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Want to put the Pope's encyclical into practice? Protect religious freedom, archbishop says

Jul 4, 2015 - 02:35 pm .- Religious freedom is absolutely necessary to implement the teachings of Pope Francis’ recent encyclical Laudato Si, said the U.S. bishops’ domestic justice spokesman on Independence Day.

Receiving awards, Benedict XVI credits witness of John Paul II

Jul 4, 2015 - 11:57 am .- After receiving an honorary doctorate from both the Pontifical John Paul II University of Krakow and the Krakow Academy of Music, retired pontiff Benedict XVI credited the saintly example of his predecessor for his spiritual and theological achievements.

Rebuilt from the ashes: The story of an American basilica

Jul 4, 2015 - 04:41 am .- An immigrant parish, burnt down, with only the crucifix remaining. A parish rebuilt, transformed and a key part in giving back to the community. In a sense, one parish’s story of struggle, pressure and rebirth is metaphor for the American Catholic experience.

Bl. Junipero statue in the Capitol is safe – for now

Jul 3, 2015 - 12:42 pm .- An effort to remove the statue of Bl. Junipero Serra from the U.S. Capitol has been set aside for the time being.

Evangelizing evangelicals – why Pope Francis loves to meet with charismatic movements

Jul 3, 2015 - 11:38 am .- Pope Francis’ attendance for the second consecutive year at the Catholic charismatic movement’s Renewal with the Spirit convocation shows his attention to charismatic movements as means to foster ecumenical path.

This 95-year-old Catholic couple died in each other's arms

Jul 3, 2015 - 10:02 am .- Few love stories can say that they began at the age of eight. But for Jeanette and Alexander Toczko, they couldn't have imagined life any other way.

A fourth saint for the Little Flower family? Cause for Leonia Martin officially opens

Jul 3, 2015 - 06:26 am .- With a sister who is a Doctor of the Church and parents set to be canonized in October, Leonia Martin could be the fourth member of her family declared a saint as her own cause for canonization officially opens.

Vatican official says 'it's time to act' on protecting the environment

Jul 3, 2015 - 06:08 am .- Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, has expressed his hope that Pope Francis’ recent environmental encyclical will have a strong impact on the United Nations' three major gatherings this year, and will inspire global powers not only to talk, but to act.

CatholicVote says controversial video sparked outpouring of thanks

Jul 2, 2015 - 04:02 pm .- After last week's Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage, one Catholic group released a short video on tolerance – a clip that's gotten both fierce criticism and profound thanks from viewers.

Pope's encyclical forges unusual allies in fight for the environment

Jul 2, 2015 - 11:48 am .- The Vatican recently added the voice of self-described “secular Jewish feminist” Naomi Klein to their discussion on the climate, signaling a wider collaboration in the push for environmental protection.

Pontifical university plans to offer diploma in child protection by 2016

Jul 2, 2015 - 06:02 am .- Beginning in the spring of 2016, Rome's Pontifical Gregorian University will begin offering an intensive one-semester diploma program on the safeguarding of minors and the prevention of sex abuse by clergy.

Honestly funny – comedian Jim Gaffigan blends faith, humor in new TV show

Jul 2, 2015 - 03:10 am .- God and comedy clubs are not generally something most families throw together; then again, most families don’t create a cable comedy show either.

Cuban bishops: prepare for Pope's visit with works of mercy

Jul 2, 2015 - 12:13 am .- In preparation for Pope Francis’ visit to Cuba this fall, the bishops of the island nation are asking the faithful to perform acts of mercy during the first Fridays of July, August and September.

Anti-Catholic history in US shows Church has survived and will continue, historian says

Jul 1, 2015 - 03:15 pm .- As bishops warn of current threats to religious liberty in the United States, Catholics can take heart that such challenges have faced them before, and they have persevered, one Church historian says.

Human dignity must be center of political debate – Pope on Greek debt crisis

Jul 1, 2015 - 11:38 am .- Pope Francis on Wednesday called for prayer for the people of Greece, shortly after the nation defaulted on a significant loan payment on its more than $300 billion debt.

Why choose celibacy? A gay Catholic speaks out

Jul 1, 2015 - 04:03 am .- More than 10 years ago, Joseph Prever found himself scouring the internet for anything that might help him: he was gay, Catholic, and confused. Resources were scarce for a man struggling with homosexuality and trying to remain faithful to the Church’s teaching.

Meet Father Salvatore, the young priest whose life moved the Pope

Jul 1, 2015 - 12:02 am .- The life of Father Salvatore Mellone, who died on Monday, was moving to thousands of people. He was to have at least two more years of seminary when he was diagnosed with terminal cancer, but by special permission and the blessing of Pope Francis, he was ordained nevertheless.

Chewed or brewed: A brief history of Popes and coca leaves

Jun 30, 2015 - 04:21 pm .- Pope Francis might chew coca leaves – or maybe sip coca tea – during his visit to Bolivia next week, the Vatican has said.

Bishops expect Pope Francis' visit to have profound impact on US

Jun 30, 2015 - 03:20 pm .- Looking forward to Pope Francis' September visit to the U.S., the nation's bishops were exuberant on Tuesday, as the itinerary for the apostolic voyage was released.

Supreme Court puts hold on Texas law regulating abortion clinics

Jun 30, 2015 - 02:03 pm .- On Monday afternoon the Supreme Court of the United States temporarily halted Texas' regulations on abortion clinics, which were upheld by an appellate court earlier in the month.

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