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Pandemic focuses priorities for ICC in 2021 General Assembly

For the Indiana Catholic Conference, the 2021 state legislative session will bring unique challenges due to social distancing – along with a heightened focus on Catholic social teaching as the […]

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News Briefs: January 3, 2021

Week of prayer focuses on reconciliation among Christians VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The 2021 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity should help Christians see that the closer they draw to […]

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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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Pope: Share hope, promote peace, give vaccine to all

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — On a Christmas like no other, Pope Francis prayed for people who could not be with their families because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but he urged […]

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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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Vatican will offer Pfizer vaccine against COVID-19 to employees

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Vatican health service will begin vaccinating employees and Vatican citizens against COVID-19 using the Pfizer vaccine, the director of the Vatican health service told Vatican […]

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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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Catholic agencies deliver aid to Ethiopia’s Tigray region

By Frederick Nzwili NAIROBI, Kenya (CNS) — Amid fears that many areas in Ethiopia’s Tigray region remained unsafe, Catholic humanitarian agencies and their partners were moving food and other supplies […]

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Pope proclaims year dedicated to St. Joseph

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Marking the 150th anniversary of St. Joseph being declared patron of the universal Church, Pope Francis proclaimed a yearlong celebration dedicated to the foster father of […]