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Honestly funny – comedian Jim Gaffigan blends faith, humor in new TV show

Jul 2, 2015 - 03:10 am .- God and comedy clubs are not generally something most families throw together; then again, most families don’t create a cable comedy show either.

Anti-Catholic history in US shows Church has survived and will continue, historian says

Jul 1, 2015 - 03:15 pm .- As bishops warn of current threats to religious liberty in the United States, Catholics can take heart that such challenges have faced them before, and they have persevered, one Church historian says.

Bishops expect Pope Francis' visit to have profound impact on US

Jun 30, 2015 - 03:20 pm .- Looking forward to Pope Francis' September visit to the U.S., the nation's bishops were exuberant on Tuesday, as the itinerary for the apostolic voyage was released.

Supreme Court puts hold on Texas law regulating abortion clinics

Jun 30, 2015 - 02:03 pm .- On Monday afternoon the Supreme Court of the United States temporarily halted Texas' regulations on abortion clinics, which were upheld by an appellate court earlier in the month.

Supreme Court protects Pennsylvania charities from HHS mandate

Jun 30, 2015 - 12:30 pm .- The U.S. Supreme Court has issued an order protecting a group of Pennsylvania religious institutions from being required by the federal contraception mandate to violate their faith.

Supreme Court upholds use of controversial lethal injection drug

Jun 29, 2015 - 08:32 am .- The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the continued use of a drug that has been accused of causing excruciating pain in several controversial state executions.  

FDA announces additional risks of Essure birth control device

Jun 28, 2015 - 04:39 pm .- After receiving thousands of complaints about the adverse effects of the birth control implant Essure, the FDA announced late Wednesday that it has updated the list of risks and complications associated with the device, and that a public hearing would be held Sept. 24 to evaluate the product.

Benedictine monks' disputed role at Catholic university in Illinois at center of new lawsuit

Jun 28, 2015 - 06:03 am .- Seven monks of St. Procopius Abbey in Lisle, Ill. have filed suit against the leadership of Illinois’ Benedictine University, saying that the leadership has denied them their rights to help govern the university their abbey founded.

'The unthinkable is real,' author warns about persecutions of Middle East Christians

Jun 27, 2015 - 04:07 pm .- Growing unrest in the Middle East is causing great concern for the Christian community around the world, and author George J. Marlin is hoping to enlighten Western Christians on how seriously matters are progressing, as their brethren in the Middle East continue to undergo persecution.

Marriage has had its day at Court, but religious freedom could soon follow

Jun 27, 2015 - 06:02 am .- Friday’s Supreme Court ruling against the traditional understanding of marriage may pose huge obstacles to the free exercise of religion and conscience across the US, the nation's bishops have said in response to the decision.

US bishops encourage Catholics to maintain witness to the truth of marriage

Jun 26, 2015 - 11:15 am .- Catholics are called to witness to the truth of marriage despite the Supreme Court of the United States recognizing a legal right to same-sex marriage, the nation's bishops said on Friday.

Breaking: Supreme Court redefines marriage throughout US (Updated)

Jun 26, 2015 - 08:07 am .- In a wide-reaching decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has declared that same-sex “marriage” is a constitutional right and that states must recognize same-sex unions.

Assisted suicide bill stalls in California legislature, but pressure continues

Jun 26, 2015 - 06:03 am .- An assisted suicide bill in California has been temporarily pulled from a key committee in the state legislature, but its opponents say more work is necessary to sway legislators against it.

Fathers play on Father’s Day: The priests of two Nebraska dioceses face off in softball game

Jun 26, 2015 - 03:02 am .- In the state that’s home to the College World Series, a new kind of series came to town on Father’s Day

Congress combats targeting of traditional marriage advocates

Jun 26, 2015 - 12:00 am .- A new bill protecting the religious liberty traditional marriage advocates has the support of two leading U.S. bishops. But will the First Amendment Defense Act be enough to stem the rising tide of anti-discrimination lawsuits across the nation?  The First Amendment Defense Act establishes protections – largely regarding federal taxes and benefits – for individuals and organizations who conscientiously believe that marriage is between one man and one woman and that no sexual relations should take place outside this bond. “In a climate of increasing intolerance, these protections are very much needed,” wrote Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco and Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore in a letter to the bill’s sponsors.

California legislators renew push against Junipero Serra, saint and Hispanic 'founding father'

Jun 25, 2015 - 02:37 pm .- A statue of Franciscan missionary and saint-to-be Father Junipero Serra has stood in the U.S. Capitol since 1931, but its future may depend on an upcoming hearing in the California legislature and the success of a “Let's Save Serra” campaign.

The dark side of living 'childfree'

Jun 25, 2015 - 04:02 am .- A few months ago, several writers opened up a conversation they felt was long overdue in a book titled “Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision to Not Have Kids.”

Coming to the World Meeting of Families: Andrea Bocelli

Jun 25, 2015 - 12:00 am .- Renowned classical tenor Andrea Bocelli is accustomed to performing sold-out concerts around the world. He is comfortable center stage at Carnegie Hall and has sold over eighty million records during his musical career.   But come September, Bocelli will change his pace and join another award-winning musician - Colombian superstar Juanes - to perform for Pope Francis at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. 

Don't overturn social order, faith leaders urge Supreme Court before marriage case

Jun 24, 2015 - 05:06 pm .- As the Supreme Court will rule on same-sex marriage before the month’s end, over 50,000 Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, and Jewish leaders have united to stand up for marriage as between one man and one woman.

The one theologian you need to know about when reading Laudato Si'

Jun 24, 2015 - 04:32 pm .- With so many interpretations being presented for Pope Francis’ new encyclical, Fr. Robert Barron says only one theologian can give us the proper context for reading Laudato Si': Romano Guardini.

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