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What your local parish and the new hipster bar have in common

It’s a story seen across the nation – a neighborhood formerly known for rundown houses, empty shops and limited resources now finds flocks of millennials coming to the area’s trellised cafes and bars for brunch and drinks on weekends. What formerly made the neighborhood “sketchy" or caused outsiders to steer clear is now marketed as










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This film shows how mercy can transform your life

Personal stories about God’s mercy at work in the world today are the focus of a recent Catholic-produced documentary on Divine Mercy. “These testimonies remind us that Divine Mercy is not just a devotion or theological concept – it is alive, it is present, and it is a force that can transform the world," said










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Christians are the most widely targeted religious group in the world

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When it comes to religious persecution, Christians are the most widely targeted community, said a new report released this week. But despite oppression and threat of violence, the faithful “should not be afraid," said a Pakistani archbishop. Pakistan’s Christians have made vital contributions to the country’s history and must not refrain from professing their faith










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Why Russia’s new ban on Jehovah’s Witnesses is so troubling

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The Jehovah’s Witnesses have been banned as an extremist group in a Thursday Supreme Court decision that observers feared signaled a further step back for religious liberty. “For Jehovah’s Witnesses, this is going to be a frightening time," Lorcan Price, ADF International legal counsel in Strasbourg, told CNA April 21. “It effectively means that holding










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How the upcoming canonization affirms the Fatima apparitions

The canonization of Fatima visionaries Francisco and Jacinta Marto has been hailed as an exciting moment for the Church, but the rector of the Marian shrine has said that it bears an even greater significance in terms of putting a spotlight on Our Lady’s message. “I think the canonization in a certain way helps to










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Why nullity cases always include a defender of the bond

In the process of declaring the nullity of marriage there is a position of utmost importance which allows the judges to reach the moral certainty required to make their judgement: the office of the defender of the bond. A marriage is presumed valid unless it is proved otherwise. The nullity of a marriage is established










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The Catholic Church still cares about Latin

Existing in some form since several hundred years before Christ, the Latin language seems like an unlikely subject to still be generating brand new research, especially among young scholars. Nevertheless, the theme this year of the Vatican’s humanities-themed contest, the Prize of the Pontifical Academies, is all about Latin. And the final winner – awarded










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