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Encuentro priorities help shape Hispanic ministry in U.S.

Encuentro priorities help shape Hispanic ministry in U.S. SOUTH BEND, Ind. (CNS) – Hispanic ministry leaders from 13 dioceses in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin gathered last month at the University of Notre Dame for their Region VII encuentro.             Among the main issues participants cons...
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Thursday, July 05, 2018

Question Corner - Sunday Shopping

Question Corner - Sunday Shopping Q. I am a sports professional and have various opportunities for endorsement deals. Can you tell me whether it's all right to be sponsored by a brand whose stores are open on Sundays? (I know that Sunday shopping is a grave sin.) (Naples, Florida) A. First, I admire the question. It shows a specia...
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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Pope supports U.S. bishops' criticism of 'immoral' immigration policy

Pope supports U.S. bishops' criticism of 'immoral' immigration policy VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis said he stands with the U.S. bishops who recently condemned the Trump administration's policy on immigration that has led to children being held in government shelters while their parents are sent to federal prisons.     "I am on the side of the bis...
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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

DiNardo: All clergy, no matter their 'standing,' must protect children

DiNardo: All clergy, no matter their 'standing,' must protect children WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said June 20 that all clergy in the Catholic Church "have made a solemn promise to protect children and young people from all harm."    "This sacred charge applies to all who minister in the church, no matte...
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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Pope Francis' words of encouragement

Pope Francis' words of encouragement "Jesus does not lie to us; he takes us seriously."             Pope Francis told this to a group of young people during his apostolic visit to Paraguay a couple of years ago. He was talking about life as a football game where people need to dec...
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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Pope accepts resignations of three Chilean bishops in wake of scandal

Pope accepts resignations of three Chilean bishops in wake of scandal VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- After an in-depth Vatican-led investigation into clerical sexual abuse and cover-ups, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of 61-year-old Bishop Juan Barros of Osorno, Chile, and two other Chilean bishops June 11.    The two other bishops, who had reached the c...
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Monday, June 11, 2018

Robert Kennedy's Catholicism was part of his personal life and politics

Robert Kennedy's Catholicism was part of his personal life and politics WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Recollections and tributes to Robert F. Kennedy on the 50th anniversary of his assassination have mainly highlighted his charisma and determined advocacy for social and racial justice.    But underlying these tributes to the former attorney general, U.S. senator,...
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Monday, June 11, 2018

Pope leads prayers for U.S.-North Korea summit in Singapore

Pope leads prayers for U.S.-North Korea summit in Singapore VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Leading thousands of people in prayer, Pope Francis said he hoped the upcoming summit between the United States and North Korea would lead to lasting peace.    After praying the Angelus with an estimated 20,000 people in St. Peter's Square June 10, the pope said...
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Monday, June 11, 2018

After raid, Ohio bishop says immigration system adds to suffering

After raid, Ohio bishop says immigration system adds to suffering WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The bishop of Cleveland said a recent immigration raid at an Ohio gardening and landscape company "makes clear that our current immigration system contributes to the human suffering of migrants and the separation of families."    In a June 6 statement from the Dio...
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Friday, June 08, 2018

Pope applauds patriarch's call to protect the planet, protect people

Pope applauds patriarch's call to protect the planet, protect people VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis said that when he was on the Greek island of Lesbos, "while enchanted by the scenery of the blue sky and sea, I was struck by the thought that such a beautiful sea had become a tomb for men, women and children who had for the most part sought only to escape inhuma...
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Friday, June 08, 2018