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Catholic leaders urge extreme caution for new Netflix series

It’s only been out for a few weeks, but that’s enough time for “13 Reasons Why” to have become the latest teenage Netflix binge craze. Based on the 2007 young adult novel by the same name, “13 Reasons Why” follows the story of Hannah Baker, a troubled 17 year old who took her own life. […]


45 people saved from tornado’s fury in hallway of Texas church

WASHINGTON—In the insurance world, extreme weather events such as tornadoes are often referred to as “acts of God.” But in the small Texas town of Emory, about 50 miles northwest of Tyler and 70 miles east of Dallas, some 45 people are considering it an act of God that they survived a twister that took […]


How the church determines a true Marian apparition

VATICAN CITY—When it comes to Marian apparitions, the Catholic Church takes a prudent approach that focuses more on the message than the miracle. Supernatural phenomena, like the alleged miracle of the sun in Fatima, Portugal, nearly 100 years ago, are not the primary factors in determining an apparition is worthy of belief. In that particular […]


Science and faith a natural fit for sisters joining climate march

When thinking about women religious, science may not be the first idea to spring to mind. After all, faith and science are often portrayed as opposites, allegiance to one suggesting a betrayal of the other. But for many Catholic sisters, the calculations, experiments and observations that have shaped climate study and other scientific disciplines are […]


Catholic leaders warn against changes to health care bill

WASHINGTON—U.S. Catholic leaders are warning that proposed changes to the American Health Care Act will harm poor people. “It is deeply disappointing to many Americans that, in modifying the American Health Care Act to again attempt a vote, proponents of the bill left in place its serious flaws, including unacceptable modifications to Medicaid that will […]


Practical Christianity: Pope emphasizes living one’s faith

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis’ unique approach to teaching the faithful combines speaking clearly and simply with showing people what steps — even small steps — they can take to make a difference, a Vatican official said. “He is showing us a practical agenda for being a Catholic and being a Christian in the 21st century,” said […]


St. Padre Pio relics to tour U.S. marking 130th anniversary of his birth

NEW YORK—Relics of St. Padre Pio, a Capuchin priest who bore the stigmata of Jesus, will be on public display in several U.S. dioceses and archdioceses in May and again in the fall. The Saint Pio Foundation announced that the tour corresponds with the 130th anniversary of the Italian-born saint’s birth. The tour will include […]


Pope to Egyptians: Let papal visit be sign of friendship, peace

VATICAN CITY—Praying that God would protect Egypt from all evil, Pope Francis told the nation’s people that a world torn apart by indiscriminate violence needs courageous builders of peace, dialogue and justice. “I hope that this visit will be an embrace of consolation and of encouragement to all Christians in the Middle East; a message […]


Pope pays tribute to modern martyrs who stand up to hatred

ROME—The Christian church today needs believers who witness each day to the power of God’s love, but it also needs the heroic witness of those who stand up to hatred even when it means giving up their lives, Pope Francis said. At Rome’s Basilica of St. Bartholomew, a shrine to modern martyrs, Pope Francis presided […]


How to make Earth Day meaningful for each person

Earth Day will be celebrated worldwide on April 22 with a variety of events, from large festivals to community trash pick-ups. Here are some suggestions from Loyola Press to make the commemoration more meaningful on a personal level, not just on Earth Day, but every day: Give praise to our Creator. In the Nicene Creed, we […]


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