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President Trump issues new guidance on prayer in public schools

President Donald Trump announced his administration's new guidance on prayer in public schools during a Jan. 16 event in the Oval Office on National Religious Freedom Day.
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Pope speaks to U.S. bishops about pro-life issues, transgender ideology

Protecting human life is the "preeminent" social and political issue, Pope Francis said, and he asked the head of the U.S. bishops' Committee for Pro-Life Activities to convey his support to the pro-life community.
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Trebek cites ‘power of prayer’ in accepting Fordham Founders’ Award

"Jeopardy" host Alex Trebek and his wife, Jean, received Fordham University's Founders' Award at a Jan. 7 reception in Los Angeles.
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Knights, New York Archdiocese and others providing aid to quake victims

Jose Lebron-Sanabria, a Knight of Columbus and a general insurance agent for the fraternal organization, is coordinating assistance to Puerto Ricans in the aftermath of devastating earthquakes.
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Quebec to take ethics, religious culture out of school curriculum

The government of Quebec is about to eliminate its Ethics and Religious Culture curriculum, which replaced catechesis in schools in 2008.
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Retired pope wants his name removed as co-author of book on celibacy

At the request of retired Pope Benedict XVI, his name will be removed as co-author of a book defending priestly celibacy, said Cardinal Robert Sarah, the Vatican official who coordinated work on the book.
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Retired pope, Vatican cardinal write book defending priestly celibacy

Since marriage and priesthood both demand the total devotion and self-giving of a man to his vocation, "it does not seem possible to realize both vocations simultaneously," retired Pope Benedict XVI said in a new book.
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Writer’s Southern roots inspire ‘radical faith’ element to her fiction

A native of Beaufort, South Carolina, Sayers' first five novels touch on the sense of separateness and isolation of Catholic communities in the heavily Protestant U.S. South.
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Puerto Rico reels under successive earthquakes; Catholic church damaged

At least one person has died and one Catholic church was destroyed by the latest of a series of earthquakes to rock Puerto Rico.
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Iowa priest-photographer surprised by appeal of viral cattle cross image

Thousands have seen the photograph and its impact continues weeks after the priest took the shot.
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Movie Review: ‘Underwater’

Like the ocean depths in which it's set, director William Eubank's monster movie "Underwater" (Fox) is dim and murky.
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Don’t let the devil light ‘fire’ of war in your heart, pope says

People cannot call themselves Christians if they sow the seeds of war, Pope Francis said.
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