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By Catholic News Service  SPOKANE, Wash. — Bishop Thomas A. Daly, installed as bishop of Spokane at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes in Spokane May 20, urged members of the congregation not to get too caught up in technology. The bishop warned that technology can be a distraction especially

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service  VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment will be titled “Laudato Sii” (Praised Be), a line from St. Francis of Assisi’s “Canticle of Creatures,” and will be released June 16, said the head of the Vatican publishing house. Salesian Father Giuseppe Costa,

By Catholic News Service  LINCOLN, Neb.— Nebraska state senators overrode Gov. Pete Ricketts’ veto of a bill repealing capital punishment that had been supported by the state’s Catholic bishops. In a 30-19 vote May 27, the senators supported a bill that replaces the death penalty with a sentence of life

CNA/EWTN News In an unprecedented change for an archdiocese, Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver announced that the Sacraments of Initiation – Baptism, Confirmation and First Communion – will be restored to their original order. “In an increasingly secular world, the reality is this: the souls of our children are

By Ann Schneible Aid to the Church in Need (via Catholic News Agency) The Christian message can’t be shaken by a national vote, but Ireland’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage is forcing Catholic leaders to rethink how they have been keeping the faith alive among the nation’s young people. “This

By Ann Schneible CNA/EWTN News As Ireland goes to the polls to vote on whether to legalize same-sex marriage, one Church official warns that the new law could bring yet-unforeseen consequences for future generations. “The importance of the vote today cannot be underestimated,” said Msgr. John Kennedy, an official of

By Laura Ieraci Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — Parents must not exclude themselves from their children’s lives and, despite what some “experts” may say, they must take an active role in their children’s education, said Pope Francis during his general audience in St. Peter’s Square May 20. “It’s time

CNA/EWTN News Last week, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles told scholars at the Dorothy Day Conference at St. Francis University that the social activist was not converted by ideology, but by love. “It was not the teachings of the Church that convinced her to leave the past behind

By Ann Schneible CNA/EWTN News VATICAN CITY — In his daily homily on Friday Pope Francis said that Christian communities become “sick” when they live in fear and fail to be joyful – even when times are difficult. “When the Church is fearful and when the Church does not receive the

By Mary Rezac CNA/EWTN News Nearly 1,000 United States priests made their own a petition to the fathers of the upcoming Synod, originally made public and signed by nearly 500 English priests. The statement’s wording is exactly that of the English version, and urges the fathers of the upcoming Ordinary Synod