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Pornography recovery program helps 'fight the new drug'

Jul 23, 2014 - 04:57 am .- The co-founder and executive director of an organization that fights pornography addiction among youth says he sees a need to continue raising awareness about the harmful effects of porn.

In deadly conflict, Boko Haram captures key Nigerian town

Jul 23, 2014 - 02:01 am .- Islamic militant group Boko Haram has taken control of the northeastern Nigeria town of Damboa in a July 18 attack that killed at least 40 people.

Iraq faces 'historic catastrophe', Chaldean patriarch warns

Jul 22, 2014 - 06:02 pm .- The Chaldean patriarch has urged Iraq to turn away from its current path, warning that the new policies of Islamist jihadists threaten Christian-Muslim coexistence.

Religious liberty 'fundamental' to human dignity, bishops affirm

Jul 22, 2014 - 04:55 pm .- In a recent interview with CNA, Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore reaffirmed religious liberty as a priority for the U.S. bishops, emphasizing its relation to personal dignity and evangelization.

Lives of the saints model Catholic social teaching in new book

Jul 22, 2014 - 11:59 am .- Dignity of the human person, solidarity and care for creation are just a few topics author Brandon Vogt discusses in his new book, “Saints and Social Justice: A Guide to Changing the World.”

Pope Francis calls Syro-Catholic patriarch, assures of his prayers

Jul 22, 2014 - 10:54 am .- According an Italian Catholic new organization, Pope Francis made a phone call to Patriarch Ignatius Youssef III Younan over the weekend to reassure him of his continued prayers for Iraqi Christians.

Schedule for Pope Francis' Caserta visit released

Jul 22, 2014 - 04:49 am .- The Vatican has released Pope Francis’ schedule for the first of his two day-trips to the Italian city of Caserta, where he will later meet an evangelical pastor and friend from his time in Buenos Aires.

Openness to beauty leads soul to God, says Catholic thinker

Jul 22, 2014 - 04:03 am .- The senses are the “road to God”, who speaks to us through beauty, said Bill Donaghy, who holds a master's in systematic theology, at the recent Theology of the Body Congress held in Philadelphia.

St. John Paul II, Gianna Molla to be World Meeting of Families patrons

Jul 22, 2014 - 12:03 am .- Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia announced Sunday that St. John Paul II and St. Gianna Beretta Molla will be patron saints of the 2015 World Meeting of Families, being held in his cathedral city.

Bishops: Executive order is flawed approach to discrimination

Jul 21, 2014 - 04:47 pm .- Leading U.S. bishops voiced strong criticism of an “unprecedented and extreme” new executive order, saying that it adds to discrimination problems rather than finding real solutions to them.

Christian leader, friend to Pope Francis dies in motorcycle accident

Jul 21, 2014 - 03:49 pm .- Tony Palmer, a Protestant Christian leader and a close friend of Pope Francis, passed away in the U.K. on Sunday due to injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident.

Neb. priest contributes to article linking contraception, breast cancer

Jul 21, 2014 - 12:07 pm .- In an upcoming issue of The Linacre Quarterly, the official journal of the Catholic Medical Association, an article entitled, “The Breast Cancer Epidemic: 10 Facts,” will explore the scientific evidence that connects artificial contraception to breast cancer.

Iraqi bishop urges prayer as Christians expelled from Mosul

Jul 21, 2014 - 11:42 am .- On the eve of an ultimatum issued by Islamists to Christians in the Iraqi city of Mosul, the Chaldean bishop of Erbil, in nearby Kurdistan, urged prayers for the nation's remaining followers of Christ.

Pope laments exodus of last Christians from Mosul

Jul 21, 2014 - 05:55 am .- In his weekly Sunday Angelus address Pope Francis mourned the fleeing of the last Christians from the Iraqi city of Mosul, who were told by ISIS forces last week to either convert, pay the Jizya tax or leave.

Amid violence, priest opts to stay with parishioners in Gaza

Jul 20, 2014 - 04:03 pm .- Argentinean priest Father Jorge Hernandez, pastor of Holy Family Parish in the Gaza strip, has decided to stay with his parishioners despite three missile strikes near his parish earlier this week.

Argentine national soccer team sends autographed jersey to Pope

Jul 20, 2014 - 06:01 am .- In a gesture of gratitude and affection, the Argentinean national soccer team, which lost Sunday to Germany in the 2014 World Cup final, sent Pope Francis an official team jersey autographed by each of its players.

Church in Mexico helps collect weapons for disarmament program

Jul 19, 2014 - 04:02 pm .- For the third year in a row, the Archdiocese of Mexico City is hosting a voluntary disarmament program as part of a campaign to reduce violence in the Mexican capital.

Bishops: Practicing religion in public is not discrimination

Jul 19, 2014 - 06:49 am .- Americans must be free to practice their faith in the public square – including business decisions – without being viewed as discriminatory, urged four U.S. bishops.

Catholic cultural renewal advocate Stratford Caldecott mourned

Jul 18, 2014 - 04:49 pm .- Stratford Caldecott, a Catholic cultural thinker dedicated to literature, theology, and the “second spring” of Catholicism, passed away Thursday, weeks after Hollywood stars took to Twitter to support him in his struggle with cancer.

World leaders offer prayers in wake of MH17 crash

Jul 18, 2014 - 01:14 pm .- Following Wednesday's crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, both religious and political leaders from around the world are offering up prayers, and searching for answers about the tragedy.

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July 23, 2014

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