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March 19 2018, 7AM

In 100 years of basketball at Loyola, no team has won more games than this year's Ramblers (30-5).
The cardinal stepped down as archbishop in February 2013 after three priests and one former priest alleged Cardinal O'Brien had made sexual advances toward them 20 years earlier.
The meeting will help the Vatican prepare for its synod on young adults in 2018.

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Jesus understands you when you are disappointed.

March 17, 9AM

The Vatican has released the complete letter by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI about Pope Francis after facing criticism for manipulating a photograph of it.

March 16, 9AM

This week’s top U.S.-Latino Catholic news

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There have been great physicists and mathematicians who were also great philosophers. Hawking, unfortunately, was not one of them.

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Poland’s Catholic primate called anti-Semitism “a moral evil and a sin.”
It’s taken over a year for us to get our boss, Matt Malone, S.J. on Jesuitical—and we promise it was worth the wait.

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Composer John Flaherty has been overseeing renewal and experimentation at the R.E.C.’s worship services for almost three decades.

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The archbishop of Guam, Anthony Sablan Apuron O.F.M. Cap., is found guilty of some of the accusations against him, including the sexual abuse of minors.
The archbishop of Guam, Anthony Sablan Apuron O.F.M. Cap., is found guilty of some of the accusations against him, including the sexual abuse of minors.

March 15, 9AM

The Irish and the Mexicans, the Indians and the Cubans, the Chinese and the Dominicans: Today, we celebrate their achievements.
When a historical figure has a reputation as large as John Hughes, it can be hard to separate fact from fiction.
On Forgiveness Sunday, we look for the best in the one we forgive and seek to give a charitable interpretation of the other’s intent.

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“Praying with the violin” is how an old friend describes the art of the classical music star.
Sintieron que Jesús era algo más, alguien más. Pan para hoy y hambre para mañana.

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The manipulation changed the meaning of the letter.
The father testified in an Australian court against the cardinal.
People of the southwest Pacific Ocean nation of Papua New Guinea face dual threats from rising sea levels and the advent of undersea mining for valuable metals.

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America Media is proud to host a conversation on the Catholic response to Incarceration, Education and Immigration, especially as to how it effects the American Hispanic community.

March 14, 11AM

After World War II, American classrooms swelled with baby boomers. Desperate for English-speaking sisters, some bishops turned to Ireland for help.

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If faith isn’t a strong ship, how can we expect it to carry us over the waters of death?

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While the vast majority of Vermont students are eligible for the vouchers, which pay the full cost of up to two college classes, students who attend religious and other private schools are not.

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The Vatican just held a hackathon. Take a moment to recover from the shock.
Can inside jokes among those who already speak the language of the church appeal to the outside world?

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After two years working on a documentary about Pope Francis, the noted German filmmaker Wim Wenders said he is most struck by the pope's courage.
Rebecca Miller has made a film that pays complicated tribute to a complex man.
As Trump touts border wall in California, skeptics say it misses the point.

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Hawking's avowed atheism did not keep him from engaging in dialogue and debate with the church as his work and contribution to the papal academy showed. 
Most Catholic schools across the country did not sanction walkouts, but planned to support youth-led advocacy through prayer.

March 13, 10AM

What challenges has Pope Francis faced in these past five years?

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"We have to begin with our own attitudes—not just Catholics who are prejudiced, but...my attitude towards my fellow Catholics who I may perceive as Islamophobic."
The law also will allow for the state to deport anyone whose residency status has been withdrawn.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster suggested that children would find their “greatest joy” by accepting their biological sex.
"Women are selling their bodies to the Blue Helmets out of desperation," said Bishop Juan Aguirre Munoz of Bangassou.

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Francis has been first and foremost “a missionary pope,” who is determined to transform the church into “a missionary church.”

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“There has been fear for years, but with the new administration, it is more severe.”

March 12, 1PM

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The women who spoke at this year’s Voices of Faith are exemplars of faith and courage.

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Many of us have learned the hard way that “L.G.B.T.” is a trigger for some Catholics to become very un-Christian.
​​​​​​​A shared faith was a crucial reason Mexican-Americans came to trust the Kennedys.

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Benedict affirmed that “there is an internal continuity between the two pontificates.”
Cardinal Gracias, one of the pope’s top advisers, spoke about Francis on the eve of the fifth anniversary of his election.

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People in and around Afrin are facing the warplanes, tanks, artillery and other heavy weapons of NATO’s second-largest standing army, Turkey.

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Her husband was skeptical but prayed to Blessed Oscar Romero to save his wife.

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Sister Norma Pimentel has given her life to welcoming Christ in the immigrant and refugee.

March 11, 9AM

Speaking to the Sant'Egidio community, Pope Francis warned: "The atmosphere of fear can infect also those Christians who hide the gift they have received, like the slave in the parable: they do not invest it in the future, they do not share it with others...

March 9, 10AM

Karen Gaffney has swum the English Channel, given a TEDx talk and received an honorary doctorate.
On Tuesday (March 6), police detained six pastors, accusing them of conspiring to rally other clergy in defiance of the government’s shutdown orders.
The area is known as a haven for sex tourism.
A small town Knights of Columbus council hopes to have a big impact halfway around the world.

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Swearing can function as a shield against more honest emotions, a cool façade of indifference.

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Every diocese in the world still needs to have at least one trained exorcist on hand for the (rare) eventuality of an actual demonic possession, said Father Cesare Truqui.
The film invites all of us to wear our hearts on our sleeves, to be honest and unabashedly earnest, to hope.
The film invites all of us to wear our hearts on our sleeves, to be honest and unabashedly earnest, to hope.
The six-part part series, which will play Sunday nights starting March 11, is subdivided into some novel plots of papal territory.

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Since Selection Sunday—the official start of the NCAA tournament and office bracket pools across the nation—is this weekend, we decided to bring in Joe Lunardi, the ESPN bracketologist.

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Respondents who named health care as their priority for state elections frequently specified the issue: how universal health care would benefit everyone.
The foundational flaw with the proposed reform is the stripping away of choice, and the dignity that comes with it, from low-income Americans.
More and more public policy is being decided at the state level but trustworthy sources of information about state capitals are fast disappearing.
The Easter lily has its own remarkable story of persistence.

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Mark’s passion account is a map for Christians facing distress.
Like the first Christians, we too need to see with new eyes, and Lent gave us the opportunity to clear our vision. Starting today, our mission is to catch sight of the risen Christ.
As followers of Jesus, we believe, as do a long line of his followers, that he rose from the dead on that first Easter Sunday.
Today’s psalm prompts us to consider the balance of talking and listening in our lives.

March 8, 10AM

A boy at a front door, a shadowy guest.
A boy at a front door, a shadowy guest.

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Soldiers are rarely those who suffer the most in war.
Gaudí perfectly provokes us Puritans.
Easter is second only to Christmas in Mass attendance—and in a tight race with Halloween in candy consumption.
Tanto quisieron apartar a Dios de su tierra que Dios apartó su mano y entonces llegó la desgracia: la invasión de un pueblo enemigo.

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This year, an ancient symbol saw its significance magnified all the more on a tragic Ash Wednesday.
Bernice was smiling because she was free. Her horizon, which was her hope, was not her bed, or the ward, or the hospital—not even this world. Bernice’s eyes were fixed on the hope of heaven.

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High-stakes politics, small-minded men: It’s a sweet spot for filmmaker Armando Iannucci.

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Over five million people have flew Syria since 2011 and just under 21,000 have been accepted into the United States. ‘This Is Home’ looks into the U.S. resettlement process.

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How intertwined are American Christian beliefs in a "Chosen People" and American notions of racial superiority?
How can we repair the damage done to our governmental processes?

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Wherever you stand on the matter, it's clear that the church teaching on ordination represents a problem for evangelization.

March 7, 10AM

Have you heard the saints confess? It fills you with wonder at God’s grace, so clearly at work in their lives, in our world.

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The tradition of sung prayer dates back to the first millennium.
The insurgent group kidnapped 110 schoolgirls last month.
El-Sissi has already ensured his victory in the balloting that runs from March 26-28, after the imprisonment of three contenders and the withdrawals of four other opponents.

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A teacher, a legal assistant, a salesman, a poet, a realtor, a development director and a woman who had been homeless walked into community together.
For many people, young and old, coming out can be frightening, especially if they feel that their church, or God, is somehow against them.
Through the compassionate act of a stranger, who stepped up to help me after two others had passed me by, my life was saved.
For many people, coming out can be frightening, especially if they feel that their church, or God, is somehow against them.

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Blessed Paul VI and Archbishop Óscar Romero will soon be declared saints.

March 6, 8AM

It is time we stop treating Dylan’s evangelical period as a cul-de-sac on his journey through life.
"It is you rich people who have finished the water, and now you want us to share the consequences."

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A new revised and expanded edition of "Building a Bridge" is now available.

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One of the first questions survivors of suicide victims face is what to tell others about their loved one’s death.

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The bishop of Matamoros, across the border from Brownsville, Texas, has expressed alarm after two church explosions within four days.

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The Diocese of Knoxville dedicated the country's newest cathedral on March 3 during a special Mass which celebrated the growth of the Catholic Church in this region of the United States.
The voices of the Parkland shooting survivors "should ring in our ears," the bishops said.
According to a new Pew Research Center poll, 84 percent of U.S. Catholics hold a “favorable” view of Pope Francis.
Millennials need to acknowledge that our parents’ generation will not be able to lead the way forever.

March 5, 6AM

People have been asking this question for decades.
What can we learn from these stories? What does God want to teach us?
Mr. Whitaker, a graduate of Georgetown University, says his Jesuit education “heavily influences my filmmaking.”
Cardinal Kasper rejected claims from some Catholics who accuse Pope Francis of undermining church teaching on marriage.

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"It's up to shareholders to put before corporations how important it is to work on less emissions."

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"I thank her and I want you to know her name: Sister Cornelia Caraglio."
In the January shutdown, Democratic lawmakers backed down on their threat to keep the government closed until a DACA deal was reached. ment funded through March 23 was overshadowed by the $1 trillion spending package of which it was a part.

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how many of us actively do things to prepare for Easter?
Pell's lawyers told the court that the cardinal plans to formally plead not guilty.

March 3, 11AM

“The rule to follow in all cases,” the reflection says of family ministry, “is the love and mercy of the Lord.”

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The Memorial will celebrated on the Monday after Pentecost in churches throughout the world.

March 2, 11AM

The pope left chocolate eggs as gifts during his surprise visit to Casa di Leda, a group home for incarcerated women with small children.

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The divergence in Texas might be viewed as a microcosm of the national debate over what it means to be pro-life.
Some dicasteries once led by cardinals are now led by bishops and priests and, thus, pave the way for more participation by laypeople, especially women, in church decisions, said Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga of Tegucigalpa.
The film "The Florida Project" depicts a new reality: families who live week to week in motels, unable to afford permanent housing.

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Father Grande was known as a champion of the poor and the oppressed at a time when El Salvador was on the threshold of a civil war, a war that eventually killed over 70,000 people.

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V Encuentro: How to reach fallen-away Latino Catholics
Even when we are unaware of the acts of God, He continues to operate in our lives with the ineffable, inscrutable power of his love.

March 1, 9AM

Michigan Catholic Conference spokesman David Maluchnik confirmed Tuesday that extending the statute of limitations is "of concern" to the church's lobbying arm.

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While at least one the nominees for Best Picture has an obvious Catholic angle, the other nominees touch on themes that will resonate with Catholics and other believers: love, reconciliation, brokenness and our human longing to be known.

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The fifth version of a project started by the U.S. bishops in 1972 goes to the peripheries of the church to welcome back Hispanics.
My sons with autism are a burden and even a cross. They are not unwanted.

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Today’s letter reflects a somewhat different style and spirit than Benedict XVI’s “Dominus Iesus.”

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“Behind all this is the unfortunate idea...that priests are everything in the church while sisters are nothing.”

February 28, 10AM

Rules protect life, but they do not enhance it.

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U.S. bishops are defending an Illinois law that permits government employees to join together in bargaining units and, by majority vote, designate a union to collectively represent them in contract negotiations and employment disputes.

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Este domingo, de nuevo, frente a las “leyes del mercado”, volvemos a proponer las leyes de Dios.

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"Anxiety is the number one problem," a program spokeswoman said.
The bishops deem it possible in certain cases to allow the Eucharist to be given to a non-Catholic spouse in a mixed-denomination marriage.

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Pope Francis and his international Council of Cardinals discussed the possibility of establishing regional tribunals around the world that would judge cases of sexual abuse allegedly committed by clergy.
Intentionally causing a patient's death is different from accepting that a patient is dying.
These movies are appearing at a time when our country’s leadership is treating many groups as outsiders who do not belong in the United States.
“The youth of our nation are shaming the adult world into action.”

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February 27, 9AM

By adopting an attitude free of judging others, the pope argues, the world will be a more peaceful place.
Rallies were held in cities around the Philippines.
"It's the things you don't even think about, things that will trigger the emotions. Teachers won't know what to expect."
To viewers aware of racism and the unpleasant history of colonialism, the sketch “Joy Together” was full of offensive content.

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Roman Catholic officials issued a statement saying that Christian leaders were holding consultations and would soon announce their response, including a decision on whether to reopen the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

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Unlike the 1968 findings, the new report includes input from African-Americans, Latinos, Native Americans and women who are scholars and offer their own recommendations.
Though about 30 to 40 were arrested, hundreds showed up to take part in the “Catholic Day of Action with Dreamers.”

February 26, 10AM

12 of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States have issued such statements, and more are likely on the way,
“Now is the time to pass legislation that enables the Dreamers to become citizens and full contributing members of our society,” said Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles.
Donatella Versace and Vogue's Anna Wintour were in Rome today.
Gun control advocates focus on “A.B.C.” initiatives: “A” for assault weapon and ammunition bans; “B” for background check enhancement; and “C” for closing the gun show and private sale loopholes that permit buyers to avoid existing federal...
Jesus has felt our sorrow, carried our burdens, sweated through our labors, taken our punishment onto himself.
Given the army’s past repression of the Haitian people, the military’s return has been a cause of concern to many. Protesters have taken to the streets, calling for leaders to shift the defense budget money to education.

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Congo's bishops said a young Catholic was killed at point-blank range and another was shot dead while trying to return home from anti-government protests.
This is the last leg of a journey that started in Eritrea, Afghanistan or Iraq.
The Colosseum has long been a symbol of the persecution of early Christians.

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"Assisted suicide stands in stark contrast" to the care that hospices offer, and none should be compelled to provide it.

