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    Oct 23, 2014

    Local faith leaders hold casino repeal rally

    Story and photos by Rebecca Drake
    SPRINGFIELD – The promise of jobs and a remedy for a sick economy are the enticements offered by companies and local leaders who want

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    Oct 23, 2014

    Pope Francis calls for abolishing death penalty and life imprisonment

    By Francis X. Rocca
    Catholic News Service
    (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis called for abolition of the death penalty as well as life imprisonment, and denounced what he called a "penal populism" that promises to solve society's problems by punishing crime instead of pursuing social justice.

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    Oct 23, 2014

    Catholic involvement helps Girl Scouts feed their 'hunger for the holy'

    By Marie Mischel
    Catholic News Service
    (CNS photo/Erick Rommel)

    SALT LAKE CITY (CNS) -- One hundred years ago, Cardinal James Gibbons of Baltimore endorsed the work of the Girl Scouts and their relationship with the Catholic Church.

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    Oct 22, 2014

    Eighth-graders offer comments, suggestions for diocesan magazine

    (Iobserve photo/Rebecca Drake)

    By Rebecca Drake
    SPRINGFIELD – From saints to soup recipes, from sports stories to stories about local schools, eighth grade students at St. Michael’s Academy

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