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Religious freedom nominee's record prompts worry

Jul 31, 2014 - 05:10 pm .- The announcement that Rabbi David Saperstein is being tapped as the next U.S. ambassador for global religious freedom has drawn concern based on his recent statements on the issue at home.

US faithful asked to see humanity of child migrants

Jul 31, 2014 - 11:42 am .- The child migrant crisis at the U.S-Mexico border shows the need for a Catholic response and for sound government policy to help children who are fleeing violence, several Catholic experts have said.

Natural Family Planning praised for respecting women, nature

Jul 31, 2014 - 04:18 am .- Catholic teaching on sexuality and fertility is being hailed as a moral alternative to hormonal birth control that embraces nature and respects the fullness of women’s lives and dignity.

Abortion's grim reality may explain 'pro-choice' label drop

Jul 31, 2014 - 02:06 am .- Abortion advocates' recent shift away from the term “pro-choice” could be due to improving medicine and technology showing the harsh reality and effects of the procedure.

Protestors slam global failure to save missing Nigerian girls

Jul 30, 2014 - 05:18 pm .- Gathering outside the Nigerian Embassy in Washington, D.C. to mark the 100th day since the kidnapping of nearly 300 girls in Nigeria, protestors urged more effective action to return them home.

Migration fix must look at big picture, bishop encourages

Jul 30, 2014 - 01:58 pm .- The head of the U.S. bishops’ migration committee challenged U.S. President Obama and the leaders of Central America to respond to violence in that region in order to protect children who are being forced to flee.

Working-class marriage rate hurt by weak church efforts

Jul 30, 2014 - 08:02 am .- A “national retreat” from marriage could worsen social divides between the married and unmarried and plummeting rates are partly due to religious groups failing to reach the working class, says one scholar.

Bishops' charge to US government: help Iraqi Christians

Jul 30, 2014 - 04:41 am .- The U.S. bishops have urged the U.S. government to assist Iraqi Christian victims of persecution, while France has offered asylum to Iraqi Christians who have fled Mosul.

LGBT foundation aims to counter Vatican family synod

Jul 30, 2014 - 12:01 am .- An LGBT activist foundation headed by a former Obama White House staffer gave a $200,000 grant to a dissenting Catholic coalition to target the upcoming Synod on the Family and World Youth Day.

Critics: global religious freedom report falls short of action needed

Jul 29, 2014 - 04:44 pm .- As the U.S. State Department releases its annual global religious freedom report, observers say that the government must take more action to fight persecution and secure religious liberty around the world.

Court allows 9/11 cross to remain standing at Ground Zero

Jul 29, 2014 - 11:38 am .- Rejecting arguments from an atheist group, a federal appeals court ruled Monday that the iconic cross found at the site of the 2001 World Trade Center attacks may remain at the 9/11 Museum.

Petition calls on UN to stop Christian genocide in Iraq

Jul 29, 2014 - 10:54 am .- Following the expulsion of Christians from the Iraqi city of Mosul by ISIS jihadists, a new petition calls on the United Nations to intervene in the country.

Ariz. inmate's grueling execution lamented as preventable

Jul 29, 2014 - 04:02 am .- Not only could the nearly two-hour execution of an Arizona inmate last week have been avoided, but the number of botched deaths by lethal injection is increasing in the U.S., says one observer.

'Amazing Parish' movement unites clergy, laity in renewal

Jul 29, 2014 - 02:06 am .- A new movement seeking to unite the faithful and their pastors in the formation of thriving parishes has seen a wide scope of interest throughout the U.S. in the time since it was started little more than a year ago.

Expert: Religious freedom pick will fail without resources

Jul 28, 2014 - 05:28 pm .- While welcoming the proposal for a new global religious freedom ambassador after a nine-month vacancy, one expert warned that adequate resources must be given for the position to be effective.

US must adapt foreign policy to solve migrant crisis, says bishop

Jul 27, 2014 - 04:11 pm .- The head of the U.S. bishops’ international justice and peace committee implored Secretary of State John Kerry to utilize U.S. foreign policy to address the “root causes” of child migration from Central America.

Papal visit to US not confirmed, but archbishop confident

Jul 25, 2014 - 10:22 am .- Reports that Pope Francis will travel to the U.S. for the World Meeting of Families in 2015 remain unconfirmed by the Vatican; however, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia is confident of the pontiff’s attendance.

Rubio: Economic health tied to morality, community

Jul 25, 2014 - 06:16 am .- A strong national economy requires strong families, supported by both government and the broader community, said Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) in a recent policy speech.

Film: People with same-sex attraction find peace in Church

Jul 25, 2014 - 04:07 am .- The three subjects of a new documentary, "Desire of the Everlasting Hills", have shared their stories of having same-sex attraction, and how they eventually found peace in the Catholic Church.

Federal judge strikes down Colo. marriage defense amendment

Jul 24, 2014 - 08:07 pm .- A federal judge ruled Wednesday against Colorado’s marriage defense amendment, leading the state attorney general to say the case will ultimately be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. 

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July 31, 2014

Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Priest

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