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Theologians' brief in HHS mandate case might lead to compromise ruling

Theologians' brief in HHS mandate case might lead to compromise ruling WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Supreme Court cases, with their multiple friend-of-the-court briefs, leave extensive paper trails behind them and although these briefs might get lost in the shuffle, occasionally some stand out.    In Zubik v. Burwell, the challenge to the Affordable Care Act's c...
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Friday, July 29, 2016

Stethoscope pope: By listening to youth, he hears what makes them tick

Stethoscope pope: By listening to youth, he hears what makes them tick VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- When Pope Francis goes to Poland to meet with an expected 2 million young people from around the world, he's going with a firm idea of the dreams, fears and challenges so many of them face.    He knows what lies inside the hearts and minds of today's youth, not...
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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Catholics seek to change narrative of violence for denizens of Holy Land

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The event was designed to show the daily life and culture of those who live in the Holy Land, an area as beautiful and historic as it is conflict-ridden. And it did just that when one of the Palestinian Christians who was supposed to be present for a live video chat showed up la...
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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Communion more than once? Priest estranged from father

Communion more than once? Priest estranged from father Q. I know that people can receive holy Communion twice in one day if they are present at those Masses for particular circumstances. But how about a lector or church musician who might be on duty for three or four Masses on the same day? Can they take Communion at each of those Masses? (York, South...
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Third-largest U.S. Delegation to Attend World Youth Day 2016

WASHINGTON—More than 40,000 Americans are registered to attend World Youth Day, July 26-31, in Krakow, Poland. To assist this record breaking number of participants from the United States, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth has...
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

California Catholic bishops back initiative to abolish death penalty

SAN FRANCISCO (CNS) – The California Catholic bishops announced their support July 14 for Proposition 62, a voter initiative on the November ballot that would repeal the death penalty.             The bishops timed their statement to coin...
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Commercials with inviting message about Catholic Church hit movie screens

Commercials with inviting message about Catholic Church hit movie screens NEW ORLEANS (CNS) -- They represent a captive audience -- the hundreds of people inside a movie theater waiting for the big screen to light up with the film they paid good money to see. Now the Archdiocese of New Orleans, perhaps in a bow to "Star Trek" and Pope Francis' evangelizing message of enc...
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Pope brings Latin American vision to universal mission of the church

Pope brings Latin American vision to universal mission of the church VATICAN CITY (CNS) - The challenges and experiences of the church in Latin America figure heavily in Pope Francis' papacy, especially when it comes to making bishop appointments, addressing global issues and the pastoral care of the poor and the marginalized. Pope Francis' preference for "shepherds...
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

U.S. Church urged to turn attention to racism before fractures widen

U.S. Church urged to turn attention to racism before fractures widen WASHINGTON (CNS) - Father Bryan Massingale, a priest of the Milwaukee Archdiocese and well-known theologian, knows what it's like to be watched by police. He said that as a black man there have been times he has been followed by police officers on the campus of Marquette University, where he taught...
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

USCCB president says violence calls for 'moment of national reflection'

USCCB president says violence calls for 'moment of national reflection' WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The shooting of police officers July 7 near the end of a demonstration in Dallas to protest fatal shootings by police officers in Louisiana and Minnesota earlier in the week "calls us to a moment of national reflection," said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bish...
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Monday, July 11, 2016