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A matter of taste: One writer’s deep dive into fast-food fish sandwiches

Mark Pattison checks out fish sandwiches at fast-food restaurants this Lenten season.
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Actor Gary Sinise describes his road to the Catholic Church

Gary Sinise, the actor perhaps best known for playing Lieutenant Dan in the 1994 movie "Forrest Gump," followed a rather unusual path to becoming a Catholic.
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International study suggests religious people are happier

The results of a wide-ranging study that surveyed the attitudes of people in as many as 35 countries suggest that happiness is tied to being religiously active.
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Survey assesses views of bishops, diaconate directors on women deacons

Should the Vatican permit the ordination of women as deacons -- a topic that has been studied by a papal commission -- a majority of U.S. bishops surveyed said they would expect the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to pave the way to implement it.
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Despite high turnover, number of Catholics little changed in Congress

Two years ago, there were 168 Catholics in the House and Senate combined, a high-water mark. This year, for the 116th Congress, the number is down five, to 163.
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Knights’ leader takes umbrage at Senate questioning of judge nominee

The supreme knight of the Knights of Columbus, calling the organization "an American Catholic cultural icon," said senators have no business questioning a federal judicial nominee's membership in the Knights over its support for church teaching on abortion and same-sex marriage.
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Catholic advocates outline legislative goals for a new Congress

Did you get everything you wanted for Christmas? Thought not. Neither did several Catholic organizations, despite the last-minute flurry of legislation typical of a lame-duck Congress.
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Ethicist: Gene-editing human embryos ‘a train wreck of a thing to do’

The revelation in late November that a Chinese researcher had edited genes in human embryos and then implanted them in a woman was "a train wreck of a thing to do," said an ethicist at the National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia.
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Bishops overwhelmingly approve pastoral against racism

The U.S. bishops overwhelmingly approved a pastoral letter against racism Nov. 14 during their fall general meeting at Baltimore.
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Bishops give go-ahead to diocese’s Sister Thea Bowman sainthood effort

The U.S. bishops gave their assent to the canonization effort launched for Sister Thea Bowman by the Diocese of Jackson, Mississippi.
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Bishops consider, comment on proposed pastoral against racism

The U.S. bishops took the first steps toward approving a pastoral letter against racism with the document's introduction Nov. 13 during their annual fall general meeting.
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Conference celebrates ‘partnership’ between Reagan, St. John Paul II

"Ronald Reagan & Pope John Paul II: The Partnership That Changed the World," brought together Cold Warriors from the 1980s to discuss the relationship between President Reagan and St. John Paul II.
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