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Join America as we call Congress and discuss what this means for the future of "Dreamers."

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February 25, 2AM

February has been one of the most violent months in the seven years of conflict.

February 24, 8AM

The pope said Rebecca Bitrus and Asia Bibi are models for a society that today has ever more fear of suffering.

February 23, 10AM

Recent allegations about one of the United Kingdom’s biggest and best-known charities has driven increased demands from some quarters that overseas aid be reduced, if not abolished completely.

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The desire for stronger gun control may not translate into more caution with gun storage among owners of firearms.
Of the estimated 14.5 million school-age Catholic children in the U.S., about or 55 percent are Latino. Yet 4 percent of school-age Latino Catholic children are enrolled in Catholic schools.
Cardinal Sarah questions why Catholics stand—rather than kneel—and receive Communion in the hand.
Teachers do not talk about being afraid of our students. We talk about being afraid for our students.
“Far too spiritual, our prayer is asphyxiated by good manners.”

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Catholic leaders and organizers from around the U.S. have been loudly clamoring for relief for the young adults, some who already face deportation and the loss of permits that allow them to work, drive and attend school.
Perhaps the gift of the rough seas is that they force us to acknowledge our utter dependence on the One who loves us.

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While reiterating that the killings must stop, the bishops warned that the leaders did not know how to make peace, were confused, traumatized and feared peace.
A Baptist preacher had never before been invited to speak at a Catholic institution.

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U.N. agencies estimate more than 65 million people are currently stateless or forcibly displaced from their countries and 51 percent of them are children.

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 the prairie grass / sizzles in the wind

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This week's readings speak of the journey of Christians to their true homeland.
America also asked readers about whether or not they saw sports as a force for social good.
The numbers augur an uncertain future for the Catholic Church in Ireland, long a place where Catholicism seemed sure of deep roots and high adherence to practice and tradition.
As Christians, our goal in life is to stop living like the security-minded goats we find in Matthew 25 and instead become like the extravagant sheep who give food to hungry people, water to anyone who thirsts and, of course, welcome to strangers.
It is not enough to gaze on Jesus or hear his words. To “see” Jesus, one must accept the same mission from the Father.
We now mark five years of Francis’ pontificate. The editors of America wish him many more.
Hunger strikes raise thorny political, philosophical and even spiritual questions.
On April 14, 2014, 276 girls were abducted from a boarding school in Nigeria by Boko Haram militants.
This week's readings speak of the journey of Christians to their true homeland.
It is not enough to gaze on Jesus or hear his words. To “see” Jesus, one must accept the same mission from the Father.
The victims gave their testimony to another official after the original Vatican envoy had emergency surgery.

February 22, 10AM

If someone you know loses a loved one to suicide, show up, offer words of condolences and keep doing it.
Two of medieval Europe’s most popular saints, Barlaam and Josaphat, were in fact Christianized versions of the Buddha.
Leaving Haiti should be a goal of every N.G.O.

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The Irish-American population is almost seven times bigger than Ireland itself, but it is also aging and shrinking.

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"Black Panther" is an Afrofuturistic superhero film set in the fictional nation of Wakanda.
"Black Panther" is an Afrofuturistic superhero film set in the fictional nation of Wakanda.
Han pasado apenas unas semanas desde la Navidad y ya nos hemos olvidado del gran regalo que recibimos: un hijo, el Hijo.
The late Fred Rogers is currently enjoying something of a post-mortal renaissance.
The late Fred Rogers is currently enjoying something of a post-mortal renaissance.

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The afternoon shooting spree Feb. 14 at Parkland's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County left at 17 people dead and at least 14 injured.
The sectarian will meet the secular in an unusual way with the May 10 debut of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's exhibit "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination."

February 21, 10AM

The judge resigned his position on the Vatican tribunal.
Fides, the organization that published the data, said it is "an invitation and a call" to evangelize.

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“For the Paulists part of the mission is supposed to be reaching out to the unchurched.” The best ways to do that are constantly shifting. These contemporary leaders of Paulist Productions look on that fluid landscape with optimism.
Children in the U.S. have a 70 percent greater chance of dying before adulthood than in comparable nations. Guns, car accidents and lack of access to health care are to blame.
Race, class and gender are only the preludes to a personal identity bearing the marks of deliberation, struggle and choice.

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What can the church and her Scriptures say to those who are broken?
If Catholic leaders seriously want to push gun control legislation, what might a concerted campaign look like?
Scicluna entered the hospital Tuesday after beginning his interviews with victims.

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More than anyone else, Graham built evangelicalism into a force that rivaled liberal Protestantism and Roman Catholicism in the U.S.

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Francis may well rank among the most consequential popes in the long and colorful history of the papacy.
Remembering Billy Graham’s relationships with presidents, priests and popes.

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The bishops condemned the "bloody violence" used by government security forces to suppress marches by mostly Catholic protesters on Dec. 31 and Jan. 21
John Banville has few kind words for the church of his youth, but he is good company nonetheless.
“Living Biblically” tells the story of Chip, a husband and expectant father who decides to become a better Catholic by living out his life according to the Bible.

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An 11th-century prayer tool comes to life for modern Christians

February 20, 8AM

In the midst of the unimaginable, Father Ekiert is telling his parishioners to show and live love daily—not just in a time of grief and horror.
The number of Jewish settlers in the West Bank grew at nearly twice the rate of Israel's overall population last year.

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Bishop Okpaleke's appointment had been met by protests and petitions calling for the appointment of a bishop from among the local clergy.

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The churches have enjoyed an unofficial tax-exempt status for centuries.
An Italian newspaper reported that the canonization is likely to happen in October.

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Cruz described the three-hour meeting as "emotionally draining" but said he felt heard.
When I played hockey, other players of color were few and far between.

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February 19, 7AM

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops are urging Catholics to call Congress and demand they act on behalf of “Dreamers.”

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If you know nothing else about Lent, you probably know that people give things up.

February 18, 7PM

Five years later, looking back on a momentous day in the life of the church

February 17, 1AM

Pope Francis has appointed 16 members (eight men and eight women) to the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.

February 16, 4PM

This time the victims themselves are not having it. From the moment the first shots rang out, they captured the horror and broadcast it, forced the nation to confront it and talk about it.

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A conversation with Liel Leibovitz and Stephanie Butnick on faith, fasting and podcasting

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May we repent as we worship at the altar of the gun, even to the point of sacrificing our own children.
I had expected Mass to bring with it a bursting of spirit. But this is Mass—nothing is going to jump out of a cake.

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Loudly boasting or complaining about fasting during Lent and treating others unkindly is not what God wants, Pope Francis said.
Pope Francis' former finance minister was charged last year with offenses involving multiple complainants in his native Australia.
The Roman Catholic diocese where two priests were killed earlier this month has withdrawn all nuns from the hyper-violent city of Chilapa in southern Mexico.

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“I’m sorry—I was wrong”—these can be hard words to say.

February 15, 2PM

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops praised the new ombudsperson office, noting it “has called attention to concerns and complaints involving Canadian-based and/or Canadian-registered companies which operate in other countries."

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The Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference welcomed the resignation as “long overdue.”

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"I think they have chosen Somalia because there is no central authority," Bishop Giorgio Bertin said.
Brian Gionta led Boston College to the national championships in 2001.

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He also said he doesn't read the blogs devoted to leading a 'resistance' against him.

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The pope's brother reportedly told a German magazine that Pope Benedict was sick.

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Pope Francis “normally” meets with victims of abuse on Fridays, and “sometimes this is known and sometimes it is not known.”
“With God’s help, we can remain strong and resolute to resist evil in all its manifestations.”

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February 14, 3PM

I was raised Catholic. I know the strategy. The first-class seats are at the end of the pew.

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Rev. Andrew Roza, a former Olympic hopeful turned vocations director for the Archdiocese of Omaha, said he’ll be talking to God about the Team USA curlers during this year’s Winter Olympics.

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Belinda described 12 years of extortion, forced criminal behavior including prostitution, and escalating violence from one of her brothers and his fellow gang members.
Belinda described 12 years of extortion, forced criminal behavior including prostitution, and escalating violence from one of her brothers and his fellow gang members.

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Christians are called to asceticism as a way of reaching out, in faith, toward a life to come.
More than 800,000 Dreamers, undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as minors, could lose their legal status on March 5.

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The note that the psalmist sounds at the beginning of Lent is not sin, but forgiveness.

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‘Lent may once again don its public mask’: America's editors from 1978 on an American Lent.

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As Syria's war soon enters its eighth year, the conflict is escalating in the country's north, between Turkey and the Kurds, and in the south, between Iran and Israel. 
Five players on the US Olympic team's roster of 23 are from the Jesuit-run school -- two are recent graduates and three are current students taking a leave of absence for the Pyeongchang Games.

February 13, 2PM

Mardi Gras must end; and yet its joys are right and good, in their time, in their place.

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Purim and Mardi Gras serve, paradoxically, as a farcical introduction to a period of deep religious seriousness.
Father Moreno described the Hernández government as an authoritarian regime tilting toward a dictatorship. “It is a government that represents a threat to freedom of expression. It is a threat to defenders of human rights, and it is a government that t...
As same-sex marriage becomes more mainstream, the church holds the line on L.G.B.T. issues.
Lent is a popular time to make resolutions. And that’s all to the good.

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To the consternation of humanitarian, health and civic activists, the budget proposal includes deep cuts or restructuring of international aid and social service programs.
In fasting, in abstinence, in visits to church, we are showing our love to God.
The president’s apparent lack of knowledge about the U.S. immigration system and the complexities of Africa is especially concerning to anti-poverty volunteers.

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Resources to help you renew your faith this Lenten season

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Hannah Brandt is a forward for the U.S. Olympic team. Marissa Brandt, who was adopted as a baby from South Korea, used her birth name, Park-Yoon Jung, for the Olympics and plays defense for the combined Koreas.

February 12, 11AM

The Winter Olympics are upon us once again, and once again, figure skating steps out of its burrow of athletic obscurity.

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Msgr. Aris does not believe those in religious life in Haiti are currently being targeted more than other groups. Violent crime in Haiti is high but hard to measure since most crimes go unreported.
Some of the poorest parts of the island remain cut off from the transportation and energy infrastructure.
Western journalists have been too easily swayed by misleading accounts circulated by those opposed to an entente.
Western journalists have been too easily swayed by misleading accounts circulated by those opposed to an entente.
Bernini’s magnificent marble bust of St. Robert Bellarmine had made its way to Fairfield University.

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The process needs to be more transparent, Father Hans Zollner said.
"The Catholic Church clearly teaches that contraception is an immoral action that contradicts the truth of marital love."

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Political unrest in and around the capital, Kinshasa, is just the latest malady to afflict the Congolese citizens.
In November 2016, the International Medical Committee of Lourdes confirmed the nun's "unexplained healing, in the current state of scientific knowledge."

February 9, 9AM

Pope Francis has encouraged church leaders to accept “a healthy dose of self-criticism.”

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If your faith contains no concern for those who are not here, it is not healthy.

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A pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago has historically been many things, including, in the Middle Ages, a penance for one’s sins. Last year, 277,915 athletes, bikers, families and friends made the Way of St. James a challenge, vacation or spiritual exp...
What a missing statue and a Rust Belt quest taught me about devotion.

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We live in an age of opinion writers telling us that we live in an age of [insert sweeping generalization here].

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Local councils in London, Birmingham, Portsmouth and Manchester are considering establishing buffer zones around abortion clinics.

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An interview with Bishop James. D Conley, who signed the open letter "Created Male and Female" defending a traditional understanding of gender.
Since China's new regulations for religious affairs took effect Feb. 1, minors have been banned from entering places of worship in several regions.
One cardinal told the pope that human trafficking is "the darkest face of globalization."

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La Cuaresma es ese tiempo de preparación para algo mejor que está por llegar y, para cuando llegue, queremos estar preparados.

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Daniel Mendelsohn's book is much more than a memoir.
The resurrection of the dead—along with the transformation of the world—is the goal of all history. And this fulfillment already has a beginning in Jesus’ resurrection.
For Isaac, obedience brought forth a nation. For Jesus, self-offering led to glory.
Today’s Gospel reminds us how challenging it is to keep our attention on God.
Daniel Mendelsohn's book is much more than a memoir.

February 8, 2PM

Thirty-one percent of readers rated Pope Francis’ handling of sex abuse in the church as “somewhat positive,” while 30 percent of readers told us it was “somewhat negative.”
Moral crises are preceded by metaphysical and epistemological confusion. In other words, the cause of the present lies in our past.

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Laughter, tolerance and shared faith are important ingredients in a loving, lasting marriage, according to a New York couple who will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary at the end of National Marriage Week.
A group of priests, religious, young immigrants and their supporters gathered outside of the U.S. Capitol to pray for the Dreamers, whose lives are in limbo, and for the legislators who have the power to change their situation.
Advocates are concerned that Congress is willing to cut the programs to offset an expected $1 trillion deficit.

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The challenge for the church is to help survivors and stop abuse from happening again, and the pope appears to be falling short.

February 7, 3PM

The German Bishops Conference released a translation of the cardinal's recent remarks.
From now on, Berlin will live with the memory of the wall for longer than it lived with the wall itself.

12 PM

Zen said the Vatican had "given in" to the Communist Party
"We forget where we came from, not just as the early Christian church, but also as a country."

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"My hour had passed and I had given all I could."
"My hour had passed and I had given all I could."
Life expectancy has dropped in the U.S. for two consecutive years. Guns, drugs and car accidents are deadlier here than in peer nations.
The priests were traveling with four other passengers, all of whom were injured.

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It will come as no surprise that Canadian economists are divided on the benefits of raising the minimum wage, but proponents say the hike is desperately needed following decades of wage stagnation that has led many Canadians to take on significant debt....

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Brochero set out to be a pastor, and in the process became the public servant par excellence.
“To bring the good news to a new digital audience is a big part of what we’re doing.”
The coming-of-age sitcom follows a group of girls as they navigate their way through Catholic high school during the Troubles. 

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This makes one hope for a world in which conflicts are resolved peacefully through dialogue and mutual respect, as sport also teaches.

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The Vatican's sex-crimes expert is changing plans and will fly to New York to take in-person testimony from a Chilean sex-abuse victim whose pleas to be heard by Pope Francis were previously ignored.

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People like me have unconsciously learned to hate the bodies God created because they do not meet the standard created by society.
Lessons from a Jesuit road trip to Illinois.
Making it more difficult for families to visit prisoners, or have any contact with them, is contrary to respect for human life and dignity.

February 6, 2PM

Moundsville, while in decline, has never been nearly as bad as the picture of rusting hell Mr. Trump painted in his inauguration address.

