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    Amy Coney Barrett and ‘building the Kingdom of God’

    Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Sep 23, 2020 / 07:45 am (CNA).- Judge Amy Coney Barrett has been the subject of renewed criticism regarding her Catholic faith, following reports that she is a leading candidate for President Donald Trump’s nomination to fill the current Supreme Court vacancy. With much criticism focused on a comment she made in 2006, CNA asked experts what is means for Catholics to “build the Kingdom of God.” A Catholic mother of seven, Barrett is a member of the ecumenical charismatic community People of Praise; her membership, along with her faith, was scrutinized in 2017 during her confirmation process to the federal circuit court. In her 2006 commencement…

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    More than 130 Colorado doctors, scientists support late-term abortion ban 

    Denver, Colo., Sep 23, 2020 / 04:06 am (CNA).- More than 130 medical professionals and scientists in Colorado have signed a letter in support of Proposition 115, a ballot measure seeking to ban abortion after 22 weeks of pregnancy. “As Healthcare professionals we are totally aware of the science of human development. The humanity of a 22-week fetus is apparent to each of us. There can be no doubt that the 22-week fetus is fully alive and fully human,” the letter reads. Colorado currently has no laws regulating late-term abortion, either restricting the procedure or explicitly protecting it. As a result, abortions can take place up until birth. This November,…

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    Know some excellent parishes of the pandemic? There’s an award for that

    Denver Newsroom, Sep 23, 2020 / 04:00 am (CNA).- Scot Landry has worked for the Catholic Church for years. So he knows that diocesan and parish offices typically hear very little about what they’re doing well, and a lot about what’s not going right. “The ratio of compliments or gratitude or praise, to complaints…that ratio was in the complaint end of things, stronger than any other time of my life,” Landry told CNA, reflecting on his years working for the Archdiocese of Boston. For years, Landry has wanted to do something to recognize parishes doing exemplary things, but it never seemed to be the right time. This year, however, as…

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    The medieval carpentry techniques used in Notre Dame cathedral rebuild

    CNA Staff, Sep 23, 2020 / 12:00 am (CNA).- After fire toppled the iconic spire and destroyed the roof of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France in April 2009, heated debates ensued about whether the reconstruction should use the church’s original design, or use a more modern design and technique. Some proposed futuristic ideas included a rooftop swimming pool and a greenhouse atop the 850-year-old cathedral. Last year, the French Senate passed a bill mandating that Notre-Dame be rebuilt as it was before the fire, with lumber and medieval carpentry techniques, which were highlighted in a public demonstration Saturday in the cathedral’s square. “It shows…firstly that we made the…

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    Survey: Catholics, like fellow Americans, favor abortion restrictions

    CNA Staff, Sep 22, 2020 / 03:00 pm (CNA).-   The vast majority of Catholic likely voters – more than 8 in 10 – favor restrictions on abortion, a new poll released this week has found. Only 15% of those surveyed said abortion should be permitted at any time in a pregnancy. The same percentage said abortion should never be permitted. Eight percent said abortion should only be allowed in the first six months of a pregnancy, while 21% favored limiting the procedure to the first three months of a pregnancy. Thirty-one percent said abortion should only be permitted in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of…

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    US bishops to Trump: ‘Enough. Stop these executions’  

    CNA Staff, Sep 22, 2020 / 02:45 pm (CNA).-   The Catholic bishops of the United States on Tuesday implored President Donald Trump to halt two federal executions set to take place this week. “We say to President Trump and Attorney General Barr: Enough. Stop these executions.”  “After the first murder recorded in the Bible, God did not end Cain’s life, but rather preserved it, warning others not to kill Cain (Gn. 4:15). As the Church, we must give concrete help to victims of violence, and we must encourage the rehabilitation and restoration of those who commit violence,” the bishops wrote in a statement Sept. 22. “Accountability and legitimate punishment…

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    Poll: Catholics overwhelmingly concerned about church attacks, oppose ‘defund the police’

    CNA Staff, Sep 22, 2020 / 01:40 pm (CNA).-   Eighty-three percent of Catholic likely voters are concerned about attacks on churches in recent months, a new poll has found.  The poll, conducted Aug. 27 – Sept. 1 by RealClear Opinion Research in partnership with EWTN News, surveyed 1,212 likely voters who self-identify as Catholic. More than 60% of those surveyed said they were “very concerned” about recent vandalism and attacks on churches, and another 22% said they were “somewhat concerned.” Just 11% said they were either not very concerned or not at all concerned by the recent church attacks. Recent months have seen numerous acts of vandalism and destruction…

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    Vatican cardinal: Pope Francis ‘concerned’ about Church in Germany

    CNA Staff, Sep 22, 2020 / 01:00 pm (CNA).- A Vatican cardinal said Tuesday that Pope Francis has expressed concern about the Church in Germany. Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, told the magazine Herder Korrespondenz Sept. 22 that he believed the pope backed an intervention by the Vatican’s doctrinal office in a debate over intercommunion between Catholics and Protestants.  The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) wrote last week to Bishop Georg Bätzing, president of the German bishops’ conference, saying that a proposal for a “Eucharistic meal fellowship” would harm relations with Orthodox Churches. Asked if the pope personally approved the…

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    Trump to UN: Protect the unborn and religious minorities

    Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Sep 22, 2020 / 11:00 am (CNA).- President Trump told world leaders that the United States is committed to “protecting unborn children” in remarks to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) from the White House on Tuesday. “America will always be a leader in human rights,” Trump said in his speech to the UNGA from the White House. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, world leaders were invited to deliver their speeches to the assembly remotely, and they were then broadcast as “live.” “My administration is advancing religious liberty, opportunity for women, the decriminalization of homosexuality, combatting human trafficking, and protecting unborn children,” the president said. This…

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    Palliative care is not enough — Catholics must share Christ’s hope, says Vatican

    Vatican City, Sep 22, 2020 / 10:00 am (CNA).- Palliative care for the dying is important, but medical interventions are not enough; Catholics have a responsibility to be with the suffering and to communicate the hope of Christ, a new Vatican document on euthanasia said Tuesday. While palliative care is “essential and invaluable,” it is not enough, a letter from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith said. “Palliative care cannot provide a fundamental answer to suffering or eradicate it from people’s lives,” the congregation said. “To claim otherwise is to generate a false hope, and cause even greater despair in the midst of suffering.” “Medical science can understand physical…