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Former pro football player prepares to take final vows as a nun

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Toronto, Ohio, Jun 18, 2018 / 03:26 am (CNA).- Every single vocation story is different, but Sr. Rita Clare (Anne) Yoches is probably one of the more unusual. Sr. Rita Clare, who this month will profess final vows with the Franciscan Sisters T.O.R. of Penance of the Sorrowful Mother, was a four-time national champion professional […]

Jeff Sessions says the Bible justifies family separation. Does it?

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Washington D.C., Jun 15, 2018 / 05:01 pm (CNA).- The Trump administration has pointed to the Bible in justifying its “zero-tolerance immigration policy,” which includes the separation of immigrant children from their parents. According to one Catholic theology professor, though, scripture has much more to say on the topic of immigration. On June 14, Attorney […]

New York Archdiocese announces appeal over Fulton Sheen court decision  

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New York City, N.Y., Jun 15, 2018 / 12:21 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archdiocese of New York announced on Friday that the Trustees of St. Patrick’s Cathedral are appealing a court decision that would allow Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s body to be moved to Peoria, Ill., as his cause for beatification proceeds. The Trustees, who […]

‘Much-needed’ initiative aims to protect churches from zoning discrimination

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Washington D.C., Jun 15, 2018 / 06:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Protecting places of worship from zoning discrimination is the focus of a new initiative from the Department of Justice, announced earlier this week. The ‘Place to Worship’ initiative aims to increase awareness of religious institutions’ right to build, expand, buy or rent facilities. These land-use […]

Commentary: Immigration and ‘canonical penalties’

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Jun 14, 2018 / 05:02 pm (CNA).- The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is meeting this week in Fort Lauderdale for its annual spring session. The bishops have had serious discussion about a number of issues, among them immigration. On Wednesday, their discussion took an unexpected turn. Speaking on the topic […]

In Florida, bishops’ ‘Faithful Citizenship’ debate heats up

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Miami, Fla., Jun 14, 2018 / 04:49 pm (CNA).- What some expected would be a brisk vote turned out to be a lengthy discussion at the USCCB general assembly meeting on Thursday, covering the future of the bishops’ guide to political engagement, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship. At the end of the vigorous discussion, when […]

Archbishop Gomez ‘deeply disappointed’ that USA Act will not be debated

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Los Angeles, Calif., Jun 14, 2018 / 02:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles decried the decision by House leaders to not allow debate on a bipartisan bill that would have opened a legal pathway to permanent residency for “Dreamers.” “I am deeply disappointed that House leaders have decided not to permit […]

Tent city for immigrant minors ‘a recipe for disaster’

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Washington D.C., Jun 14, 2018 / 02:52 am (CNA).- As the Trump administration considers building a tent city for immigrant children separated from their parents, one Catholic group warned that the plan would cause additional trauma to those who are already vulnerable. “Detaining children in any kind of setting is never a good idea for […]

Apostolic nuncio encourages US bishops in ‘listening’

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Miami, Fla., Jun 13, 2018 / 03:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Speaking to the US bishops’ spring meeting on Wednesday, Archbishop Christophe Pierre urged the importance of listening: to youth, to the Hispanic population, and to the Holy Father. “Spiritual fatherhood and effective evangelization require listening,” the apostolic nuncio to the United States said June 13 […]

American Medical Association urged to keep stance against assisted suicide

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Washington D.C., Jun 13, 2018 / 02:27 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The American Medical Association voted this week to return to committee a report recommending continued opposition to physician assisted suicide – a move that commentators have called a missed opportunity to stand up for the value of human life. “For more than two decades the […]