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To evangelize, one must go out and listen to others, pope says

VATICAN CITY—The best formula for Catholic evangelization is “go and listen,” not “go and proselytize,” Pope Francis said. “All men and women have a restlessness, whether good or bad, in their hearts. Listen to that restlessness,” the pope said May 4 during his early morning Mass. The first step in sharing the faith, he said, […]

New study shows religious practices for Christians not influenced by education levels

WASHINGTON—Although higher educated U.S. adults are typically linked with lower levels of religious practice, a new study by the Pew Research Center shows that Christians are the exception to the rule. Among Christians, those with higher levels of education appear to be just as religious as those with less schooling and highly educated Christians are […]

Papal trip was a blessing for Christian, Muslim Egyptians

AMMAN, Jordan—Pope Francis’ historic, 72-hour visit to Cairo has left a profound mark on Egyptians, Catholic leaders said, as they anticipate increased ties with fellow Orthodox Christians and Muslims. “The pope’s visit was a big blessing to the Egyptians, both Muslims and Christians. It boosted the morale of the Egyptian people, especially after the Palm […]

Dominican Sister Mary Elizabeth Premo dies at age 94

SINSINAWA, Wis.—Sister Mary Elizabeth “Liz” Premo, OP, died at St. Dominic Villa on April 30. Her religious name was Sister Marie Camille. She was 94. The funeral Mass was held at the Dominican motherhouse on May 3, followed by burial in the motherhouse cemetery. Sister Liz was born Feb. 19, 1923, in Janesville, Wis., the […]

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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 […]

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