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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

Pope offers prayers for Trump as he becomes 45th U.S. president

Pope offers prayers for Trump as he becomes 45th U.S. president VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis sent best wishes and prayers to incoming President Donald J. Trump shortly after he took the oath of office.    "I offer you my cordial good wishes and the assurance of my prayers that almighty God will grant you wisdom and strength in the exercise...
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Friday, January 20, 2017

Faith groups urge Trump to embrace duty to protect environment

Faith groups urge Trump to embrace duty to protect environment WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Catholic groups were among dozens mobilizing to prevent any rollback of laws and international agreements protecting the environment in response to President-elect Donald Trump's campaign promises to undo directives that he believes hinder business development.    ...
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Friday, January 20, 2017

Pope: 'Stagnant' and selfish Christians are hopeless, unable to cope

Pope: 'Stagnant' and selfish Christians are hopeless, unable to cope VATICAN CITY (CNS) – Christians who forge ahead with hope in God have the strength to endure life's dark moments, Pope Francis said in a Jan. 17 homily.     However, Christians who refuse to fight for positive changes that benefit everyone are "stagnant" and selfish, he said du...
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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Catholic panel addresses need to find common ground with Trump administration

Catholic panel addresses need to find common ground with Trump administration WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Catholic panelists gathered to discuss "Faithful Priorities in a Time of Trump" said it is difficult to get over some of the words the president-elect said during the campaign -- and even before he was a candidate. But as his presidency nears, many of them said it's important to...
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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Upcoming synod needs young people's voices, pope says

Upcoming synod needs young people's voices, pope says VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis asked young people to tell him, their bishops and pastors about their hopes and struggles and even their criticisms.    In preparation for a meeting of the Synod of Bishops focused on youth, the pope wrote a letter to young people, saying the church...
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Friday, January 13, 2017