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New Year calls for courage, hope; no more hatred, selfishness, pope says

New Year calls for courage, hope; no more hatred, selfishness, pope says VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Whether the new year will be good or not depends on us choosing to do good each day, Pope Francis said.    "That is how one builds peace, saying 'no'  to hatred and violence -- with action -- and 'yes' to fraternity and reconciliation," he said Jan. 1, whic...
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Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Abortion foes buoyed by prospects for abortion limits under a Trump presidency

Abortion foes buoyed by prospects for abortion limits under a Trump presidency WASHINGTON (CNS) -- President-elect Donald Trump's commitments to nominate pro-life justices to the U.S. Supreme Court and support legislative efforts to limit abortion are invigorating abortion foes.    Leaders in organizations such as U.S. bishops' Secretariat of Pro-Life Activitie...
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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Pope: Take a break from busy holidays to prepare for real Christmas

Pope: Take a break from busy holidays to prepare for real Christmas VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Make time to get ready for what Christmas really is about -- the child born in Bethlehem signaling that "God is with us," Pope Francis said.    "This week let's make sure we try to find some time to stop, be quiet and imagine Our Lady and St. Joseph who are goin...
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Monday, December 19, 2016

Refugees, migration a front-burner topic throughout 2016

Refugees, migration a front-burner topic throughout 2016 WASHINGTON (CNS) -- American artist Jacob Lawrence detailed the plight of black Americans in the South who were discriminated against, exploited for their labor, threatened with death and sometimes killed, and who lived in substandard conditions until they made their way north in hopes for a better...
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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Promote culture of respect for life, health, environment, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In a message for the 2017 World Day of the Sick, Pope Francis called for renewed efforts in facing today's challenges in health care and in promoting respect for life.    "May we find new incentive to work for the growth of a culture of respect for life, health...
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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Organizers announce 'The Power of One' as theme for 2017 March for Life

Organizers announce 'The Power of One' as theme for 2017 March for Life WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Organizers of the March for Life made it clear Dec. 13 that although they're "cautiously optimistic" about eventually overturning the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision with a Donald Trump administration and a Republican-controlled House and Senate, they don't expect to be in...
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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Pope asks Catholic farmers to preserve, respect rhythms of nature

Pope asks Catholic farmers to preserve, respect rhythms of nature VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Acknowledging the uncertainty faced by many farmers, Pope Francis encouraged members of the International Catholic Rural Association to maintain as much as possible their traditional rhythms of work, family life and respect for the environment.    "In your effor...
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Monday, December 12, 2016

Supreme Court tackles major issues this year, loses key member of bench

Supreme Court tackles major issues this year, loses key member of bench WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The U.S. Supreme Court not only tackled a number of issues this year including immigration, abortion, the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act and the death penalty, but the justices weighed in on those cases with one less vote after Justice Antonin Scalia's death in...
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Thursday, December 08, 2016

Mary shows what good comes from wholehearted 'yes' to God, pope says

Mary shows what good comes from wholehearted 'yes' to God, pope says VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Although she was just a humble young woman from a small town, Mary's total "yes" to God was "the most important 'yes' of history" and overturned Adam and Eve's prideful "no," which unleashed sin into the world, Pope Francis said.    "With generosity and trust li...
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Thursday, December 08, 2016

Pope: Can't whitewash sin away; Jesus truly transforms penitent hearts

Pope: Can't whitewash sin away; Jesus truly transforms penitent hearts VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Jesus truly transforms and heals hearts when people let him, which means recognizing and being ashamed of one's sins, Pope Francis said at his morning Mass.    Jesus helped people by showing them a new way and the possibility of real change, "and this is why the...
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Monday, December 05, 2016