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Bishop Kang believes the upcoming Winter Olympics in Korea and the surprise decision of officials in the North to allow North Korean athletes to participate offers a small opening for progress.
Bishop Kang believes the upcoming Winter Olympics in Korea and the surprise decision of officials in the North to allow North Korean athletes to participate offers a small opening for progress.

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The Pope called his message "Because of the increase of evildoing, the love of many will grow cold."

9AM

After 52 years of armed conflict in Colombia, government and rebel leaders reached a peace accord in late 2016. Now, the country is rebuilding.

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Marx stopped short of a full endorsement of blessings for same-sex couples, but made it clear he was open to approving such benedictions in private ceremonies.

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Philadelphia Eagles punter Donnie Jones, a lifelong Catholic, believes that God has guided him throughout his NFL career and vocation as a husband and father.

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The law has fueled a diplomatic crisis with Israel, which fears it would enable Poland to whitewash the role of the Poles who killed or denounced Jews during the Holocaust.

February 5, 3PM

It's already late—where is the feast inside?

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"Today, Indians are the poorest of all American ethnic groups," said Father Michael Carson, a Choctaw Indian who is assistant director of Native American affairs for the U.S. bishops' Secretariat for Cultural Diversity in the Church.

1PM

A Catholic priest should not have a woman in his bedroom at night, but I have become quite dependent on Alexa.
"The American Catholic Church has continued to be virtually silent," said Bishop George V. Murry of Youngstown, Ohio, "which leads us to the question: Why?"
“Women’s perspectives should be at the heart of conversations about how to build up the church,” said Kim Daniels.

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In the period in between their two meetings, the Turkish leader squashed a weak attempt at a coup and has imprisoned thousands of opponents.

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The fact that Francis received the eight-page letter challenges his insistence that he has “zero tolerance” for sex abuse and cover-ups.

February 4, 7AM

Super Bowl week is the holiest of sports weeks, and the Sunday game the holiest of Sabbaths.

February 2, 2PM

The Russians directed propaganda toward religious groups on Facebook; the social-media site is responding with new hurdles for ads from churches and parishes.
The Russians directed propaganda toward religious groups on Facebook; the social-media site is responding with new hurdles for ads from churches and parishes.

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Mary McAleese, who has a gay son and has criticized the church’s position on L.G.B.T. issues, was invited to participate in a panel discussion on women in church governance.

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During my volunteer experience, I was mostly on the receiving end of mercy.

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Seven illicit bishops have asked Pope Francis for pardon and requested reconciliation with him and the universal church.
The only answers that mattered, some argued, were the ones offered by people who attended Mass weekly or more.

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February 1, 3PM

Mr. Trump’s proposed deal represents an almost complete reversal from previous Republican immigration priorities.

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The Oscar contender is soaked in what Bernard Lonergan called ‘startling strangeness.’
Opponents say that leftist firebrand Andrés Manuel López Obrador is Putin’s favored candidate; he is brushing off the accusations of Russian interference in Mexico.
Reports that dozens of “hostesses” were sexually harassed at the Presidents Club fundraiser led several charities to return donations from the event.
J.R.S. contends that it is deliberate government policy to make life for refugees as difficult as possible.

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During his comments to the pro-government National Constituent Assembly Jan. 15, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro also ordered the attorney general to investigate the bishops for hate crimes.

6AM

Jesús viene en nuestra ayuda del modo más sencillo: siendo. Jesús es El mismo y así nos enseña en qué consiste ser hijo de Dios en sentido amplio.

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The conversation often circled back to the question of whether Francis was fundamentally altering the church, and if his doing so could result in a “break” or schism.
A majority black parish in downtown Charlotte has fostered an ongoing dialogue on race with members a majority white parish less than three miles away.

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Catholic Extension and Loyola Marymount University have teamed up to strengthen Catholic schools in some of the nation's poorest communities.

January 31, 2PM

In the case of Edgardo Mortara, a number of central theological questions come into play.
In the case of Edgardo Mortara, a number of central theological questions come into play.
Fans of the Philadelphia Eagles are ready to cheer their team on to victory in Sunday's Super Bowl. They are also ready to boo.

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Are your life’s energies being poured into something that gives life, to you and to others?

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Should the Pats win, which oddsmakers say is likely, Archbishop Chaput will donate $100 to Catholic Charities of Boston.
Bipartisanship will be absolutely necessary to pass any meaningful federal legislation that changes our current stalemate on abortion.

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“Families aren’t chains. They are mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, grandmothers, grandfathers and brothers and sisters.”
“Families aren’t chains. They are mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, grandmothers, grandfathers and brothers and sisters.”

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The vote could open the door to legal abortion on demand in Ireland.

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1,603 of the damaged churches were catalogued as historic buildings.

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January 30, 2PM

“It’s not just, ‘I’ll pray for you.’ We need to do something personally for them.”

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The rumors of division between the pope and his top aides made headlines in late January after Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, retired archbishop of Hong Kong, met personally with Pope Francis

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The Vatican Museums and the Andy Warhol Museum are finalizing a dual exhibition of Warhol’s religious works in Rome.
The Creation Museum is a $27 million example of how Christians can lose their way fighting the culture wars.
“One Day at a Time,” which follows a Cuban-American family in Los Angeles, was inspired by Gloria Calderón Kellet’s own life.

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Until now Pope Francis has stood firmly by Bishop Barros.

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Three Democrats voted in favor of the bill, while two Republicans voted to reject it.

January 29, 2PM

Catholics are being given a reprieve from that most noxious of American holidays: Valentine’s Day.
Mr. Trump’s character flaws obscure the popularity of many of his administration’s policies and are hindering his ability to govern.

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A key motivation, Pope Francis said, was to find ways to respond positively to the call of the Second Vatican Council "to overcome this divorce between theology and pastoral care, between faith and life."
The seven Trappists and 11 other religious men and women were killed in Algeria in the 1990s.

January 27, 1PM

Jesuit Padre Melo is one of the most vocal protestors against today's inauguration of Honduran President Hernandez, and he's received death threats for his work.

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Many who may have been considering demonstrating against the Hernández government have been sufficiently intimidated into inaction this week.

January 26, 2PM

Outrage is overflowing onto the streets in many Honduran communities.
The extent to which I do not want housing for the poor in my own neighborhood is the extent to which I am failing to be a Christian.
Part I of a new America Media series on Civility in America

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Matt Malone, S.J., was honored by The Irish Voice as one of its 100 leading educators.
There have been warning signs for decades; now South Africa’s second-biggest city is racing to prevent a drought from throttling the economy and causing social unrest.
But was the civil rights leader Brutus or Caesar?

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When is a sacramental marriage truly consummated?
Go, Went, Gone never becomes preachy or sentimental. Instead, it is quietly bracing
The language spoken by Jesus and kept alive by Syriac Christians finds an unlikely haven in Paramus, New Jersey.
Half of all students at Catholic colleges identify as Catholic, and 62 percent of all students are women.
For minority, first-generation and low-income students community college can be a ticket to the middle class.
Why is the statue of General Lee gone and the statue of General Sherman still there?

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Nominated to the post in July by President Donald Trump, Brownback was confirmed Jan. 24. The Senate vote was 49-49 and Vice President Mike Pence cast the tiebreaking vote.

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He just doesn’t get it when it comes to victims of abuse.
Every time we set right some wrong we have done, we come that much closer to the faith of Jesus.
In healing lepers, Jesus performed an act akin to raising the dead.
Freedom of expression is close to an all-or-nothing proposition.
The United States must develop both better warning systems and deterrence tactics.

January 25, 2PM

History's first Latin American pope is particularly devoted to Marian iconography.

1PM

In "The Poet X," Elizabeth Acevedo captures the complicated relationship many Dominicans have with Catholicism, particularly focusing on the ways in which faith can affect women.
The Catholic Church has slowly found its voice against a campaign of violence.
Although many readers were dismayed by being asked to pick a “best” policy, 31 percent of respondents told America that restrictions on abortion were Mr. Trump’s best policy.
Although many readers were dismayed by being asked to pick a “best” policy, 31 percent of respondents told America that restrictions on abortion were Mr. Trump’s best policy.

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Cardinal Kevin Farrell announced today that Pope Francis plans to attend the ninth World Meeting of Families, from Aug. 21 to 26,

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Twenty-five years after “Brothers and Sisters to Us,” the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops commissioned a study to discern its implementation and reception. The results of that study painted a disheartening picture of the church’s relationship wi...

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The lips that can speak of the whole universe close in silence to pay homage to the person who is here present.
Under the new regulations, lower-level officials can oversee the activities of China’s religious communities—a move expected to lead to intensified harassment of Christians and churches.

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we who perish like the flower in the field

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Antes de responder a estas cuestiones sobre el cómo arreglar todo, la Palabra de Dios se pregunta: “¿quién?”.

January 24, 2PM

If Jesus is the mediator between God and humanity, what can the news media learn from his example?

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Review: Michelle Kuo’s "Reading With Patrick: a Teacher, a Student, and a Life-Changing Friendship"
Review: Michelle Kuo’s "Reading With Patrick: a Teacher, a Student, and a Life-Changing Friendship"
This study offers insights into Gerard Manley Hopkins, his view of the world, his mind, his interests and his relationship with God.

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Compared with other religious groups, Catholic women choosing abortion are more likely to be older and married—and most want to have children in the future.

11AM

Last November at Christie’s, the divine became the dollar.

8AM

Word of homeless people being turned away from shelters during the cold snap did reach Toronto’s ombudsman office, and an investigation into shelter space and access to it has been initiated.

7AM

Medieval anti-clerical prophecy sounded a lot like modern social media.

6AM

Two bishops have now spoken out in favor of considering some form of benediction for gay and lesbian couples.
“There is no such thing as harmless disinformation; on the contrary, trusting in falsehood can have dire consequences.”

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Cardinal DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said Christians experience the pain of the family and friends of the victims "as if it were our own."

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Pope Francis called on the world community to do more to protect the Yezidi minority in Iraq and Syria.

January 23, 10AM

“The church deplores the excessive use of force on demonstrators who were only armed with Bibles, rosaries and branches.”

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Formed in 2011, The Oh Hellos' Christianity is one of their foundational inspirations, evident in lines like "the only God I should have loved."
“We are losing three generations of people, and we need to hear why,” said Bishop Mark O’Connell.

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"A child born alive following an abortion should receive the same degree of care to preserve her life and health as would be given to any other child born alive at the same gestational age," said Cardinal Dolan of New York.
Pence was in Jerusalem on Monday, expressing his full-throated support for Israel in a speech to parliament filled with biblical references.
“You will see many protests during his mandate...because Honduras hasn’t fixed its age-old problems of inequality, exclusion, poor educational and health system, corruption and impunity.”

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I want to be able to serve the state better. I want to be able to serve more of the state.

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The annual meeting in Davos brought together people representing business, government, academia and media to discuss the theme, "Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World."

January 22, 12 PM

Democrats, and the Republicans who understand Dreamers are owed protection, could take a lesson from people of color around the country in how to navigate a political process tainted by racism. The lives of 800,000 Dreamers depend on it.
“Separating fathers from families has been going on for a while. But now, even mothers are being separated from their children.”

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Bishop Elizondo was among 10 Hispanic U.S. bishops visiting the Holy Land to advocate for "bridges not walls."

8AM

“I ask forgiveness,” the pope said on his flight from Lima to Rome. “It’s a hurt [caused] without wishing it.”

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The issue is expected to come up in the 2019 special gathering of the Synod of Bishops to study questions related to the church's pastoral work in the Amazon.

5AM

U.S. Roman Catholic bishops are backing public sector unions in an upcoming Supreme Court case.
"I judged they were prepared. They knew what they were doing."

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Las mujeres católicas podrían ser parte de una ola de votación por el Partido Demócrata en 2018. Están listas para recibir diaconisas.

January 21, 2PM

Jesus “is here in Lima, or wherever you are living, in the routine of your daily life and work.”

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People and cheered Pope Francis everywhere he went on this last day of his visit.

January 20, 7AM

“Just as the apostles faced the storm on the sea, you had to face the brunt of ‘El Niño costero.’”

5AM

“Pope Francis’ statements...were a source of great pain for survivors of sexual abuse,” Cardinal O’Malley said in a statement released Jan. 20.

January 19, 5PM

“The degradation of the environment...cannot be separated from the moral degradation of our communities.”

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The U.S. bishops had an unusually busy year issuing positive and negative statements about the new president, but some hoped for more decisive action against his policies.
The U.S. bishops had an unusually busy year issuing positive and negative statements about the new president, but some hoped for more decisive action against his policies.

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Transgender patients “need to know they are welcome and they will not be looked down upon” if they come to Catholic institutions seeking treatment, says Sister Carol Keehan.

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Francis is the first pope to come to the Amazon region, and he insisted that his first event and major speech of his visit to Peru should be to this place.
Some students had reservations about politicians whose pro-life commitment was too narrow.

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President Trump’s video appearance at the march culminates a year of pro-life appointments and administrative actions to limit abortions.
You have heard it said, “Who run the world? Girls” (Bey 4:12). But we ask: Who runs the church?
The primary problem is not with Mr. Trump’s past sins, it is that the policies he currently supports are inconsistent with his claim in his address today that “every life is sacred.”

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Society cannot look the other way and allow a culture that demeans the dignity of women to persist, Pope Francis said.

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Sheik Ahmad el-Tayeb, the grand imam, hosted a meeting Jan. 17-18 with Christian and Muslim clerics and political leaders from 86 countries in reaction to President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
The Gospel we heard today is a tactical trainwreck. It tells us to offer no resistance to enemies and love them instead.

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The church's key contribution to peace must be education, both in classrooms and as examples of diverse people living in harmony.
“Our country is so important to us. We carry the Dominican Republic in our hearts.”
Depende de cada quien cómo se viva el paso del tiempo: si con angustia o con esperanza.

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The single life is perhaps the most neglected area in theological and pastoral reflection in the church.

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It's near this forlorn corner of the Amazon that Pope Francis will visit Friday amid what has been called a modern-day gold rush of illegal miners threatening the world's largest rainforest.

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Leading Democrats and LGBT groups immediately denounced the move, saying "conscience protections" could become a license to discriminate, particularly against gay and transgender people.

January 18, 5PM

Describing abortion as a “key social evil” in the United States, the Jesuits say: “The most fundamental building block of a just social order is respect for human life.”

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Father Ernesto Cavassa was provincial of the Jesuits in Peru from 1998 to 2004, and president of the Conference of Latin American Jesuit Provincials from 2005 to 2012.

