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Family farmers facing worst financial stretch since the 1980s

Family farmers facing worst financial stretch since the 1980s WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Many family farmers in the United States are facing the worst combination of events since the "farm crisis" of the mid-1980s.    After a relatively lengthy period of prosperity in the early part of this decade, prices for "row crops" -- corn, soybeans and wheat --...
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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Long-awaited executive order on religion has unclear path ahead

Long-awaited executive order on religion has unclear path ahead WASHINGTON (CNS) -- At a White House Rose Garden ceremony May 4, President Donald Trump told a group of religious leaders: "It was looking like you'd never get here, but you got here, folks," referring to their presence at the signing of the executive order on religious liberty.    A...
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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Mary teaches people to hope in life's darkest moments, pope says

Mary teaches people to hope in life's darkest moments, pope says VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Mary, like many mothers throughout the world, is an example of strength and courage in accepting new life and in sharing the suffering of their children, Pope Francis said.     Although she had no idea of what awaited her when she accepted to bear God's son, "Ma...
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Thursday, May 11, 2017

No secret: Last three popes share close bond to Fatima

No secret: Last three popes share close bond to Fatima VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Recent popes have had a special affection for Our Lady of Fatima, but no pope's connection can match that of St. John Paul II.    "We cannot forget that he was saved by Our Lady of Fatima from the assassination attempt here in St. Peter's. This is fundamental an...
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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Pope: True faith means loving others to the extreme

Pope: True faith means loving others to the extreme CAIRO (CNS) – The only kind of fanaticism that is acceptable to God is being fanatical about loving and helping others, Pope Francis said on the final day of his apostolic visit to Egypt.     After spending the first day of his visit in meetings with Muslim leaders, government...
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Thursday, May 04, 2017

Church needs missionaries, not 'clericalized' laity, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Catholic Church needs laypeople with a missionary spirit, which means Catholics do not have to try to force members into a vocation that is the Holy Spirit's to give, Pope Francis said.     The temptation to impose a vocation on laypeople as some kind of val...
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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Not just another 'trade meeting,' convocation seeks to unify U.S. church

Not just another 'trade meeting,' convocation seeks to unify U.S. church WASHINGTON (CNS) -- This summer's Convocation of Catholic Leaders comes at a time when the U.S. Catholic Church is seeking how best to respond to a changing social landscape while bringing Pope Francis' vision for a church that offers mercy and joy to the world.    Called by the bish...
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Thursday, April 27, 2017

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