efforts, said a group of panelists at the introduction of a new Catholic Relief Services publication about Muslim-Christian cooperation around the world.

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