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Undercover reports on fetal body parts trade face legal hurdles

Aug 3, 2015 - 05:02 pm .- A citizen journalism group investigating abortion clinics’ procurement of organs and tissue from unborn babies has pledged to contest a court order barring the release of recordings made of an abortionists’ conference.

Enrique Shaw: the Argentine businessman whom Francis may soon beatify

Aug 3, 2015 - 04:41 pm .- Pope Francis’ desire to see the late Argentine businessman Enrique Shaw raised to the altars could be close to fruition, according to the postulator of Shaw's cause for beatification.

Effort to defund Planned Parenthood falls short of Senate vote

Aug 3, 2015 - 04:33 pm .- The Senate failed to bring a bill to block federal funding of Planned Parenthood to the floor on Monday evening, in a much-anticipated vote.

Judge rules LA convent sale invalid

Aug 3, 2015 - 02:05 pm .- Los Angeles County Superior Court James Chalfant ruled July 30 that the contested sale of the former convent of the Immaculate Heart of Mary sisters to restaurateur and urban developer Dana Hollister is invalid.

Half of church fires in the last 20 years were set on purpose

Aug 3, 2015 - 10:57 am .- Fifty-one percent of the reported fire incidents at U.S. houses of worship between 1996 and 2015 were determined to be caused by arson, according to a recent analysis by the Pew Research Center.

Why the effort to make gay marriage sacramental won't work

Aug 2, 2015 - 04:02 pm .- Dissenting Catholic groups have called for gay marriage to be recognized as a sacrament, but Catholic theology has a clear priority: marriage is God's creation – and not even the Church can change that.

Pope: In Confession we encounter God's immense mercy

Aug 2, 2015 - 09:59 am .- Delivering his weekly Angelus address in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, Pope Francis said that while everyone feels shame before going to Confession, this grace helps us to be open to God’s forgiveness.

A childhood friendship that shaped JPII's love for the Jewish community

Aug 2, 2015 - 04:02 am .- Saint John Paul II's historic embrace of former chief rabbi of Rome Elio Toaff welcomes visitors to a new Vatican exhibition on the late Pope's compelling relationship with the Jewish people.

New Armenian Catholic patriarch pulled from retirement to take the reins

Aug 1, 2015 - 03:04 pm .- In a rare move, the Armenian Catholic Church has pulled their new patriarch from out of retirement to take on the role as their new head. Church leaders cited his energy and authority as necessary when dealing with current issues, particularly those in the Middle East.

Nuns, guns and the Wild West โ€“ the extraordinary tale of Sr. Blandina

Aug 1, 2015 - 04:03 am .- Billy the Kid, a notorious bank and stage-coach robber of the Wild West, met his match in the most unlikely of people when he met Sister Blandina Segale.

Promote the common good and give workers a raise, Catholic leaders tell Congress

Jul 31, 2015 - 05:31 pm .- Catholic leaders are calling on Congress to raise the minimum wage, for the good of low-wage workers and their families.

Help from above: Priest in a helicopter exorcises Italian town

Jul 31, 2015 - 02:02 pm .- A priest has performed an aerial exorcism of the Italian seaside town of Castellammare di Stabia in response to a spree of church-targeted thefts and vandalism in the area.

How knowing your fertility can catch diseases early

Jul 31, 2015 - 03:04 am .- When Maggie was in high school, she stayed after class to talk to ask a teacher what to do about a very personal concern she felt her physician was not taking seriously. What she learned led to the discovery of a brain tumor, and treatment for the growth which had been affecting the teen for years. The tools she needed to find and treat this growth came from an awareness of her fertility and natural cycles.

A new step in thawing relations between China and the Holy See?

Jul 31, 2015 - 02:02 am .- In a tiny victory for Vatican-Chinese rapprochement, China's government now recognizes seminary studies and allows seminarians to continue their education in a state university should they leave.

Religious sisters sue Colombian TV network for 'false' depiction of saint's life

Jul 31, 2015 - 12:44 am .- An order of religious sisters in Colombia is suing a national television network for producing a series that it says twists the facts about the life of the order’s founder, the first Colombian saint.

Cardinal O'Malley denounces Planned Parenthood for disrespecting human dignity

Jul 30, 2015 - 06:02 pm .- The Archbishop of Boston on Wednesday lamented the harvesting of fetal organs, which is at the center of a series of videos showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing the practice, as a failure to respect human dignity.

Vatican bails on questionable anti-human trafficking initiative (Updated)

Jul 30, 2015 - 03:50 pm .- Faithful to its commitment against human trafficking, the Holy See has left the board of an initiative it helped to found, as questions have been raised around both its effectiveness and its chairman's possible use of the Pope to raise funds.

Make friends with your congressman โ€“ and you just might get to see the Pope

Jul 30, 2015 - 09:49 am .- The final plans are set for the public’s chance to watch Pope Francis’ Sept. 24 address to Congress live at the U.S. Capitol.

Bishop advises cautious optimism for a Catholic future in Boy Scouts

Jul 30, 2015 - 06:01 am .- A leading bishop in Catholic scouting says Catholics should continue to be involved in the Boy Scouts and work to ensure good youth outreach and consistency with Church teaching in response to a national policy change that allows gay leaders.

Could 'British values' push jeopardize Catholic education in the UK?

Jul 30, 2015 - 03:02 am .- Some Catholics in Great Britain are concerned the push for “British values” in schools, meant to counter Islamist extremism, could harm sincere religious believers and burden Catholic schools, rather than advance human dignity.

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