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A 'reality check' for Ireland's Church – gay marriage vote both challenge and invitation

May 25, 2015 - 10:03 am .- The Christian message can't be shaken by a national vote, but Ireland’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage is forcing Catholic leaders to rethink how they have been keeping the faith alive among the nation's young people.

Why no one wants to talk about China's female suicide problem

May 24, 2015 - 04:02 pm .- Zhang Xihuan doesn't know what was going through her mind when she swallowed a mouthful of the pesticide stored behind the staircase in her home in rural Shandong province.

A drastic threat looms for an already ravaged Nepal – the rain season

May 23, 2015 - 04:02 am .- With 3-4 months of heavy rain at their doorstep, Nepal citizens who have been without shelter for nearly a month due to several massive earthquakes are desperate to find some sort of sturdy housing.

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.

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.

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.

Want more religious vocations? Improve your family life, nun says

May 18, 2015 - 02:51 pm .- As the Church brings the needs of the family to the forefront with the upcoming Synod this fall, one Dominican sister says it is no surprise that Pope Francis should also dedicate this year to the consecrated life.

At Lourdes shrine, 'wounded warriors' can pray for peace and healing

May 17, 2015 - 04:00 pm .- Military service members’ annual pilgrimage to the Marian shrine of Lourdes can be a time of healing and peace, especially during the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, the head of the U.S. Archdiocese for Military Services has said.

They lived Christianity: Italy's saints of social action

May 15, 2015 - 04:25 pm .- Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to Turin is an opportunity to reflect on the outstanding group of saints whose lives embodied Catholic social teaching in 19th century Turin, when the Piedmont region underwent an industrial revolution and secularizing trends amid struggles to build a unified Italian state.

Mindful of God's mercy, pastor accepts new role as Bishop of Nottingham

May 15, 2015 - 02:02 am .- On the news of his being appointed the Bishop of Nottingham by Pope Francis, Monsignor Patrick McKinney said that in his nearly four decades as a priest he has been conscious of God’s great mercy in his life.

Cyprus archbishop, Caritas presidential prospect: caring for creation means putting people first

May 13, 2015 - 05:44 pm .- Maronite Archbishop Joseph Soueif of Cyprus, one of two candidates to be the next president of Caritas International, has said that caring for creation means putting the human being first.

For Cardinal Mamberti, dialogue with Muslims is a must

May 13, 2015 - 06:22 am .- Among all the difficult situations in the world, the Middle East situation – including the plight of the region’s Christians – is one of the most compelling, says a former top Vatican diplomat who adds that dialogue with Islam must be fostered.

German bishops change labor laws to allow divorced and remarried, gay civil unions

May 12, 2015 - 08:18 pm .- Last week, the German bishops’ conference announced it is changing its labor laws such that contracting a civil marriage after divorce or entering a same-sex civil union cannot result in termination of employment except in “exceptional cases.”

March for Life in Rome draws 40,000 participants

May 10, 2015 - 04:01 pm .- One of tens of thousands of people to take to the streets of Rome for this year's March for Life, Mary Rathke is living proof that those conceived in rape deserve life, and not abortion.

From Europe’s Christians, a call for a vision of freedom with and for others

May 10, 2015 - 06:08 am .- True freedom rejects mere consumption and satisfaction and embraces a duty to rescue the migrant, to save women from violence, and to help young people struggling to work and care for their families. In short, freedom includes responsibility towards God and neighbor, Europe’s Christian leaders have said.

Rome prepares for Holy Year of Mercy – with ice cream

May 7, 2015 - 06:05 am .- Pilgrims and tourists strolling down the streets of Rome in the coming months may come across an unexpected treat – a special “Jubilee of Mercy Ice Cream,” created in honor of the upcoming Holy Year.

Ahead of Ireland's marriage referendum, Dublin archbishop looks to Pope Francis

May 7, 2015 - 03:01 am .- Both Pope Francis’ clear affirmation of marriage as a union of a man and a woman and his efforts to reach out to those who reject this are vital for Christians in the gay marriage debate, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin said on Wednesday.

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