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Blood of the martyrs sustains the Church, Pope reflects

Apr 1, 2015 - 01:46 pm .- Pope Francis, in his General Audience address for Holy Week, said that the Christian martyrs of today, by the shedding of their blood, join with Christ in serving the Church through their witness.

Be 'saints of this prison,' Bishop Conley tells inmates at Confirmation

Apr 1, 2015 - 12:28 pm .- On Tuesday of Holy Week, Bishop James Conley of Lincoln offered Mass and confirmed four inmates at the Nebraska State Penitentiary, encouraging those present to embrace God’s mercy and strive for sainthood.

These nuns provide 'death with dignity' – but it's not assisted suicide

Apr 1, 2015 - 04:06 am .- As states around the country consider legalizing physician-assisted suicide, “death with dignity” looks markedly different for patients under the care of the Little Sisters of the Poor.

Christians returning to Homs, Syria, even though Islamic State looms

Apr 1, 2015 - 02:01 am .- In the wake of the Syrian regime’s taking full control of the ancient Christian city of Homs almost a year ago, a measure of normality has returned for local residents – including a remnant of the Christian population.

'A travesty of justice': No murder charges over baby cut out of mother's womb

Apr 1, 2015 - 12:17 am .- The archbishop of Denver lamented the law’s failure to protect all human life after it was announced that no murder charge would be filed in connection with a baby who died after being cut out of her mother’s womb.

Is Indiana that controversial? Poll finds Americans support religious freedom laws

Mar 31, 2015 - 07:58 pm .- Indiana’s passage of a Religious Freedom Restoration Act last week has created havoc and been met with loud opposition from gay rights activists. But a poll this month found that most Americans agree with such religious freedom laws.  

Wall Street Journal, NY Times writer defend Indiana religious freedom law

Mar 31, 2015 - 05:35 pm .- Does the widespread reaction to Indiana religious freedom law mean there is growing intolerance for religious viewpoints? Two prominent essays in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times make the case that it does.

Vatican Appointments: Cardinal Versaldi to Congregation for Catholic Education

Mar 31, 2015 - 11:48 am .- Tuesday's appointment of Cardinal Giuseppe Versaldi as prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education, together with Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki's commission as a member of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See, signals that Vatican financial reform continues and that curial reform will need time to become effective.

Three weeks as an Islamic State captive – one woman tells her story

Mar 31, 2015 - 04:02 am .- The woman was just 19 years old when she was captured by militants from the Islamic State. Caring for her young son and pregnant with her second child, she was separated from her husband and told she would be forced to marry an Islamic State fighter.

US bishops: Stop shameful detention of migrant families

Mar 31, 2015 - 02:04 am .- Family detention centers across the U.S. are filling up with children and young mothers  who are seeking shelter from violence, abuse, and persecution in their Central American home countries - and U.S. bishops are not pleased with the policy.

More than 100,000 ask Mexican Supreme Court to affirm right to life

Mar 31, 2015 - 12:38 am .- More than 120,000 people have signed a petition asking the Mexican Supreme Judicial Court of the Nation to reaffirm that “abortion is not a right.”

In open letter, 500 British priests ask Synod to stand firm on Church teaching

Mar 30, 2015 - 04:54 pm .- In an unusual move, nearly 500 British priests signed an open letter urging the fathers of the upcoming Synod on the Family to issue a “clear and firm” proclamation of Church teaching on marriage and sexuality.

Everyone but churches can use NYC schools – will the mayor do anything about it?

Mar 30, 2015 - 04:40 pm .- Churches using New York City public school facilities for worship services are in limbo after the Supreme Court declined to review their case against a city prohibition on their doing so.

Cardinal George returns to hospital for routine care

Mar 30, 2015 - 11:43 am .- Cardinal Francis George, the Emeritus Archbishop of Chicago, was readmitted to the hospital over the weekend for planned pain management and hydration issues.

With #BringBackOurGirls no longer trending, Nigerians aghast at 'inaction' from donors

Mar 30, 2015 - 02:08 am .- Almost a year after the terror group Boko Haram kidnapped hundreds of Nigerian school girls, humanitarian workers are fighting what they call global inaction in the face of the humanitarian crisis.

History, truth, and politics: Researcher seeks to clear the record on Junipero Serra

Mar 29, 2015 - 04:22 pm .- California missionary Father Junipero Serra’s canonization is “long overdue,” says a university professor concerned that the priest’s history has been politicized and misrepresented.

A sweet sign of hope: Pope's envoy returns to Iraq with Easter cake

Mar 29, 2015 - 06:32 am .- Pope Francis' personal envoy to Iraq will return to the country during Holy Week, bringing with him the pontiff's love and solidarity along with a special gift from the diocese of Rome: cake.

Holy Week is about humility – there is no other way, Pope says

Mar 29, 2015 - 05:32 am .- Pope Francis on Palm Sunday said that imitating the humility of Jesus is what makes Holy Week “holy,” and encouraged attendees to imitate Jesus on his path of humiliation as the week unfolds.

A 'wee movie with a big message' for the people of Scotland

Mar 29, 2015 - 02:35 am .- Scottish Archbishop Leo Cushley of St Andrews & Edinburgh is launching a new promo film across social media as he unveils his plans for the future of the Catholic Church in his part of Scotland.  

Pope's delegation offers comfort, communion to Iraqi refugees

Mar 28, 2015 - 06:00 pm .- Hoping to awaken the world conscience on Iraq, a Pontifical delegation traveled to Erbil and Dohuk to foster local communion and shed light on the dramatic plight of Christians in the country.  

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