Illinois bishops advise against legalization of marijuana in state

Marijuana plants for sale are displayed in California in this file photo. (CNS/Reuters)

The ordinaries of the five Catholic dioceses and one archdiocese in Illinois on Feb. 5 issued a statement urging state lawmakers to vote “no” on legislation being considered that would legalize marijuana for recreational use. The statement, provided by the Catholic Conference of Illinois, is as follows: — Legislation that would legalize marijuana for recreational use […]

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Pope Francis to convene world meeting on abuse prevention with bishops’ leaders

Pope Francis speaks during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Sept. 12. (CNS/Paul Haring)

By Carol Glatz / Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis is calling the presidents of every Catholic bishops’ conference in the world to Rome Feb. 21-24 to discuss the prevention of the abuse of minors and vulnerable adults. The Vatican made the announcement Sept. 12 after the pope and members of his international […]

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Prepare for voting by reading election-year guidance from the U.S. bishops

Back in November, as the debates for the Democratic and Republican presidential races were just beginning, the U.S. Catholic bishops were having their own debate about politics during their annual fall general assembly. The debate preceded votes on “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship,” a document the bishops revise and publish every four years as the […]

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