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Want to put the Pope's encyclical into practice? Protect religious freedom, archbishop says

Jul 4, 2015 - 02:35 pm .- Religious freedom is absolutely necessary to implement the teachings of Pope Francis’ recent encyclical Laudato Si, said the U.S. bishops’ domestic justice spokesman on Independence Day.

Rebuilt from the ashes: The story of an American basilica

Jul 4, 2015 - 04:41 am .- An immigrant parish, burnt down, with only the crucifix remaining. A parish rebuilt, transformed and a key part in giving back to the community. In a sense, one parish’s story of struggle, pressure and rebirth is metaphor for the American Catholic experience.

Bl. Junipero statue in the Capitol is safe – for now

Jul 3, 2015 - 12:42 pm .- An effort to remove the statue of Bl. Junipero Serra from the U.S. Capitol has been set aside for the time being.

This 95-year-old Catholic couple died in each other's arms

Jul 3, 2015 - 10:02 am .- Few love stories can say that they began at the age of eight. But for Jeanette and Alexander Toczko, they couldn't have imagined life any other way.

CatholicVote says controversial video sparked outpouring of thanks

Jul 2, 2015 - 04:02 pm .- After last week's Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage, one Catholic group released a short video on tolerance – a clip that's gotten both fierce criticism and profound thanks from viewers.

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.

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