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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.

Poland's government to drop IVF funding, citing costs

Dec 5, 2015 - 04:03 pm .- Poland’s new government has said it plans to end funding for in vitro fertilization treatment, citing costs.

Prayer ad before Star Wars movie gets nixed in the UK

Dec 4, 2015 - 03:02 am .- An Anglican effort to show an ad of the Lord's Prayer in movie theaters before the upcoming Star Wars movie was rejected by leading U.K. theaters, drawing criticism from many sectors.

Spain's Catholics protest blasphemous art exhibit, but city council won't act

Dec 3, 2015 - 06:07 am .- Despite protests from thousands of Spaniards opposed to the desecration of the Eucharist, the Pamplona city council has failed to pass a proposal to remove a sacrilegious art exhibit from a publicly funded exhibition hall.

Protect unborn lives, don't end them: Northern Ireland abortion ruling criticized

Dec 2, 2015 - 06:02 am .- Irish pro-life advocates have said Monday's Northern Ireland court decision against abortion restrictions wrongly ignored the lives of the unborn in the name of fighting human rights violations.

Killer robots? They're a real issue – and here's what the Vatican has to say

Dec 2, 2015 - 04:03 am .- No longer relegated to mere science-fiction, robots – built to kill people – play an increasing role in fighting terrorism alongside other new weapons of war.

Yesterday's martyrs, today's priests: The legacy of the Venerable English College

Dec 1, 2015 - 01:37 pm .- While the days are long past that to be a Catholic priest in England is a capital crime, the legacy of the nation's Rome-based seminary – where centuries earlier 44 men trained for the priesthood before returning home to be martyred – has not been forgotten.

Put ethics at heart of climate talks, Vatican says at Paris summit

Dec 1, 2015 - 10:39 am .- In his speech at the COP-21 climate summit in Paris, the Vatican’s Secretary of State urged global leaders to orient their discussion toward a clear ethical objective, one that puts the human person, the poor in particular, at the center.

Don’t let youth fall prey to Islamic extremism, French Muslim leaders say

Nov 27, 2015 - 07:07 am .- France’s leading Muslim organization has called on Muslims to counter radical forms of Islam, especially in the wake of the Islamic State group’s attacks on Paris.

Over 200 consecrated hosts stolen, desecrated in Spain art exhibit

Nov 23, 2015 - 04:40 pm .- Critics of Pamplona’s city council say it deliberately attacked Catholics and broke Spanish law by using city property to display a sacrilegious art exhibit with more than 240 stolen consecrated Hosts.

US embassy: Saint Peter's Basilica a potential terrorist target

Nov 19, 2015 - 04:13 pm .- St. Peter’s Basilica tops the list of potential targets for terrorist attacks in Rome and Milan, the U.S. Embassy in Rome said Wednesday, in the wake of Islamic State militants’ Nov. 13 attacks in Paris.

Paris archbishop: When the pain is too great, we cling to God

Nov 18, 2015 - 03:45 am .- In a Mass at Notre Dame Cathedral, the archbishop of Paris said that despite the uncertainty and grief surrounding the terrorist attacks in the city last week, God is the source of strength and hope.

'Impatience for unity' – a look at the Pope's recent chat with Lutherans

Nov 17, 2015 - 03:02 pm .- Pope Francis' encounter with a Lutheran community in Rome this weekend was his chance to advocate for greater unity among Christians, a theologian has reflected.

Pope Francis: What will Jesus ask you on judgement day?

Nov 15, 2015 - 11:40 am .- On Sunday Pope Francis paid a visit to Rome’s Lutheran community, where he took questions and told attendees that what we will ultimately be judged on is how we cared for the poor and less fortunate.

Catholics unite in prayer as Paris terror siege continues

Nov 13, 2015 - 04:34 pm .- Amid devastating attacks at locations throughout Paris, Church leaders are calling for prayer.

Report of religious group 'sex slave' rattles Church in Spain

Nov 13, 2015 - 04:02 pm .- A man who identified himself as a former missionary with the pseudonym of “Paulino” recently made accusations to the Spanish press that he had been a sex slave of a religious congregation which has roots in Barcelona.

Is this Rome event trying to revive a liberation theologian?

Nov 12, 2015 - 03:18 pm .- Spanish liberation theologian Fr. Jon Sobrino, whose works were censured by the Vatican nearly a decade ago, is slated to take part in an event this Saturday at Rome's Urbaniana University.

As Pope's visit nears, Ugandans fight external push for contraception

Nov 12, 2015 - 04:02 am .- One topic Ugandans expect Pope Francis to address in his upcoming visit to the country is the push by certain Western powers to enforce the use of contraception as a central means of fighting AIDS.

Francis' message to the Italian Church: imitate Jesus in humility, service

Nov 10, 2015 - 12:13 pm .- In a lengthy speech to the Italian Church at large, Pope Francis said that true human and ecclesial advancement can only be achieved when founded on the humility and detachment of power exemplified by Christ.

Pope Francis ordains new bishop at major Roman cathedral

Nov 9, 2015 - 05:00 pm .- At Saint John Lateran cathedral in Rome, Pope Francis ordained Monsignor Angelo De Donatis as an auxiliary bishop, encouraging the new prelate in off-the-cuff remarks to be an example of God's mercy.

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