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Poverty, environment, economy – it's all about the human person, Holy See tells UN

Oct 11, 2015 - 04:20 pm .- Global efforts to fight poverty, protect the environment and make decisions about the economy must all be connected by the common thread of promoting human dignity, a Holy See representative told a United Nations body this week.

What is the future of marriage? First we have to look at its history, author says

Oct 9, 2015 - 12:04 am .- June's Obergefell v. Hodges ruling, which mandated recognition of same-sex marriages across the United States, was largely recognized by both supporters and opponents as a groundbreaking ruling.

Chicago shrine seeks help to rebuild after devastating fire

Oct 8, 2015 - 04:36 pm .- This morning the Shrine of Christ the King Sovereign Priest in Chicago launched an online restoration fund following Wednesday's fire at the church, which collapsed much of its roof.

How the Catholic Church is fighting loan sharks in Texas

Oct 8, 2015 - 03:45 am .- Lenders charging exorbitant rates on payday loans in Arlington, Texas have a new force to contend with in their fight against regulation: the bishops of the Catholic Church.

New movement hopes to share the reality of marriage

Oct 7, 2015 - 08:10 pm .- A new group called the Marriage Reality Movement aims to help Catholics and others renew the vision of marriage in society.

Religious leaders, scholars ask Obama to declare ISIS violence a genocide

Oct 7, 2015 - 04:03 pm .- More than 100 religious leaders, scholars, and human rights advocates signed a letter Monday asking President Obama to formally declare the killing and displacement of Middle Eastern religious minorities a “genocide.”

What was JPII's secret to inspiring the youth? His mere presence, secretary says

Oct 7, 2015 - 03:16 am .- Ahead of next year’s World Youth Day in Krakow, the long-time secretary for Pope John Paul II explained how the saint inspired a generation even though many never saw him in person.  

A triumph through remarkable trial - the story of one Catholic athlete

Oct 6, 2015 - 03:07 am .- Remembering the words spoken by then-five year-old Valeria Tkacik still gives her mother, Anne, goose bumps.

Here's what it was like when Pope Francis visited the homeless in DC

Oct 6, 2015 - 12:16 am .- Pope Francis’ visit to homeless men and women in Washington, D.C., was “life-changing,” said the head of Catholic Charities in the nation’s capital.  

Despite objections, Calif. governor signs assisted-suicide bill

Oct 5, 2015 - 04:08 pm .- After months of debate and strong opposition, California governor Jerry Brown on Monday signed into a law a bill enabling doctors to prescribe drugs that will end the lives of terminally ill patients.

This Catholic healthcare group is being sued for refusing to provide abortions

Oct 4, 2015 - 06:01 am .- Trinity Health Corporations, one of the largest Catholic health care operations in America, is seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union over its refusal to provide women with abortion services at their medical facilities.

'You are not alone' - Oregon bishops, priests support a community in shock

Oct 2, 2015 - 04:34 pm .- In the wake of a mass shooting at a community college in Roseburg, Oregon, members of a local Catholic parish are reaching out to offer sympathy, comfort and hope.

Dating apps could be leading to a rise in STDs – and Tinder isn't happy about it

Oct 1, 2015 - 04:46 pm .- A new billboard linking dating apps with an increase in sexually transmitted disease rates spurred one app – Tinder – to issue a cease and desist order against the group behind it.

In wake of Pope Francis, bishops urge Congress to move on religious freedom

Oct 1, 2015 - 04:20 pm .- Citing Pope Francis, the U.S. bishops are urging lawmakers act quickly to pass a bill that would reauthorize the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, whose mandate expired yesterday.

Man up! Phoenix bishop encourages, challenges Catholic men in new letter

Oct 1, 2015 - 03:14 am .- Calling on all Christian men to take a stand in the Church’s spiritual battle, Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix asked men in his diocese to courageously pursue their vocations as friends, fathers, and spouses.

Stop 'corporate welfare' for Planned Parenthood, pro-life Democrats say

Sep 30, 2015 - 05:13 pm .- The House on Tuesday passed a bill allowing states to withhold Medicaid funds from health care providers that perform abortions.

Families tell Pope Francis 'thank you' with a renewed commitment to marriage

Sep 30, 2015 - 05:08 pm .- In response to Pope Francis’ ongoing encouragement of marriage, an Ecuadorian lay woman has penned a simple thank you letter that has now gained over 1,500 signatures in the Hispanic community.

What meeting Pope Francis was like for elementary students in Harlem

Sep 30, 2015 - 03:05 pm .- Students and community members in East Harlem were moved, sometimes to tears, by Pope Francis’ words and example during his visit to the New York neighborhood.

Pope Francis reportedly met with Kim Davis, offered support

Sep 30, 2015 - 08:47 am .- Embattled county clerk Kim Davis met with Pope Francis in Washington, D.C. last Thursday, her lawyer has told multiple media outlets.

Here's what Archbishop Kurtz thought about Pope Francis' visit

Sep 30, 2015 - 06:41 am .- For Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, hearing the words of Pope Francis is like being taken back in time to when he first experienced his “original call” to serve the Church through the priesthood.

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