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Pope Francis’ Year of Mercy Indulgence Raises Canonical Questions

COMMENTARY: There are a few canonical ambiguities in the Holy Father’s letter that need clarifications so that his desires can be implemented appropriately.

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Transparent on Trans-Parents: Vatican Vetoes Transsexual as Godfather

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith advised it is ‘impossible to allow’ persons with transsexual behavior to be baptismal godfathers or godmothers.

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Pope Francis: Families’ Faith and Love Can Change the World

The Holy Father spoke of ‘victory of the love of the family’ at Sept. 2 general audience.

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Pope Francis Validates SSPX Confessions for Year of Mercy

The Holy Father’s action has been welcomed by Catholics as a positive step forward.

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Bishop Paprocki: Papal Visit to U.S. Will ‘Focus on the True Meaning of Family Life’

Springfield, Ill., shepherd discusses cultural need for Church teaching and the witness of Blessed Junípero Serra.

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Papal Preacher: St. Francis of Assisi Can Teach Us So Much About Creation

The World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation was instituted by Pope Francis to coincide with the Eastern Orthodox Church’s day of celebration for creation.

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Planned Parenthood’s CEO Confirms Suspicions, Advocacy Group Says

In a letter to Congress, Cecile Richards reveals that a California Planned Parenthood affiliate currently 'receives a modest reimbursement of $60 per tissue specimen.' The Center for Medical Progress questions whether $60 per specimen can lawfully be considered a modest and legal reimbursement:

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Year of Mercy Jubilee: Pope Gives Priests Authority to Absolve Sin of Abortion

In a Sept. 1 letter for the upcoming Year of Mercy, the Holy Father also granted to priests of the Society of St. Pius X the faculty to ‘validly and licitly’ absolve sins.

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