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Final resting place: Vatican releases instruction on burial, cremation

Final resting place: Vatican releases instruction on burial, cremation VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Professing belief in the resurrection of the dead and affirming that the human body is an essential part of a person's identity, the Catholic Church insists that the bodies of the deceased be treated with respect and laid to rest in a consecrated place.    While...
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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Walls aren't answer to people fleeing war, climate change, pope says

Walls aren't answer to people fleeing war, climate change, pope says VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Closing doors to immigrants and refugees is not the answer -- in fact, it only helps encourage the crime of human trafficking, Pope Francis said.    "The only way for resolution is through solidarity," where everyone pitches in because "all together we are a pow...
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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Can U.S. rejection of private prisons lead to similar move by states?

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- In August, a federal Justice Department official issued a memo announcing the federal government must stop using privately run, for-profit prisons to house inmates.    Deputy Attorney General Sally Q. Yates, in her Aug. 18 memo to the federal Bureau of Prisons, sa...
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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Dialogue is expression of mercy, respect, love, pope says

Dialogue is expression of mercy, respect, love, pope says VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Dialogue is an essential component of mercy because it is the only way a husband and wife can understand each other, people of different religions can live in peace and the only way the Catholic Church can evaluate what is needed to promote the common good in the world, Pope F...
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Monday, October 24, 2016

Religious called to be prophets of communion, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Religious orders must harness the only power the matters: the power to communicate concretely the love and mercy of God, Pope Francis told members of the Augustinian Recollects.    "We can respond to the needs of each person with the same love with which God has...
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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Ecumenical papal trip: Touching the Christian heart of secular Sweden

    "Swedes are known to be people of consensus, pragmatic, so people try to cooperate even if they have different views and backgrounds," said Bishop Anders Arborelius of Stockholm, the country's only Catholic bishop and the first native Swede to hold the post since the Protestant R...
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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Theologians' brief in HHS mandate case might lead to compromise ruling

Theologians' brief in HHS mandate case might lead to compromise ruling WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Supreme Court cases, with their multiple friend-of-the-court briefs, leave extensive paper trails behind them and although these briefs might get lost in the shuffle, occasionally some stand out.    In Zubik v. Burwell, the challenge to the Affordable Care Act's c...
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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Cardinal-designate Tobin made news defending church aid to refugees

Cardinal-designate Tobin made news defending church aid to refugees INDIANAPOLIS (CNS) – Last December, Cardinal-designate Joseph W. Tobin of Indianapolis made national news by defending the decision of his archdiocese to resettle a Syrian refugee family through the archdiocese's Catholic Charities agency – a decision that went against Indiana Gov. Mike...
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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Pope: Protect child migrants, refugees who face greater risk of abuse

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Children are the most vulnerable and hardest hit among the world's migrants and require special protection, Pope Francis said.    "Children are the first among those to pay the heavy toll of emigration, almost always caused by violence, poverty, environmental co...
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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Pope: Simple gestures, not superpowers, needed to start a revolution

Pope: Simple gestures, not superpowers, needed to start a revolution VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- All it takes is just one person carrying out one simple, loving act of mercy every day to start a revolution and stamp out the "virus of indifference," Pope Francis said.    Sharing God's mercy is not about expending a huge amount of effort or performing "superh...
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Thursday, October 13, 2016