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For these Benedictine monks, to brew well-made beer is to pray

Jun 3, 2016 - 04:03 am .- A group of Italy-based monks pray and work at their monastery at St. Benedict's birthplace. Now the fruits of their labors – Belgian-style beers – are coming to America.

A new wave of attacks against Catholics in France, Belgium

Jun 2, 2016 - 12:43 pm .- In recent weeks, Catholics in France and Belgium – countries still recovering from brutal ISIS attacks – have been hit with numerous acts of violence and aggression, including fires set in churches, an assault on a priest, the desecration of a tabernacle and the hacking of more than 100 Catholic websites.

A goodbye to 'Mama Irene,' the woman who adopted 58 kids

Jun 1, 2016 - 03:02 am .- Irene Bertoni was 18 years-old during World War II. And it was at this tumultuous time that she discovered God's vocational call for her to be a mother.

Archbishop Shevchuk on the 'silent war' no one cares about

May 29, 2016 - 04:02 pm .- It's a conflict that's been raging in Ukraine for two years, costing thousands of lives and displacing millions of people. But the international community seems to have largely forgotten about it.

Cardinal Capovilla remembered as close friend of Saint John XXIII

May 27, 2016 - 03:04 pm .- Cardinal Loris Capovilla, St. John XXIII’s personal secretary, died May 26 at the age of 100. He had been the closest collaborator of the sainted “Good Pope John” for ten years.

Holy See backs global health goals, says 'leave no one behind'

May 27, 2016 - 12:57 am .- The Vatican has voiced support for global health care goals and has said that Catholic institutions are committed to combating problems like communicable diseases.

Pope Francis' message for Corpus Christi: Let yourself be broken for others

May 26, 2016 - 11:44 am .- In breaking bread for his disciples Christ gave an example of what it means to allow oneself to be broken for the good of others, Pope Francis said on the feast of Corpus Christi, explaining that it is the Eucharist which gives us the strength to do this.

Exorcist says there's a demon that targets the family

May 26, 2016 - 03:02 am .- There's a demon that specializes in attacking the family, said exorcist César Truqui, a priest who participated in a course on exorcism held in Rome last year.

How Catholic leaders are responding to the Queen's prison reform speech

May 26, 2016 - 12:26 am .- The Catholic bishops of England and Wales are ready to support the government’s proposed prison reforms outlined in Queen Elizabeth II’s speech to Parliament.

No special treatment for these athletes, but 'a chance' to play

May 24, 2016 - 03:02 am .- Hundreds of athletes took to the fields in Rome over the weekend for the launch of this year's “Special Olympics European Football Week,” an unique event which saw people both with – and without – intellectual disabilities competing side by side.

How can you tell if someone is demon-possessed?

May 21, 2016 - 06:01 am .- Recognizing the difference between a person who's possessed and a person struggling with a mental illness or other infirmity is a vital part of the ministry of exorcism, according to a long-time exorcist and priest.

Are we less free than a 1950s housewife? A look at contraception

May 19, 2016 - 03:02 am .- What started as a means to liberate women seems to have taken an ironic twist.

Polish rallies seek stronger protections for unborn children

May 17, 2016 - 04:02 pm .- Thousands of Polish pro-lifers have called on parliament to pass a bill that would further restrict abortion in the country.

Don't let fear keep you from World Youth Day, cardinal says

May 17, 2016 - 01:39 pm .- With millions of youth set to arrive in Krakow for World Youth Day in just a few weeks, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz said that “there is no danger” and urged those still on the fence to not miss the opportunity out of fear.

Hoax or history? The communist smearing of Cardinal Stepinac

May 17, 2016 - 03:02 am .- Was the controversial Cardinal Aloysius Stepinac a target of decades-long communist smears and disinformation? One researcher of the period says the facts can counter false claims about the beatified cardinal's wartime record.

A young woman chose to be euthanized, and the reason why is awful

May 15, 2016 - 04:00 pm .- A Dutch woman in her 20s was euthanized after her mental health condition was declared “insufferable” by a team of doctors and psychiatrists in the Netherlands, according to recently released reports from the Dutch Euthanasia Commission.  

Nearing 50 years of legal abortion, U.K. pro-lifers take a stand

May 14, 2016 - 03:50 pm .- Thousands of men, women, and children took to the streets of Birmingham on Saturday to take a stand for the unborn and be witnesses to their community.

Pope Francis visits home for disabled persons for the Jubilee of Mercy

May 13, 2016 - 12:37 pm .- On Friday afternoon Pope Francis made an surprise visit to a community in Italy which houses and cares for persons who have severe mental disabilities, where he visited both the care-givers and the beneficiaries.

Müller on Amoris Laetitia: the Church is called to promote a 'culture of the family'

May 12, 2016 - 06:02 pm .- Those who think Pope Francis' recent apostolic exhortation changed the Church's discipline on Holy Communion for the divorced-and-remarried are reading him wrong, according to the head of the Vatican's doctrinal office.

'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.  

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