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AOC, other Catholic Democrats urge bishops against 'weaponization' of Communion

Sixty Catholic Democrats in the House of Representatives, including Reps. Rosa DeLauro and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, released a "statement of principles" Friday calling on U.S. bishops to avoid "weaponizing" the Eucharist.

Creative documentary 'Of Animals and Men' gets lost in translation

Movie review: "Of Animals and Men", releasing for one night June 22, tells the true story of the Warsaw Zoo and Antonina and Jan Zabinski, a couple who saved the lives of hundreds of Jews amid World War II.

What Disney's 'Loki' teaches us about the divine

TV review: Though Loki's a far cry from a Catholic Christian understanding of divinity, he does come closest in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to embodying a character that is both fully divine and uncomfortably human.

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Impelled by Christ's love

Scripture for Life: Like the disciples, we can consider God with such frugality of imagination that we are blind to anything bigger than our own plans and expectations. But God has fashioned us to be capable of more.

New book by Jesuit Fr. Arturo Sosa talks Ignatius, individualism

Book review: In the interviews, Jesuit Fr. Arturo Sosa kindly and straightforwardly explains the Ignatian charism that has freed so many men and women to bring the Gospel to so many persons in so many ways.

In defiance of Vatican, US bishops vote to advance Communion document

In a vote that was both expected and defying the Vatican, the U.S. Catholic bishops advanced on June 18 plans to draft a document addressing Communion for pro-choice Catholic politicians.

EarthBeat Weekly: Bora woman in Peru honored for fighting against illegal logging and for park

Goldman Environmental Prize winner Liz Chicaje Churay says communities are committed to protecting the forest, but the pandemic has put many of their plans on hold.

Catholic House Democrats prepare to send bishops 'statement of principles' on Communion vote

A group of Catholic Democrats in the House of Representatives is preparing a "statement of principles" that taps into ongoing debate regarding Communion and politicians who back abortion rights.

Catholic groups ask bishops across the Americas for leadership on migration reform

A group of at least 162 organizations are asking bishops' conferences in the U.S., Central America and Mexico to "hear the cries of our brothers and sisters on the move and respond with bold leadership."