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Refugee treaty needs improvement, says Vatican official

GENEVA — More than half a century after its creation, an international treaty designed to protect refugees has room for improvement, a Vatican official...

‘The Sitter’ is a sick child endangerment fantasy

Felony child endangerment presented as “life lessons” constitutes the theme, such as it is, of “The Sitter.” Director David Gordon Green and screenwriters Brian Gatewood...

Achbishop calls human dignity a primary doctrine of church

NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Calling the dignity of the human person “a primary doctrine” of the Catholic Church, Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New...

Irish priests struggle, hurt by sins of the minority

Catholic News Service DUBLIN -- Father Damien McGroarty, 29, is one of the youngest diocesan priests in Ireland. Ordained just over a year ago, he...

Vatican plans Christmas carols in square this year

  The Vatican is planning to sing its way into the Christmas season this year, with a chorus and orchestra leading Christmas carols at the...

Detroit likely to close nine parishes, merge 60

DETROIT -- A pastoral plan for the Detroit Archdiocese that includes recommendations such as closing nine parishes, merging 60 parishes into 21 and establishing...

‘Descendants’ never rises to resolution

‘The Descendants’ is sensitive, thoughtful and spiritually bereft. That's exceedingly sad, especially considering that the key plot point in this adaptation of the novel by...

Pope praises efforts to ban death penalty

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Benedict XVI gave a special greeting of encouragement to delegations meeting in Rome -- including a group from Illinois --...

Detroit music minister writes ‘Mass for Motor City’

DETROIT -- Aaron Kaleniecki said he didn't see how changing the wording to prayers was going to work musically with the new Roman Missal. “When...

Death penalty opponents praise Oregon governor

PORTLAND, Ore. — Catholic and other opponents of the death penalty praised Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber for placing a moratorium on the use of...

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