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USCCB President issues statement on child-protection summit

ROME—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops issued the following statement on Feb. 24, the final day of a four-day meeting attended by Presidents of Bishops’ Conferences from across the globe. &#...
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Thursday, February 28, 2019

How excommunication works/10-minute limit on homilies?

How excommunication works/10-minute limit on homilies? Q. From what we are seeing on social media here in New York state, there seems to be some misunderstanding about what excommunication is and how it happens. Does the pope excommunicate someone, or can a bishop? Is there a process? What is the pastoral approach to something like this? What are the c...
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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Properties of the Eucharist

Properties of the Eucharist Q. I firmly believe that at Mass the Eucharist becomes Christ's body and blood. But here's what I don't understand: Why then do the properties of the bread and wine still affect people --- for example, those with wheat allergies or alcoholics? (Danville, Indiana) A. Not surprisingly, this is a bit...
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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Rite of betrothal/Praying for Pope Benedict

Rite of betrothal/Praying for Pope Benedict Q. I have heard that the "rite of betrothal" is becoming popular in certain young Catholic circles. What does this rite entail? Was it more common prior to the Second Vatican Council? Would you recommend that an engaged couple seek out this rite? (Washington) A. The rite of betrothal was a little-k...
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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Bishops call Catholics to fight for the unborn  

WASHINGTON—Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City, Kan., Chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, has issued the following statement in response to several states moving forward with legislation that would permit a baby to be aborted at nine...
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Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Pope urges Arabian Catholics to witness to Christ with love

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (CNS) –  Meeting with tens of thousands of Catholics living in the United Arab Emirates, Pope Francis urged them to be meek, peaceful and express their Christian identity by loving others.            ...
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Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Holy days of obligation/Disposing of relics

Holy days of obligation/Disposing of relics Q. Here in Columbus, the solemnity of Mary (Jan. 1) is a holy day of obligation. I have sisters, though, who live in Charlotte, North Carolina, and in Los Angeles, and Jan. 1 is not a holy day of obligation in either place. Why would it not be the same everywhere? It seems this is such a serious ma...
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Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Adventure by Catholic terms: 'You were made for greatness'

Adventure by Catholic terms: 'You were made for greatness' All afternoon I had been hunkered over my MacBook, perched above a frozen lake and watching the sun cast pink into the clouds. I was thinking about what lie dormant and all the possibility below, waiting to thaw. My task at hand: editing a cover story about three Catholic families who had taken rad...
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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

World Day for Consecrated Life celebrates the diversity and beauty of consecrated vocations

WASHINGTON – The Catholic Church will hold its annual celebration of the World Day for Consecrated Life on Feb. 2.  This celebration is a special time for individual parishes and the greater Church to celebrate the beauty of the consecrated vocation, highlight its various forms, and refl...
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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Giving to Shriners Hospitals

Giving to Shriners Hospitals Q. Can Catholics morally give donations to the Shriners Hospitals? Their ads are very convincing, but aren't the Shriners Masons? (Surry, Virginia) A. All Shriners are Masons. (The reverse, though, is not true. Shriners International began in 1872 as a spinoff of Freemasonry, with philanthropy as o...
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Wednesday, January 30, 2019