Blessed Odoardo Focherini, the father of seven who saved 100 Jewish lives

As Pope Francis tweeted Jan. 27 to observe the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, it is worth remembering Bl. Odoardo Focherini, who died a martyr to rescue Jews from Nazi persecution.

'No compromise' – Catholics, evangelicals unite on marriage

A coalition of Catholic and Protestant leaders has united to call all Christians to an unwavering defense of the truth of marriage, rooted in nature as well as faith.

Princeton professor to pro-life movement: We're winning

Victory is in sight for the pro-life movement, as technology and rhetoric witness to the cause of life, Princeton professor Robert George told an audience of high school and college pro-life activists Jan. 23.

Should the West take on Nigeria's terrorists? Bishops say yes

Against the background of continuing attacks by radical Islamist group Boko Haram, bishops in Nigeria are appealing for military aid from Western governments, as well as solidarity and prayer from around the world.

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West Coast Walk for Life broke more than one record this year

The eleventh annual Walk for Life West Coast broke its own records this year, drawing the largest crowd it has ever seen, as well as more press coverage than in previous years.
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Pope Francis asks, Do you discern God's will before making a decision?

Pope Francis dedicated his homily at Mass on Tuesday to the theme of obeying God’s will, saying a Christian should have a heart like Mary, who was open and obedient to all that God asked of her.
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A visit to Naples, Pompeii on Pope Francis' slate for March

Pope Francis' liturgical schedule from now until Easter has been released – and it includes the creation of new cardinals and a daylong pastoral visit to Italian cities of Naples and Pompeii.
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Wondering what to give up for Lent? Try indifference, Pope says

The “globalization of indifference” was at the heart of Pope Francis’ Lenten message, in which he urged faithful to fight individualism with merciful hearts that are more attentive to the needs of others.
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Catholics in Australia support Pope Francis' action against human trafficking

Australia's bishops and religious have joined the global call of Pope Francis to mark Feb. 8, the Feast of St. Josephine Bakhita, as the world day of prayer, reflection, and action against human trafficking.
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The Boston Marathon bombing jury – could all Catholics be excluded?

The search for a jury for Boston marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has reached its fourth week, and Boston-area Catholics are learning they could be excluded from serving on the jury if they support Church teaching regarding the death penalty. According to a report from USA Today, potential jurors must be willing to send someone to [...]
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Malawian bishops commit to spreading the Gospel with new media

A national symposium of Catholic communicators set out to explore pathways in new media to build unity in Malawi and to connect people to the faith in the small southern African nation.
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Will the number of dioceses in Italy be cut in the near future?

A plan to reduce the number of Italian dioceses has been widely debated in the Italian bishops conference, and a first draft of the plan has reportedly already been given to the Congregation for Bishops and has undergone some adjustments.
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Choose Life and Compassion

by Jennifer Manning

Today the House is set to vote on a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks gestation.  President Obama has threatened to veto the bill, and frankly, the outrage surrounding this bill is...
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Facing the Bogus Burden

by Halee Cross

I once knew about a single women’s group that had started in my diocese. I heard about it at parish mass announcements, during a phase in my life when my idea of happiness correlated with the...
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A man of frugal speech

by Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

He is honored as a Doctor of the Church, the Angelic Doctor, the Church’s “very own theologian and philosopher,” and patron of Catholic schools and universities.Today is the feast day of...
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The light that the recent Extraordinary Synod offers us

by Fr. José Noriega, DCJM

What  light can we gather from the recent Synod? Never before has a synod received so much attention. It has aroused many hopes and it has revealed real problems. 1. The hopes that the Synod...
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