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How being poor wrecks your chances of good legal representation

May 12, 2016 - 04:21 pm .- It's not a social justice issue that tops most Catholic's priorities, but it needs to be, legal experts are saying. The problem? How much money you have – or don't – makes every difference in how you're represented in court.

Pope Francis says he's open to studying the female diaconate

May 12, 2016 - 10:18 am .- On Thursday Pope Francis said he would be open to the idea of forming a commission to study the historical context of the female diaconate, as well as the possibility of women serving as deacons today.

She was kidnapped by Boko Haram and escaped. This is her dream.

May 12, 2016 - 03:20 am .- “I have a dream of a safe Nigeria.” This is the hope voiced by one of the Nigerian schoolgirls who escaped captivity by the terror group Boko Haram, speaking before members of Congress on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.

The amazing promise of adult stem cells, and how the Church supports it

May 11, 2016 - 04:51 pm .- 3-D printing of human tissue. Organ transplant therapy for cancer victims that reduces fatalities by 75 percent.

Mary statue in California appears to weep miraculous tears

May 11, 2016 - 04:50 pm .- A statue of the Virgin Mary in Fresno, Calif. appears to be weeping miraculous tears, according to witnesses.

How a cancer diagnosis led to a hospital wedding

May 11, 2016 - 06:49 am .- Last year, Sandra Raquel Nogueira Pereira was diagnosed with uterine cancer.

No one can take our dignity – not even the devil, Pope Francis says

May 11, 2016 - 04:11 am .- On Wednesday Pope Francis said the father’s embrace in the Parable of the Prodigal Son is a reminder that we never ought to despair, because nothing and no one can take away our dignity as children of God.

Beijing, Taipei, and the future of Vatican-Chinese relations

May 11, 2016 - 12:02 am .- A new phase in relations between the Holy See and mainland China could begin with a new vacancy in the apostolic nunciature now based in Taiwan.

End the violence, seek God's peace – a Mexican bishop calls for hope

May 10, 2016 - 06:08 pm .- A Mexican bishop is seeking answers after recent attacks on Catholic churches and priests, and years of high murder rates.

Is this really about women's health? The ACLU's latest tiff with Catholic hospitals

May 10, 2016 - 04:21 pm .- The American Civil Liberties Union's claims that Catholic hospitals are denying emergency care to pregnant women in the U.S. is not about healthcare – it's about forcing religious groups to perform abortions, critics say.

We have a common witness, Pope Francis tells Coptic Orthodox patriarch

May 10, 2016 - 12:20 pm .- Pope Francis on Tuesday sent a message to Tawadros II to mark the “day of friendship” between Catholics and the Coptic Orthodox, acknowledging their common commitment to being witnesses of holiness and defending the dignity of human life.

'Don’t go there' – Belgians plead with Canada not to pass euthanasia law

May 10, 2016 - 03:02 am .- The Parliament of Canada has until June 6 to consider Bill C-14, controversial legislation that, if passed, would legalize euthanasia in the country.  

A master's degree in the works of Benedict XVI? Yep, it's happening

May 9, 2016 - 04:11 pm .- No Catholic who wants to take an in-depth look into the faith and the reality of the Church of our time can skip the works of the “Theologian Pope”, Benedict XVI. To really deepen one’s knowledge, or to literally become an expert in all things Joseph Ratzinger, one can begin a new master’s program which began in February of this year. During two semesters at the Patristic Institute Augustinianum in Rome, the program, “Joseph Ratzinger: Studies and Spirituality,” teaches in eight parts the works and spirituality of the emeritus Pope. The program is offered in English and Italian, and one of its professors is Monsignor Florian Kolfhaus, who spoke with CNA about the program.

Pope Francis names new bishop for Arizona-based Byzantine eparchy

May 9, 2016 - 03:48 pm .- Pope Francis has named a new bishop of a Phoenix-based Eastern Catholic eparchy: Bishop John Stephen Pazak, C.Ss.R.

Rome celebrates the beauty of life in thousands-strong march

May 9, 2016 - 12:40 pm .- The greatest challenge in the fight to value and protect human life worldwide is indifference, says one pro-life leader. However, as demonstrated by the internationally-attended March for Life in Rome which on Sunday marked its fourth year, that attitude is beginning to change.

Don't lock up the Holy Spirit in your heart, Pope Francis says

May 9, 2016 - 11:43 am .- The Holy Spirit seems to be a “luxury prisoner” in many Christians’ hearts: someone who is welcomed to stay, but not allowed to act or move us forward, the Pope said during his homily at Mass on Monday.

Why many women in China won't celebrate Mother's Day

May 8, 2016 - 04:09 pm .- Mothers across the globe are celebrating Mother’s Day today with their husbands and children. But for many women in China, Mother’s Day is a haunting reminder of the cost of their country’s harsh reproductive laws.

A crash course in Miracles 101

May 8, 2016 - 03:32 pm .- What do a grilled cheese sandwich and the tilma of Our Lady of Guadalupe have in common?

Pope Francis: Be witnesses of the Gospel every day

May 8, 2016 - 07:22 am .- Pope Francis commemorated the Feast of the Ascension of Jesus by reminding the faithful of their duty to be witnesses of the Gospel every day of the week, in all areas of life – and not just on Sundays.

What 'Adoration of the Magi' could reveal about Da Vinci

May 8, 2016 - 05:27 am .- Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece, Adoration of the Magi, will soon be undergoing testing that could give help digitally reconstruct the artist’s face and offer clues about his life and health.  

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