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Rabbi: Vatican II's interreligious document was 'life-saving'

May 22, 2015 - 12:08 am .- A 50 year-old declaration of the Second Vatican Council established a new era in Christian-Jewish relations and enabled members of both religions to unite against present-day secularism, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York reflected on Wednesday.

Nebraska bishops praise move to repeal death penalty

May 21, 2015 - 05:11 pm .- Nebraska’s Catholic bishops on Wednesday praised the Nebraska legislature’s veto-proof vote to end the death penalty, saying  capital punishment “cannot be justified” in the state at present.

Judges shoot down Notre Dame's appeal on contraception mandate

May 21, 2015 - 04:03 pm .- A federal court has again denied the University of Notre Dame’s request for a preliminary injunction against federal mandates it says violate its religious freedom, though a trial can still go forward.

A priest's powerful impact on the New York Times' David Brooks

May 21, 2015 - 04:02 am .- New York Times columnist, best-selling author and all-around pundit David Brooks has made headlines recently for his bold new book making the case for a societal return to morality.

Converted by love, not ideology: An archbishop's reflection on Dorothy Day

May 20, 2015 - 03:02 am .- Last week, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles told scholars at the Dorothy Day Conference at St. Francis University that the social activist was not converted by ideology, but by love.

Nearly every House member voted for this anti-human trafficking bill

May 19, 2015 - 05:35 pm .- The House overwhelmingly passed a bill on Tuesday establishing a fund for victims of human trafficking and strengthening federal and state enforcement against trafficking.

Boston bomber gets the death penalty – how should Catholics respond?

May 19, 2015 - 03:42 pm .- The death sentence for convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was a legitimate use of state authority, even if Catholics may disagree with it, said a moral theologian in the nation’s capital.

These twin friars are taking it to the streets - and your TV - to save souls

May 19, 2015 - 04:01 am .- It’s a good thing Brother Angelus wears glasses, otherwise it would be really hard to tell him apart from Brother Innocent.

US bishops: without disarmament, nuclear weapons still threaten peace

May 19, 2015 - 12:48 am .- The U.S. bishops have urged more action to ensure nuclear disarmament and to combat the proliferation of nuclear weapons

Will Francis build on Benedict's legacy when he visits the US?

May 17, 2015 - 06:02 am .- Pope Francis will remain within the tradition of previous papal visits to the U.S. when he comes to the east coast this autumn said Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, who added that the Pope's voyage would build upon Benedict XVI's papacy if he addresses the environment.

Hundreds of US priests ask Synod to stand firm on Church teaching

May 16, 2015 - 04:04 pm .- Nearly 1,000 United States priests made their own a petition to the fathers of the upcoming Synod, originally made public and signed by nearly 500 English priests.

Is the pill shrinking parts of women's brains? New report suggests yes

May 15, 2015 - 03:06 am .- Adding to recent controversies (1) surrounding various forms of birth control (2), a new study out of UCLA suggests that the birth control pill may thin areas in a woman's brain and affect their function.

Don't let armed drones ease the path to conflict, US bishops warn

May 14, 2015 - 03:42 pm .- The use of armed drones have practical and moral consequences for conflict and warfare – and the government needs to take action to address them, the U.S. Catholic bishops have said.

Philadelphia archbishop voices 'deep sadness', prays for train derailment victims

May 14, 2015 - 11:59 am .- Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia reacted Wednesday to the deadly train derailment in his city with sadness and prayers.

When detention denies dignity: bishops offer look inside US migrant, refugee policy

May 14, 2015 - 03:20 am .- “Please help us, please pray for us.” These were the words of detained migrants and refugees at a Karnes, Texas facility who spoke Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller of San Antonio and his visiting delegation of religious leaders last year.

US House overcomes initial setback to pass 20-week abortion ban

May 13, 2015 - 06:35 pm .- Two years after abortionist Kermit Gosnell was convicted of committing three first-degree murders at his abortion clinic, the House passed a bill Wednesday that effectively bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Iraqi Christians have lost everything – except their faith, nun tells Congress

May 13, 2015 - 03:41 pm .- Having lost their homes, their heritage and their sense of dignity, Iraqi Christians victimized by the Islamic State feel abandoned by earthly powers, but their faith in God has only grown, an Iraqi nun told members of Congress May 13.

EWTN named religious television station of the year

May 12, 2015 - 04:49 pm .- For the third consecutive year, EWTN Global Catholic Network has been awarded the 2015 Gabriel Award for Religious Television Station of the Year – a prestigious honor which acknowledges the Network's programming, community service, and production values.

Despite changes, 'genocide' of China’s one-child policy endures, activists say

May 11, 2015 - 05:17 pm .- Human rights advocates told a congressional commission of the “terrifying” practices of China’s coercive one-child policy and lamented forced abortion as a crime against humanity.

Nun asks jury for mercy, to spare Boston bomber's life

May 11, 2015 - 04:26 pm .- In the defense’s final move to save the life of convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Sister Helen Prejean asked the jury not to execute the young man.

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