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Love is in the air! Pope Francis blessed the marriage of two flight attendants aboard the papal plane en route to Iquique in Chile. The couple married in a civil ceremony in 2010 but due to Chile's 2010 earthquake, they never followed up with a church cer...

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During their tenure in office, President Ronald Reagan, President George H.W. Bush and President George W. Bush all addressed the march via telephone or a radio hookup from the Oval Office.

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“There is no Christian joy when doors are closed; there is no Christian joy when others are made to feel unwanted,” the pope said.

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For over 45 years, Feminists for Life has been committed to ending the practice and legality of abortion and promoting the feminism of Susan B. Anthony.

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In the wake of my reading The Dark Is Rising, one of my New Year’s resolutions is to try to keep pace with time, not lag behind it as I usually do.
Many in Chile opposed Francis’ appointment of Msgr. Barros as bishop because he is known to have belonged to the inner circle of a priest accused of abuse.
(And what the Gospel says we should do instead)

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The couple said, “I do” Thursday morning after telling Francis that they had been married in a civil service in 2010.
"The labels (pro-choice and pro-life) don't quite tell the full story."

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n a message of support for the March for Life in Washington, a Vatican official praised "the tens of thousands" of participants for their witness to the "value of every human life".

January 17, 10AM

Pope Francis appealed to the Mapuche, who have suffered “great injustices,” to totally reject violence “which can make a just cause turn into a lie.”

9AM

The stresses of the job hit rural priests particularly hard.
"You are the new Magi in our time, who teach us all to keep our heads up, and amid the darkness of the night at times, to take heart that God is still in the heavens, guiding us like that Bethlehem star."
She was Dickensian, if Dickens had written a Gaelic warrior-waif, a hero with a voice that could thrill and comfort.

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The God who is coming is the God who is already here.
Pope Francis has visited other prisons, but this was the first time on his travels as pope that he visited one just for women. He was greeted by women standing with their babies in their arms. 

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The new law, which takes effect Feb. 1, establishes a 50-meter, no-protest zone around eight abortion facilities in Ontario.

January 16, 3PM

Francis focused for the second time today during his visit to Chile on the abuse scandal that has rocked the Chilean church. “I know the pain resulting from cases of abuse of minors, and I am attentive to what you are doing to respond to this great and ...

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Pope Francis began his first Apostolic Visit to Chile and Peru on January 15, 2018. He addressed the issue of nuclear war, asked for forgiveness for clerical sexual abuse and urged the faithful to be a people of peace.

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Pope Francis dove head-first into Chile's sex abuse scandal on his first full day in Santiago.

12 PM

The Justice Department is vowing to enforce a federal ban on marijuana, even as some states try to move toward full legalization.

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O'Riordan, 46, died suddenly Jan. 15 in London, where she had been due to record material for a new release. Police were investigating her death, calling it "unexplained."

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Catholic women may be part of a Democratic voting wave in 2018. They are ready to welcome women deacons.

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Rhetoric does not always meet reality in the world of fraternity life.
America spoke to a number of young women religious about the vital contributions they and their fellow sisters make to the Catholic Church.
All the women who responded to this survey still identify themselves as Catholic, however far they may have strayed from a consistent practice of the faith they were raised in.
This issue of America presents the findings of the most comprehensive survey of U.S. Catholic women ever conducted.
The church may benefit from a more deliberate effort to reach out to Catholic women.

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What do Catholic women think and believe?
The single life is perhaps the most neglected area in theological and pastoral reflection in the church.
The march’s rallying call last January became even more poignant in the year that followed.
New data from the most comprehensive survey of American Catholic women ever conducted.
New data from the most comprehensive survey of American Catholic women ever conducted.
New data from the most comprehensive survey of American Catholic women ever conducted.
New data from the most comprehensive survey of American Catholic women ever conducted.
Gucci Mane's biography is the 37-year-old rapper's redemption story.
Catholic women may be poised to help Democrats in 2018.
Jesus’ teaching, reinforced with real experience, humility and clear vision, electrified his hearers.
Few Catholic women say they look to the church for help in deciding how to vote, even while about half say Catholic teaching on key political issues is important to them.
From its inception, Jesus’ mission was the conquest of death.

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“It is right to ask for forgiveness,” the pope said, “and make every effort to support the victims.”

January 15, 6PM

“We are at the limit,” the pope said on the flight from Rome to Chile. “An accident is sufficient.”
“We are at the limit,” the pope said on the flight from Rome to Chile. “An accident is sufficient.”

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The issues that most concern the Chileans coincide with many of the messages of the pope, for example, the problem of the indigenous community, the problems of migrant people, care for the environment.

January 14, 11AM

Our confirmation students remained calm and exhibited great maturity, serving as an indication of their preparedness to receive the Gifts of the Holy Spirit.

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During Mass for World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Pope Francis says that we must not let fear of migrants impact our ability to help those in need.

January 13, 11AM

Pope Francis will set out on his 22nd foreign trip on Jan. 15.

January 12, 3PM

Fr. James Martin, S.J., answers President Donald Trump's question about why we should welcome people from poor, war-torn countries.

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Earlier on Friday, the Vatican’s newspaper called the president’s remarks “harsh” and “offensive.” Later, a senior official for the U.S. bishops conference released a statement highlighting the racial elements of Mr. Trump’s comments.
The Vatican newspaper noted media reports that President Donald Trump "used particularly harsh and offensive words about immigrants" from several countries.
Some of Karadima's victims say Barros and other Karadima-trained bishops witnessed and tolerated Karadima's abuse

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Focus is a nearly 20-year-old evangelization ministry started by a layperson who was frustrated that non-Catholic student groups seemed more successful in spreading the faith on college campuses.
Trump’s comments have rightfully inspired outrage. But, for three reasons, they are not shocking.
Outside one church, pamphlets were found that read "The next bombs will be in your cassock."
Why should the United States welcome people from poor or war-torn countries? Here are five reasons.
President Trump’s latest outburst of intolerance, this time toward the citizens of Haiti and African nations, must not derail bipartisan efforts to protect Dreamers and bring some sanity to immigration policy.

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"Vazante," Daniela Thomas' directorial debut, offers a look into Brazil's history and cultural identity.

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Chappelle’s two latest specials wade deeply into our national conversation.
An assessment of a country’s living conditions says nothing about the people who live in those conditions.

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Trump's comments highlighted months of concerns about his lack of focus on Africa, including empty ambassadorial posts in key countries like South Africa, Egypt, Congo and Somalia.
"Roy's life has been in service to his good, loving and ever-forgiving God," said Michael Van Hecke, St. Augustine's headmaster.

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In his annual "state of the world address" Jan. 8 to diplomats from more than 180 countries, Pope Francis urged countries once again to respect the status quo of Jerusalem. 
In the fall, the first gay weddings were conducted in Germany, following a June 30 vote by the parliament to allow full same-sex marriage.

January 11, 12 PM

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Uncertain future awaits ‘Dreamers’ after California judge’s DACA injunction

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Fr. James Martin's argues in his new book we need to build a bridge between the LGBT community and the Catholic Church.

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Dios sale al encuentro del hombre, lo busca y acompaña, lo sigue y persigue, lo llama.

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A watchdog organization identified three global trends in persecution against Christians.

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The bishop has not joined government-approved associations for church officials.

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No matter what you think of people coming into the country illegally, one can hardly blame children brought by their parents. And once these children have spent their formative years here, the idea of sending them back to a country they do not remember, w...

January 10, 1PM

The Vatican said Francis had followed the saga of the Sodalitium of Christian Life for years and was “particularly concerned about the seriousness of information about the internal regime, the training and financial management.”

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We tell ourselves that we would happily do whatever God wanted if God would only make himself clear.

9AM

It isn’t too late to reclaim liturgical language that is more prayerful, understandable and theologically sound.

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While Kirstin Valdez Quade’s stories frequently feature Catholic characters, she says her relationship to the church “has always been a little bit complicated.”

5AM

Spiraling inflation, a shortage of necessities such as food and medicine, and high crime rates have driven hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans to seek better opportunities in other countries. 

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Nearly 200,000 Salvadorans in the U.S., set to lose Temporary Protected Status, are looking for other options to avoid being sent to a country plagued by gang violence.

January 9, 3PM

Three books published in 2017 chart some of the contours of science-religion dynamics.

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As many as 17 to 23 Catholic Charities offices around the country are now confronting the end of programs that have been successfully assimilating thousands of refugees into U.S. society for decades
My fishing life has been a series of snagged lines and broken dreams.

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A massive crowd of mostly barefoot Filipino Catholics joined a raucous procession of a centuries-old life-size statue of Jesus Christ under extra-tight security.

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In 1978, Thaddeus Posey, O.F.M., started the Black Catholic Theological Symposium.

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The embassy move appears to make an already delicate existence even more complicated for Palestinian Christians.
"Today people my age feel very alone, and that's why we are always on social media. We want to feel part of something. And today the church doesn't offer people enough to help them feel they are part of a group."
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit struck down a Baltimore ordinance that would have forced pro-life pregnancy centers in the city to post signs stating they do not provide or refer for abortions or contraceptives.
Brenda Martinez grew up in relative security until the crushing day when her godmother explained that she was undocumented. Now she worries the end of DACA means she will lose her children.

January 8, 3PM

“Our nation must not turn its back on TPS recipients and their families—they too are children of God,” said Bishop Joe Vásquez of Austin, Tex.

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From Alpha to Omega, this is bluegrass of the highest order, our reviewer says.
From Alpha to Omega, this is bluegrass of the highest order, our reviewer says.
Brexit supporters are proclaiming the return to the blue passport design a major victory.

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The undocumented “remind us who we were called to be, not only as a nation of immigrants but as a people of faith.”

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Millennials didn't create the dysfunctional world they live in; they inherited it.

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Many of the parents of the baptized babies are Vatican employees.

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El Salvador is the fourth country whose citizens have lost Temporary Protected Status under President Donald Trump.
An interview with Cardinal Joseph Tobin on the changing place of women in the church.

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Speaking on the 100th anniversary of U.S. President Woodrow Wilson's proposed League of Nations, Francis said today's leaders can learn two lessons from the ashes of World War I.

January 5, 3PM

Alice McDermott's new novel will provoke contemplation and prayer. It is a Catholic book, and it will seep into you like indigo into a clean, pure bolt of cloth.

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The best “Black Mirror” stories ground themselves in a concrete human question or struggle.

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The pope greeted the children and “exchanged some words of comfort with the parents who are caring for their children in their tiring and painful trials.”

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When a government tries to thwart the will of the people, it is a citizen’s duty to stand up and peacefully protest.
‘Rosca de Reyes’ gives a sweet ending to the 12 days of Christmas.
“Star Trek: Discovery,” God and Klingon integralism.

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Comienzan así las ilusiones: por fin ha llegado el momento; ahora todo cambiará; la solución se acerca; es nuestro turno.

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From Montana to Florida and Texas to Maine, homeless shelters opened additional hours and home checks were commonplace as gusty winds carried teeth-chattering Arctic air southward.
They need to be "capable of caring and tenderness—I am thinking of bullying here—free from widespread fallacies" that claim the only way to be worth anything is "to be competitive, aggressive and tough toward others

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La fiesta de hoy, la Epifanía del Señor, nos invita a reflexionar sobre la revelación.

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Bishop Mark J. Seitz of El Paso, Texas, said he worries for families in which some members are U.S. citizens and others have a less permanent immigration status.

January 4, 2PM

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The decree for their beatification should be published sometime in January, Trappist Father Thomas Georgeon said.

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With memories of the post-election violence of a decade ago still fresh among its congregants, one church in Nairobi made it its mission to promote peace.

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Police also used tear gas and batons against Massgoers in some of the capital's 150 parishes and violently broke up attempted marches in which protesters demanded fresh elections in the country.

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During Guatemala's civil war, the government forced tens of thousands of farmers into so-called model villages under strict army control to isolate them from the guerrillas. Hundreds were left to die.

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The statement from the Kazakh bishops can be interpreted as a response to Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation, "Amoris Laetitia."

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President Trump tweeted in September that Texas churches should be “entitled to reimbursement from FEMA” for aiding Hurricane Harvey victims.
It was the first time a baby has been abandoned under the Angel Cradle program since it began in Edmonton in May 2013.

January 3, 3PM

Gift giving is always an exchange. But here is an exception that may yet prove the rule.

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I stopped running from the ordination question and started wrestling with it.

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It remains to be seen whether new efforts to address vulnerabilities faced by low-income, disabled and elderly people will result in meaningful changes.

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To see P. T. Anderson's new film as merely beautiful is simply not to see it.
While a comparison with the Cuban Crisis does little to reassure us, it can offer some lessons on how our government avoided disaster in an even worse situation. We have been closer to the brink and still found a way to walk back.

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It is not just our eyes that become brittle and inflexible as we age. Our hearts can, too.

January 2, 3PM

"The center of my theology? Good Lord, that can't be anything else but God as mystery and Jesus Christ, the crucified and risen One, as the historical event in which this God turns irreversibly toward us in self-communication."

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For filmgoers depressed by films from Israel and Palestine, “In Between” offers a change of place and point-of-view.
The Uluru Statement proposed a constitutionally embedded, national Indigenous body (“the voice”) that would advise parliament on matters relating to Indigenous peoples.
In 2010, Canada endorsed the declaration as “aspirational” without beginning a process for its practical implementation.
Along with the special communication of Scripture, God reaches us through the experience of a given day.

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Pope Francis also prayed for the victims of the attacks on Sunday.

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The Jesuits hold Honduran president “Juan Orlando Hernández and his allies responsible for the safety and physical and moral well-being” of Padre Melo and eight other regional leaders.

January 1, 6AM

“Let’s not extinguish the hope in their hearts; let's not suffocate their hopes for peace,” the pope said of refugees.
The photo shows a young boy, about 10 years old, carrying his dead little brother on his back.

December 31 2017, 4PM

In his homily on New Year’s eve,, the pope said God gave to us a “whole and sound” year, but “we humans in so many ways ruined and hurt it.”

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We celebrate the Virgin Mary because in her, the mystery of Christmas saturates creation.

December 29, 10AM

No one can love us like family, and no one can hurt us like family.

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Her freedom to serve and ponder Christ became the pattern for both collective and individual discipleship.
At Vatican II, the pope said, the church recognized its responsibility to “proclaim the Gospel in a new way.”

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The majority of Catholic Church workers violently killed in 2017 were victims of attempted robberies.
Jesus wanted individuals who were not afraid to set out into deep water.
John's Gospel narrative is full of unexpected turns and incongruous situations.
Pope Francis has already attracted more than 40 million followers on Twitter, and he is quickly making a splash on Instagram as well.

