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Republican platform: Government is still the problem

Faith and Justice:  The Republican Party platform emphasizes less government programs, less regulations and less taxes.

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Democratic platform is progressive wish list

Faith and Justice: The draft of the Democratic Party Platform was released just before the Fourth of July weekend. Here's a summary and how it compares to Catholic social teaching.

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Justice

The cathedral and the prison

At the Intersection: As they worshiped in Lisbon's Se Cathedral, what was going through parishioners', priests' and bishops' minds, knowing what was going on across the street?

People

Leaving the busy city for the quiet of the woods

Reconciliation in Chicago: A education summer program takes Chicago youth to St. Joseph's College, where they get to try out sculpture and experience the outdoors.

Spirituality

Teach me to pray

"Lord, Teach us to pray." Did the disciple who made that request have any clue about the intimacy of asking someone how he prays? Our prayer exposes the heart of our relationship with God: who we think God is...

Theology

Who was Mary Magdalene? New book explores saint's life

Mary Magdalene has been "interpreted and misinterpreted, just as Jesus has been interpreted and misinterpreted," according to Michael Haag, historian and author of The Quest for Mary Magdalene.

Media

Who was Mary Magdalene? New book explores saint's life

Mary Magdalene has been "interpreted and misinterpreted, just as Jesus has been interpreted and misinterpreted," according to Michael Haag, historian and author of The Quest for Mary Magdalene.

Francis mandates changes for contemplative women religious, requests revision of constitutions

Pope Francis orders contemplative women religious communities globally to implement changes in 12 areas and resubmit constitutions to Vatican for approval.

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Signers of document critiquing 'Amoris Laetitia' revealed

A list of names attached to Amoris Laetitia includes professors at diocesan seminaries, a member of a pontifical academy, and the head of the church's ecclesiastical structure in Afghanistan.

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Memo: Vatican nuncio quashed sexual misconduct inquiry of Archbishop Nienstedt

 Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano ordered two auxiliary bishops to have a law firm wrap up its investigation, and later instructed them to destroy evidence, per a memo unsealed Wednesday.

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