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28 Jul 2016 News No comments

Pope makes surprise visit to ill cardinal on way to shrine

Francis visited and prayed for 89-year-old Cardinal Macharski Pope Francis made an unscheduled stop at a clinic this morning to visit and pray for comatose Car…

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04 Nov 2014 Q&A Comments (9)

What is required for a valid marriage between a Catholic and a non-Catholic?

Full Question What is required for a valid marriage between a Catholic and a non-Catholic? Answer According to the Catechism of the Catholic Chur…

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24 Aug 2016 Europe Middle East News United Kingdom USA Vatican Comments (2)

Christian persecution is real - emotional exhibit opens in Rome

Christian persecution happens far away from us. We may complain about the atheists or the satanists and their displays, or a lack of public prayer, but this isn…

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20 Sep 2016 Americas Europe News USA Vatican Comments (4)

'Now he rests from his many battles with the devil:' Vatican exorcist passes away

Father Gabriel Amorth, the exorcist of the Diocese of Rome who drew worldwide attention, died on Friday at the age of 91. Leaders of the Society of St. Paul …

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25 Aug 2016 Uncategorized Comments (1)

What resource should we use to direct confirmation candidates who are cohabitating?

Full Question My wife and I are confirmation sponsors for a couple who are cohabitating. What is the best resource to steer them in the right direction? …

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05 Sep 2014 USA No comments

Boston Globe's new site hopes to show that 'Catholic Church matters'

Boston, Mass., Sep 5, 2014 / 04:17 pm .- A new website launched by the Boston Globe seeks to have a wide appeal in covering “all things Catholic,” focusing on r…

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13 Oct 2015 News Vatican Comments (1)

Papal message to conference on climate change

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, has sent a message in Pope Francis’s name to a Bolivian conference on climate change and the defense …

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21 Feb 2015 Articles Comments (1)

The Care and Feeding of Poor Souls

A man died on the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, this past Sunday. He was a priest, theologian, and author, well-known in Catholic circles for writi…

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29 Oct 2015 Middle East News No comments

Pope Francis prays for earthquake victims

More than 260 people have died, mostly in Pakistan, after a magnitude-7.5 earthquake hit north-eastern Afghanistan. Pope Francis was greatly distressed to learn…

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  1. Peter Aiello Reply

    It’s not a technology problem; it is a human problem.

  2. Patrick Gannon Reply

    “Technology has become so invasive that more and more people are suffering debilitating loneliness.”
    I followed the links back and have come to the conclusion that the source material for the conclusions drawn here, is very thin and incomplete. It even appears that two different sets of unrelated age groups were surveyed, and then presented as if they were the same. I couldn’t find any original report or study, so who knows. It’s mostly opinion. The question is – who is suffering this loneliness? Is it older folks, who in decades and centuries past would have already passed on, or is it younger folks who are unable to get the jobs they want, and lack the funds to socialize in any other way? I could find no real details on what was being studied. Without that – it’s an opinion piece; not science.
    Is anyone asking these people who are using these services if they are actually happy with their lives? If these applications give them what they want out of life, then more power to them. I got the feeling from some of the interviews, that the users of these apps were satisfied with their lives. If so, what’s the problem? There’s no sex involved, so what does the Church care? It’s not part of their manic obsession. Or maybe the problem is that they are waiting too long to pump out the next generation of little Catholics and will have obtained critical thinking skills and life experiences by the time they do have kids, and they will know by then that religion is the problem, not the solution…
    If the users can afford $100/mo. for a virtual friend, then they are quite probably busy and successful, and have little time for dating. Perhaps other people who really are lonely would benefit from such programs? In our evolving world, it makes sense to try it and see what works and what doesn’t. Barring the long sought after Apocalypse that all three Abrahamic religions anxiously look forward to and seem determined to bring about, the technology is not going away, so let’s figure out how to use it to our benefit. Perhaps these virtual friend apps are therapeutic. It’s worth further study – real study – to learn more.

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