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After wedding cancelled, bride-to-be’s family throws reception-style feast for homeless

SACRAMENTO, Calif. After a California couple called off their wedding, the bride-to-be’s family decided to turn the $35,000 extravagant event into a feast for the homeless.

The bride’s mother, Kari Duane, said Sunday that rather than cancel the reception, they invited Sacramento’s homeless for a once in a lifetime meal Saturday at the Citizen Hotel, one of the city’s finest venues.

Professor says historic outhouses underappreciated in American Southwest, urges preservation

CORRALES, N.M. At a time when life could be harsh in the American Southwest, outhouses served more than one important role. They provided structure, protected water resources and created important social norms, a New Mexico professor says.

Pope Francis warns US bishops against ‘harsh and divisive’ language, saying new tone needed

Pope Francis told U.S. bishops Wednesday they should avoid “harsh and divisive” language and create a church with the warmth of a “family fire,” as he laid out a vision for American Catholicism far from the defensive stands on social issues that have put church leaders at the centre of America’s culture wars.

Pope praises US bishops for ‘generous commitment’ to clergy abuse victims, angering advocates

NEW YORK Pope Francis praised American bishops Wednesday for their “generous commitment’” to helping victims of clergy sex abuse, drawing an angry rebuke from advocates who said the bishops acted only under the threat of hundreds of lawsuits.