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Pope condemns 'murderous folly' of terrorism after attacks

Pope condemns 'murderous folly' of terrorism after attacks VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis prayed for victims of the terrorist attack in New York, as well as victims of other terror attacks, and condemned the murder of innocent men and women in the name of God.    After praying the Angelus with pilgrims in St. Peter's Square Nov. 1, the p...
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Thursday, November 02, 2017

Concern rises over impact of expected tax cuts on programs for the poor

Concern rises over impact of expected tax cuts on programs for the poor WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Tax policy is not a simple matter. It almost never has been and may not ever be.    Still, Congress is trying to simplify the tax code to deliver on President Donald Trump's campaign promise to cut taxes for the middle class.    Working under the "U...
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Thursday, November 02, 2017

Facebook bot lets you chat with the Pope

An initiative from the Vatican is inviting people to virtually connect with Pope Francis and learn more about Church missions and how to support them.   “MissioBot” is an automatic chat system on Facebook Messenger, which helps guide users through a chat experience with words from...
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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Death penalty is 'contrary to the Gospel,' pope says

Death penalty is 'contrary to the Gospel,' pope says The death penalty, no matter how it is carried out, "is, in itself, contrary to the Gospel," Pope Francis said.    Marking the 25th anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church at the Vatican Oct. 11, Pope Francis said the catechism's discussion of the death penalty, already f...
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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Religious liberty for me but not for thee: how laws affect freedom

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- It may come as no surprise that, when nations confer official status to a certain religion, Islam is the faith that more nations choose to designate as such.    But it may be a surprise that, when nations don't enshrine a particular religion in their constitution...
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Thursday, October 12, 2017

'Share the Journey' urges connecting with migrants

'Share the Journey' urges connecting with migrants WASHINGTON (CNS) – Supporting refugees and migrants can take many forms, and Pope Francis is hoping Catholics around the world will act over the next two years to encounter people on the move.             In the U.S., the Church's leading...
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Thursday, October 05, 2017

'Be Not Afraid' is theme for Respect Life Sunday and 2017-18 program

'Be Not Afraid' is theme for Respect Life Sunday and 2017-18 program WASHINGTON (CNS) – Respect Life Month is observed every October by the church in the United States, beginning with Respect Life Sunday, which takes place this year on Oct. 1. These events kick off the 2017-18 Respect Life Program.           &#...
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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Dolan: Honesty about church's flaws might win back fallen-away members

Dolan: Honesty about church's flaws might win back fallen-away members NEW ORLEANS (CNS) – New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan suggested to more than 400 priests of the state of Louisiana that humbly and openly sharing the "wounds" and shortcomings of the church might bring those who are alienated back to the practice of the faith.      &...
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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Share hope with those seeking better lives, pope says

Share hope with those seeking better lives, pope says VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The same hope that moves people to seek a better life for themselves and their loved ones also moves the hearts of men and women to welcome migrants and refugees with open arms, Pope Francis said.     "Those who come to our land and we who go toward their heart...
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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Share the Journey campaign urges Catholics to connect with migrants

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A prayer here, a share on social media there, a voice of support in a letter to the editor, even a get-to-know-others potluck.    Supporting refugees and migrants can take many forms, and Pope Francis is hoping Catholics around the world will act over the next two...
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Wednesday, September 27, 2017