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Pope Francis' Bosnian visit to steer clear of Medjugorje

May 22, 2015 - 03:17 pm .- Pope Francis’ one-day trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina this June will not include a visit to Medjugorje, the location of controversial alleged Marian apparitions, according to a coordinator of the visit.

Vote to legalize gay marriage poses uncertain future for Ireland

May 22, 2015 - 12:32 pm .- As Ireland goes to the polls to vote on whether to legalize same-sex marriage, one Church official warns that the new law could bring yet-unforeseen consequences for future generations.

Want to empower women? Support mothers, politician argues

May 22, 2015 - 09:45 am .- Ahead of a conference discussing the presence of women in the 2015 development agenda, organizers said goals fall short of addressing issues such as attacks on motherhood and surrogacy.

Pope's visit to Vatican departments a 'beautiful experience,' official says

May 22, 2015 - 07:14 am .- On Friday Pope Francis began making stops at different departments of the Roman Curia – the first in series of visits. Today’s rounds included four different offices.

This little boy still can't talk or move – but his mother has never been happier

May 22, 2015 - 04:02 am .- Constanza Saavedra spends 24 hours a day devoted to her son Ignacio, or “Nachito” as she affectionately calls him. He's only seven years-old and suffers from a serious congenital muscular condition that prevents him from breathing on his own. He depends on a respirator to survive.

Rabbi: Vatican II's interreligious document was 'life-saving'

May 22, 2015 - 12:08 am .- A 50 year-old declaration of the Second Vatican Council established a new era in Christian-Jewish relations and enabled members of both religions to unite against present-day secularism, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York reflected on Wednesday.

Nebraska bishops praise move to repeal death penalty

May 21, 2015 - 05:11 pm .- Nebraska’s Catholic bishops on Wednesday praised the Nebraska legislature’s veto-proof vote to end the death penalty, saying  capital punishment “cannot be justified” in the state at present.

Despite support from their president, Egypt's Christians are attacked by their neighbors

May 21, 2015 - 04:04 pm .- Egypt’s Christians continue to face worrisome persecution, despite the words and actions of its president to show goodwill to the community, an expert in religious freedom testified to the US Congress on Wednesday.

Judges shoot down Notre Dame's appeal on contraception mandate

May 21, 2015 - 04:03 pm .- A federal court has again denied the University of Notre Dame’s request for a preliminary injunction against federal mandates it says violate its religious freedom, though a trial can still go forward.

Paris' stunning Sainte-Chapelle gets a makeover – with lasers

May 21, 2015 - 02:37 pm .- Known for its ornate rose window and towering stained glass glory, the thirteenth century Sainte-Chapelle in Paris has finally been pieced back together after a seven year laser-cleaning project.

Fr. Timothy Radcliffe: Controversial thinker and new Vatican consultant

May 21, 2015 - 11:10 am .- Fr. Timothy Radcliffe, a Dominican priest who led his order for ten years and has stirred controversy in the past for his stance on certain ecclesial issues, was appointed May 16 as a consultor of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.

A priest's powerful impact on the New York Times' David Brooks

May 21, 2015 - 04:02 am .- New York Times columnist, best-selling author and all-around pundit David Brooks has made headlines recently for his bold new book making the case for a societal return to morality.

Is Islam a religion of war or peace? Both – and Muslims must decide, priest says

May 21, 2015 - 12:05 am .- Following last week's online release of an audio message from the caliph of the Islamic State, one expert says the group's understanding of Islam calls on all Muslims to re-evaluate Islamic history.

Is economic growth the enemy of saving the environment? These Catholics say no

May 20, 2015 - 04:07 pm .- In an international forum on economic growth and environmental sustainability, Catholic leaders and experts in the field argued that rather than being opposed, the two go hand-in-hand, and can lead to greater prosperity all-around.  

A journey of pain and healing: one US Marine's prayer at Lourdes

May 20, 2015 - 02:09 pm .- After nearly losing his life in combat nine years ago, retired U.S. Marine Paul McQuigg journeyed to Lourdes with his wife and son this month to pray for healing and restoration from chronically painful injuries.

Pope Francis to parents: Come out of 'exile' and educate your children

May 20, 2015 - 10:41 am .- In his general audience Pope Francis spoke of the essential role parents play in educating their children – a role he said has been usurped by so-called experts who have taken the place of parents and rendered them fearful of making any correction.

Converted by love, not ideology: An archbishop's reflection on Dorothy Day

May 20, 2015 - 03:02 am .- Last week, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles told scholars at the Dorothy Day Conference at St. Francis University that the social activist was not converted by ideology, but by love.

Nearly every House member voted for this anti-human trafficking bill

May 19, 2015 - 05:35 pm .- The House overwhelmingly passed a bill on Tuesday establishing a fund for victims of human trafficking and strengthening federal and state enforcement against trafficking.

Brooklyn diocese receives two new bishops from Pope Francis

May 19, 2015 - 04:48 pm .- Pope Francis on Tuesday named two priests to become auxiliary bishops of the Diocese of Brooklyn: Monsignor James Massa and Father Witold Morziewski.

Boston bomber gets the death penalty – how should Catholics respond?

May 19, 2015 - 03:42 pm .- The death sentence for convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was a legitimate use of state authority, even if Catholics may disagree with it, said a moral theologian in the nation’s capital.

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