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Global church reform group backs US request for married priests dialogue

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An international church reform group has backed a U.S.-based effort seeking bishops begin a discussion about the possibility of ordaining married men into the priesthood.

Catholic Church Reform International, a network of nearly 100 organizations from more than 15 countries, offered their support Thursday to the request for dialogue on the issue of married clergy made Tuesday by the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests.

Francis to address Congress Sept. 24

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Pope Francis will make an unprecedented address to Congress on Sept. 24 during his first visit to the United States.

House Speaker John Boehner announced Thursday (Feb. 5) that the pontiff accepted the invitation Boehner extended last year.

“In a time of global upheaval, the Holy Father’s message of compassion and human dignity has moved people of all faiths and backgrounds,” Boehner said in a statement. “His teachings, prayers, and very example bring us back to the blessings of simple things and our obligations to one another.”

Vatican: Cardinals' meeting next week to focus on curial reform

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A two-day meeting in Rome next week of the world's Catholic cardinals will focus mainly on discussing reform of the church's central bureaucracy, the Vatican spokesman said Thursday.

Speaking to reporters briefly on a number of topics, Vatican spokesman Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi also said there was no other theme for the meeting, called by Pope Francis for Feb. 12-13.

G.M. does the right thing

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It has been an exceptionally rough year for General Motors. The automaker was forced to spend $3 billion to compensate accident victims and recall close to 30 million vehicles. 

But as The New York Times reports, at the close of the fiscal year, the Detroit, Michigan-based company still found a way to pay bonuses -- record bonuses -- to its 48,000 unionized workers.

Preview: Beyond habits and no habits: a reflection on the identity of religious women in the US

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One day, I had a conversation with a psychologist friend. We talked about what we hear from our clients. When I said, "I try to listen to clients attentively, including to their nonverbal cues," he responded, "Actually, I pay more attention to what is unsaid because that could have a deeper meaning." His statement reminded me of a Koan of Zen masters, which states that "music is created not by sound, but by the space between music codes," which emphasizes the power of not.

Sparks fly over choice of image for Vatican document for assembly on women

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The Vatican Pontifical Council of Culture recently sparked controversy when the cover image for an online working document intended to advertise this week's annual plenary assembly in Rome on "Women's Culture: Equality and Difference" was Man Ray's 1936 sculpture, "Venus Restored," a plaster cast of a headless Venus bound in ropes.

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