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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.

For Archbishop Chaput, Vatican synod, Philly family meeting providentially linked

Jun 25, 2015 - 03:31 pm .- Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia sees a providential link between September’s World Meeting of Families and October’s Synod on the Family. As a participant in both, he says the fresh experience from Philadelphia will be on his mind as he enters the Vatican Synod hall mere weeks later.

California legislators renew push against Junipero Serra, saint and Hispanic 'founding father'

Jun 25, 2015 - 02:37 pm .- A statue of Franciscan missionary and saint-to-be Father Junipero Serra has stood in the U.S. Capitol since 1931, but its future may depend on an upcoming hearing in the California legislature and the success of a “Let's Save Serra” campaign.

CDF reportedly judges Medjugorje apparitions false, but permits pilgrimage

Jun 25, 2015 - 12:13 pm .- If reports in Italian media outlets are to be believed, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith met June 24 to discuss the alleged Marian apparitions in Medjugorje, reaching the conclusion that they are inauthentic, but recognizing the site as a place of prayer.

The dark side of living 'childfree'

Jun 25, 2015 - 04:02 am .- A few months ago, several writers opened up a conversation they felt was long overdue in a book titled “Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision to Not Have Kids.”

Cardinal sends Ramadan wishes to suffering Muslims, rebukes religious violence

Jun 25, 2015 - 02:01 am .- In an oblique rebuke to the Islamic State and other militants, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran has wished Muslims a peaceful and joyful Ramadan and acknowledged the pain of those who have suffered or died because of violence.

Coming to the World Meeting of Families: Andrea Bocelli

Jun 25, 2015 - 12:00 am .- Renowned classical tenor Andrea Bocelli is accustomed to performing sold-out concerts around the world. He is comfortable center stage at Carnegie Hall and has sold over eighty million records during his musical career.   But come September, Bocelli will change his pace and join another award-winning musician - Colombian superstar Juanes - to perform for Pope Francis at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. 

Don't overturn social order, faith leaders urge Supreme Court before marriage case

Jun 24, 2015 - 05:06 pm .- As the Supreme Court will rule on same-sex marriage before the month’s end, over 50,000 Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, and Jewish leaders have united to stand up for marriage as between one man and one woman.

The one theologian you need to know about when reading Laudato Si'

Jun 24, 2015 - 04:32 pm .- With so many interpretations being presented for Pope Francis’ new encyclical, Fr. Robert Barron says only one theologian can give us the proper context for reading Laudato Si': Romano Guardini.

Synod on the Family's working document sets the stage for spirited discussion

Jun 24, 2015 - 12:00 pm .- That the discussion at October's Synod on the Family is going to be a lively one is indicated by the fact that the most controversial paragraphs of the final report from last year's synod are included in the working document which was released Tuesday.

Pope to families: If you hide your problems, they'll only get worse

Jun 24, 2015 - 06:47 am .- Family wounds that aren’t dealt with in a healthy and timely manner can have devastating effects on both spouses and children, Pope Francis has said, and encouraged wounded families to work toward healing without letting bitterness build up.

Transfixed by the face of Jesus: Pilgrims at the Shroud of Turin

Jun 24, 2015 - 04:02 am .- At this year's exposition of the Shroud of Turin, pilgrims reflected on looking upon what some believe to be Christ's own image – miraculously imprinted on a Jewish burial cloth 2,000 years ago.

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