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Hear no evil: How culture of resistance may hinder child protection

Hear no evil: How culture of resistance may hinder child protection VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- When a child-protection advocate resigned from a papal advisory board in early March, she did so because of growing frustration with persistent resistance and a "toxic" sense of superiority from some in the Roman Curia.     A number of church leaders on the fron...
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Friday, March 10, 2017

Lent is time to relive exodus from slavery to freedom, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Like the people of Israel freed from the bondage of slavery, Christians are called to experience the path toward hope and new life during the Lenten season, Pope Francis said.     Through his passion, death and resurrection, Jesus "has opened up for us a way tha...
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Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Some Catholics attack immigration policies, others urge new approach

Some Catholics attack immigration policies, others urge new approach WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Donald Trump campaigned by saying he would aggressively go after the country's 11 million unauthorized immigrants, promising deportation forces and a border wall with Mexico paid for by the United States' neighbor to the south.     Time will tell whether he'll be...
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Monday, February 27, 2017

Pope: Christians leading double lives destroy through scandal

Pope: Christians leading double lives destroy through scandal VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- People who pretend to be Christians publicly, but follow their own selfish passions privately, destroy themselves and cause scandal to those around them, Pope Francis.     Jesus is severe with those who "lead double lives," because they cause others to see Chris...
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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Greed, selfishness corrupt beauty of God's creation, pope says

Greed, selfishness corrupt beauty of God's creation, pope says VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Humanity's greed and selfishness can turn creation into a sad and desolate world instead of the sign of God's love that it was meant to be, Pope Francis said.      Human beings are often tempted to view creation as "a possession we can exploit as we please...
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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Unusual detentions, raids raise questions as Trump announces 'crackdown'

Unusual detentions, raids raise questions as Trump announces 'crackdown' WASHINGTON (CNS) -- People had been on edge for a while. You could feel the tension rise in immigrant neighborhoods in the U.S. as news of the first immigration raids under the Trump administration began in early February.     Then news of unusual detentions, some involving battered...
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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Special Olympians show world that 'every person is a gift,' pope says

Special Olympians show world that 'every person is a gift,' pope says VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The athletes of the Special Olympics witness to the world the beauty and value of every human life and the joy that comes from reaching a goal with the encouragement and support of others, Pope Francis said.    "Together, athletes and helpers show us that there...
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Friday, February 17, 2017

Counteract vitriol by toning it down, talking less, listening more, pope says

Counteract vitriol by toning it down, talking less, listening more, pope says ROME (CNS) -- Addressing the fear of immigrants, dissatisfaction with a "fluid economy" and the impatience and vitriol seen in politics and society, Pope Francis told Rome university students to practice a kind of "intellectual charity" that promotes dialogue and sees value in diversity.  ...
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Friday, February 17, 2017

The Word is a gift, other persons are a gift

 The Word is a gift, other persons are a gift Dear Brothers and Sisters, Lent is a new beginning, a path leading to the certain goal of Easter, Christ’s victory over death. This season urgently calls us to conversion. Christians are asked to return to God “with all their hearts” (Joel 2:12), to refuse to settle for medio...
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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Refugee, health care issues come to fore during social ministry webinar

Refugee, health care issues come to fore during social ministry webinar WASHINGTON (CNS) -- If the people aren't going to a Catholic Social Ministry Gathering in Washington this year, then the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering is going to the people.    The annual event, typically held every February, was postponed a year to focus attention and resource...
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Friday, February 10, 2017