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Facing shortages, Venezuelan bishops want permission to bring in food, medicine

May 1, 2016 - 06:04 am .- Amid Venezuela's grave economic crisis, the country's bishops have urged the government of President Nicolás Maduro to allow the Church to bring in much-needed supplies such as food and medicine.

Intervene in Christian genocide: 400,000 bring plea to UN

Apr 30, 2016 - 04:39 pm .- Advocates delivered hundreds of thousands of signatures to the United Nations on Friday, calling on the body to declare that genocide is occurring against Christians and other religious minorities.

Blood-red Trevi fountain a wake-up call on Christian persecution

Apr 30, 2016 - 02:30 pm .- Illuminated by the red light that spilled across Rome’s Trevi fountain, voices from persecuted Christian communities across the world shared the stories of friends and loved ones killed for the faith, and urged the world to take greater action in putting the violence to an end.

Brooklyn's new auxiliary bishop is returning after years serving in Jamaica

Apr 30, 2016 - 06:01 am .- The Diocese of Brooklyn announced with “thanksgiving to the Almighty God” on Friday that Bishop Neil Tiedemann, C.P., would be returning to his hometown as auxiliary bishop after eight years of service as the Bishop of Mandeville, in central Jamaica.

Let yourselves be reconciled with God, Pope Francis says

Apr 30, 2016 - 04:35 am .- Reconciliation is an essential aspect of God’s mercy, Pope Francis said Saturday, explaining that when we distance ourselves from the Lord through sin, it takes much more than our own effort to get back to him.

Stories of ISIS victims are emerging, and they're unbelievably brutal

Apr 29, 2016 - 03:48 pm .- The stories were graphic, brutal and raw.

Arrests made in alleged terror plot against Vatican, Israeli embassy

Apr 29, 2016 - 02:44 pm .- Italian police arrested four people and issued arrest warrants for two more on Thursday on suspicion of conspiring with the Islamic State terrorist group. One of the arrested suspects was reportedly plotting an attack on the Vatican and the Israeli embassy in Rome.

Full text: Interview with Robert Spaemann on Amoris Laetitia

Apr 29, 2016 - 10:49 am .- Greatly valued as an advisor by Saint John Paul II, a friend of Benedict XVI, and widely held to be the most important German Catholic philosopher of recent decades, Robert Spaemann, emeritus professor of philosophy at the University of Munich, expressed a distinctly critical interpretation of Amoris laetitia in this interview with Anian Christoph Wimmer, editor of CNA's German-language edition. Please find below the full text of the interview.

At Vatican, Joe Biden calls for worldwide effort to fight cancer

Apr 29, 2016 - 09:35 am .- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden went to the Vatican for a summit on regenerative medicine, where he offered praise to Pope Francis and advocated for a global push to cure cancer.

Pope advocates for 'globalization of empathy' in curing rare diseases

Apr 29, 2016 - 07:34 am .- On Friday Pope Francis told participants in a Vatican stem cell summit that a renewed sense of empathy ought to fuel their work and research, ensuring that no person goes without access to proper care.

How will faith-based partners fare under new White House rules?

Apr 29, 2016 - 06:02 am .- The Obama administration’s new rule for faith-based partnerships has drawn various reactions: one observer warned they could cause problems for partnering religious groups, while another said the action also strengthens these groups’ protections against government abuse.

What might save us from 'victimhood' culture

Apr 29, 2016 - 03:02 am .- "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it."

Colo. baker faces 're-education' training after state court refuses to take case

Apr 29, 2016 - 12:08 am .- The lawyers of the bakery owner who made headlines for declining to make a wedding cake for a same-sex wedding is “evaluating all legal options” to preserve the man’s First Amendment rights after the state’s highest court declined to take the case.

Why there's no freedom without religious liberty

Apr 28, 2016 - 04:16 pm .- It is perhaps not surprising that an American priest, Fr. John Courtney Murray, was one of the key contributors to Dignitatis Humanae, the most important document in modern times on the Catholic Church and religious freedom.

At UN, calls for global response to Christian genocide

Apr 28, 2016 - 04:02 pm .- The plight of Christians and other Middle East minorities demands action from the international community, one leader in relief efforts said in a panel at the United Nations.

Be open to the surprises of the Holy Spirit, Pope Francis advises

Apr 28, 2016 - 10:23 am .- In his homily Thursday Pope Francis stressed the need to be open to the novelty of the Holy Spirit, by discerning new movements and directions without being immediately closed off from them.

How Swiss Guards are bringing the Vatican to your kitchen

Apr 28, 2016 - 03:36 am .- A native of Zurich, Switzerland, David Geisser was a chef prodigy.

At the Supreme Court, Catholic bishops speak up for a Lutheran playground

Apr 28, 2016 - 12:54 am .- The denial of a playground resurfacing grant to a Lutheran school empowers religious discrimination, not constitutional principles, the U.S. Catholic bishops said in a Supreme Court brief.

For Cardinal Wuerl, Pope Francis calls Christians to evangelize through marriage

Apr 27, 2016 - 04:54 pm .- Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation on love in the family presents a special challenge to laypeople to evangelize, Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington said Wednesday at the Catholic University of America.

Benedictine nuns back at it again with a new album

Apr 27, 2016 - 04:52 pm .- A new album from the chart-topping community of Benedictine nuns in rural Missouri has an intimate selection of the songs they sing when they gather for Eucharistic Adoration at their monastery.

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