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The whole array of potential threats to life and human dignity is interrelated.
Hardly a week passed without at least one reaction, statement or commentary, all based on Catholic social teaching.

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Approximately 5,000 indigenous Tzotzil Mayans have been scattered in small refugee camps in the area surrounding the town of Chalchihuitán, in Mexico’s southernmost state of Chiapas. They say they were chased out of their homes by unknown gunmen after ...

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Lois Smith called writer-director Greta Gerwig "a remarkably talented person."

December 28, 3PM

Discussions of capital punishment do not often address how death sentences affect the people who are left behind.

1PM

Next year, Jodie Whittaker will play the 13th Doctor in Season 11 of "Doctor Who."

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Composer Jan Michael Joncas kept the song under wraps for years.
Readers who identify with Ali will have to shut their eyes to the negatives and praise the positives.

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Pope Francis, newly 81, will begin 2018 with a focus on Mary and on migrants and refugees.
It turns out to be easier to make a quick buck in this world than to change it.
The Iraqi national anthem opened the Mass as women wailed with emotion.

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“This is our homeland and we insist (we) remain here.”

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Bishop Nguyen was forced to flee his native country as a seminarian, spending 18 days at sea without food or water.

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Robert Lowell, a leader in the confessional poetry movement, suffered from bipolar disorder.

December 27, 2PM

To those of us who campaigned against the Vietnam War as unjust and unwinnable, Daniel Ellsberg was a hero.

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A family is forced to flee their homeland for fear of persecution. This is the classic modern-day definition of a refugee.
Their Catholicism was not incidental to their theories and their art; it was their structure, their spirit and their sustenance.

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Puerto Rico was home to widespread poverty and on the verge of bankruptcy. And that was before Hurricane Maria.
U.S. agriculture is facing a silent crisis.

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Nace un nuevo año y celebramos a la Madre de Dios en el mismo día.

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Sea como sea, ser parte de una familia es el mayor regalo que Dios nos da. Sea familia de sangre, familia creada o un grupo que se juntan y se aman “como hermanos”.
The St. Nicholas National Shrine next to the World Trade Center memorial plaza was to replace a tiny church obliterated when the trade center's south tower fell in 2001.
In Europe, Christmas is being stripped of its true nature "in the name of a false respect for those who are not Christian."

December 26, 9AM

Christmas is a wonderful and joyful mystery and we humans can never, ever really understand it.

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The pope took particular aim at areas of global tension where President Donald Trump is playing a critical role.

December 25, 5AM

Standing on the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica on a clear, crisp Christmas day, Pope Francis spoke about the world's children before formally giving his blessing “urbi et orbi” (to the city and the world).
Standing on the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica on a clear, crisp Christmas day, Pope Francis spoke about the world's children before formally giving his blessing “urbi et orbi” (to the city and the world).

December 24, 3PM

“So many other footsteps are hidden in the footsteps of Joseph and Mary,” Pope Francis said. “We see the tracks of entire families forced to set out in our own day.”

December 22, 9AM

Nine films that raised our faith in humanity because, after all, humans made these movies.
Christ joined and redeemed the whole human family in all of our complex and beautiful diversity.
Just before Christmas, the announcement came that religious output on the BBC is to increase, not vanish, in 2018.
The willingness to use CHIP as a bargaining tactic highlight the misplaced priorities of the current congressional leadership.
A reflection for the fourth Sunday of Advent
We are full conspirators in this commerce, for we, too, have come to buy our bit of Bethlehem.
A reflection for the third Saturday of Advent
A Roman Catholic priest in Milwaukee has come out as gay, writing that he will no longer live in the shadows of secrecy and plans to be authentic to his gay self.

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Faith in God’s ability to do all things is the seed from which every miracle grows.

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Today, the eternal Word is spoken by the Father into the world. Gabbing gives way to gaze.
Las Posadas, “the inns,” is a reenactment of the Holy Family’s search for lodging in Bethlehem before the birth of Christ.
En este día, Jesucristo pudo haber sido asesinado. Herodes quiso mantener su trono y lo consiguió, matando o sin matar al Niño.
Para festejar este día santo, la Iglesia nos propone unos fragmentos de la Sagrada Escritura que dan sentido al misterio que celebramos.

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Canonization could take place during the Synod of Bishops, an institution Paul re-established after Vatican II.

December 21, 4PM

A reflection for the third Friday of Advent

12 PM

While Cardinal Law's funeral is held at St. Peter's, the church is still waiting for the formal renewal of the pope's sex abuse commission. More transparency is needed to build trust in the church's commitment to reform.

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This Christmas, please help me remember a few simple things.

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Following the typical protocol, Francis presided over a final prayer, a blessing with incense and the sprinkling of holy water around Law's coffin.

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Hurricane Maria removed the delusions of prosperity and first-world status that blinded so many to the realities of Puerto Rico, including the fragility of its infrastructure, its high levels of social inequality and its status as a U.S. colony.

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For those who were sexually abused by priests, the news of Cardinal Bernard Law’s death evoked an avalanche of emotions.
The legislation would have strengthened the ban on dismemberment abortions and abortions from the 20th week on during a pregnancy.

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Pope Francis has long recognized that the reform of the Roman Curia, which he began in 2013, is a difficult task.

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The pope emphasized that these people are but a small minority in the Roman Curia where 'the overwhelming majority of faithful persons who work there [do so] with praiseworthy commitment.'

December 20, 3PM

Not everything real can be studied by science.

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“We ask that [the president] take into account the full consequences of its provisions and work with Congress to remedy them before signing a tax bill into law.”

12 PM

A reflection for the third Thursday of Advent

10AM

Cardinal O’Malley said the late cardinal “served at a time when the Church failed seriously in its responsibilities to provide pastoral care for her people.”

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A regulation that bars nonprofits and houses of worship from making political endorsements remains on the books after it was dropped from the Republican tax reform bill.
"The policies on asylum and deportation in Germany have become stricter in the last year, and so that's why more refugees ask for help in the churches."

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Buried beneath the shock and anger is a searing question: How could this happen?

December 19, 9PM

As a younger man Law was hailed for his courageous positions on desegregation and civil rights, but his legacy is marred by the sexual abuse crisis.

3PM

A reflection for the third Thursday of Advent

1PM

A new law will formalize the military's role in fighting organized crime, but many would prefer strengthening Mexico’s poorly trained and underpaid police forces.

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'The Last Jedi' is a film that strips away 40 years of lacquer to highlight both the inspiration and the challenge at the heart of the “Star Wars” saga.
Hopelessness is one option. But it is not the Christian one.

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It is always a losing game to chase a simply stated lifestyle. Life is not simple. Life cannot be organized.
Simbang Gabi speaks to the central place that Christmas holds in the Filipino imagination.
The continued costs and casualties alone should lead parents, taxpayers and indeed politicians to care.

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Despite the looming threat of deportation, Mirna continues to look ahead.
"The dismemberment of the body is not allowed" unless the bishop has obtained permission from the saints' congregation.
Pope Francis and King Abdullah renewed their commitment to “encourage negotiations as well as promoting interreligious dialogue.”
The Knights of Columbus also has earmarked money for upcoming church repair efforts in Puerto Rico.

December 18, 2PM

As Pope Francis writes in “Laudato Si’,” we face “one complex crisis which is both social and environmental.”

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A reflection for the third Tuesday of Advent
A reflection for the third Tuesday of Advent

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“Gangs of New York” reminds us that for as long as the United States has been a nation of immigrants, it has been infected by xenophobia.

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Although Mr. Ramaphosa is a relatively acceptable leader of the A.N.C. in the eyes of some opposition parties, his economic stance will put him in tension with the populist left Economic Freedom Fighters and many trade unions.

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In the Puerto Rican town of Orocovis, 1,000 people lost their homes in Hurricanes Maria and Irma. There, graduate students from the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico are providing social and psychological services to help residents who have lo...

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Part of the church's role can't help but stem from lessons learned in the abuse crisis.
The open letter was signed by 20 Catholic bishops along with Lutheran, Anglican, Greek Orthodox, Presbyterian, Southern Baptist, Muslim, Orthodox and other Christian leaders.

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The lawsuits aim to take away the exemption granted in October to the Little Sisters of the Poor and other religious employers allowing them to refuse to cover contraceptives for their employees on moral grounds.
The pope spoke Dec. 16 with members of the Italian Periodical Press Union and members of the Italian Federation of Catholic Weeklies, which represents nearly 200 Catholic newspapers.

December 17, 4PM

A reflection for the third Monday of Advent

12 PM

Pope Francis celebrated his 81st birthday today with kids being treated at the Vatican's free pediatric clinic

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25,000 children and pilgrim sang the pope “Happy Birthday" today in St. Peter’s Square.

December 16, 4PM

A reflection for the third Sunday of Advent

December 15, 5PM

The United States is thwarting the advancement of millions of its citizens, a UN rapporteur says.

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A reflection for the second Friday of Advent

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Pope Francis will renew the mandate of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors for another three years, informed sources told America this week.
Making ancient Scripture sensible in contemporary languages will always prove a hazard-heavy challenge.

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The series tells the story of the Gunpowder Plot, when a group of Catholics plotted to blow up Parliament.

11AM

Why not tax individuals for what they take out of society instead of what they contribute?

10AM

More than 22,000 undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children are already subject to deportation, and Congress seems no closer to finding a solution.
A guide the Australian sexual abuse crisis, priestly celibacy and the seal of confession.

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Four presidents of Catholic colleges received compensation packages each worth more than one million dollars in 2015.

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Blaming celibacy is an enormous simplification that leaves out many important causes.
We asked our readers how they ground Christmas celebrations in their faith during a season that can be hectic and distracting.
What does it mean to follow Christ?
Joe Biden’s deep love for his son is evident on every page of ‘Promise Me.’
For Christians, the ministry of social communications does not exist for the sake of mere speech but for the one who is himself the Word.
Hallacas are unique among the other tamales popular in Latin America.
Besides Pope Francis, there was an impressively wide range of topics that got readers’ attention, including reflections on capitalism and philanthropy, and evaluations of the music of U2 and Beyoncé.
Today’s feast commemorates the “physical” revelation of Christ, the moment when Gentiles recognized the incarnate Messiah.
We at America Media are profoundly grateful to our readers, donors and supporters for sharing your gifts with us.
Family life in the Bible is both difficult and grace-filled.
Have we reached a turning point in how we handle sexual misconduct in the workplace and beyond?
“We have concluded that there were catastrophic failures of leadership of Catholic Church authorities over many decades,” the report said.

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Dios no creó este mundo para habitarlo, sino para que los hombres tuvieran su lugar. El proyecto divino nos proveyó una casa para convertirla en un hogar.

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Bishop Pates heard a cry for help in the detention center. After he left, he called on Congress to pass the DREAM Act.
An estimated 150,000 aboriginal children were taken from their families and placed into residential schools. The residential schools were funded by the government of Canada and run by various church groups, including the Catholic Church. 
A reflection for the second Friday of Advent

December 14, 2PM

Is there a duty for Christians to represent a certain kind of voice in the public discourse?

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A spokesman for the archdiocese described the meeting as “personal” in nature and aimed at “renewing a friendship that goes back 15 years or so.”
Black women cannot be expected to continue to save white people from the poor choices they make.

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After a visit to Christ in the Desert, I knew it was not the monks whose lifestyle I should question.
Just two hours after army tanks rolled out onto the streets of Harare in November, Father Mukonori got a call asking him to meet with the army’s generals.

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It is no coincidence that saints often come in pairs.

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Martial law in the southern Philippine region of Mindanao, originally aimed at quelling a terrorist attack in Marawi in May, has been extended for another year.
No part of the 220-year-old mission, part of the Franciscan Province of St. Barbara, was damaged, said Brother John Kiesler.
Pope Francis said a Jesuit's mission is to be close to the people, especially those who are suffering and forgotten because "to see them is to see Christ suffering and crucified."

December 13, 11AM

A reflection for the second Thursday of Advent

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"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" hits theaters on Dec. 15th.
I never wanted to be a priest. But here I am. Newly minted Father Brendan, and still wondering how I got here.
Five movies to watch this holiday season: some familiar, some unexpected.

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"We don't go to Mass to give something to God, but to receive from him that which we truly need."
"I encourage you to work always in a spirit of communion and cooperation with other Catholic NGOs and with the representatives of the Holy See."

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Future historians may have no idea how many people perished in one of the worst storms in U.S. history.
"Friends, as the wildfires continue, the needs of our neighbors continue to increase." —Archbishop Gomez
Larger-than-life figures, social mayhem, political chaos and a foreign war.

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The church was once the world's greatest engine of innovation...and should be again.

December 12, 3PM

The establishment and free exercise clauses prohibit the government from impeding or requiring observance of any religious holiday, including Christmas.

1PM

Bishop Paul Tighe, the secretary of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture, has been called “the Vatican's nicest guy.”

11AM

The Trump administration has made clear its principles on immigration; Catholics should answer with a list of ways to reform the system with fairness and humanity.

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A reflection for the second Wednesday of Advent
A reflection for the second Tuesday of Advent
From the 1970s until his assassination in March 1980, Blessed Romero used the radio station YSAX to inform Salvadorans and the international community of the horrors of El Salvador's civil war.
In his homily, Pope Francis reflected on the reading from St. Luke's Gospel, in which the angel appears to Mary, informing her that she is with child.

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Christmas and Hanukkah share much more than the giving of gifts.
Most of the families are poor and come from desert communities where there is no heat, running water or electricity.

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The pope sent the cardinal to the hurricane-battered island to make a visit before Christmas to express his deep concern for the people.
Fewer Americans believe in the biblical Christmas story and a growing number are opting not to attend church services.

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Por desgracia nos cuesta reconocer la unción en nosotros mismos y, por consiguiente, nos cuesta reconocerla en los demás.

December 11, 2PM

It has more to do with prophecy than politics.

1PM

The ‘chaos candidate’ is now our pyromaniac president.

10AM

At first Father Flanagan rejected the idea of a film, but he signed on after he saw a script that he liked.

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The 'crown jewel' of the basilica, the Trinity Dome, was dedicated Friday. It's made of more than 14 million pieces of Venetian glass.
A federal judge wrote that it is unlikely church officials would be able to prove that their constitutional rights were being violated.

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Even food producers cannot escape the food shortage.
The Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops Conference issued a statement urging calm, restraint and patience during what they called “most delicate times.”
A reflection for the second Monday of Advent
Para una madre, todos los hijos son importantes. Cada uno recibe la atención necesaria.

