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Catholic bishops narrowly reject a wider welcome to gays, divorced Catholics

Catholic bishops meeting here narrowly defeated proposals that would have signaled greater acceptance of gays and lesbians and divorced Catholics, a sign of the deep divisions facing the hierarchy as Pope Francis continues his push for a more open church.

Gonzaga scholars to present “What Can We Learn From Aristotle?”

Gonzaga University’s “What Can We Learn?” lecture series, which focuses on lessons from great thinkers of the past, continues this fall with the topic, “What Can We Learn from Aristotle?”

Sparring continues as Catholic bishops prepare synod’s final report

VATICAN CITY (RNS) As Catholic bishops attending the global Synod on the Family were drawing up their final report on Friday (Oct. 17), prominent cardinals continued to spar over the direction the church should take on key issues.

Opus Prize awarded to nun

A Catholic nun from Queens, New York, who runs a nonprofit devoted to helping incarcerated women and their children, won a $1 million humanitarian prize in downtown Spokane Thursday evening.

Ebola prompts hands-off Mass in Fort Worth, Texas

The Blood of Christ will not be offered during Mass. The Host will be placed in the hands, not on the tongue. And the faithful should not hold hands while reciting the “Our Father.”

Interfaith prayer service honors Opus Prize finalists

The three Opus Prize finalists sat amongst students, faith leaders and community members, closed their eyes and listened as prayers gently grazed the walls of Gonzaga’s University Chapel Wednesday evening.

BREAKING: Mark Driscoll resigns from Mars Hill Church

Mark Driscoll, the larger-than-life megachurch pastor who has been accused of plagiarism, bullying and an unhealthy ego that alienated his most devoted followers, resigned from his Seattle church Tuesday (Oct. 14), according to a document obtained by RNS.

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