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Responding to an invitation from Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera to seek reconciliation with Christ during the season of Advent, nearly 5,000 Catholics stood in line for hours to receive the Sacrament of Confession. (Associated Press)

Catholic practice and Catholic faith: a survey looks at the US

By Catholic News Agency

What do practicing Catholics believe? A new U.S. survey has answered this question by breaking down the similarities and differences these Catholics have with non-practicing Catholics and with Americans as a whole. Published August 30, 2015

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Dr. Oliver Sacks speaks about Alzheimer's disease to an audience at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Conn, in this Oct. 26, 2005, file photo. Sacks, a neurologist and writer, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. (Johnathon Henninger/Connecticut Post via AP, File)

'Awakenings' author, neurologist Oliver Sacks dies at 82

- Associated Press

There was the blind man who had the disastrous experience of regaining his sight. The surgeon who developed a sudden passion for music after being struck by lightning. And most famously, the man who mistook his wife for a hat.

Initial Common Core goals unfulfilled as results trickle in

- Associated Press

Results for some of the states that participated in Common Core-aligned testing for the first time this spring are out, with overall scores higher than expected, though still below what many parents may be accustomed to seeing.

Looking in the direction of the victim's family, former St. Paul's School student Owen Labrie, right, enters the courtroom with his defense attorney J.W. Carney, left, for closing remarks in Labrie's rape trial at Merrimack Superior Court Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in Concord, N.H. Labrie is charged with raping a 15-year-old freshman as part of Senior Salute, in which seniors try to romance and have intercourse with underclassmen before leaving the prestigious St. Paul's School in Concord. The defense contends the two had consensual sexual contact but not intercourse. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter, Pool)

Jurors to resume deliberations in prep school rape case

- Associated Press

Jurors will resume weighing the credibility of two teens and other evidence in a case in which prosecutors say an 18-year-old senior raped a freshman as part of a culture of sexual conquest at an elite New Hampshire prep school.

In this Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, photo, republican presidential candidate Donald Trump participates in the first Republican presidential debate at the Quicken Loans Arena, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) ** FILE **

Trump, power of positive thinking, evangelicalism

Donald Trump has said that he's winning support from Evangelical Christians who he describes as ""incredible people who are really smart, and they want to see our country thrive." But exactly who is he talking about? The Tea-vangelicals? The social-justice evangelicals? Trump's "Evangelical" supporters are the Christmas-church-going, Protestant work-ethic, Manifest Destiny believing, can-do capitalists. They are in every denomination and none. They think of themselves as Christians but they see no real need to have every aspect of their lives aligned with an arcane morality.

In this Aug. 29, 2014, file photo, Josh Duggar, executive director of FRC Action, speaks in favor the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark. Days after he confessed to cheating on his wife and a pornography addiction, the ex-reality star checked into a long-term treatment center, his parents said Wednesday, Aug.26, 2015, on the family's website. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)

5 religion news items for Thursday August 27

America is a profusely religious nation, a fact proven by the daily headlines. We post 5 quick news stories on religion here each day, briefly annotated, to keep you up on a small slice of what is happening in the world of religious news.

In this Feb. 1, 2011, file photo, medical marijuana clone plants are shown at a medical marijuana dispensary in Oakland, Calif. College students are most likely to try marijuana, inhalants and alcohol for the first time during the summer, not the school year, according to the report released Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, which examined data from the annual National Survey on Drug Use and Health. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu/File)

Study finds peak months for college students' 1st drug use

- Associated Press

Parents worried that their college-bound children might succumb to the temptations of campus life may want to take note of a new analysis that found that students tend to experiment with specific types of drugs for the first time during certain times of year.

April Miller, left, and her partner Karen Roberts read the decision of the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals refusing to hear Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis' appeal ordering her to issue marriage licenses because of her religious beliefs in Morehead, Ky., Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Same-sex couple cheers gay marriage ruling in Kentucky

- Associated Press

Same-sex couple April Miller and Karen Roberts hugged as the news flashed across their television screen, and their hug turned into a brief slow dance across the living room rug.

U.S. President Barack Obama meets with Pope Francis, Thursday, March 27, 2014 at the Vatican. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama to seek common cause with Pope Francis

- Associated Press

Sweeping into office in 2009, President Obama captured near rock-star status around the world among millions who saw him as the embodiment of a new sense of social purpose.

A group of black pastors and pro-life leaders are calling for the removal of a portrait bust of Planner Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger from the National Portrait Gallery. (Image from STAND)

Black pastors, pro-life advocates rallied against museum portrait of Planned Parenthood founder

- The Washington Times

Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger does not belong beside Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks in the "Struggle for Justice" exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery in the nation's capital. So say Ministers Taking a Stand, a group of black pastors who are asking the gallery to remove a portrait bust of Sanger, and rallied Thursday outside the facility. The group has drawn support from Texas Republicans Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Louis Gohmert, who have circulated a letter among their colleagues supporting the pastors' request.

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Bed bugs biting seniors out of affordable house, home

- The Washington Times

What is being done for seniors who live in affordable but unhealthy housing? The question was brought to me by family and friends of residents in Fort Lincoln, the "New Town" community in Northeast that was conceived during 1960s when Lyndon Johnson was president and is now home to more senior citizens than another other D.C. community.

Pro-life activists demonstrate near a Planned Parenthood clinic July 28 in Philadelphia. The protestors called for an end to government funding for the nonprofit reproductive services organization. (Associated Press)

Data proves pro-life is a political winner

Before the hit to the stock market, the nation has been served weeks of macabre videos laying out Planned Parenthood's bloodthirsty lust for dismembering babies to peddle their remains for profits. All the while displaying the chilling precision and emotional detachment of the stone-cold killers they are.

Congressional resolution on voting rights.

Mark women's suffrage on renewed battleground

This month marks the 95th anniversary of women's suffrage in this nation. It seems a fitting moment to pause and take stock of how far we've come since the days of those iconic marches for political equality.

Whitewater boils all around a kayaker on the Main Payette, July 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Idaho Statesman, Pete Zimowsky)

When danger lurks

My son, Jack, and I were recently discussing going whitewater rafting. He had seen a family going down some rapids on TV and jumped up with excitement yelling, "Man, that looks awesome." And then he got quiet and followed up with, "But, is it dangerous?"

Illustration on allegations Planned Parenthood sells fetal tissue by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Baby parts sellers exposed: We are all complicit

I find it so difficult to watch the Planned Parenthood videos which reveal Planned Parenthood affiliates as trafficking in baby parts. I am a father who has held my premature baby as well as my other full-term newborns, and that has left me with a sense of wonder for the little ones and a need to protect them.

Pope Francis delivers his message on the occasion of an audience with participants of Rome's diocese convention in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, June 14, 2015. Francis engaged in some self-promotion during his weekly blessing, alerting the thousands of people in St. Peter's Square that his first solo encyclical is coming out on Thursday and inviting them to pay attention to environmental degradation around them. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

The enigma of Pope Francis

Pope Francis has become one of the most popular and respected figures on the world stage since his election to the papacy on March 13, 2013.