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New San Diego bishop speaks of a church that 'banishes judgmentalism'

Pope Francis is bringing "a sense of mercy, a sense of joy, a sense of accepting people where they are" to the church, Bishop Robert McElroy says.


A readers' guide to 'Laudato Si''

Faith and Justice: The encyclical is great for individual reading but even better for a book club, class, or discussion group. Here's a readers' guide to Laudato Si'.



St. Therese's parents to be first married couple canonized together

The parents of St. Therese of Lisieux will be canonized Oct. 18 at the Vatican during the Synod of Bishops on the family.

Louis Martin (1823-1894) and Marie Zelie Guerin Martin (1831-1877) will be the...


Led beyond fear

Mark sets a nearly breathless stage for this Gospel incident. Jesus and the disciples had weathered a great storm, then Jesus cured a demoniac, caused a pig-herd tragedy, and finally returned to Jewish territory...

Supreme Court: Execution drug does not violate Eighth Amendment

In a 5-4 ruling, the court said the use of midazolam in executions does not violate the ban on "cruel and unusual punishment."


Pope to archbishops: Live what you preach, give authentic witness

Pope Francis gave a forceful message to the world’s newest Catholic archbishops Monday, saying they should live lives "coherent" with what they preach.


In the face of racial inequality, forgiveness can wait

At the Intersection: Jesus expresses forgiveness as mandatory but conditional. The person on the receiving end of potential forgiveness must repent.


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