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Pope tells bishops: ‘Don’t suffer spiritual Alzheimer’s, remember mercy’

In a video message, the Holy Father said mercy is not just a 'theory' but something we live by remembering our own sins Pope Francis in a video message to the …

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If I was confirmed at a time when I didn't believe in God, may I receive a second confirmation?

Full Question I was confirmed at the age of 13. At the time I considered myself an atheist, and I was not receptive to the sacrament. I only recently retur…

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01 Oct 2015 News USA Comments (1)

John Boehner and Bob Brady: Catholic to the core

While everyone is still thinking and talking about Pope Francis, I’m thinking and talking about two seemingly very different people who were affected by the Hol…

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I keep hearing about "social sin" and "structural sin." Whatever happened to personal sin?

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Did the Church change its position on the punishment of heretics?

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Meeting U.S. president an 'emotional' moment for shrine's secretary

Those who know Cristina Brito -- or follow her Facebook postings -- know that she is not a fan of President Barack Obama. Nevertheless, she said after meeting h…

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Is it sinful to deny Christ under threat of death?

Full Question If someone is told to deny Christ or acknowledge another religion or god under the threat of death, is it sinful to give in out of fear? I kn…

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We Stand With You Lord - No Matter The Price We May Be Asked To Pay!

May the following words penned more than 50 years ago by Rev. M. Raymond, O.C.S.O. encourage us during these trying times and our pending exile in a world that …

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16 Jul 2015 Uncategorized No comments

Catholics in Singapore celebrate 50 years of nation's independence

Anticipating this autumn's 50th anniversary of Singapore's independence from Malaysia, the nation's Catholics gathered earlier this month to celebrate a Mass pl…

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US cardinal welcomes Pope’s initiative on absolution of abortions

Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has welcomed Pope Francis’s decision to grant all priests the faculty to absolve penitents of the sin of abortion during the Year of Mercy.

Under current canon law, abortion is a “reserved” sin, and can be absolved only by the diocesan bishop or priests to whom the bishop delegates that authority.

“Recognizing the seriousness of the sin of abortion and the implications this can have for those involved, Pope Francis is making particular outreach to women, noting that many women were under great pressure and felt that they had no choice,” Cardinal O’Malley said in a statement.

“For many years in the United States, including in the Archdiocese of Boston, diocesan bishops have granted their priests the faculty to absolve the sin of abortion. As part of the outreach of the Year of Mercy, the Holy Father will now grant all priests worldwide the faculty.”


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