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Synod Preparations Reveal Church, Young Adults at Crossroads

WASHINGTON — For the past several months, dioceses and Catholic organizations across the country consulted youth and young adults on their most pressing concerns and their relationship with the Church, as part of the preparation for the upcoming...

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Australian Bishops: Same-Sex Marriage Vote Shouldn’t Limit Church’s Freedom

SYDNEY — Following a postal survey showing support for same-sex “marriage,” Australia’s Catholic bishops said that the nation’s laws need to protect those who understand marriage as it has always been viewed. “Parliamentarians must recognize and...

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US Bishops’ Conference Marks 100: Past and Present Pivotal Moments

Editor's Note: This editorial is in the Nov. 12 issue, which went to press ahead of the USCCB meeting this week. In September 2011, as Church leaders grappled with a surge of threats to religious freedom at the federal and state level,...

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SCOTUS to Consider Calif. Law Requiring Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers to Show Abortion Info

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court has announced that it will consider a California law that requires pro-life pregnancy centers to display information about how to obtain an abortion. Opponents of the law welcomed the high court’s Nov. 13...

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FBI Requests Planned Parenthood Documents, Signaling Possible Investigation

WASHINGTON — An FBI request for unredacted Planned Parenthood documents from the U.S. Senate could signal an investigation into whether the abortion giant illegally sold fetal tissue from aborted babies. The request was made to the Senate...

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Pope: Pre-Mass Time Is Meant for Silent Prayer, Not Chitchat

VATICAN CITY — On Wednesday, Pope Francis called out the common habit of chatting with people before Mass, stressing that this is a time for silent prayer, when we prepare our hearts for an encounter with the Lord.   “When we go to Mass, maybe...

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Bishop Soto Leads USCCB in Prayer for Sacramento Shooting Victims

BALTIMORE -- Notifying his fellow bishops of “a terrible shooting” in his diocese, Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, California, led them in prayer for the victims during the U.S. bishops' general assembly in Baltimore on Tuesday. “I would ask...

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The Difficulty of Canonizing Popes

The latest to join saints-a-marching is Pope John Paul I, who moves a major step toward sainthood with the decree of his heroic virtues approved Wednesday. The decree, granted by Pope Francis, means that the Church, after thorough investigation,...

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Archbishop Joseph Naumann Elected Head of Bishops’ Pro-Life Committee

BALTIMORE — In a move seen as an endorsement of St. John Paul II’s “culture of life” approach, the U.S. bishops Tuesday elected Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas, as chairman of the conference’s Committee on Pro-Life...

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Archdiocese of Detroit Begins Building the Marriage Catechumenate

DETROIT — The renewal of Catholic spiritual vigor within the Archdiocese of Detroit has been underway for several months following the release of Archbishop Allen Vigneron’s pastoral letter “Unleash the Gospel.” The blueprint for revitalizing...