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Concern mounts in India over persecution of religious minorities

The rise in attacks by Hindu radicals against members of minority religions in India, primarily Christians and Muslims, is drawing concern across the country, with many calling for more concrete government action.

A 'bullying' move? UK midwife abortion ruling sparks outcry

The U.K. Supreme Court has ruled that midwives in charge of delivery wards are not exempt from assisting in the procurement of abortions – prompting warnings that the decision will have significant consequences for medical personnel opposed to the procedure.

Gratitude and caution over new Cuba policy

Catholic bishops in the U.S. and Cuba rejoiced at the historic announcement of a new relationship between the countries, while some U.S. leaders warned the policy shift could have negative consequences.

In Central African Republic, Catholics reach out to Muslim ex-rebels

The Catholic Church in the Central African Republic continues to work for peace and reconciliation within the country, with its leading bishop visiting and reaching out to displaced Muslims.

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Kentucky priest returns to ministry after unsubstantiated abuse claim

Father Ronald Domhoff, a priest of the Archdiocese of Louisville, has returned to ministry after being cleared of sexual abuse allegations.
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Cuba, US: how the Holy See was behind the scene for 50 years

The announcement that the US and Cuba will enjoy warmer relations follows more than 50 years of Vatican diplomacy, which was ramped up by St. John Paul II during his 1984 visit to nearby Puerto Rico.
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Israeli dig peers into King David's time

New archaeological evidence about Israel and Judah at the time of King David and King Solomon undermines some skeptics who claim that biblical accounts are wrong to say the time period was advanced enough to have an organized state.
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With winter knocking for displaced Iraqis, supplies fall short of needs

As millions of displaced Iraqis are caught in the dead of winter, the international community has a long way to go to cover their basic needs, according to a panel testimony before Congress last week.
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William May, the prof who renounced his dissent from Humanae Vitae

William E. May, a professor who retracted his one-time dissent from Humanae vitae and became an influential pro-life teacher and defender of Catholic moral ethics, died on Saturday.
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6 Christmas Youtubes: The Religious and The Ridiculous

As an early Christmas present to you all, here are my top six must-watch Youtube clips for the Christmas season, placed in order from most religious to most ridiculous. 1. The first selection is an adorable video by St. Paul Arts and Media of the cutest Kiwi kiddos ever (Kiwi = New Zealander) narrating and [...]
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Police and Knights of Columbus join forces to fight the cold

The Knights of Columbus is joining forces with the New Haven Police Department in the Coats for Kids initiative to make winter a little warmer for children and families in need this year.
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Vatican communications committee advances path of reforms

The Vatican's committee on communications has finished its third round of visits to Vatican media branches, and will likely discuss the outcomes of the visits in their next meeting, due to take place in January.
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Happy Birthday and Thank You, Pope Francis!

by Tina McCormick

Happy Birthday, Pope Francis! You are a true gift to this world and to our Church. It is through your insistence on love that you have redirected our faith to its original essence. Certainly, we...
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The Pope Is Coming

by Melissa Fordyce

When I was a little girl, the Pope used to call my house.The phone would ring. I would answer, “Hello, Squarcia residence.”  A man with a jubilant tone would reply, “May I please speak to...
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"My Mom Said We Shouldn't Be Happy During Advent"

by Domenick Canale

The comment caught me by surprise. I was in the middle of beginning a CCD class for fifth grade boys and girls and I had just asked them why they were so excited in the weeks leading up to...
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Pope Francis and the Two Sons

by Scott Dunn

It did not take long after Pope Francis first emerged on the balcony at St. Peter’s last spring for uneasiness to emerge for many who were accustomed to only being unnerved by developments in...
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December 19, 2014

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