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Everyday Heroes: Knight brings more than clean water to Guatemalans

By Andrew Butler Catholic News Service The only water available to the people in the mountain region of Santa Maria in Jalapa, Guatemala, was bacteria-infested. Women and girls would spend as much as eight hours per day hauling the water … Continue reading

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Pope lifts secrecy obligation for those who report having been abused

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis has abolished the obligation of secrecy for those who report having been sexually abused by a priest and for those who testify in a church trial or process … Continue reading

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NCYC goes from rowdy to reverent for Blessed Sacrament, pope’s message

INDIANAPOLIS (CNS) — Outside, a cold drizzle dampened Indianapolis Nov. 21. Inside the city’s convention center, however, it seemed as if the pure joy and enthusiasm of 20,000 people — mostly high school youths — would have held off the … Continue reading

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Government supporters besiege another Nicaraguan church

By David Agren Catholic News Service MEXICO CITY (CNS) — Pro-government mobs besieged another Nicaraguan parish, further inflaming tensions between the Catholic Church and President Daniel Ortega, whose Sandinista regime is targeting dissidents and attempting to stamp out dissent. On … Continue reading

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Be brave enough to dialogue, pope tells Thai religious leaders

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service BANGKOK (CNS) — Meeting Thai religious leaders and then celebrating Mass with Catholic young adults, Pope Francis encouraged them to strengthen a culture that treasures the past, holds fast to faith, is unafraid of … Continue reading

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Decline in baptisms leads Quebec church to rethink children’s spirituality

QUEBEC CITY (CNS) — The great doorway to growing in the Christian faith is narrowing from year to year in Quebec as baptisms have significantly declined in since 2012 and there’s no indication the trend will reverse. Confronted with a … Continue reading

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Catechism will be updated to include ecological sins, pope says

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Following through on a proposal made at the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon, Pope Francis said there are plans to include a definition of ecological sins in the … Continue reading

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