RELIGION AND POLITICS

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Fight discrimination against pro-life doctors, bishops ask Congress

by Matt Hadro
November 21, 2014

The U.S. bishops are imploring Congress to enact stronger medical conscience protections against state abortion laws by passing the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act.
“We want to underscore the increasingly urgent need…

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As Obama unveils program, other efforts aim to help Central Americans

by Patricia Zapor
November 21, 2014

As millions of immigrants celebrate the possibility of protection from deportation under a new Obama administration plan, among those who cannot take advantage of it…

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Court rejects Catholic concerns about new contraception mandate rules

by Catholic News Agency
November 17, 2014

A U.S. appeals court ruled Friday against Catholic organizations with objections to the Obama administration’s…

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OUR FAITH

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Catholics hope pope will visit Arizona border in 2015

by Daniel Gonzalez and Ryan Van Velzer
November 20, 2014

Pope Francis has spoken out frequently in defense of migrants worldwide since taking over as head of the Roman Catholic Church nearly two years ago.
His concern for migrants, including…

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Catholic students put faith into action

by Mackenzie Ryan
November 20, 2014

Sorting through donations of clothing and food, students from Melbourne Central Catholic volunteered at one…

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‘Thrilled’ at news of papal visit, Philadelphia Catholics thinking big

by Matthew Gambino
November 20, 2014

After the historic announcement by Pope Francis that he will visit Philadelphia next September, the reality of the challenges and…

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Calm down, liberal and conservative Catholics, the church won’t break

Conservative and liberal Catholics don’t agree on much at the moment, but they do agree on one thing: The Catholic…

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You are my legacy, Cardinal George tells Chicago at final Mass

Cardinal Francis George celebrated his last public Mass as Archbishop of Chicago on Sunday, thanking the people of Chicago for…

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‘The right to forget': sins are left behind in the confessional

Speaking about the “right to forget” sins after confessing them, a Vatican official stressed that God’s mercy truly frees us…

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Pope confirms he will visit US in 2015

Pope Francis said he would attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in September, making it the first confirmed…

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NEWS HEARD AROUND THE WORLD

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Turkey’s 53,000 Catholics happily awaiting Pope Francis

Turkey’s small community of 53,000 Catholics – amid a population of 76 million – is anticipating Pope Francis’ upcoming trip…

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Pope condemns attack on Jerusalem synagogue, urges end to violence

Pope Francis condemned the “unacceptable episodes of violence” in Jerusalem, episodes that “do not spare even places of worship,” after an attack in a synagogue left four worshippers, a policeman and the two attackers dead.…

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Vatican lifts ban on married priests for Eastern Catholics in diaspora

The Vatican has lifted its ban on the ordination of married men to the priesthood in Eastern Catholic churches outside…

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Mexican bishops plead for peace, call violence a ‘national crisis’

The Mexican bishops’ conference issued an impassioned plea for peace and an end to the bloodshed in a country consumed with the crisis of 43 teacher trainees allegedly captured by crooked cops, killed by organized…

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