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Prayers, rubber boots needed in wake of deadly West Virginia floods

Jun 28, 2016 - 02:30 pm .- Heavy storms dumped more than nine inches of rain in much of West Virginia last week, with the resulting floods killing at least 25 people and damaging or destroying thousands of homes and businesses.

California leaders are threatening Catholic colleges. Again.

Jun 28, 2016 - 03:02 am .- A bill that strips longstanding legal protections for religious colleges and universities is underway in the California legislature – and some say it will imperil Catholic education unless changes are made.

Miami archbishop faults rush to blame Catholicism for Orlando shooting

Jun 28, 2016 - 12:02 am .- In the wake of the Orlando mass shooting, Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami has countered another bishop’s claim that religion, including Catholicism, often “breeds contempt” for gays, lesbians and transgendered people.

Supreme Court ruling blasted for pro-abortion bias in Texas ruling

Jun 27, 2016 - 04:35 pm .- In striking down Texas’ regulations of abortion clinics, the Supreme Court showed favoritism toward the supposed “right to abortion” over states’ interests in the health of women and normal court proceedings, critics said Monday.

Supreme Court strikes down Texas abortion clinic regulations

Jun 27, 2016 - 08:06 am .- On Monday, the Supreme Court struck down a 2013 Texas law regulating the safety of abortion clinics, saying in a 5-3 decision that it put an undue burden on a women’s right to an abortion.

How to not be a 'beige Catholic,' according to Bishop Barron

Jun 26, 2016 - 05:19 am .- Catholics in America today need to find ways to engage the culture with truth, and avoid “beige Catholicism” that seeks to be dominated by the culture, Bishop Robert Barron said Thursday.

Here's what actually happens when you fight for conscience rights

Jun 24, 2016 - 06:24 am .- Every morning, Greg Stormans contemplates a Bible verse perched in a tiny frame above his bathroom sink, which his daughter handwrote: “This is the day which the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24)

Jesuit appointed head of US religious freedom commission

Jun 23, 2016 - 05:00 pm .- The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom has a new chairman, and for the first time, the position will be held by a Catholic priest.  

Divided Supreme Court deals a setback to immigration advocates

Jun 23, 2016 - 12:58 pm .- A divided Supreme Court allowed a hold on the Obama administration’s immigration policy to continue, disappointing Catholic advocates of immigration reform.

Trump met with Christians – so how did it go?

Jun 23, 2016 - 10:07 am .- A meeting with Donald Trump in New York City on Tuesday was intended to answer the questions that some Christian leaders have about the presumptive Republican nominee.

The astonishing secret history of the Pope who fought Hitler

Jun 23, 2016 - 03:06 am .- Pope Pius XII's secret support for the attempted overthrow of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler is the subject of a new book that draws on wartime documents and interviews with the American intelligence agent who wrote them.

In 'shocking' move, California churches forced to cover abortions

Jun 22, 2016 - 04:54 pm .- The Obama administration has rejected a challenge to the State of California’s requirement that health care plans include abortion coverage. A major federal budget amendment intended to protect abortion foes does not apply, it ruled.

The Catholic Church has something to say about your paycheck

Jun 22, 2016 - 03:51 pm .- “To defraud anyone of wages that are his due is a great crime which cries to the avenging anger of Heaven.”

Beware 'polite persecution,' archbishop warns

Jun 22, 2016 - 11:54 am .- With relics of two English martyrs currently touring the U.S., the Archbishop of Baltimore implored Catholics to follow their example by defending religious freedom.

Catholics who actually read the Bible – one woman's online ministry

Jun 22, 2016 - 03:02 am .- Jenna Guizar is a busy woman.

Now touring America: two English saints who died for their faith

Jun 21, 2016 - 05:04 pm .- A relic tour currently taking place in the United States highlights the virtues of two English saints who stood up for conscience and paid the ultimate price.

After nearly 150 years, Philadelphia seminary looks to move

Jun 21, 2016 - 12:04 am .- Bishop Francis Patrick Kenrick, the third bishop of Philadelphia, started St. Charles Borromeo seminary out of his home on Fifth Street in the center of the city in 1832. There were just five students.

There are 21 million refugees around the world in need of solidarity

Jun 20, 2016 - 04:50 pm .- As the global refugee crisis is at its worst since World War II, Catholics cannot be indifferent to the plight of their brothers and sisters, an official with Catholic Relief Services asserts.

How this new LA deacon will serve Catholics on the margins

Jun 19, 2016 - 04:23 pm .- For the estimated 5,000 deaf and hard-of-hearing Catholics in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, parish participation can be difficult.

What actually makes a marriage invalid?

Jun 17, 2016 - 03:48 pm .- A virtual brouhaha erupted Thursday after Pope Francis said in unscripted remarks that “the great majority” of marriages today are null, due to a “provisional” culture in which people do not understand permanent commitment.

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