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SDG Reviews ‘Mary Poppins Returns’

In the last 10 minutes or so of Mary Poppins Returns, something truly magical happens. First, Dick Van Dyke shows up, virtually reprising his brief secondary role from Mary Poppins as the ancient bank president, except that, at 91 (at the time...

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How Catholics Can Ensure Their Health Care Doesn’t Fund Abortion

WASHINGTON — As lawmakers and religious leaders push for more transparency regarding the funding of abortion in the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”), there are resources available to help Catholics stay informed about whether or not their health...

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How Should the Church Address Clerical Misconduct With Adults?

Standing at a payphone in Rome, calling his wife in tears, was not how the newly ordained Catholic deacon planned to end a 10-day pilgrimage in Rome. On a misty night in February 2006, Deacon Mark King called his wife, Susan, to explain he had...

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President Trump Nominates William Barr as Attorney General

WASHINGTON — When President Trump named William Barr as his nominee for U.S. attorney general, the news brought a sense of relief to Republican lawmakers eager for a seasoned leader at the helm of a troubled Justice Department. Barr, 68, is an...

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We Are Created for Joy

Sunday, Dec. 16, is the Third Sunday of Advent. Mass Readings:  Zephaniah 3:14-18A; Isaiah 12: 2-3, 4, 5-6; Philippians 4:4-7; Luke 3:10-18. On the Third Sunday of Advent in 1944, a young priest painfully wrote, while handcuffed, a smuggled...

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Church of England to Create ‘Celebratory’ Transgender Liturgies

LONDON — The Church of England has published pastoral guidelines for liturgical services that would celebrate the completion of “gender transitioning” by those Anglicans who identify as transgendered. The guidelines, titled “Pastoral Guidance...

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Pope’s Homosexuality Comments Could Encourage Discussion at Abuse Summit

VATICAN CITY — Is Pope Francis, through some recent comments he has made, encouraging a broader discussion of homosexuality in the consecrated and priestly life ahead of the Vatican meeting on clerical sex abuse in February? The Vatican will...

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‘Victory for Victims’: Trump Signs Genocide Relief Act for Iraqi and Syrian Christians

WASHINGTON — Just one day after Iraq celebrated the anniversary of its total victory over the Islamic State terrorist army, President Donald Trump signed into law a new bill designed to provide dedicated U.S. support directly to the Christian and...

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‘Mary’s Team’ Heads to a National Football Championship

The Ravens football team of Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, will participate in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) National Football Championship game for the first time since football was introduced to the...

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Pope Francis to Visit Mother Teresa’s Birthplace in 2019

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican announced Thursday that Pope Francis will travel to Bulgaria and Macedonia May 5-7, 2019, with a stop in Mother Teresa’s hometown of Skopje. The Pope will spend the bulk of the trip in the Bulgarian cities of Sofia and...