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It's a human value: Northern Irish pro-lifers call for appeal to abortion ruling

Jan 8, 2016 - 12:04 am .- For many reasons, pro-life advocates in Northern Ireland want the attorney general to challenge a November court ruling that would legalize more abortions.

Soon to be saints? India's Christians killed in brutal 2008 massacre

Jan 5, 2016 - 04:41 pm .- The green light has officially been given to open the cause for sainthood of the nearly 100 Christians murdered in the Indian state of Odisha in 2008.

This midwife can't get a job in Sweden - and it's a serious problem

Jan 4, 2016 - 04:28 pm .- For years, Ellinor Grimmark had dreamed of being a midwife in her Swedish hometown of Skarstad. 

What is the devil's favorite sin? An exorcist responds

Dec 28, 2015 - 04:11 pm .- Is an exorcist afraid?  What is the devil’s favorite sin? These and other questions were tackled in an interview this summer with the Dominican priest, Father Juan José Gallego, an exorcist from the Archdiocese of Barcelona in Catalonia, Spain.  

The beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians was 'just the beginning'

Dec 22, 2015 - 12:02 pm .- While the days of the Muslim Brotherhood are over, one expert says the February murder of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians by ISIS has opened the door to an even wider persecution – one that's gaining steam under new forms of Islamic authoritarianism.

Priest who died on the Titanic could be on path to sainthood

Dec 22, 2015 - 05:26 am .- When the Titanic began to sink on April 15, 1912, Father Thomas Byles had two opportunities to board a lifeboat.

Why choose celibacy? A gay Catholic speaks out

Dec 20, 2015 - 10:32 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.

How one skeptical scientist came to believe the Shroud of Turin

Dec 19, 2015 - 03:39 pm .- The Shroud of Turin has different meanings for many people: some see it as an object of veneration, others a forgery, still others a medieval curiosity. For one Jewish scientist, however, the evidence has led him to see it as a meeting point between science and faith.

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

Dec 19, 2015 - 10:27 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.

Pope Francis wants the 'great mystic' Gaudi to become a saint

Dec 18, 2015 - 06:25 pm .- On Wednesday Pope Francis met with members of the organization in charge of promoting the cause for canonization of Antoni Gaudi, known as “God's architect,” telling them that he hopes the cause moves forward quickly.

Regensburg bishop breaks with fellow Germans to oppose 'gender theory'

Dec 17, 2015 - 03:15 pm .- The Bishop of Regensburg spoke out against “gender theory” in a homily recently made available in English – chastising the German bishops' conference for presenting the idea “as being basically compatible with Catholic belief.”

Has much changed since India’s 2008 massacre of Christians?

Dec 17, 2015 - 03:04 am .- Though it has been almost a decade since a spat of violence left nearly 100 Christians dead in the Indian state of Odisha, it’s still foggy as to whether or not things have improved.

This priest was abducted by ISIS, but he isn't giving up on a mission of mercy

Dec 12, 2015 - 04:06 pm .- A Syrian priest who spent more than four months as a captive of the Islamic State is headed back to the conflict zone – and he wants both Christians and Muslims to embrace mercy.

Catholics in Spain respond to sacrilegious exhibit with prayer, reparation

Dec 11, 2015 - 09:06 pm .- A group of Catholics has launched a worldwide prayer chain to make reparation for a sacrilegious art display in Pamplona, Spain.

Changes in Irish equality law could threaten identity of religious schools

Dec 11, 2015 - 04:05 pm .- A measure passed by the Irish legislature in the name of equality actually threatens the ability of religious institutions to function and maintain their identity, critics say.

European human rights court upholds church autonomy

Dec 11, 2015 - 12:30 am .- A religious freedom legal group has praised a decision by the European Court on Human Rights, saying it protects churches from government interference.

Down syndrome research is coming to Spain

Dec 10, 2015 - 02:50 pm .- The Jerome Lejeune Foundation is opening its doors in Spain to support research and further study of Down syndrome and bioethics to promote better care for those who are living with the condition as well as their families.

Pope Francis venerates Immaculate Conception statue in Rome

Dec 8, 2015 - 01:40 pm .- Pope Francis venerated the statue of the Immaculate Conception in Rome’s Piazza di Spagna, continuing the tradition set by his predecessors in the late 1900s.

In Scotland, Catholic archbishop kicks off tour for parish renewal

Dec 7, 2015 - 12:07 pm .- Archbishop Leo Cushley of St. Andrews and Edinburgh will tour his archdiocese to meet with parishioners and discuss the future of the Catholic Church in their areas.

Marriage is disappearing in Italy

Dec 6, 2015 - 04:03 pm .- Italy is facing a swift and dramatic collapse of the institution of marriage, according to a prominent Italian demographer and statistician.

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