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Another court weighs future of Trump travel ban

Another court weighs future of Trump travel ban WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The comments made during and after a contentious campaign came back to haunt President Donald Trump's executive order, adding to his troubles in May, as a group of judges in Seattle weighed the future of his troubled travel ban.    On May 15, the 9th U.S. Circuit...
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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Devil prefers comfy, business-savvy church that overlooks truth, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The devil would like to see a church that never takes any risks, never speaks out with the truth and just settles on being wishy-washy, comfortable and business-savvy, Pope Francis said.    God's prophets always were persecuted because they created a disturbance...
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Pope, English church leaders offer prayers after Manchester attack

MANCHESTER, England (CNS) – Pope Francis decried the May 22 "barbaric attack" on concertgoers in Manchester, England, adding his voice to Catholic leaders dismayed at what British officials said was the deadliest case of terrorism since 2005.     In a telegram sent to English c...
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Pope, President Trump speak of hopes for peace

Pope, President Trump speak of hopes for peace VATICAN CITY (CNS) – Pope Francis and President Donald Trump spent 30 minutes speaking privately in the library of the Apostolic Palace on May 24, and as the president left, he told the pope, "I won't forget what you said."             Th...
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Fatima seers become church's youngest non-martyred saints

Fatima seers become church's youngest non-martyred saints FATIMA, Portugal (CNS) – Standing before the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary, Pope Francis canonized two shepherd children who saw Mary at Fatima; but more importantly, he said, they heeded the call to pray for sinners and trust in the Lord.     "We declare and define Blesse...
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Thursday, May 18, 2017

A tender gaze: Fatima trip shows pope's respect for pilgrims' faith

A tender gaze: Fatima trip shows pope's respect for pilgrims' faith VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis is not shy about showing his love for Mary in public and, like many Latin American bishops, he strongly has resisted attempts to dismiss as superstitious or "simple," in a negative sense, popular devotion to the mother of God.    The pope's devotion...
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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

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