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Catholic leaders sharply criticize Trump's decision to end DACA

Catholic leaders sharply criticize Trump's decision to end DACA WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Catholic church leaders, immigration officials and university presidents were swift and unanimous in their condemnation of President Donald Trump's Sept. 5 decision to phase out Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals known as DACA.    "In the past, the president s...
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Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Pope: God gives hope for the future despite present-day suffering

Pope: God gives hope for the future despite present-day suffering VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- While the world reels from terrorism, natural disasters and division, God weeps with those who suffer and offers the hope of a future full of joy and consolation, Pope Francis said.    Recalling the victims of a terror attack in Barcelona Aug. 17, a devastating...
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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Bishops form new body to address 'sin of racism' that 'afflicts' nation

Bishops form new body to address 'sin of racism' that 'afflicts' nation WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Saying there is an "urgent need" to address "the sin of racism" in the country and find solutions to it, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has established a new Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism and named one of the country's African-American Catholic bishops to chair it....
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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Pope prays for divided world

Pope prays for divided world VATICAN CITY (CNS) – In a week in which natural disasters, war and racial conflicts dominated the headlines, Pope Francis prayed on Aug. 15 that Mary would bring peace to a divided world.             After reciting the Angelus prayer on t...
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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Pope says he's saddened by 'perfect' Catholics who despise others

Pope says he's saddened by 'perfect' Catholics who despise others VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- God did not choose perfect people to form his church, but rather sinners who have experienced his love and forgiveness, Pope Francis said.     The Gospel of Luke's account of Jesus forgiving the sinful woman shows how his actions went against the general mentali...
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Friday, August 11, 2017

Bishop attends ICE meeting for mother

Bishop attends ICE meeting for mother WASHINGTON (CNS) – After hearing about the plight of a cancer-stricken child whose mother was facing imminent deportation, a U.S. border bishop, Texas Bishop Mark J. Seitz of El Paso, paid the pair a visit at the hospital.             On...
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Friday, August 11, 2017

Archbishop Thompson calls faithful to be 'bridges of unity'

Archbishop Thompson calls faithful to be 'bridges of unity' July 28 was a day of joy for Catholics across central and southern Indiana as Archbishop Charles C. Thompson was installed as the seventh archbishop of Indianapolis during a festive Mass celebrated in Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral in Indianapolis. But ties of the archdiocese to the broader Church a...
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Thursday, August 03, 2017

Archbishop calls all to 'keep the end in mind' during prayer service

Archbishop calls all to 'keep the end in mind' during prayer service The sound could be heard even at the front of Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral in Indianapolis—three solid knocks by Archbishop Charles C. Thompson on a door from the narthex, seeking entrance to the cathedral he would officially “possess” the next day. The knocks came at the beginni...
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Thursday, August 03, 2017

Pope Francis praying for Charlie Gard and his parents

Pope Francis praying for Charlie Gard and his parents MANCHESTER, England (CNS) – Pope Francis is praying for the parents of Charlie Gard after a U.S. doctor told them nothing could be done to help their son.             Chris Gard and Connie Yates announced in London's High Court July 24 th...
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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Health bill must protect poor, unborn and conscience rights, bishop says

Health bill must protect poor, unborn and conscience rights, bishop says WASHINGTON (CNS) -- U.S. senators must reject any bill that would replace the Affordable Care Act unless such a measure "protects poor and vulnerable people, including immigrants, safeguards the unborn and supports conscience rights," said the chairman of the U.S. bishops' domestic policy...
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Friday, July 21, 2017