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U.K. Catholic leaders urged the British government to accept more child refugees from northern France after reports that hundreds of young people are being forced to sleep outdoors in low temperatures.

5AM

Aitcheson wrote in a recent essay that the violence at the deadly white nationalist really in Charlottesville in August made him think about his actions with the Ku Klux Klan.

December 10, 7AM

Sources in the Vatican say they cannot understand how President Trump’s decision to recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel can be in the best interests of the United States.

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The pope was lauded at the presentation of the Nobel Peace Prize for condemning the “false sense of security” of nuclear weapons.

December 9, 4PM

A reflection for the second Sunday in Advent

December 8, 4PM

The pope wants to to clear up the confusion around the phrase “lead us not into temptation.”
The pope wants to to clear up the confusion around the phrase “lead us not into temptation.”
The pope wants to to clear up the confusion around the phrase “lead us not into temptation.”

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“We were expecting there to be some pain with the sale of @LAWeekly,” wrote editor-in-chief Mara Shalhoup online. “But we weren’t expecting the Red Wedding.”
Britain and Ireland both want to prevent the return of a “hard border” around Northern Ireland, but that goal is difficult to square with leaving the European Union.
Fr. Carlos Francis Méndez led his parish into action after bringing his sorrow about the hurricane devastation into prayer.

12 PM

A reflection for the first Saturday of Advent

11AM

For poor and lower middle-class taxpayers, the bill will mean regressive tax hikes after a few years.
Perhaps Trump-style class resentments and the disregarding of women’s stories are simply constants in American life.

10AM

Several manger scenes in the United States and worldwide are being criticized for trying to make political points.
Again and again, the Advent story is echoed in science fiction; in worlds that seem devoid of hope, a child is born to redeem it.

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His appointment to the Mexico City Archdiocese comes as the city of nearly 9 million people recovers from a devastating earthquake, which killed more than 300 people. 

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The final episode of Season 1 left Queen Elizabeth very much alone and feeling the weight of her crown. What can we expect from Season 2?
The final episode of Season 1 left Queen Elizabeth very much alone and feeling the weight of her crown. What can we expect from Season 2?

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Franciscans and Muslims worked together to make a new documentary about the encounter.
The senator's own faith journey has taken him from the Catholicism of his early childhood to Mormonism, then to a Baptist megachurch, and back to the Catholic faith again.
Alvarez, a parishioner of Incarnation Sagrado Corazon in Minneapolis, traveled to Washington with a group of leaders from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis to speak with congressional leaders, then stayed behind to carry out the fast.

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December 7, 1PM

A reflection for the first Friday of Advent and the Feast of the Immaculate Conception

10AM

Christian leaders in Jerusalem appealed to Trump to take their viewpoint into consideration.

9AM

When Mary offered her flawless “yes,” humanity itself, in one instance, gave itself, utterly and completely, to God.

7AM

Sweden is one of the few countries in Europe where the Catholic Church is growing, a shift largely due to refugees and immigrants arriving in the predominantly Lutheran and increasingly secular country.

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The program began with just a few instruments and the support of some music teachers in the community.

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La persona buena no vive en una burbuja de cristal o en un ambiente estéril.
Among Israel’s large non-Jewish population — the 19 percent that is predominantly Muslim but also includes Christians and Druze — the response was decidedly negative.

December 6, 9PM

A reflection for the first Thursday of Advent

1PM

While diplomats and advocates weigh in on the crisis, Catholic Relief Services in Bangladesh, supporting the local Caritas office, is responding with humanitarian assistance, delivering food and critical survival supplies to thousands of Rohingya families...

11AM

If Mr. Trump goes through with his announced intentions, he will dispel any thought that he can broker an agreement in the disputatious Holy Land.

10AM

Reflect, for a moment, on these 12 types of people sitting next to you in church this Sunday.
The good news is that the 193 United Nations member states have unanimously agreed to develop a new Global Compact on Safe, Regular and Orderly Migration, one that incorporates the goals of Pope Francis.

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You know Dasher and Dancer, Rudolph, Prancer and Vixen.... But do you know Noel?
#ChurchToo is a space for victims of sexual harassment and abuse in religious spaces to share their stories.
When we trust the action of grace in our lives, God will, over time, craft for us a life many times better than any we left behind.
When we trust the action of grace in our lives, God will, over time, craft for us a life many times better than any we left behind.

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The U.S. bishops already saw this coming at the beginning of the year and said Catholics should attend separate Masses for the two days.

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News reports said that flames prompted evacuation orders for nearly 200,000 people, destroyed nearly 200 homes and remained mostly out control as of early Dec. 6. To date, officials had reported no fatalities.
The letter called for a reversal of the bill’s plan to gradually increase taxes on taxpayers in the lowest income brackets while maintaining tax cuts for higher earners, including the most wealthy.

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El Adviento es tiempo para preparar y esperar; para allanar caminos y hacer planes; o sea, para que el Señor venga en gloria.

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Without naming President Trump, the pope urged all nations to "respect the status quo" of Jerusalem in accordance with United Nations resolutions.

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The Supreme Court's order means that the Trump administration can fully carry out the ban -- which is now in its third iteration.
“We are standing on an abyss of a revolutionary change on how religions have operated in Canada.”

December 5, 11PM

Without naming President Trump, the pope urged all nations to "respect the status quo" of Jerusalem in accordance with United Nations resolutions.

1PM

The United States has removed itself from another international dialogue aimed at tackling a complex international challenge—migration.

12 PM

Although nonviolent offenders get the most attention from reformers, they account for less than 20 percent of all prisoners.

11AM

A reflection for the first Wednesday of Advent

10AM

The questions in the Supreme Court oral arguments weighed anti-discrimination laws against freedom of speech and freedom of religious expression.
Pope Francis said the bishops' document "explains precisely the meaning of Chapter VIII of 'Amoris Laetitia.'

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Three reasons why sexual harassment violates Catholic social teaching

8AM

Matthew Halbach talks about his vision for “total parish evangelization.”

5AM

The presidential proclamations would cut the monument by 85 percent.
Markle, recently engaged to Prince Harry, was a Kairos retreat leader and was close with her theology teacher, a former Catholic Worker.

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The call came just before the U.S. and South Korea opened a massive joint military air exercise Dec. 4.
After arriving, Alo faced the same challenges that confront many refugees: separation from family, poor command of English, adjustments to an unfamiliar culture, and no knowledge of how to navigate life in a new country.

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A reflection for the first Tuesday of Advent

December 4, 2PM

Close to 100 percent of unborn babies diagnosed with Down syndrome in Iceland are aborted.
Deadly protests erupted after a delayed vote count in a hotly disputed presidential election.

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"Congress should advance a final tax reform bill only if it meets the key moral considerations outlined in our previous letters," Bishop Dewane said.
A reflection for the first Monday of Advent

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Advent is a season of somber preparation, which isn't often reflected in inflatable Santas and luminary reindeer.

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The funding is at peril in the proposed federal budget.

December 3, 4PM

The pope’s comments on nuclear weapons are seen as a significant change from John Paul II’s reluctant acceptance of them for their deterrent value.

December 2, 5PM

A reflection for the first Sunday of Advent

4PM

“O Come, O Come Emmanuel” is not the only Advent song out there.

11AM

Pope Francis answered questions about avoiding the use of the word "Rohingya" while in Myanmar, during his flight back to Rome this evening.

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December 1, 10AM

A new book shows Bishop Robert Barron's ambitious plans to evangelize culture in the United States.
A new book shows Bishop Robert Barron's ambitious plans to evangelize culture in the United States.
My grandmother embodied a distinctly Guadalupan presence: prayerful, patient, joyful and strong. Whether nurturing a child, a friendship or a garden, she knew how to help things grow.

9AM

Every now and then, one comes across a book that seems unique. Its authors, editors and publisher are not so much meeting an already-expressed need as they are anticipating (or creating) one.

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The angry shards of crimson, roaring through the tube/ Running through the fields of gentle greens and sprinkled/
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My god is patient. She curls like ivy around a crumbling world,/ And howls in the stillness of the night, the silent spaces no ritual can fill.
Pope Francis asked for forgiveness Friday from refugees in Bangladesh for all the hurt and indifference Muslim Rohingya have endured.

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"He was not the light, but came to testify to the light."
She was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. (Lk 1:29)

2AM

After surviving ISIS, Christian communities in Nineveh face a new threat as Kurdish Peshmerga forces and Iraqi government troops backed by Shiite militias square off across the province.

November 30, 9PM

Join America Media as Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan blesses the our new headquarters on the Avenue of the Americas.

3PM

In a roundabout way, Pullman does Christians a service by writing his anti-Christian books.

2PM

As a movement directed at unity and uniformity (Henry’s vision), the English Reformation was a high-stakes failure.

9AM

The Ktunaxa First Nation says their way of life is threatened by commercial development in Qat’muk, a mountain region in British Columbia inhabited by the Grizzly Bear Spirit.
Students from Sagrado Corazón University distribute supplies around Puerto Rico.

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The contributions of women—too often overlooked—speak to what Pope Francis has called the particular “genius of women.”
From the Old Testament to Pope Francis’ “Laudato Si’,” Catholicism has recognized and treasured mankind’s intimate relationship with the earth and all the life that calls it home.

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While in Bangladesh Pope Francis continued to avoid the "R" word in his calls to aid refugees from the Rakhine State.

5AM

Healing for my baby daughter was the hardest thing to ask for. I was afraid of false hope.

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"We always tell our students to dream big but not necessarily about marrying a prince!"

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The contributions of women—too often overlooked—speak to what Pope Francis has called the particular “genius of women.”

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Even the scenario with the largest growth leaves the Muslim population considerably smaller than the populations of both Christians and people with no religion in Europe.
They may be sisters, but this is no act.
"Fixing illegal immigration does not require the demonization of the so-called 'illegals,'" said Archbishop Wenski.

November 29, 12 PM

The pope’s coming “will be a message of hope,” Cardinal D’Rozario said.
Khadivi writes well about three Southern California faiths colliding: nature worship, self worship and a generic desire “to know God.”

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Catholic leaders have been vocal in their support for the Dream Act. The question is whether strongly worded statements from the U.S. bishops and others will be enough to shake Congress into action.
The self-described “first child of the baby boom,” Jann Wenner is not happy with a new biography.

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Buddhism now forms a part of the cultural and spiritual landscape of many Western societies.

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Because we moderns cannot recognize sin, we have to do more than urge people to reject it.
In the United Kingdom, the Modern Slavery Act focuses on preventing, detecting and investigating trafficking but not on resettlement of victims. This is where a parish came in.
In the past, Francis has strongly condemned the "persecution of our Rohingya brothers," denounced their suffering because of their faith and called for them to receive "full rights."

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Many readers also pointed out that in comparison with other foreign policy issues, climate change’s consequences are the broadest and have the most impact.
According to the Vatican, 150,000 people attended the Mass at the Kyaikkasan sports ground.

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The United States last year called Islamic State's atrocities in the region constituted genocide.
While Hockney’s greatness as an artist is an ongoing debate, the popularity of his work is beyond dispute.

November 28, 3PM

“I’ve joked with friends: I’ll come back to the church when it restores the old Mass—celebrated by women priests.”

2PM

Bishop Coyne urged the retention of the current open internet policies in the wake of a FCC draft proposal that would repeal those protections.
The Washington Metro cited its guidelines against religious ads in preventing the image of a group of shepherds from running on city buses.

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The Christian minority in Myanmar also hoped for an intervention from Pope Francis.
The church has pre-Cana programs for marriage, but is it falling short in giving couples spiritual preparation for parenthood?

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"Alta," which means "higher" in Spanish, and "Baja" California, or "lower," were once one territory. In the 19th century, the vast area was governed first by Spain and then by Mexico.
“I’ve joked with friends: I’ll come back to the church when it restores the old Mass—celebrated by women priests.”

9AM

In a highly-anticipated speech in Myanmar, Pope Francis did not mention Rohingya Muslims by name but indirectly showed support for them.

8AM

“Barking at the Choir” allows the hard-earned wisdom of former gang members to reach a new audience.

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The pope's audience included government ministers, civic leaders, military officials, cardinals and bishops, and about 200 lay people and the world’s media.
¿Estamos repitiendo la misma cosa de nuevo? No. No es sólo repetir; es más bien madurar.

November 27, 12 PM

Two months after a pair of major earthquakes, parishioners in Mexican towns fear the loss not only of church buildings, but also priceless works of art.

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“Pope Francis has asked Cardinal Cupich to express his deep concern, as a father would have for his sons and daughters suffering in his family.”
“The fact is the military are still in control here even if we have a civilian government,” the priest said.
Sanger argued for compulsory sterilization and segregation for people with disabilities.
The FBI is still investigating whether the agents were attacked or if they fell into the culvert, but the incident reignited debate over border security.

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the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops' Conference also thanked 93-year-old Mugabe for "the good work he did for Zimbabwe during the liberation struggle" against white rule and as president.
The pope's first meetings would usually be with the head of state and head of government.

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A diocesan bishop is the sole judge in the streamlined process for handling marriage annulments, Pope Francis said.

November 26, 6PM

It is amid a mounting chorus of international condemnation and allegations of ethnic cleansing that Pope Francis makes his first visit to this troubled land.

November 25, 8PM

A Day of Prayer for Persecuted Christians on Nov. 26 initiates “Solidarity in Suffering,” a week of awareness and education that runs through Dec. 3.

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To promote dialogue and reconciliation, the pope will have to move with great prudence.

November 24, 3PM

The pope described the attack as a “wanton act of brutality directed at innocent civilians gathered in prayer.”

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“The Senate proposal is fundamentally flawed as written and requires amendment,” said Bishop Frank J. Dewane in a Nov. 22 letter to senators.
Although he named no countries, Vatican observers believe he is referring especially to political leaders in several western and eastern European countries.

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For Thanksgiving, we give you an inside look into what Jesuit basketball teams to watch out for this season.

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November 22, 11AM

On Nov. 11, the Catholic Church lost a moral titan in the long struggle for racial equality and justice in the United States.
Gen. Min Aung Hlaing wields great political power in the country.

10AM

‘Wonder’ is a tween melodrama on a mission of mercy.

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The change was in “no way” a response to the C.C.H.D.’s persistent online critics, an archdiocesan official says.

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We hear so much about how stringent the church is, how unreasonable in her strictures, how strict in her unreasonableness. But there is no institution so unforgiving as the secular world at this, the most wonderful time of the year.
‘Now, I know I’m not the most grateful person you know, God, so let me take some time to tell you what I’m thankful for.’
‘Now, I know I’m not the most grateful person you know, God, so let me take some time to tell you what I’m thankful for.’

