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    From a communications point of view, 'Amoris Laetitia' is a shipwreck

    Good communicators not only deal with facts, they also deal with appearances. They predict confusing or negative perceptions and navigate around them. This hasn't been the case with 'Amoris Laetitia,' the document by Pope Francis on marriage and the family. The debate over a footnote means the rest of the positive and affirming message on Christian love and the sacrament of matrimony has been lost in the controversy.

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    Hunger strikers in D.C. want sanctuary churches in every American diocese

    Hunger strikers at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., including an 87-year-old nun, are asking that the Archdiocese of Washington and every other Catholic diocese in America open at least one parish church as a sanctuary for undocumented immigrants facing the risk of deportation or other legal challenges.

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    U.S. bishops establish committee to tackle racism

    A new anti-racism committee at the U.S. bishops' conference will be chaired by Bishop George V. Murry, SJ of Youngstown, Ohio, and anticipates releasing a new pastoral letter on racism in 2018. The new committee comes on the heels of the conclusion of a previous task force, “Peace in Our Communities,” in response to a series of race-related police shootings.

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    • August 20, 2017

    In the wake of the latest spike in violence across Europe, the Vatican says it’s not taking extra security precautions, in part because safeguards were already “very strong.” Popes often feel a greater degree of calm about their safety than other public figures, because, let’s face it, from their point of view, they’ve got the ultimate safety net.

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    • August 23, 2017

    Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama, president of the Nigerian bishops’ conference, is urging priests in his country’s Ahaira diocese to accept a bishop appointed by Benedict XVI and confirmed by Francis, even though he comes from outside the diocese’s majority ethnic and linguistic group. While some priests say they’re ready to comply with whatever the pope decides, that doesn’t mean the underlying grievances are resolved.

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  • Catholic priest in Virginia speaks of his past membership in the KKK
    Catholic priest in Virginia speaks of his past membership in the KKK
    • August 22, 2017

    Father William Aitcheson says the images from Charlottesville “brought back memories of a bleak period in my life that I would have preferred to forget,” when he was a member of the white supremacist Ku Klux Klan. He called for the condemnation of “the hatred and vile beliefs of the KKK and other white supremacist organizations,” adding that what they believe contradicts everything Catholics hold dear.

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  • Indian foreign minister: Priest kidnapped in Yemen could be freed soon
    Indian foreign minister: Priest kidnapped in Yemen could be freed soon
    • August 23, 2017

    India’s Minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj, has told a delegation from his Salesian religious order that a Catholic priest kidnapped in Yemen last year is alive and could be released soon, according to a report from an Indian news agency. Minister Sushma Swaraj also reportedly told the group that securing his freedom is among the highest priorities of the Indian government.

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  • Pope in Myanmar won’t be judged by crowds or speeches, but results
    Pope in Myanmar won’t be judged by crowds or speeches, but results
    • August 19, 2017

    Founded in 1991, Burma Campaign UK is one of the leading international organizations seeking reform in the country. Its director Mark Farmaner says Pope Francis is likely to face a challenging time when he visits Burma, also known as Myanmar, in a trip which is expected in late November. The pope has spoken up many times to protest the treatment of the Rohingya, a minority Muslim population facing persecution in the country.

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