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Religious sisters get place of honor in Mardi Gras parade

NEW ORLEANS — For years during Mardi Gras, people in New Orleans have been accustomed to yelling, “Throw me something, Mister!” to encourage float riders in parades to toss them beads or trinkets.

Newlyweds seek pope for blessings

VATICAN CITY — Each week dozens of newlyweds, dressed again in their wedding gowns and tuxedoes, come to the Vatican to receive a special papal blessing as they begin their lives together.

Committee: Gender policy won’t affect Catholic scout units

IRVING, Texas (CNS) — The Boy Scouts of America’s new policy to accept members based on their gender identity will have no impact on Scouting units sponsored by the Catholic Church, said the National Catholic Committee on Scouting.

Two top SNAP leaders resign; new generation of leadership eyed

WASHINGTON — The resignation of the president of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests opens the door for a new generation of leaders, said a top volunteer within the organization.

Communion of saints binds us to our living and deceased loved ones

Recently, I was asked to minister to a family by celebrating the funeral rites for a young woman. We gathered for the service, and in the Invitation to Prayer, I used the following words: “We believe that the ties of friendship and affection which knit us as one throughout our lives do not unravel with death.”  (Understanding our Church, Seeds of Faith)

How do you show God’s love to others?

“One way we express God’s love is giving compliments to other people. Some people today don’t get much recognition so just a simple ‘You look nice today’ will lighten their mood. Also giving useful …” (Youthspeak, Seeds of Faith)

What is our moral obligation to refugees?

On a recent Sunday, I delivered fresh produce to the Syrian refugee family my Catholic community sponsored this year. As I parked outside the apartment building, eager little faces were watching for me from the second-floor window, and soon the three oldest children of the family dashed from the door below to help. (Columns)

Fifty years’ occupation is long enough

One of the first issues that confronted President Donald Trump when he took office was the relationship between Palestine and Israel. (Editorial)

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