4AM

The future demands faith. Either we summon it and nurture it, or fear will rule our final days.

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The goal is not to make sure everyone is safe and secure. It is to enable a few people to do really, really well.

November 21, 2PM

Participants at the recent plenary assembly approved a petition requesting the pope to waive the “monitum” issued by the Holy Office in 1962.

1PM

If the tragic revelations of the Catholic Church’s sex abuse crisis are any guide, the process of reckoning with problems that have been avoided for decades will itself take decades.

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Decir y hacer, rezar y obrar, misión y contemplación: así actuaba Jesús. Se retiraba a orar y hacía milagros. Así se construye el Reino; así reina Jesús.
Debemos dar gracias no sólo en un día oficial –como hacemos hoy en Estados Unidos– sino cada día y a cada quien.
“Coco” is—despite its otherworldly elements—a realistic look into love, family and tradition.

9AM

D.H.S. has canceled Temporary Protective Status for Haitians, giving recipients until July 22, 2019, to leave the country.

8AM

In our churches and parishes there can be an enforced invisibility for people living with H.I.V./AIDS. Myths, misunderstanding and prejudice still abound.
Marge Fenelon talks about her book “Forgiving Mother: A Marian Novena of Healing and Peace.”

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Acting Director of ICE Thomas Homan has threatened that the state will face more ICE community activity as a result of its new sanctuary law.

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Since becoming pope, Francis has given special attention to the Holy See’s diplomatic staff. 

3AM

Pope Francis has made normalizing relations with China a priority. But the Vatican and China remain at odds over the Vatican's insistence that the pope have the authority to name bishops.

2AM

"These threats to so many vulnerable immigrant and refugee families must end now."

November 20, 1PM

James Comey is perhaps a better Niebuhrian than Niebuhr himself.

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I have been trying with all my heart—with all my mind, with all my soul, to live peaceably with a terror that has been grafted onto me.
“Not everything that is technically possible or feasible is therefore ethically acceptable.”

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The U.S. State Department often misses its deadline to release a list of the world’s worst violators of religious freedom — or doesn’t release a list at all.
What ought to be the Ignatian contribution to the fight for racial justice, given our mission and our values?
The Vatican announced it had launched a new investigation into reports about sexual abuse in a pre-seminary for young adolescents run by the Diocese of Como, Italy, but located inside the Vatican.
He came from an Irish family of profound Catholic convictions. Faith for him was a very precious inheritance for facing the difficulties of life.

November 19, 2AM

“To love the poor means to combat all forms of poverty, spiritual and material."

November 17, 1PM

Cardinal Bernardin’s consistent ethic of life could be helpful as the church grapples with issues like migration, health care and even taxes, some bishops say.

10AM

“What we need to do is just continue to live out the challenge of ‘Laudato Si’,’ which is to examine our relationship with the earth, with God and with each other to see how we can become better stewards of this gift of the earth.”
“What we need to do is just continue to live out the challenge of ‘Laudato Si’,’ which is to examine our relationship with the earth, with God and with each other to see how we can become better stewards of this gift of the earth.”
Hipsters love the authentic, the craft and the obscure—which is exactly why Catholicism, in its practices and its aesthetic, is perfectly suited for them.

9AM

In response to a query from America, Steve Bannon said, “The daily examen has become a tool for me to lead a better, more fulfilled life.”

8AM

Julie Payette, Canada’s new governor general, stirred up controversy with a speech to a scientific gathering in which she seemed to pit “divine intervention” against “natural process.”
Pope Francis’ condemnation of deterrence is a strong challenge to nuclear strategies of the superpowers, including the United States.

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The $500 million museum contains six floors, a theatre, gift shops and restaurants.

4AM

"We know that it is the biggest support they can get, the involvement of the church and Pope Francis."
Father John, in northern China, said he felt Xi had become "another Mao" Zedong.

3AM

It will be the first abortion-related case heard by the court with Neil Gorsuch on the bench.

2AM

‘May he not come suddenly and find you sleeping.’ (Mk 13:36)
‘One mightier than I is coming after me.” (Mk 1:7)

November 16, 2PM

As a Catholic, you continually search for the balance in your professional and spiritual life. Whatever balance you do achieve is far from perfect.

1PM

A cholera epidemic, last year’s Hurricane Matthew and political upheaval have made Haiti a dicey place to return to.
A homily loaded with autobiographical details is not the only way to get the interest of a congregation.

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The comments came as U.S. lawmakers in Washington, D.C., have been debating how to overhaul the nation's health insurance laws.

8AM

On university campuses in Nigeria, the competition for souls can be fierce.

7AM

“There is no obligation to have recourse in all circumstances to every possible remedy” to keep a person alive.

4AM

Mugabe's policies are widely blamed for Zimbabwe's economic decline over the past two decades. Millions of economic refugees have left the country, with most going to South Africa.
Joe Biden may be a presidential candidate in waiting, but now he seems to have found a truly valuable role as a father.
"Sometimes we can get so caught up in focusing on the soul and our prayer, which is incredibly important, but we also need to take care of our physical bodies."

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An abridged text of a retreat talk given by Juan Ramón Moreno, S.J., to members of the Christian Base Communities in Nicaragua in 1988, one year before his martyrdom.
Joseph A. O'Hare, S.J., former editor in chief of America, gave this homily at a memorial Mass for the slain Jesuits at St. Ignatius Church in New York on Nov. 22, 1989.
What we see and how we see it largely depends on where we are standing. A shared sense of history, of what was, or might’ve been, or could be again, is the indispensable touchstone of our collective judgement, for memory is the soul of conscience.
The pope said the Paris agreement is "a clear path of transition toward a model of low- or no-carbon economic development, encouraging solidarity and emphasizing the strong links that exist between fighting climate change and fighting poverty."
A church that can welcome homeless people only at their best will be a church where everybody fears to show their weaknesses.
Dios nos entrega los sueños para que los hagamos realidad. Ambos son necesarios: el sueño y la realización.

November 15, 1PM

The Met spent eight years securing 133 drawings plus paintings, sculptures and architectural models from 50 different institutions and individuals in Europe and the United States.

10AM

“No tax reform proposal is acceptable that increases taxes for those living in poverty to help pay for benefits for wealthy citizens.”

9AM

Ganesh Sitaraman offers a wide-ranging treatment of economic, political and constitutional developments across three centuries of the American experience in Crisis of the Middle-Class Constitution.

8AM

The Met spent eight years securing 133 drawings plus paintings, sculptures and architectural models from 50 different institutions and individuals in Europe and the United States.

7AM

When the Spirit is knocked out of you, you understand that it was never really yours.
Working on the frontline to help exploited women requires patience and the sensitivity to move at someone else’s speed.
When it comes to defining what makes Catholicism hipster, a new book argues that being Catholic is hipster in itself.
In this book, part autobiography and part explanation of his Catholic faith, Vogt proposes the truth, the goodness and the beauty of Catholicism.

4AM

Almost two months after the devastating storm, the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church is bringing food, water and blessings to the residents of Las Marias, Puerto Rico.

2AM

African-Americans have a deep and troubling history with the Catholic Church.

November 14, 3PM

If we want to heal the division between the church and the gay community, we have to meet them, humbly, where they are.

1PM

Students “have lifted up this whole university, challenging us to go out to the margins, like Pope Francis asks.”

10AM

Bishop Richard Malone told bishops that the plan would “encourage a broader reading of ‘Amoris Laetitia’ and seek to advance more conversation” around “strengthening marriage and family life.”

7AM

Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann beat Cardinal Blase Cupich, a proponent of the “consistent ethic of life” approach to pro-life issues.

4AM

In his remarks Nov. 13, the first day of the USCCB meeting, Cardinal Dolan, the committee chairman, said assisted suicide and abortion remain the focus of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities.
In Iraq, Reeta, 17, was used to being first in her class. For the last two years, in Turkey, she has not attended school.
Though the Catholic Church has responded to racism for many years, some leaders and church institutions have at times been part of the problem.

3AM

As the U.S. bishops were beginning their fall assembly in Baltimore, also marking their 100th anniversary as a conference, a couple of nonviolent protesters gathered nearby.

2AM

Impunity on the Jesuit slayings in El Salvador has prevailed for nearly 30 years as many high-profile and incriminated individuals are still tied to power.

November 13, 1PM

“We still need water, we still need food, we still need clothing,” Archbishop Roberto González Nieves said
“We still need water, we still need food, we still need clothing,” Archbishop Roberto González Nieves said

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The theme of division in the church and in society has been frequently invoked during the bishops’ deliberations this week.

10AM

John Thiede's new text is a helpful exploration of martyrdom in the church today.
With ‘Democracy,’ Rice has written a highly accessible book that identifies the essential building blocks of democracy.

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A German newspaper published the names of about 33,293 people who died seeking refuge in Europe.

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Pope Francis condemned not only the threat of nuclear weapons but also “their very possession” in a landmark statement on Nov. 10.
Scientists say new figures show global carbon emissions will reach a record high in 2017.
Three plays invite us to look back on the decade that launched Trump as a time of churning ambivalence and upheaval.

4AM

The attack may have been carried out with the knowledge of two army commanders, a justice official said.

2AM

Masked participants had chanted "Sieg Heil" and "Ku Klux Klan" as well as "Pure Poland, white Poland" and "Clean blood, lucid mind."

November 12, 1PM

Cardinal Parolin’s visit comes at a time when internal divisions among U.S. Catholics have become public.

November 11, 1PM

Pope Francis said that priests must inform Catholic consciences “but not replace them.”

November 10, 3PM

“Thor: Ragnarok” is an entertaining film with a powerful and needed message: ignore history at your peril.

2PM

"We know the faces, we know the stories. We cry with those who are hurting, and it's sad to see young people feeling unsure about the future, who are just wanting to be a part of this country."

1PM

Much of the business appears to be routine, though the bishops as a body have been vocal in recent months about a range of political and social issues, as well as internal church politics, that are sure to come up during the meeting.

12 PM

It is too late for Louis C.K. to be the model of male feminism. It is not too late for him to be a model of contrition.

10AM

Mr. Cardenas’s lawyers argued that Texas authorities had not properly informed him that as a Mexican citizen he was entitled to legal aid from the Mexican consulate.
Catholic leaders in Lebanon urged the international community to stop wars and bring peace to the Middle East.

9AM

In my lifetime, I do not recall having so many reasons to cry and send up my sighs to Mary for help and hope.

7AM

Could Hawkins be a place haunted not just by the Upside Down, but by the ghosts of our country’s racist past?

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This week, your faithful hosts are in the hot seat.
After the mass shooting at First Baptist Church, the town turned to the only other civic institution here capable of handling it all — another Baptist church.
An undocumented 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy is not a threat to U.S. national security.

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On the same day as the Texas church shooting when 26 people were killed and more than 20 were wounded, another shooting already had taken place in the parking lot of a Catholic church in Fresno, California.
Responding to the string of extreme weather events has been a challenge for the society in the affected communities and the society overall.

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"International relations cannot be held captive to military force, mutual intimidation and the parading of stockpiles of arms," Pope Francis said.

November 9, 3PM

The bishops said the tax proposal “appears to be the first federal income tax modification in American history that will raise income taxes on the working poor while simultaneously providing a large tax cut to the wealthy."

2PM

A Vatican conference represents the beginning of a coordination of Catholic universities, institutions and bishops's conferences on this issue.

12 PM

In Iraq, I witnessed death and tragedy, and without faith, I had no way to process it.
Except for crimes committed on federal land, state law governs what constitutes a sex crime, and the definitions vary.

7AM

Pope Francis is saying "Just Say No" to cigarettes.
The hourly peals of Big Ben have been a touch of certainty, regular, you may say, as clockwork.

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Tantas veces ha sucedido que las personas participantes ni siquiera se plantearon que la parábola hablaba de una boda. No es que no lo diga, o que desconozcamos el ritual de una boda hebrea del siglo I; simplemente se trata de no darse cuenta del ambient...

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When disaster strikes, houses of worship are often on the front lines, feeding and sheltering victims. Yet churches, synagogues and mosques are routinely denied FEMA aid.
In what is becoming a grim American ritual, mass shooting sites from Sandy Hook to Columbine have been demolished and then rebuilt.
The new legislation has the backing of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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Pope Francis formally recognized the martyrdom of an Italian Consolata sister murdered in Somalia in 2006 and the martyrdom of a 25-year-old priest in Hungary in 1957.

November 8, 3PM

It’s more likely that gala attendees will be taking inspiration from the lavish outfits favored by Pope Benedict than the sartorially understated Pope Francis.

1PM

Cutting the corporate tax and limiting the home mortgage deduction are welcome reforms, but not in service of a windfall for the wealthiest households.

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There is little question that what the government is doing is not only illegal but inhumane and unnecessary.
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” contains enough guilt to keep the town's confessionals busy for months.

7AM

"Please, Mass is not a show. It is going to encounter the Passion, the resurrection of the Lord."

6AM

A federal court order has temporarily stopped construction on a natural gas pipeline in Pennsylvania, a section of which is being built on land owned by a religious order and is the focus of protests.
"We're at the beginning of this," said Gonzaga history teacher Ed Donnellan, who also is looking at the possibility of taking students to visit the remnants of the Jesuit slave plantations in Maryland.

5AM

Cutting the corporate tax and limiting the home mortgage deduction are welcome reforms, but not in service of a windfall for the wealthiest households.
A solitary image, of ourselves or others, is often more misleading than life-giving.

3AM

Rather than ending TPS advocates say it was time for Congress to develop a legislative plan to allow Nicaraguans, Hondurans and others to remain in the U.S. permanently.

November 7, 2PM

The University of Notre Dame is reversing itself and now telling employees they will continue to receive no-cost birth control coverage.
David Bentley Hart: The hard words of Jesus can be hard to translate away.
David Bentley Hart: The hard words of Jesus can be hard to translate away.

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There are signs that at least among some U.S. Catholic bishops, statements of grief and sorrow are being backed up with pledges to push for legislative action on guns.
Last week Kenyans went back to the voting polls after the Supreme Court annulled elections in August.

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Mr. Colbert’s words called to mind Pope Francis’ critique of the arms industry.

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The appointments are further evidence of Pope Francis’ determination to assign important positions in the Roman Curia to women.

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The pope sent his “heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and the wounded.”
At the 2017 gathering, organizers offered Catholic speakers that tackled racism, immigration, climate change, socioeconomic inequality, prison reform and other forms of social exclusion. 

