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What does it look like to be gay – and a practicing Catholic?

Jun 30, 2015 - 04:02 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.

Will the Vatican's new communications department prioritize new media?

Jun 30, 2015 - 12:08 am .- Internet content and and video production will assume a greater role in Vatican communications in the years to come, suggests the establishment and – particularly – the leadership of the newly established Secretariat for Communications.

Practice what you preach, Pope encourages new archbishops

Jun 29, 2015 - 12:18 pm .- During his Mass for the feast of Saints Peter and Paul on Monday, Pope Francis called on the Church's new archbishops to be courageous witnesses who are not ashamed of Christ, and who are convinced by what they themselves teach.

Supreme Court upholds use of controversial lethal injection drug

Jun 29, 2015 - 08:32 am .- The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the continued use of a drug that has been accused of causing excruciating pain in several controversial state executions.  

FDA announces additional risks of Essure birth control device

Jun 28, 2015 - 04:39 pm .- After receiving thousands of complaints about the adverse effects of the birth control implant Essure, the FDA announced late Wednesday that it has updated the list of risks and complications associated with the device, and that a public hearing would be held Sept. 24 to evaluate the product.

Pope Francis' answer to 'What is faith?'

Jun 28, 2015 - 08:59 am .- The Pope focused on the virtue of faith during his Sunday Angelus address, saying the whole gospel is written in its light.

Benedictine monks' disputed role at Catholic university in Illinois at center of new lawsuit

Jun 28, 2015 - 06:03 am .- Seven monks of St. Procopius Abbey in Lisle, Ill. have filed suit against the leadership of Illinois’ Benedictine University, saying that the leadership has denied them their rights to help govern the university their abbey founded.

'The unthinkable is real,' author warns about persecutions of Middle East Christians

Jun 27, 2015 - 04:07 pm .- Growing unrest in the Middle East is causing great concern for the Christian community around the world, and author George J. Marlin is hoping to enlighten Western Christians on how seriously matters are progressing, as their brethren in the Middle East continue to undergo persecution.

Pope Francis creates new secretariat overseeing all Vatican communications

Jun 27, 2015 - 02:09 pm .- The Vatican’s nine communications offices will soon be consolidated under the authority of the newly-established Secretariat for Communications, per a Saturday directive of Pope Francis.

Catholics and Orthodox should meet, cooperate more often, Pope exhorts

Jun 27, 2015 - 11:48 am .- Greeting a delegation of the leader of Eastern Orthodoxy on Saturday, Pope Francis voiced hope that Catholics and Eastern Orthodox would encounter each other more often, so as to overcome prejudices.

Pope officially paves the way for Saint Therese's parents to be canonized

Jun 27, 2015 - 10:42 am .- Pope Francis formally approved on Saturday the decrees necessary for Blesseds Louis and Zelie Martin – known for being the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux – to be declared saints later this year.

Marriage has had its day at Court, but religious freedom could soon follow

Jun 27, 2015 - 06:02 am .- Friday’s Supreme Court ruling against the traditional understanding of marriage may pose huge obstacles to the free exercise of religion and conscience across the US, the nation's bishops have said in response to the decision.

Educate girls to the 'beauty and grandeur of their vocation' – Pope Francis

Jun 26, 2015 - 03:03 pm .- Pope Francis on Friday praised Catholic girl scout leaders’ “absolutely crucial” role in educating women for their vocation and responsibilities in a world of ideologies that work against God and treat women as inferior.

A hope for peace: Vatican, Palestine sign treaty protecting religious liberty

Jun 26, 2015 - 02:44 pm .- The comprehensive agreement signed on Friday by the Holy See and the State of Palestine may serve the twofold goal of stimulating peace in the Middle East and providing a model for similar treaties with other Middle East countries.

US bishops encourage Catholics to maintain witness to the truth of marriage

Jun 26, 2015 - 11:15 am .- Catholics are called to witness to the truth of marriage despite the Supreme Court of the United States recognizing a legal right to same-sex marriage, the nation's bishops said on Friday.

Breaking: Supreme Court redefines marriage throughout US (Updated)

Jun 26, 2015 - 08:07 am .- In a wide-reaching decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has declared that same-sex “marriage” is a constitutional right and that states must recognize same-sex unions.

Assisted suicide bill stalls in California legislature, but pressure continues

Jun 26, 2015 - 06:03 am .- An assisted suicide bill in California has been temporarily pulled from a key committee in the state legislature, but its opponents say more work is necessary to sway legislators against it.

Fathers play on Father’s Day: The priests of two Nebraska dioceses face off in softball game

Jun 26, 2015 - 03:02 am .- In the state that’s home to the College World Series, a new kind of series came to town on Father’s Day

Congress combats targeting of traditional marriage advocates

Jun 26, 2015 - 12:00 am .- A new bill protecting the religious liberty traditional marriage advocates has the support of two leading U.S. bishops. But will the First Amendment Defense Act be enough to stem the rising tide of anti-discrimination lawsuits across the nation?  The First Amendment Defense Act establishes protections – largely regarding federal taxes and benefits – for individuals and organizations who conscientiously believe that marriage is between one man and one woman and that no sexual relations should take place outside this bond. “In a climate of increasing intolerance, these protections are very much needed,” wrote Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco and Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore in a letter to the bill’s sponsors.

Pope exhorts future Vatican diplomats to bring Christ's face to the world

Jun 25, 2015 - 05:15 pm .- Pope Francis told the graduating class of Holy See ambassadors on Thursday that their main mission is to be Christ’s representatives to the world.

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