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Bishop Soto Excommunicates Priest Who Rejects Pope Francis

A Sacramento priest excommunicated last week says he stands by his claim that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is the true pope. In addition to charges of schism, the priest is suspected of misconduct and improper relationships with at least two adult...

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Diocese of Sioux Falls Will Lift Dispensation on Sunday Mass This Week

Some Catholics in South Dakota will once again be obligated to go to Sunday Mass, after the Diocese of Sioux Falls will lift the dispensation on Sunday Mass attendance this week.  From this weekend, Catholics in the diocese who are not in...

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Federal Court: Arkansas Abortion Restrictions Can Take Effect

A federal court of appeals has removed an injunction blocking four Arkansas abortion regulations from going into effect. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit ruled Friday to reinstate the 2017 Arkansas laws. They can take effect Aug....

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Pope Francis Baptizes Conjoined Twins Who Were Separated at Vatican Hospital

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has baptized twins who were born conjoined at the head and were separated at the Vatican’s pediatric hospital. The twins’ mother had said at a news conference following the successful surgery at the Bambino Gesù...

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Maronite Cardinal: Lebanon Leaders Should Resign After Beirut Blast

Lebanon’s Maronite Catholic patriarch called for the resignation of the entire Lebanese government Sunday, following the devastating explosion in Beirut last week. “The angry protest movements we witnessed yesterday confirm the impatience of the...

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Chinese Cardinals, World Religious Leaders: ‘We Stand With the Uyghurs’

The Chinese government’s treatment of Uyghurs is “one of the most egregious human tragedies since the Holocaust,” two Asian cardinals and 74 other religious leaders wrote in a statement released Aug. 8. Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, archbishop of...

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Chinese Catholic Exec Arrested in Hong Kong for ‘Collusion With Foreign Powers’

VATICAN CITY — Hong Kong police today arrested Catholic business tycoon Jimmy Lai Chee-ying under the city’s new national security law — the first high-profile casualty of the controversial ruling that Beijing imposed in June. A leading...

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Catholic Groups Aid Recovery After Beirut Explosion

Following an explosion that killed more than 200 people in Beirut, international Catholic groups have responded by providing health services and necessities to the victims. At least 16 Catholic organizations, including Catholic Relief Services...

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Mary Is for Everyone

The CEO of Catholic Charities of eastern Washington, whose name we will not mention, made headlines recently with the following confession: “I am a racist. ... My Catholic Church, and my Catholic Charities organization, is racist. How could they...

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Pope Francis: Trust God in Every Moment, Especially in the Hour of Trial and Turmoil

VATICAN CITY — When caught in difficult moments or trials, turn your heart to God, who is near even when you do not search for him, Pope Francis said in his Angelus address on Sunday. “Having faith means, in the midst of the storm, keeping your...