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LGBT grant-maker wants to win religious liberty fight within three years

Jul 29, 2015 - 12:31 am .- A leader in LGBT grant-making has told business leaders that he wants to shut down the political fight for religious freedom exemptions in the U.S. within three years.

Why this former rock journalist authored a book about chastity

Jul 28, 2015 - 12:46 pm .- One day, when Dawn Eden was 31 years-old, she ventured into the section of a bookstore that she had never visited before. 

Exclusive: 'Essure' victims plan hunger strike in front of FDA during Pope's visit

Jul 28, 2015 - 04:02 am .- Last month, it looked like the thousands of women who have suffered detrimental side effects from the birth control device “Essure” were finally being heard.   

How an anti-discrimination bill could end up discriminating

Jul 28, 2015 - 12:04 am .- A bill in Congress that brands itself as fighting discrimination might end up doing the exact opposite, said legal experts last week.

Knights of Columbus unveil new campaign to aid Middle East Christians

Jul 27, 2015 - 08:04 pm .- As Christians continue to face unprecedented persecution – especially in the Middle East – the Knights of Columbus have announced a new campaign to send humanitarian aid and raise awareness about their plight.

Will religious Boy Scout troops be tolerated when ban on gay leaders ends?

Jul 27, 2015 - 05:08 pm .- The Boy Scouts of America is moving to change its leadership standards in order to allow openly homosexual adult leaders and volunteers. While the organization promises that individual church-affiliated councils can choose their own leaders, at least one critic warns the move will expose churches to further pressure.

High price tags and ugly secrets – how surrogacy preys on poor women

Jul 26, 2015 - 04:03 pm .- Women from a poor demographic have become an increasing interest in the multi-billion dollar surrogate industry, with most mothers being forced or coerced into volunteering as a surrogate.

Long-serving Cardinal Baum lived a generous response to God

Jul 25, 2015 - 11:25 am .- Cardinal William W. Baum, a past Archbishop of Washington and the longest-serving American cardinal, died on Thursday at the age of 88. His death prompted outpourings of thanksgiving for his life and a special telegram from Pope Francis.

What you think you know about human trafficking is probably wrong

Jul 25, 2015 - 06:37 am .- Human trafficking. It’s been called “modern-day slavery” and a “silent epidemic.” It affects tens of millions every year and yet remains largely in the shadows – even within the United States.

Is the Pope's challenge to America having an anti-Francis effect?

Jul 24, 2015 - 04:57 pm .- Most Americans have a favorable view of Pope Francis, but an apparent decline in their numbers may be due to his implicit challenge to American culture, one observer has said.

Court: Family-run pharmacy must carry Plan B despite religious objections

Jul 24, 2015 - 04:47 pm .- Owners of a pharmacy in Washington state must provide the morning-after contraceptive pill against their religious beliefs after a federal appeals court upheld a state mandate that they do so.

After theater shooting, Lafayette bishop offers sympathy and prayer

Jul 24, 2015 - 10:15 am .- Catholics in Louisiana are stunned by Thursday's deadly mass shooting at a Lafayette movie theater and are praying for those affected, the local bishop has said.

Why this Catholic health care development is a game-changer for women

Jul 24, 2015 - 03:04 am .- With the hope of providing authentic and ethical health care for women, Dr. Thomas Hilgers, creator of Natural Procreative Technology, has worked for decades to establish a medical network that studies, understands, and treats the female fertility cycle.

In Wisconsin, fetal pain concerns drive new abortion regulations

Jul 24, 2015 - 12:02 am .- The state of Wisconsin has now banned abortions 20 weeks into pregnancy, on the grounds that unborn children feel pain, joining more than a dozen states with similar laws.

Want to walk with Pope Francis? Then take this pledge

Jul 23, 2015 - 05:24 pm .- Catholics in Washington, D.C. are hoping a new charity pledge will go viral like last year’s “Ice Bucket Challenge,” but there’s a new twist – this pledge is for Pope Francis.

Last hope: Little Sisters of the Poor appeal to Supreme Court

Jul 23, 2015 - 10:09 am .- After a federal appeals court ruled that the Little Sisters of the Poor must obey the federal contraception mandate, the sisters have announced that they are appealing to the Supreme Court.

Archbishop after death of Calif. woman: Immigrants are not all 'guilty by association'

Jul 23, 2015 - 06:02 am .- The random killing of a 32 year-old California woman has reignited an intense debate about immigration reform, after the suspect was identified as an illegal immigrant with a felony record.

The story behind the new LA bishops' pectoral crosses

Jul 22, 2015 - 04:27 pm .- A sharp eye would have noticed that L.A.’s three auxiliary bishops-elect were wearing identical pectoral crosses.

Why the Catholic behind the Planned Parenthood videos went undercover

Jul 22, 2015 - 03:49 pm .- With the façade of a fictitious biotechnology company, David Daleiden and his fellow investigators from the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) infiltrated the bowels of the abortion industry at its ugliest.

In new video, Planned Parenthood exec appears to joke about pricing baby parts

Jul 21, 2015 - 11:50 am .- Another undercover video released today allegedly shows a senior official at Planned Parenthood flippantly discussing monetary compensation for aborted baby organs, and the alteration of abortion procedures to ensure that the organs are intact.

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