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U.S. bishop remembers Martin Luther King at Vatican development meeting

U.S. bishop remembers Martin Luther King at Vatican development meeting VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The work of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to promote the "integral human development" of all peoples is a work that must continue today in the world and in the Catholic Church, Bishop Edward K. Braxton of Belleville, Illinois, told participants at a Vatican conference. ...
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Thursday, April 06, 2017

Pope horrified by 'unacceptable massacre' in Syria

Pope horrified by 'unacceptable massacre' in Syria VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis strongly condemned a shocking chemical attack in Syria that left some 70 people, including at least 10 children, dead.    "We are horrified by the latest events in Syria. I strongly deplore the unacceptable massacre that took place yesterday in the...
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Thursday, April 06, 2017

Global Catholic population tops 1.28 billion; half are in 10 countries

Global Catholic population tops 1.28 billion; half are in 10 countries VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Taken together, the 10 countries with the most Catholics account for almost 56 percent of the world's Catholic population, the Vatican reported.    The 2017 "Annuario Pontificio," or Vatican yearbook, and a new edition of the Vatican Statistical Yearbook report...
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Thursday, April 06, 2017

Catholic Charities leaders push priorities with Congress on 'Hill Day'

Catholic Charities leaders push priorities with Congress on 'Hill Day' WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Four years ago, Ted Bergh was asking members of Congress to support food programs and comprehensive immigration reform, issues of deep concern to Catholic Charities of Southwestern Ohio, which he serves as CEO.    Bergh was back on Capitol Hill March 29 for Cathol...
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Thursday, April 06, 2017

Pope: God promises the 'impossible,' asks people to hope against all hope

Pope: God promises the 'impossible,' asks people to hope against all hope VATICAN CITY (CNS) – Hope is not built on people's predictions, assurances or line of reasoning, Pope Francis said.               Real Christian hope "is not based on our word, but on God's Word" and promises of salvation and et...
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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Students' project opens door to Vatican global water-awareness campaign

Students' project opens door to Vatican global water-awareness campaign MUNCIE, Ind. (CNS) – When four graduate students at Ball State University took on an awareness campaign, they hoped it would have a global reach. Then, a global institution reached back.               "I honestly couldn't believ...
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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Papal Nuncio: Pay close attention to pope's words and actions

WASHINGTON (CNS) – Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the papal nuncio to the United States, gets plenty of questions about Pope Francis.               A March 27 discussion at Georgetown University, sponsored by the university's Ini...
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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Pope presides over Lenten penance service at Vatican

Pope presides over Lenten penance service at Vatican VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- A few hours after urging priests to be generously available for the sacrament of penance, Pope Francis went to confession, then offered the sacrament to seven Catholics.    Presiding over the annual Lenten penance service March 17 in St. Peter's Basilica, Pope F...
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Friday, March 17, 2017

Shady business deals that threaten employment a 'grave sin,' pope says

Shady business deals that threaten employment a 'grave sin,' pope says VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Employers who make business deals that threaten people's livelihood commit a sin that robs men, women and their families of their dignity, Pope Francis said.     "Whoever -- because of economic maneuvering and business dealings that are not all clear -- closes f...
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Friday, March 17, 2017

Republicans' ACA repeal bill not easiest medicine to swallow for many

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Democrats, once they controlled both houses of Congress and the White House, needed more than a year to piece together the elements to pass the Affordable Care Act with a veto-proof 60-vote majority in the Senate in 2010.    The Republicans, now that they control...
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Friday, March 17, 2017