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Illinois diocese to ask Catholic-school parents to make commitment to support Church, follow moral teachings

Illinois diocese to ask Catholic-school parents to make commitment to support Church, follow moral teachings

The Diocese of Springfield, Illinois, is weighing a policy that would require parents of parochial-school students to agree that they will attend Mass every Sunday and contribute to the support of the Church. The proposal is raising hackles among some non-Catholic parents of children in

ISIS blows up ancient temple: destroys monastery and desecrates saint’s tomb in Palmyra

ISIS blows up ancient temple: destroys monastery and desecrates saint’s tomb in Palmyra

(CNN)The burgeoning list of appalling acts by ISIS has grown even longer: The Islamic extremist group has blown up a nearly 2,000-year-old temple in the historic ruins of Palmyra, Syria. Maamoun Abdulkarim, Syria’s director-general of antiquities and museums, said Sunday that sources in Palmyra informed

Francis and the media

Francis and the media

The news media loves the new and different, and Pope Francis was both, at least in their telling of the story. From his unexpected appearance on the balcony of St. Peter’s on March 13, 2013, to his surprising interviews, sharply worded homilies and catchy phrases,

Pope: ‘By No Means Excommunicated,’ but Divorce and Remarriage Contradicts the Sacrament

Pope: ‘By No Means Excommunicated,’ but Divorce and Remarriage Contradicts the Sacrament

In his Aug. 5 general audience catechesis, the Holy Father emphasized the need for a welcoming pastoral outreach to Catholics in such circumstances. VATICAN CITY — Echoing his predecessors on the need to care for divorced-and-remarried persons, Pope Francis said Christians should help these persons