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Pope Francis Calls Us to ‘Rejoice and Be Glad’ in New Exhortation

by Tess Daniels

 

Gaudete et exsultate, or “Rejoice and be glad,” was released on April 9 by Pope Francis, his third apostolic exhortation. The 44-page exhortation delves into the definition and consequences of holiness and gives practical advice for living out the call to holiness in ordinary life. Pope Francis writes that Jesus does not want us to settle for “a bland and mediocre existence,” and notes that the call to holiness is present from the very first pages of the Bible. Francis declares that “very often it is a holiness found in our next-door neighbours, those who, living in our midst, reflect God’s presence. We might call them ‘the middle class of holiness.’” 

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2018

Christian Patriarchs Condemn U.S. Strike on Syria

Image by Staff Sergeant Chelsea Browning via Wikimedia Commons
Image by Staff Sergeant Chelsea Browning via Wikimedia Commons

by Jack Long

 

The missile strikes directed by the United States and its allies against the Syrian government have been condemned as a brutal aggression in a letter from three Christian Patriarchs from the region.

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2018

Mass Attendance at Record Lows for US Catholics

by David O'Neill

 

According to a recent study by Gallup, which has tracked Mass participation in American Catholics since 1955, attendance at Sunday Mass has fallen to an all-time low across age groups. The poll consisted of a simple question: Has the interviewee attended a church service in the past seven days?  

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2018

Alfie Evans Case Renews Humane Healthcare Debate

Image: Katie James / Facebook
Image: Katie James / Facebook

by Adriana Watkins

 

Alfie Evans, a child removed from life support by a British hospital, died on April 28 after a lengthy legal debate surrounding his care. His case gained international attention in the week before his death, as his parents petitioned the court to overturn the decision that would remove him from his ventilator. Evans’ situation has been compared to that of Charlie Gard, who died in 2017 after a similar court-ordered removal from life support. 

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2018

Ireland to Vote on Legalization of Abortion

by Bianca Passero

 

In 1983, the Irish electorate voted in favor of the 8th Amendment which reads, “The State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and, as is practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right.” This amendment protects the life of the unborn as well as the life of the mother. However, this Amendment may soon be repealed. 

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2018

Pope Francis Celebrates 5 Years as Pope

by Tess Daniels

 

On March 1, Pope Francis celebrated the five-year anniversary of his election to the papacy. With this milestone comes an examination of Francis’s accomplishments and controversies. Francis, though a hugely influential and compelling figure, has nonetheless had his fair share of criticism. He is seen by the world as a reformer pope—a humble, highly educated, genial Jesuit who seems to depart from the practices of previous pontiffs. On the other hand, traditionalist Catholics have objected to Francis’ agenda, arguing that a pope should deliver doctrinal and moral clarity, and Francis’s policy has blurred Catholic teachings.

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2018

Tensions Rise in Jerusalem

by Alex Wasilkoff

 

On March 7, Israel passed a law giving the Minister of the Interior the power to revoke the permanent residency status of Palestinians living in East Jerusalem if they commit a “breach of trust.”

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2018

Remembering Stephen Hawking

by Patrick Stallwood

 

Stephen Hawking, the groundbreaking theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and cultural icon, has died at the age of 76. On March 14, he passed away from complications due to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). When he was 21, Hawking was diagnosed with ALS and was told he would not live past 25. He would go on to live 55 more years, contributing some of the most influential discoveries in the field of physics.

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