Pope Francis said he sees “hypocrisy” in criticism of his decision to let priests bless same-sex couples, possibly his most strongly worded defense of the move. LGBT blessings were authorized by a Vatican document called Fiducia Supplicans, or Supplicating Trust, but that was met with significant resistance in the Catholic Church, mainly from African bishops.…

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Parishioners at the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Fort Calhoun, Nebraska, were left in mourning after their priest, the Rev. Stephen Gutgsell, was fatally stabbed at the church during a break-in. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office said police received a 911 call about an attempted break-in at the church’s rectory. When they got…

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Pope Francis has made the historic decision to give women the right to vote in an upcoming meeting of bishops in October. The new rules announced that five religious sisters will be given voting rights at the synod. In the past, women have only been allowed to attend the gathering as observers, with no voting…

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Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with parades didn’t come from Ireland. Instead, they started and became popular in North American colonies many years ago. What began as a Catholic feast day and gained more appreciation with colonial celebrations is now one of America’s most significant cultural holidays. Over 31 million people in the United States claim…

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