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Pope announces yearlong reflection on family, ‘Amoris Laetitia’

As the fifth anniversary of his apostolic exhortation “Amoris Laetitia” approaches, Pope Francis announced that the Catholic Church will dedicate more than a year to focusing on the family and […]

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Vatican: Without alternatives, current COVID-19 vaccines are morally acceptable

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Vatican’s doctrinal office said that when alternative vaccines are not available, it is morally acceptable to receive COVID-19 vaccines developed or tested using cell lines […]

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Doctrine committee sets standards for evaluating, improving church hymns

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Expressing concern for the doctrinal soundness of some of the lyrics of Catholic hymns now available for use in Catholic liturgies, the U.S. bishops’ doctrine committee in […]

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News Briefs: December 20, 2020

Jupiter, Saturn to put on ‘Christmas Star’ show at winter solstice CLEVELAND (CNS) — A once-every-two-decade conjunction involving the solar system’s two gas giants will give earthbound observers a look […]

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Religious issues played big part in 2020 Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (CNS) —The busy year for the Supreme Court had the attention of the Catholic Church from major decisions it announced this past summer to oral arguments this fall around […]

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Our Lady of Guadalupe celebrations still ‘full of grace’

By Esther Terry Celebrations for the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe were still “full of grace” this year, although they looked different from normal. Pope Francis granted a plenary […]

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A statement from Archbishop Charles C. Thompson calling again for an end to federal executions in Indiana 

December 14, 2020 As we approach the celebration of the birth of Jesus, who came to give us life, I once again appeal to the conscience of all humanity and […]

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Bishops: Getting COVID-19 vaccine is ‘act of charity,’ supports common good

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The “gravity” of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and “the lack of availability of alternative vaccines,” are “sufficiently serious” reasons to accept the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, the […]

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Bishops say Advent during pandemic can draw us closer to Jesus

CLEVELAND (CNS) — The global pandemic and new limits on daily activities present a special time for a renewal of faith and the opportunity to deepen appreciation for Jesus in […]

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Administration urged to stop federal executions, recall God’s mercy during Advent

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Federal executions are at odds with Advent as a season “of anticipated redemption” and must be stopped, said the chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ […]

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New books for teens, kids focus on morality, Bible, Jesus

YARDLEY, Pa. (CNS) — The following books are suitable for Christmas giving. “The Spider Who Saved Christmas: A Legend” by Raymond Arroyo, illustrated by Randy Gallegos. Sophia Institute Press (Manchester, […]

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News Briefs: December 13, 2020

Trier’s Catholic cathedral becomes center of mourning after SUV attack BERLIN (CNS) — People gathered in Trier’s cathedral the evening of Dec. 1 to pray for the victims of a […]