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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

Images of faith preserved at Capitol attest to role of religion in U.S.

Images of faith preserved at Capitol attest to role of religion in U.S. WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Elaborate artwork adorns the monumental buildings in the nation's capital, depicting the beauty and grandeur of the neoclassical era that inspired these buildings.    It is within these various forms of art that the principles on which the United States was founde...
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Friday, July 07, 2017

Changing U.S. Catholic landscape promotes mutual accompaniment

Changing U.S. Catholic landscape promotes mutual accompaniment ORLANDO, Fla. (CNS) – The U.S. Catholic Church's increasing diversity presents Catholics with the opportunity to accompany each other on the journey of faith Pope Francis envisions, a Boston College professor told delegates to the "Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in Ame...
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Thursday, July 06, 2017

Pope tells archbishops not to be 'armchair Catholics,' but apostles

Pope tells archbishops not to be 'armchair Catholics,' but apostles VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Catholic Church's new cardinals and new archbishops must be willing to risk everything, patiently endure evil and bear crosses like Jesus did, Pope Francis said.    "The Lord answers our prayers. He is faithful to the love we have professed for him, and he s...
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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Apostolic nuncio urges bishops to be missionary disciples

Apostolic nuncio urges bishops to be missionary disciples INDIANAPOLIS (CNS) – Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the U.S., called the U.S. Catholic bishops to be missionary disciples through listening and fostering solidarity and a culture of encounter.     He encouraged the U.S. bishops to view current challenges as "...
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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Holiness means being open to God, pope says

Holiness means being open to God, pope says VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Being a saint doesn't require spending long hours in prayer, but rather living life open to God in good times and in bad, Pope Francis said.    Christians should live with the "hope of becoming saints" and with the desire that "work, even in sickness and sufferi...
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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Conversation, listening essential for upcoming synod on youth, vocations

Conversation, listening essential for upcoming synod on youth, vocations INDIANAPOLIS (CNS) -- At a time when an estimated 50 percent of Catholics 30 and younger no longer identify with their religion, the U.S. bishops June 14 discussed the need to reverse that trend and why the consultation process for the October 2018 Synod of Bishops on youth and vocations is crucial...
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Thursday, June 15, 2017

U.S. bishops urged to be vigilant, never complacent, in stopping abuse

U.S. bishops urged to be vigilant, never complacent, in stopping abuse INDIANAPOLIS (CNS) -- Francesco Cesareo, chairman of the National Review Board, urged the U.S. bishops June 14 during their spring meeting in Indianapolis to continue to keep their commitment to stopping clergy sexual abuse and supporting victims of abuse "at the forefront" of their ministry. ...
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Thursday, June 15, 2017