Marriage and the common good

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How is marriage a social justice issue? The family is the bedrock of society. Children come to understand who they are and how they fit into this world through their family relationships. Marriage between a man and a woman, that gives stability and permanence to their bond, is good for all of society especially for children. It sets an example of love and faithfulness, and provides a mother and a father to any children who come from their union, or to whom they open their home through adoption. Read more

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Pope’s message for 50th World Day of Peace

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Below is the Vatican-provided text of Pope Francis’ Message for the 50th World Day of Peace, which is celebrated on January 1st, on the theme: ‘Nonviolence: A Style of Politics for Peace’ Read more

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Pope Francis: Humility is childlike, not theatrical

AUDIENCE—Pope Francis kissed a child in St. Peter’s Square for the general audience, Dec. 9, 2015. (Photo by Daniel Ibanez/CNA)
AUDIENCE—Pope Francis kissed a child in St. Peter’s Square for the general audience. (Photo by Daniel Ibanez/CNA)

Christians must pursue true humility as they remember the “smallness” of Christmas, Pope Francis said in a recent homily.

“Humility is the virtue of the childlike and this is true humility and not a rather theatrical humility: no, not that: the humility of somebody who said: ‘I am humble but proud of being so.’ No, that is not true humility,” the Pope warned. Read more

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Lone Jesus statue survived Tennessee wildfires

LONE SURVIVOR AMID RUBBLE—A statue of Christ in East Tennessee. (Credit: Zwiebackesser via Shutterstock)
LONE SURVIVOR AMID RUBBLE—A statue of Christ in East Tennessee. (Credit: Zwiebackesser via Shutterstock)

As devastating wildfires continue to burn in East Tennessee, a startling discovery was made.

On Thursday, CNN said that one of its affiliate reporters had found a statue of Jesus in the remains of a burnt-down house in Sevier County. The statue was the only thing standing amid the rubble. Read more

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Humanitarian needs going unmet in Iraq, Catholic leaders tell Congress

IRAQ DEVASTATION—Bishop William Murphy of Rockville Centre visited a refugee camp in Dawodiya, Iraq, April 10, 2016. (Credit: Elise Harris/CNA.)
IRAQ DEVASTATION—Bishop William Murphy of Rockville Centre visited a refugee camp in Dawodiya, Iraq, April 10, 2016. (Credit: Elise Harris/CNA.)

Given new and expanded humanitarian crises in Iraq and elsewhere, Congress should respond generously to a request to approve additional aid funding, the US bishops and Catholic Relief Services leaders have said in a letter.

“As we have already learned in Iraq, individuals, communities, and countries divided by war face significant challenges amidst their suffering. They must rebuild their communities, and establish inclusive governance that protects majorities and minorities,” the letter said. Read more

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