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Cross honoring soldiers who died in World War I deemed unconstitutional

A 40-foot-tall cross memorializing soldiers who died in World War I that sits at a busy intersection in the Washington suburb of Bladensburg, Maryland, was ruled unconstitutional.

Nominees announced for US bishops' conference leadership roles

The slate of nominees for several leadership positions in the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops was released Oct. 19; The vote will take place at the U.S. bishops' meeting Nov. 13-14 in Baltimore. 

Links for 10/19/17

Michael Sean Winters rounds up political news and commentary: Pope Francis and the hard-hearted; voting straight party ticket blindly; Vatican II is 55; keeping refugees protected; musical soothing

Pope names Bishop Joseph Siegel to lead Diocese of Evansville

Pope Francis named Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Siegel of Joliet, Illinois, to head the Diocese of Evansville, Indiana.

Pray that priests never use law to shut door to salvation, pope says

The Pharisees and doctors of the law who claim salvation comes only from fulfilling God's laws are not just biblical figures of the past, Pope Francis said.

Morning Briefing, Roman style

From a new Rome-centric version of Morning Briefing: Pope Francis explains why he speaks so freely in press conferences, the former head of the Vatican children's hospital is found guilty of abuse of office, and prisoners use a lunch with the pope to give their prison the slip.

Francis, the comic strip

Francis, the comic strip: It seems Francis himself has recognized the humor inherent in being pope. "Francis," the comic strip, picks up on that cue.

Change your lives

The Peace Pulpit: "Know that many are called, but few are chosen," Jesus concludes a parable. That story of today's Gospel is very important for us as we reflect on this call to change our lives. Those who were invited began to make excuses.

Prayer as both gift and task

Young Voices: Prayer is getting a bit of a bum rap these days, at least when it is tagged on to the end of the platitude most often employed in the face of tragedy — "thoughts and prayers."

Methodist experience in closing congregations offers lessons to Catholics

The Field Hospital: Massive consolidation of Catholic parishes has a familiar ring to mainstream Protestants who have been shedding congregations since the 1970s.‚Äč