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A Question of Conscience | Association of Catholic Priests
Maureen on Fr. Tony Flannery's Idea of Church Reform  
10-29-2014Maureen's Corner
In this blog, Maureen does a short profile of Irish priest, Fr. Tony Flannery and the work he does for LGBT communities and women's rights in the Church. He's on a 18-city speaking tour in the U.S. and refuses to...

William Blake | RNS
Does purgatory have a prayer with Protestants?  
10-29-2014From around the web
By DAVID GIBSON (RNS) This Sunday (Nov. 2), on what is known as All Souls’ Day, Roman Catholics around the world will be praying for loved ones who have died and for all those who have passed from this life to t...

Pope Francis thanks exorcists for showing ‘love’ to the possessed  
10-29-2014From around the web
By JOSEPHINE MCKENNA | ROME (RNS) Just in time for Halloween and against an unspecified “steady increase” of demonic possession, Pope Francis thanked exorcists for showing the church’s “lo...

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Why Americans want more religion in their politics  
10-28-2014From around the web
By CHAD CONNELLY (RNS) A plurality of Americans now say that they want a greater role for faith in our political life. So says the latest survey from the Pew Research Center on the subject of faith in America. Acco...

RNS | Barna Group
Secularism grows as more U.S. Christians turn ‘churchless’  
10-27-2014From around the web
By CATHY LYNN GROSSMAN (RNS) If you’re dismayed that one in five Americans (20 percent) are “nones” — people who claim no particular religious identity — brace yourself. How does 38 pe...

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Ohio municipal worker unlikely pawn in US-North Korea chess game  
10-23-2014From around the web
By WILLIAM M. WELCH c. 2014 USA Today (RNS) Jeffrey Fowle, released by North Korea on Tuesday (Oct. 21), is an unlikely figure to find himself at the center of diplomatic tensions: a 56-year-old municipal worker from...

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Archbishop Chaput blasts Vatican debate on family, says ‘confusion is of the devil’  
10-22-2014From around the web
By DAVID GIBSON | NEW YORK (RNS) Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput, a leading culture warrior in the U.S. hierarchy, says he was “very disturbed” by the debate over church teachings on gays and r...