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18 Oct 2014 Articles Comments (31)

Proof that Peter was the first Pope of the Church

"You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it" (Matt. 16:18) is probably the most disputed metaphor…

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3 men get 80 lashes in Iran for taking Holy Communion. Read why.

A Muslim woman was pronounced dead in Moscow, Russia. Her body was sent to a coroner's office where it was stripped and stored in a cooler. According to Assi…

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14 Sep 2014 Vatican No comments

Francis to Congolese bishops: Contribute, but don't replace politicians

Vatican City, Sep 14, 2014 / 06:41 am .- In his ad limina address to the bishops of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Pope Francis assured them of the neces…

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ISIS calls for 'slaughter' as voters cast ballots on election day

ISIS has released new threats and plans to attack voters as they cast their ballots this Tuesday. According to the Mirror, ISIS has called its followers to r…

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24 Mar 2015 Q&A Comments (1)

Which should be my priority: morality or family harmony?

Full Question My siblings and I were raised in a good Catholic home but now, as adults, we no longer all share the same moral code—some follow authentic Cathol…

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Catholic women's conference refreshes moms, forges friendships

Austin, Texas, Sep 18, 2014 / 04:22 am .- A pair of Catholic authors has found a new way to give mothers some time off while helping break the social isolation …

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28 Jan 2016 Europe News No comments

Catholic Robert Flello MP appeals to Parliament to legally recognise Christian Genocide in the Middle East

A Catholic MP, Robert Charles Flello has put forward a Commons motion designed to appeal to the Parliament to push the UN to obtain an agreement that the word ‘…

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13 Jun 2015 Articles Resources Comments (2)

Can drinking too much water be harmful to your health?

The advice "drink lots and lots of water" is one of the world's longest-standing cliches, that no one would ever consider it to be dangerous or deadly. Is th…

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Firing of gay Seton Hall priest highlights a Catholic debate

When the Rev. Warren Hall called a reporter for the gay sports website last week to discuss his firing as director of Seton Hall University’s campus ministry, there was a certain logic to his move.

Hall was, after all, both a sports fan who had ministered to student athletes and an advocate for tolerance who had posted messages on Twitter about current events like Indiana’s religious-freedom law and the Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner’s decision to make the transition from man to woman.

But during the conversation about how Seton Hall, a Roman Catholic institution in South Orange, New Jersey, had fired him this month, Hall dropped a bombshell: He declared that he was gay.

“I said, ‘You do know that you just told a reporter you were gay — and it wasn’t off the record,’” the reporter, Cyd Zeigler, said. “He said, ‘I understand. It’s okay.’”

By coming out — in a gay publication, no less — Hall placed himself at the center of the Catholic Church’s internal debate over how to relate to gay parishioners. The process has been complicated by recent statements by Pope Francis, who has argued that the Church should, within limits, welcome gay men and women. One measure of the challenges the issues presents is that the Archdiocese of Newark, which operates Seton Hall, released three separate statements about Hall in the past few weeks.

In the first two statements, James Goodness, a spokesman for the archdiocese, said Hall’s job at the campus ministry had been scheduled to end next month and that his removal was unrelated to his advocacy.


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