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Archbishop Gomez ‘deeply disappointed’ by Senate passing confession bill

Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez said he was "deeply disappointed" by the California Senate's passage of a bill that would force priests to disclose information about child sexual abuse that they hear in the sacrament of confession.
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College graduates urged, implored to change the world

College graduations often include an encouraging push by commencement speakers for graduates to go out and make a difference in the world. This year's ceremonies at Catholic colleges and universities around the country were no different, but there may have been a little more urgency in the advice.
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Catholic school teacher in Tennessee gets a shot at stardom on ‘Jeopardy’

For a moment, Pope John Paul II High School in Hendersonville and one of its teachers stared television history in the face.
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Vatican official: Easter attacks were an act against all of Sri Lanka

One of the Vatican's top officials visited Sri Lanka to show solidarity with Catholics still reeling from the Easter suicide bombings that claimed more than 250 lives and injured more than 400.
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Movie Review: ‘Aladdin’

Though the magical tale of Aladdin is centuries old, it's probably best known to contemporary audiences through two relatively recent products of pop culture: the 1992 animated film with Robin Williams and the Broadway musical derived from it, which continues a run that began in 2014.
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Washington’s new archbishop urges renewed faith amid recent challenges

During his installation ceremony as the new archbishop of Washington, Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory acknowledged the struggles that have recently impacted the Catholic Church and urged Catholic leaders and laity not to lose faith.
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People-to-people diplomacy suggested to ease U.S.-Iran tensions

Steps to open avenues for people-to-people diplomacy would go a long way to tamp down tensions between the United States and Iran, said a U.N. representative of Pax Christi International.
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California confession bill amended, but church leaders say it still targets priests

Church officials are urging Catholics to continue to oppose a California bill that would force priests to disclose information about child sexual abuse that they hear in the sacrament of confession.
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No more Sunday games for Detroit Catholic parish, school sports teams

As part of a new pastoral note encouraging Catholics in the Archdiocese of Detroit to keep Sunday as a day of holiness, rest and family togetherness, Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron introduced a new policy requiring Catholic parishes and schools to stop scheduling athletic games and practices on Sundays.
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Two young men shot dead outside Mass in Mexico

wo young men arriving for a Mass to be celebrated before a quinceanera in Mexico's Veracruz state were shot dead as they entered the parish parking lot. It was the latest atrocity in a steady string of mass slayings, which have highlighted a surge in the country's already shockingly high homicide rate.
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Throwing away food is like throwing away people, pope says

Pope Francis condemned food waste, saying throwing away food is like throwing away people.
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Limiting Muslim immigration is patriotic, U.S. cardinal says

Limiting the number of Muslims allowed to immigrate to traditionally Christian nations would be a prudent decision on the part of politicians, said U.S. Cardinal Raymond L. Burke.
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