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By Julie Asher Catholic News Service WASHINGTON — Father Ben Garrett said he has “never felt more useful in my life” as a priest than as a Navy chaplain meeting the pastoral and sacramental needs of service members. “Being a priest in the military is extremely fulfilling,” he said. “Not

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — Two couples attending the Synod of Bishops on the family said what surprised them most about their first synod in Rome was reading inaccurate media coverage of the closed-door proceedings, the diversity problems families face around the world and the synod

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — Although the public is given glimpses of what happens inside the Catholic Church’s world Synod of Bishops, the meetings themselves take place behind closed doors. Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the Synod of Bishops has been the object of a

By Lindsay Hueston Catholic News Service PHILADELPHIA — A woman religious who teaches a course at the Philadelphia prison Pope Francis visited Sept. 27 believes the pope’s outreach to prisoners will have an impact on the criminal justice system in America. “He’ll be aware of the injustices that may occur

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY —Canadian Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher of Gatineau, Quebec, said the synod should reflect on the possibility of allowing for female deacons as it seeks ways to open up more opportunities for women in church life. Where possible, qualified women should be given higher positions

By Alisa Flickinger SportsUp Today via Catholic News Agency Remembering the words spoken by then-five year-old Valeria Tkacik still gives her mother, Anne, goose bumps. “I turned around to look at her, and she was looking at me and smiling, and I’ll never forget that day. She said, ‘Mommy, I was

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — When a big group of people gathers to discuss something important, people start lobbying, even if that group is the world Synod of Bishops, said Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia. Pope Francis told participants Oct. 6 “we should avoid thinking of each

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As the discussion began at the world Synod of Bishops on the family, Pope Francis urged members not to act as if the only question that mattered was the pastoral care of divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, his spokesman said.

CNA/EWTN News After months of debate and strong opposition, California governor Jerry Brown on Monday signed into a law a bill enabling doctors to prescribe drugs that will end the lives of terminally ill patients. “This is a dark day for California and for the Brown legacy,” said Californians against

By Tony Gutierrez Catholic News Service PHOENIX — Catholic men must reclaim and live the virtue of Christian masculinity, Phoenix Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted says in his newly released apostolic exhortation, “Into the Breach.” Addressed to Catholic men in the diocese — “my spiritual sons” as the bishop calls them —