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For Iraq's Christians, what comes after Islamic State?

May 31, 2016 - 05:01 pm .- With thousands of displaced Christians in Iraq subsisting on humanitarian aid, advocates are asking if they have a future there once the Islamic State is removed – and what that might look like.

St. Paul archdiocese hopes for quick payments to sex abuse victims

May 31, 2016 - 04:13 pm .- The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis is eager to see a quick end to its reorganization plan so that victims and survivors of clerical sex abuse can see more compensation sooner, according to its bishop.

Philadelphia's new auxiliary bishop accepts role with gratitude

May 31, 2016 - 12:11 pm .- Philadelphia priest Monsignor Edward Deliman will become the archdiocese’s new auxiliary bishop in August, and he says the prospect is humbling, and a lot to absorb.

Catholics join outrage over sale of sacred Native American items

May 30, 2016 - 04:02 pm .- Native Americans say a French auction house should return their sacred objects set to go on sale, and they have an ally in Bishop James S. Wall of Gallup, N.M.

How a music professor became a papal knight

May 29, 2016 - 05:07 am .- Growing up in a modest home in southern California, Leo Nestor never imagined that his love of music would one day lead to him becoming a papal knight.

Concerns over religious freedom help sink LGBT bills

May 27, 2016 - 06:46 am .- Religious liberty was among the primary concerns that ultimately defeated controversial legislation aimed at enforcing an LGBT executive order twice this week.

Did Facebook 'blacklist' religious news in their trending topics?

May 27, 2016 - 03:02 am .- Earlier this month, a report from Gizmodo dropped the equivalent of a social media bomb – several former Facebook employees said the company routinely suppressed conservative news in the social media giant's “trending news” section.

Deportation could be a death sentence, bishops warn as raids increase

May 26, 2016 - 03:07 pm .- Renewed immigration raids against women and children fail to recognize the severity of situations faced by migrants, who leave Central America to escape death, the U.S. bishops said.

No, we didn’t hide money, Minnesota archdiocese says of abuse settlement

May 25, 2016 - 04:38 pm .- The Archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis says his archdiocese has followed the law in its bankruptcy process, responding to claims by abuse victims that some assets were not made public.

In South Carolina, unborn babies' pain drives latest pro-life bill

May 25, 2016 - 12:33 am .- South Carolina has moved closer to stronger legal restrictions against abortion, with a bill to ban most abortions after 19 weeks, due to evidence that unborn children can feel pain at that point.

Supreme Court sends more mandate cases back to lower circuits

May 24, 2016 - 05:30 pm .- After sending the Little Sisters’ HHS mandate case back to the circuit courts on May 16, the Supreme Court voided two more mandate cases with Catholic plaintiffs on Monday.

Was it a mistake to lift the arms embargo against Vietnam?

May 23, 2016 - 04:18 pm .- As the U.S. lifted its decades-long arms embargo with Vietnam during President Barack Obama’s visit there, human rights advocates argued that the country had not sufficiently improved its human rights record to warrant the deal.  

What to say to Trump? Conservative Christian leaders want a conversation.

May 23, 2016 - 12:08 am .- Evangelical and socially conservative leaders are planning a meeting with presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump to discuss their concerns and decide on future action.

Could this save Catholic marriage prep?

May 22, 2016 - 04:02 pm .- With high divorce rates among Catholic couples – and marriage rates plummeting among millennials – Church leaders are scrambling to address the problem.  

US bishops find widespread compliance in abuse prevention audit

May 20, 2016 - 04:08 pm .- In their annual report on nationwide measures for the protection of minors, the U.S. bishops found extensive diocesan cooperation with recommended standards.

Hook-up culture is making women miserable, study finds

May 20, 2016 - 12:02 am .- Leah Fessler considers herself a feminist.

Marianist priest suspended after sex abuse allegations at Long Island school

May 19, 2016 - 12:02 am .- Fr. James Williams, S.M., a former president of Chaminade High School on Long Island, has been suspended from priestly ministry over credible allegations of sexual abuse, his religious order stated on Friday.

Group to end 12-year vigil at closed Massachusetts church

May 18, 2016 - 06:11 pm .- Former parishioners occupying the long-closed St. Frances X. Cabrini Church in Scituate, Massachusetts say they plan to end their continuous 24-hour vigil after the Supreme Court refused to hear their case, May 16.

Both sides claimed victory in the Little Sisters' case. So now what?

May 18, 2016 - 05:11 pm .- While both sides say they are happy with the Supreme Court decision on the Little Sisters’ case, the long-term outcome remains to be seen, legal experts said.

Archdiocese of Chicago to offer 12 week paid parental leave

May 18, 2016 - 04:01 pm .- With the conviction that pro-family policies are critical for a healthy Church, the Archdiocese of Chicago will soon start offering its employees 12 weeks of paid parental leave.

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