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  • Why character counts in the voting booth

    Denver, Colo., Nov 21, 2017 CNA.- Sexual misconduct allegations against Republican candidate Roy Moore have brought Alabama’s special election to fill a U.S. Senate seat into the national spotlight.

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  • Cardinal decries plan to end TPS for Haitians

    BRAINTREE -- In a statement released Nov. 22, Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley condemned the Trump administration's decision not to renew Temporary Protected Status for the nearly 60,000 Haitians living in the U.S., calling the decision "unnecessary and unwise."

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  • Archaeologist finds his human side at the tomb of Christ

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Fred Hiebert's identity is firmly grounded in academia and in his professional work as a scientist. Over the years, he has studied and taught about ancient trade routes, such as the Silk Road, from China to Europe, and led underwater archaeology projects beneath the Black Sea.

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  • Mexican, American bishops offer moral guidelines for NAFTA talks

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Mexican and American bishops called on negotiators working to overhaul a 23-year-old trade agreement to ensure that any changes keep the needs of poor people foremost. Any new planks in the North American Free Trade Agreement must be evaluated "in terms of the effects on people and the environment in the affected countries," said a statement from the leaders of committees focused on justice and peace within both bishops' conferences.

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  • Curia reform: Pope Francis reorganizes Vatican Secretariat of State

    Vatican City, Nov 20, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- Pope Francis has established a third section, or department, of the Secretariat of State of the Holy See, which reportedly began its operations Nov. 9. The new section is named “Section for the Diplomatic Staff,” and is tasked with overseeing the Holy See’s diplomatic corps, stationed around the world.

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  • Science, humanities must overcome 'tragic division,' pope says

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Science, technology, religion and the humanities need to work together for their mutual benefit and to safeguard humanity, Pope Francis said. A broader, more holistic approach is needed to "overcome the tragic division between 'two cultures' -- the humanistic-literary-theological and the scientific, which leads to mutual impoverishment, and to encourage greater dialogue," including between the church and the scientific community.

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  • Pope Francis calls Benedict's teaching 'precious heritage'

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The theological work and papal teaching of retired Pope Benedict XVI "continue to be a living and precious heritage for the church," Pope Francis said. The pope met Nov. 18 with the winners of the 2017 Ratzinger Prize, named for the retired pope to honor those who make significant contributions to theology and culture.

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  • Pope names Brazilian cardinal to be relator general of upcoming synod

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis has chosen Brazil's Cardinal Sergio da Rocha to serve as relator general of next year's Synod of Bishops on youth. The nomination of the 58-year-old archbishop of Brasilia was announced at the Vatican Nov. 18. The relator is responsible for providing a comprehensive outline of the synod's theme at the beginning of the meeting and for summarizing the speeches of synod members before work begins on concrete proposals for the pope.

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  • Faithful from near and far gather to celebrate Fr. Solanus, friend and healer

    Detroit, Mich., Nov 19, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- Usually, when Detroit’s Ford Field is filled with people, it’s because football fans are watching the Lions play another NFL team. But on Saturday, Nov. 18, despite the chill and the rain, more than 60,000 people from around the country filled the domed stadium for another reason - to celebrate the beatification of their friend Father Solanus Casey, who is now just one step away from canonization as a saint in the Catholic Church.

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  • 'Invest in love,' pope says on first World Day of the Poor

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- People have a basic choice in the way they live: either striving to build up treasures on earth or giving to others in order to gain heaven, Pope Francis said. "What we invest in love remains, the rest vanishes," the pope said in his homily Nov. 19, the first World Day of the Poor.

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