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Pope Francis met with Kofi Annan, the former U.N. secretary-general, and former Irish President Mary Robinson to discuss shared concerns about peace, human rights and climate change.

4AM

"The international community must respond to the outrages systematically committed by Daesh with a rock-solid resolve to prevent similar future abominations from recurring."

2AM

World War II has just ended, and a little town is struggling to come to terms with its past
The tax credit helps eliminate the stigma of adoption, works on the principle of subsidiarity and prevents adoption from becoming nothing but the sale of children.

November 6, 3PM

The governor used his visit to Rome to say that the world is facing bigger challenges in addressing climate change than one president.

1PM

The real problem is not the offering of prayers in the face of tragedy but the interpretation of what prayer entails.

9AM

A new report shows a continued rise in anti-Semitic incidents across the U.S. in the first nine months of 2017.

8AM

Hart argues that the New Testament condemns not only wealth but virtually all private possession.

5AM

"I feel that every time there is a terrorist attack that happens, and the individual happens to be Muslim, rather than holding the individual accountable, there is this push to hold entire swaths of communities accountable."

4AM

Catholic universities need to study the root causes of forced migration and ways to counter discrimination, Pope Francis said.

November 5, 1PM

A sheriff says that a man walked into the church and started firing.

10AM

At least 20 people were killed in a Texas church on Sunday.

November 4, 1PM

Watch talks by James Martin, S.J., Sister Simone Campbell and much more here.

5AM

“The Church of the Long Run” has become an important practice for Christians across denominations.

3AM

A new book clarifies mystery of John Paul I’s death.

November 3, 12 PM

Two leading bishops urged Catholics and all people of goodwill to show support of "our brothers and sisters in such dire need."
For 50 years, Nicholas Black Elk led others to Christ, often melding his Lakota culture into his Christian life.
The Justice Department said it was about to appeal a lower court decision allowing the teen to have an abortion when it realized she had already had the procedure earlier that day.

11AM

The president’s campaign to define—and enforce—patriotism poses constitutional questions for chief executives and football players alike.

9AM

It could be months before Rosa Maria will be able to see her family.

8AM

I know this is generally not O.K. to do, writing a whole article about joining the Jesuits.

7AM

Next year’s Mexican election will host a broader and more diverse group of presidential hopefuls than ever before.

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This year, Toni Morrison's "Beloved" and "Song of Solomon" turn 30 and 40, respectively. What role did the author's conversion to Catholicism play in her writing?

5AM

On Oct. 31 Lutherans and Catholics gathered at the cathedral to jointly commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

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Father Weinandy surely wrote his letter out of a heartfelt desire to help the church. But in doing so, he belied a misunderstanding of one of the basic elements of Pope Francis’ teaching.
When the Master returns, he will want to know what we did to further the compassion, humility, freedom and love he entrusted to us.
God’s “sheep” know their dependence. Knowledge of their own need for grace opens their hearts to the needs of others.
Has the church been wrong on the issue of the death penalty as morally acceptable up to now?

November 2, 1PM

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger urged that dissent from ordinary Magisterium should be disclosed privately to church authority.

10AM

In its tax overhaul, GOP includes a repeal of a rule that limits the political speech of churches in exchange for tax-exemption.

9AM

The voters I spoke with were not single-issue voters, and they showed a comfort with, even insistence on, complexity around a range of issues that are part of our national conversation.

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A survey of children's books that put a human face on the complexities of America’s past

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The saints are passionate; the lukewarm are professional.
Lady Bird, with her magenta hair and acne, is an original; Greta Gerwig, appropriately, takes chances.

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The nation has changed, once again. This time we are becoming more Latino. The demographic shift is not the future; it is the present.
There is nothing patriotic about a disregard for facts.
It costs more to be poor in the United States.

November 1, 6PM

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops responded quickly after the letter became public.

3PM

Tommy Lasorda always called Him "The Big Dodger in The Sky."

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Set in the early ’60s, “Novitiate” is yet another tale of the trauma suffered by the religious and their orders in the wake of the Second Vatican Council.
Thanks to social media, thousands of stories of sexual harassment and sexual assault are going viral under the social media movement, #MeToo.
Daniel Berrigan, S.J., went from a poet to an activist, and turned activism into poetry.

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On the Feast of All Souls, it is to the Day of the Dead altars that the departed ones return, caught almost as if by lure, by the florid colors, the smells and the flavors, of foods they cherished on earth.
This is a book about war, about inhumane acts, about personal and institutional instincts of self-preservation.

9AM

Leftist men need to get more leftist about sex—and maybe more conservative, too.

8AM

“We don’t have that full communion yet but we definitely are on the way.”

7AM

"We long for this wound in the Body of Christ to be healed."
Church officials in Chicago say that revelations regarding other fraudulent cases could be forthcoming, a prospect that both the archdiocese and victim advocates say will be a disservice to genuine victims.
God’s mercy finds a way to fix, in time, in us, what a time of sin has distorted.
A "clean" bill would be "unencumbered with costly, punitive and unnecessary provisions."
Three recent books on Thoreau, prompted by the the 200th anniversary of his birth, deepen our understanding of him.

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The cardinal's pastoral letter is among the most high-profile responses from a Catholic leader to continued racial unrest.

5AM

“I call on the Lord that he may convert the hearts of the terrorist and free the world of hate and that crazy homicide that abuses the name of God to disseminate death.”

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En el silencio nos encontraremos con nosotros mismos y, dentro, muy dentro, con nuestro Dios y Señor, creador, redentor y santificador.
La esperanza cristiana se basa en la humanidad de cada uno; en el esfuerzo con el cual colaboramos en la construcción del Reino. La encarnación de Dios en Jesucristo saca la esperanza de lo teórico y la encarna.

October 31, 4PM

Cardinal Timothy Dolan said New York City is “stunned and horrified” by what police said was an act of terror on a Manhattan bicycle trail, in which at least eight people were killed and several more injured.

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Cardinal Timothy Dolan said New York City is “stunned and horrified” by what police said was an act of terror on a Manhattan bicycle trail, in which at least eight people were killed and several more injured.

11AM

Our national health system is seen as a treasure in Britain yet viewed as an alien, dangerous concept to many in the United States.
Today in honoring the saints, we recognize that they have built the church.

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A profile of Liam Callanan, author and the 2017 recipient of The George W. Hunt, S.J., Prize for Excellence in Journalism, Arts & Letters.

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Fiction moves us, engages us, finds for us truths we may not have recognized when first presented to us as fact. Fiction teaches us agility, the importance of leaping from word to meaning, and the pleasure that’s to be had in doing so.

6AM

Be careful when you're editing famous writers!

5AM

A cyber-destruction of Bitcoin deposits would trigger far-reaching consequences, beyond the realm of the Bitcoin world.

3AM

Cardinal Ricardo Blazquez Perez of Valladolid, president of the Spanish bishops' conference, expressed sadness for the Catalonian declaration of independence.
Be careful when you're editing famous writers!
In a statement, both sides expressed gratitude for “the spiritual and theological gifts received through the Reformation.”

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All but three of the 16 prefectures in the country are still controlled by armed gangs, despite the presence of U.N. peacekeepers.
Ayestas, an immigrant from Honduras, was sentenced to death for strangling a woman after an apparent burglary in her home in Houston.

October 30, 2PM

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"This action is not humane," Bishop Tamayo said.

12 PM

There’s no way to understand the Reformation without understanding the thinking of the people who were there.
The everyday and the fantastical continue to live side by side as show enters second season.

10AM

An interview with David Collins, S.J. about persecution and execution of witches.

9AM

The Great War had a tincture of tragic elegy.... World War II, by contrast, was thoroughly modern, disengaged from any romantic past.
"To Protect and Serve" offers an insider's look into how to reform policing in the United States.

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Rapid demographic changes and the fear of the unknown may explain the anxiety of many U.S. Catholics.
The aid will go to "faith-based and private organizations" to help those who are persecuted in the region, according to Vice President Mike Pence.

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The city was damaged by five months of occupation by terrorists.

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Voting was postponed to Oct. 28 because of security challenges.

October 28, 12 PM

“Christians are called to promote political dialogue, especially where it is threatened and where conflict seems to prevail,” the pope stated.

October 27, 9AM

Catalonia’s tragedy has become a new kind of threat, not only to Spain, but to the European Union.

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During the first weeks after Hurricane Maria, the church's delivery of aid was extremely difficult because it had to be done by foot.
"It is hard to educate children without electricity, but our Catholic schools are taking care of our people."
Way up in the highlands of north central Puerto Rico, in an area severely damaged by Hurricane Maria, lies an untold story of an imminent economic catastrophe: the potential decimation of the island's milk industry.

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The injustice of abortion itself requires us to work to protect children in the womb along with their mothers.
Pope Francis called six astronauts on the International Space Station yesterday and decided to ask them some of life's biggest questions.

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This week, we talk with celebrity nun, Sister Simone Campbell of Nuns on the Bus.

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"When these misfortunes happen to us, we cannot forget that the father loves us."

October 26, 2PM

Vice President Mike Pence said that Middle Eastern Christians facing persecution have not been served well by the United Nations.

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To reflect upon Cornelia’s life today is inevitably to lament it.
"God said it and the Bible is clear," the pope said. "Receive the migrant, receive the refugee."

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Advocates of priestly abuse victims question how Francis could have been unaware of the allegations.

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We love our definitions, our categories and our ability to transform most anything in the world into an equation.

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"You Russians have in your blood, in your humanistic and religious tradition" an understanding of love, Francis said to Russian cosmonauts.
Greta Gerwig is not a Catholic, but she did attend Catholic school and wanted to make a film that reflected her joyful experience there.

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The price of that hamburger could help an African family start a business. And the money to do this could be given to them as a loan, not as a charitable gift.

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Pilgrim Sharon Carpenter reflects on an "amazing journey."
Los fariseos le preguntan a Jesús: "¿cuál es el mandamiento más importante?" Quizá la verdadera pregunta es más bien: "¿qué necesitamos para vivir según los mandamientos?"

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"If ever there was a time to collectively support the largest remaining Christian population in the Middle East, it is now."
The sisters already have spent hours in voter education for the repeat election.
"The tax system should be continually evaluated in terms of its impact on the poor."

October 25, 1PM

“It was no great surprise that Lowell threw himself into Catholicism and took his Catholicism to a psychotic extreme.”
"The church as a whole, cannot grasp the vastness of God," Peter Phan argues.

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I sensed God in the heightened awareness of my own mortality.
Many of Guthrie's songs focused on on social issues, especially those involving migrant workers.
The institute will be not only as a place for women to gain leadership skills, but a place all people who care about gender equity can turn for assistance

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Francis is known for his out-of-the-blue calls. But this one has been in the Earth-to-space pipeline for a while.

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A quick survey of the books reviewed in America's Fall Literary Review 2017.
An introduction to America's Fall Literary Review 2017.
"We have been abandoned to solve the problems we did not create."

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Pope Francis will celebrate a special Mass with the poor and people who assist them.

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Read Father Matt Malone's homily from the mother church of the Society of Jesus.
Pilgrim Tom Kolon reflects on serving as deacon at a Mass for America's pilgrims in Rome.

October 24, 2PM

"We don't have to agree on everything, but our relationship is strong enough that it can weather disagreements."

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The victims of sexual harassment are fighting a culture that teaches men (even celibate men) a sense of privilege and entitlement.

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“Breathe” reminds us of the Christian truth that we are not our own. 
The World Series beginning in Los Angeles tonight brings up childhood memories of the Dodgers.

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The beatification was a reminder that Christianity offered "a culture of peace and fraternity, not war."
Much like Virgil in the pages of Hermann Broch’s book, we need to decide almost daily what we stand up for and when—and what price we are willing to pay for our convictions.

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When Pope Francis visits Myanmar in late November, church leaders will be listening nervously to his every word, specifically hoping they don't hear the R-word: Rohingya.

October 23, 1PM

A judge has overturned a finding of suicide and ruled that Ahmed Timol was murdered by South Africa’s Security Police 45 years ago.
Texas bishops: "No one -- the government, private individuals or organizations -- should be forced to be complicit in abortion."

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It is time for the laity to speak out and act like true disciples of Christ in spreading the joy of the Gospel. 

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“The world, the church, are in need of courageous young people, who are not cowed in the face of difficulties," the pope said.

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Sixty-six percent of Americans want Trump and Congress to work on legislation to bolster the health insurance marketplaces.

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The student charged in his death now awaits trial, but police are not calling the attack a hate crime.
Mogadishu was rocked to its core on Oct. 14 by a truck bombing that left 358 dead and hundreds wounded. The missing are still being sifted for among the scorched rubble.

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Chief justice: the ruling "confuses maintenance of a highway median and monument in a state park with excessive religious entanglement.”

October 22, 12 PM

Pope Francis issues public correction to Cardinal Robert Sarah on who has final say over liturgical translations.

October 20, 1PM

It is astonishing to think that God would choose to enter the world this way: as a fragile newborn who could not even hold up his own head without help.

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Around 200,000 Salvadorans and 57,000 Hondurans have been residing in the United States for more than 15 years under Temporary Protected Status. But that status is set to expire in early 2018.
At the heart of Anne Frank’s life and witness is a hopeful faith in humanity.
Rarely does the death of a private citizen elicit a formal letter of condolence from the Pope.

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I found my voice in the cries of the ancient psalmist.

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Almighty God, be with your people in California now in the midst of the fires.
Some church leaders in Ireland say the World Meeting of Families, to be held next year in Dublin, should be open to all kinds of families, including gay couples.

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The documents include letters showing church leaders knew of sexual abuse allegations.

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Is being Catholic the last, true way to be a rebel?
Is being Catholic the last, true way to be a rebel?

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“Everyone will report what happened here tonight differently,” Mr. Ryan joked.
Baum was the author of the first draft of "Nostra Aetate."
The California Catholic Conference said the bill "deliberately" targeted religious employers.
The trouble began when nine students at a weekend party played “Jews vs. Nazis” beer pong.

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Catholics are following the general public in a broader acceptance of cremation.
Only those who understand true humility can walk with Christ each day into the presence of the Father.
Only three Sundays remain in the church year. Each of them includes a Gospel about the end times.
An unprecedented ecumenical and interreligious cooperation is the museum’s greatest accomplishment.
For what we and our forebears have done and failed to do, we ask for forgiveness.
A suicide prevented is often more than only one life saved; it often is a whole family preserved.
The Census must be done right.

October 19, 1PM

John Milton's Paradise Lost (published in 1667) may be more relevant in our time than ever before.

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Released in April 2017, "DAMN." portrays Kendrick Lamar’s internal torment as he struggles with his faith.

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