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US Bishops File Brief Supporting Web Designer Who Objects To Gay Marriage

By Maisy Sullivan The U.S. bishops are coming to the aid of a Colorado web designer, a Christian who fears prosecution under state anti-discrimination law for stating her faith-based objections to providing services that promote same-sex marriage. Along with five other faith groups, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) filed an amici curiae brief in support of the ...

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Pope Francis Mourns Catholic Priests Killed In Mexico

By Hannah Brockhaus Pope Francis said Wednesday he is mourning the death of two Jesuit priests who were killed in Mexico this week. “I also express my sorrow and dismay at the killing in Mexico the day before yesterday of two Jesuit religious, my brothers, and a layman,” the pope said on June 22 in St. Peter’s Square. “How many ...

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Why June 29 Is a Good Day to Consider the Legend of St. Peter and St. Agatha

By Kathleen Naab Within the splendor of Milan’s Cathedral, a unique image from the late 16th Century hangs over one of the side altars of the south aisle of the nave. Created by Federico Zuccari between 1597 and 1599 for the altar of Sant’Agata, it was commissioned by Milan native Federico Borromeo, a cousin to St. Charles Borromeo, the saint ...

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Cardinal Kasper Warns German Synodal Way Risks ‘Breaking Its Own Neck’

By AC Wimmer A theologian considered close to Pope Francis has warned that the German Synodal Way is at risk of “breaking its own neck” if it does not heed the objections raised by a growing number of bishops around the world. Cardinal Walter Kasper also said organisers were using a “lazy trick” that in effect constituted a “coup d’etat” ...

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First Married Couple to Be Beatified Together Featured At World Meeting Of Families

By Courtney Mares Relics of the first married couple to be beatified together by the Catholic Church can be venerated inside St. Peter’s Basilica this week during the World Meeting of Families in Rome. Blessed Luigi and Maria Beltrame Quattrocchi are the official patrons of the 10th World Meeting of Families taking place in Rome on June 22-26. The Italian ...

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Catholic Marriage is a Gift, not a Formality, Pope Francis Says at World Meeting Of Families 2022 Opening

By Hannah Brockhaus Pope Francis said Wednesday that Catholic marriage is a gift, not just a formality or rule. “Marriage is not a formality to be fulfilled. You don’t get married to be Catholic ‘with the label,’ to obey a rule, or because the Church says so, or to throw a party,” the pope said at the opening event of ...

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Pope Francis: Do not Sugarcoat your Witness of the Gospel

By Hannah Brockhaus Do not sugarcoat your witness of the Gospel, but let the truth be made manifest even through your weakness, Pope Francis said in St. Peter’s Square on Wednesday. “We can ask ourselves: are we capable of preserving the tenor of this relationship of Jesus with the disciples, according to that style of his that is so open, ...

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Young People ‘Key’ To Building Understanding, Israeli Ambassador to Poland Says

By CNA Staff Dialogue between young people from Israel and Poland is key to building understanding between the nations, Israeli Ambassador to Poland Yacov Livne told students and faculty at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland, on June 21. “Meetings of young Poles and Israelis constitute an investment in our common future,” the ambassador said. “The future ...

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Can Laity Preach At Mass? Chicago Parish Offers Pulpit to Same-Sex Couple

By Jonah McKeown A Chicago Catholic parish is facing questions after the pastor allowed a couple in a same-sex marriage to offer a “reflection” in lieu of the homily at a June 19 Mass. The parish, Old St. Patrick’s, is a historic and prominent parish on Chicago’s west loop. The priest celebrating the Mass, Father Joe Roccasalva, introduced the two ...

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Catholic Family Who Welcomed Ukrainian Refugees into Their Home Share Testimony at the Vatican

By Courtney Mares As millions of refugees fled the war in Ukraine this year, a Catholic family of eight made the decision to welcome a refugee family into their home. Pietro and Erika Chiriaco live in Rome with their six children. The couple explained to their children during family prayer time that welcoming a refugee family would be “like welcoming ...

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