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Nativity scene, Christmas tree are visible signs of God's compassion

Nativity scene, Christmas tree are visible signs of God's compassion VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- A Nativity scene and Christmas tree, like those displayed in St. Peter's Square, are visible reminders of God's benevolence and closeness to all men and women, Pope Francis said.     The traditional Christmas displays are "the signs of the heavenly Father's comp...
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Thursday, December 07, 2017

Pope urges Myanmar's leaders to respect all groups

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (CNS) – The plight of the ethnic Muslim minority in Myanmar's Rakhine state was front and center in speeches by Pope Francis and Aung San Suu Kyi, but neither publicly used the word Rohingya.             After private m...
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Thursday, November 30, 2017

USCCB committee calls net neutrality protections critical

WASHINGTON (CNS) – The chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Communications has urged the Trump administration to keep current net neutrality rules in place because an open internet, he said, is critical to the nation's faith communities and how they interact with their members.  &#...
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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Mass is a time of silence and prayer, not idle chitchat, pope says

Mass is a time of silence and prayer, not idle chitchat, pope says VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Mass is the highest form of prayer and not an appropriate moment for small talk, Pope Francis said.     At church, Catholics should spend their time in silence before Mass, preparing "to meet with Jesus" instead of engaging in "chitchat," the pope said Nov. 15 d...
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Bishops to elect secretary, new committee chairs at assembly

Bishops to elect secretary, new committee chairs at assembly WASHINGTON (CNS) – During their Nov. 13-14 general assembly in Baltimore, U.S. bishops are scheduled to elect the next secretary of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, a religious liberty committee chairman and chairmen-elect for five committees, and hear an update from the bishops' work...
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Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Through example, saints shine God's light in darkness, pope says

Through example, saints shine God's light in darkness, pope says VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Like stained glass windows, the saints allow the light of God to permeate the darkness of sin in the world, Pope Francis said on the feast of All Saints.     Just as light enters a church through multi-colored windows, the lives of saints shine forth "according...
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Thursday, November 02, 2017

Pope condemns 'murderous folly' of terrorism after attacks

Pope condemns 'murderous folly' of terrorism after attacks VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis prayed for victims of the terrorist attack in New York, as well as victims of other terror attacks, and condemned the murder of innocent men and women in the name of God.    After praying the Angelus with pilgrims in St. Peter's Square Nov. 1, the p...
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Thursday, November 02, 2017

Concern rises over impact of expected tax cuts on programs for the poor

Concern rises over impact of expected tax cuts on programs for the poor WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Tax policy is not a simple matter. It almost never has been and may not ever be.    Still, Congress is trying to simplify the tax code to deliver on President Donald Trump's campaign promise to cut taxes for the middle class.    Working under the "U...
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Thursday, November 02, 2017

Facebook bot lets you chat with the Pope

An initiative from the Vatican is inviting people to virtually connect with Pope Francis and learn more about Church missions and how to support them.   “MissioBot” is an automatic chat system on Facebook Messenger, which helps guide users through a chat experience with words from...
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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Death penalty is 'contrary to the Gospel,' pope says

Death penalty is 'contrary to the Gospel,' pope says The death penalty, no matter how it is carried out, "is, in itself, contrary to the Gospel," Pope Francis said.    Marking the 25th anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church at the Vatican Oct. 11, Pope Francis said the catechism's discussion of the death penalty, already f...
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Thursday, October 12, 2017