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Cardinal Tobin statement on executive orders

Cardinal Tobin statement on executive orders Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin of Newark, N.J., former archbishop of Indianapolis, issued the following statement on Jan. 27 in response to executive orders on immigration issued by the Trump administration.   “I understand the desire for every American to be assured of safe borders and freedo...
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Thursday, February 02, 2017

Iraqi Christian leader visiting Mosul sees little future for Christians

Iraqi Christian leader visiting Mosul sees little future for Christians MOSUL, Iraq (CNS) -- As some residents of the city of Mosul celebrate their new freedom from the Islamic State group, an Iraqi Christian leader who visited the war-torn city said Christian residents are unlikely to return.    "I don't see a future for Christians in Mosul," said Fathe...
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Thursday, February 02, 2017

Reject inertia of 'Mannequin Challenge,' reach out to refugees, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- When it comes to helping the poor, the marginalized and refugees, Pope Francis urged Catholics not to mimic the "Mannequin Challenge" by just looking on, frozen and immobile.    The video version of his prayer intention for February begins with a street scene of...
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Thursday, February 02, 2017

Facts first: Vatican seeks scientific data before making judgments

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Vatican believes scientific facts exist and it wants to hear about them from world-renowned scientists before it offers guidance on or criticism of related political, social or economic policies.    The facts and the practical responses to them are separate...
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Thursday, February 02, 2017

Pope: Like expectant moms, live in joyful expectation of embracing God

Pope: Like expectant moms, live in joyful expectation of embracing God VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Christian hope isn't about believing in something that may or may not come true, like hoping tomorrow's weather will be pleasant, Pope Francis said.    "Christian hope is the expectation of something that already has been fulfilled and that certainly will be att...
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Thursday, February 02, 2017

Trump's action banning refugees brings outcry from U.S. church leaders

Trump's action banning refugees brings outcry from U.S. church leaders WASHINGTON (CNS) -- President Donald Trump's executive memorandum intended to restrict the entry of terrorists coming to the United States brought an outcry from Catholic leaders across the U.S.    Church leaders used phrases such as "devastating," "chaotic" and "cruel" to describe t...
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Monday, January 30, 2017

School choice initiatives gain momentum

School choice initiatives gain momentum WASHINGTON (CNS) -- School choice initiatives are no longer at the back of the class raising their hand and never getting called on. Today, they are taking a front seat in education circles, state assemblies and even Washington politics.    Vouchers, tax credits and education savings...
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Monday, January 30, 2017

Catholics oppose Trump actions on border wall, sanctuary communities

Catholics oppose Trump actions on border wall, sanctuary communities WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Catholic organizations expressed distress and unease with President Donald J. Trump's actions related to immigration while pledging to continue serving and supporting migrant people.    The reactions came within hours of Trump's signing of executive memorandums on...
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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Never underestimate the courage and wisdom of women, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The humble counsel of courageous women should never be disregarded but rather embraced as advice full of God's divine wisdom, Pope Francis said.    Women like the biblical heroine Judith are an example of trusting God amid sufferings and difficulties when it is...
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Thursday, January 26, 2017

School staff's quick actions help save life of child who had heart attack

School staff's quick actions help save life of child who had heart attack INDIANAPOLIS (CNS) -- The fear flashes in their eyes again as the educators recall rushing to the child who was lifeless on the ground.    In one moment, 11-year-old Ethan Velazquez raced across the playground at Holy Spirit School in Indianapolis, playing soccer with his friends. In...
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Thursday, January 26, 2017