Archbishop Aupetit invites Parisians to light a candle to dispel fire’s darkness

Archbishop Michel Aupetit of Paris invited the faithful to attend the annual chrism Mass at historic St. Sulpice Church April 17 in the wake of the massive fire that seriously damaged the historic Notre Dame Cathedral.
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Blaze erupts at Paris’ iconic Notre Dame Cathedral; cause unknown

A major blaze engulfed the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral April 15, sending pillars of flame and billowing smoke over the center of the French capital.
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Ohio governor signs fetal heartbeat law, setting stage for legal challenges

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed a bill that would make it illegal to carry out an abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected.
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Faith leaders urge U.S. government to uphold religious liberty

In an April 4 letter, the leaders urged Trump and the other U.S. leaders to recognize that "individuals of all faiths and none have equal dignity, worth and rights to religious freedom."
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Australia sees drop in Catholic population of 2.7% between 2011-2016

Australia's Catholic population fell by 2.7% between 2011 and 2016, but Catholics are more likely to have a higher education, according to an analysis of census data by the National Center for Pastoral Research.
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Atlanta Archbishop Gregory named as new leader of Washington Archdiocese

Pope Francis has named Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory of Atlanta as the new archbishop of Washington.
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Update: Norman Francis to receive Laetare Medal

Norman C. Francis, who served as president of Xavier University of Louisiana for 47 years and has been a prominent voice in the civil rights movement for decades, will receive the University of Notre Dame's 2019 Laetare Medal at the school's graduation ceremony May 19.
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Canadian nun, sexologist: Catholics must increase their sexual maturity

A Canadian nun with a Ph.D. in clinical sexology said the sex abuse crisis in the church does not mean "the end of faith" but rather "the end of a lack of formation and the end of deviance," and a call to return to Jesus' message of love.
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Catholics, Muslims urged to work for peace by respecting ‘the other’

The way to peace runs through seeing one another as brothers and sisters, Catholic and Muslim leaders confirmed March 25 at a session of the National Catholic-Muslim Dialogue held at Catholic Theological Union.
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Johnson hopes ‘Unplanned’ rating won’t keep parents from taking children

Here's the text of an open letter to parents from Abby Johnson, whose story as a former Planned Parenthood clinic director who converted to the pro-life movement is told in the film "Unplanned." She explains why the Motion Picture Association of America, or MPAA, gave the movie an R rating and expresses hope that parents...
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West Virginia’s attorney general files suit against diocese, bishop

The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston "strongly and unconditionally" rejects the state attorney general's assertion that "the diocese is not wholly committed to the protection of children."
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French cardinal, convicted of abuse cover-up, meets pope

French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin of Lyon said Pope Francis would not accept his resignation following his conviction for covering up clerical sexual abuse, so he has decided to step aside temporarily for the good of the archdiocese.
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