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In TED talk, pope urges people to make real connections

In TED talk, pope urges people to make real connections VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- While searching for a connection today often means looking for Wi-Fi, Pope Francis said real connections between people are the only hope for the future.    "How wonderful would it be if the growth of scientific and technological innovation would come along with...
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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Court's death-penalty vote will impact current stayed executions

WASHINGTON (CNS) – How the U.S. Supreme Court rules on a case examining whether a mentally ill criminal defendant is entitled to defense by an independent mental health expert will have an immediate impact.     When the Arkansas Supreme Court stayed the executions of two of the...
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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Pope to canonize Fatima seers May 13; October date for other saints

Pope to canonize Fatima seers May 13; October date for other saints VATICAN CITY (CNS) – Pope Francis will declare the sainthood of Blessed Jacinta Marto and Blessed Francisco Marto, two of the shepherd children who saw Mary in Fatima, Portugal, during his May 13 visit to the site of the apparitions.     The date was announced April 20 during...
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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Proclaim value of life with solidarity, welcome, pope says

Proclaim value of life with solidarity, welcome, pope says VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Simple gestures of welcome and solidarity, when supported by faith in Jesus' resurrection, proclaim the value of life, Pope Francis said.    Being "men and women of the resurrection, men and women of life" involves making "gestures of solidarity, gestures of wel...
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Monday, April 17, 2017

Love is the engine driving hope on life's bumpy road, says pope

Love is the engine driving hope on life's bumpy road, says pope VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The cross, loving service and humble sacrifice are the only way to overcome evil and give hope to the world, Pope Francis said.    Those who love their own lives and always hunger for more are the losers, the pope said at his weekly general audience April 12....
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Thursday, April 13, 2017

U.S. strike on Syria raises moral questions about civilian security

U.S. strike on Syria raises moral questions about civilian security WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The U.S. cruise missile strike on a Syrian air base days after chemical weapons were dropped on civilians in rebel-controlled territory further endangers innocent people, observers familiar with the just-war theory said.    If anything, the observers told Catholic...
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Thursday, April 13, 2017

U.S. bishop remembers Martin Luther King at Vatican development meeting

U.S. bishop remembers Martin Luther King at Vatican development meeting VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The work of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to promote the "integral human development" of all peoples is a work that must continue today in the world and in the Catholic Church, Bishop Edward K. Braxton of Belleville, Illinois, told participants at a Vatican conference. ...
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Thursday, April 06, 2017

Pope horrified by 'unacceptable massacre' in Syria

Pope horrified by 'unacceptable massacre' in Syria VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis strongly condemned a shocking chemical attack in Syria that left some 70 people, including at least 10 children, dead.    "We are horrified by the latest events in Syria. I strongly deplore the unacceptable massacre that took place yesterday in the...
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Thursday, April 06, 2017

Global Catholic population tops 1.28 billion; half are in 10 countries

Global Catholic population tops 1.28 billion; half are in 10 countries VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Taken together, the 10 countries with the most Catholics account for almost 56 percent of the world's Catholic population, the Vatican reported.    The 2017 "Annuario Pontificio," or Vatican yearbook, and a new edition of the Vatican Statistical Yearbook report...
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Thursday, April 06, 2017

Catholic Charities leaders push priorities with Congress on 'Hill Day'

Catholic Charities leaders push priorities with Congress on 'Hill Day' WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Four years ago, Ted Bergh was asking members of Congress to support food programs and comprehensive immigration reform, issues of deep concern to Catholic Charities of Southwestern Ohio, which he serves as CEO.    Bergh was back on Capitol Hill March 29 for Cathol...
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Thursday, April 06, 2017