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Against death penalty, Pfizer bans drug sales for lethal injections

May 16, 2016 - 04:39 pm .- The drug company Pfizer has announced it will no longer sell drugs for use in lethal injections because it objects to their use in executions.

For US bishops, Pope Francis brings clarity to transgender issues

May 16, 2016 - 04:23 pm .- As an alternative to the “deeply disturbing” new federal guidance on transgender regulations for schools, the U.S. bishops pointed to the words of Pope Francis in offering a positive path to young people.  

Breaking: Supreme Court sends Little Sisters' case back to lower court

May 16, 2016 - 08:53 am .- In a unanimous May 16 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has sent back to the lower courts a challenge to the federal contraception mandate raised by the Little Sisters of the Poor.

Everything can be taken from you – except your conscience, says former political prisoner

May 14, 2016 - 05:54 pm .- Everyone must be true to their own conscience, a religious freedom advocate and former political prisoner told a gala audience on Thursday.

Tulsa's next bishop has history in campus ministry and carpentry

May 13, 2016 - 10:19 am .- Pope Francis on Friday named Father David Austin Konderla, the longtime campus ministry director at Texas A & M University, as the next Bishop of Tulsa.

This man was 9 years-old when he saw John Paul II get shot

May 13, 2016 - 03:01 am .- Thirty-five years after Saint John Paul II was shot in St. Peter’s Square, a witness on the from the front rows of the security barricades says that the now-canonized Pope offers an example – and a challenge –   of forgiveness for children who witness violence.

How being poor wrecks your chances of good legal representation

May 12, 2016 - 04:21 pm .- It's not a social justice issue that tops most Catholic's priorities, but it needs to be, legal experts are saying. The problem? How much money you have – or don't – makes every difference in how you're represented in court.

She was kidnapped by Boko Haram and escaped. This is her dream.

May 12, 2016 - 03:20 am .- “I have a dream of a safe Nigeria.” This is the hope voiced by one of the Nigerian schoolgirls who escaped captivity by the terror group Boko Haram, speaking before members of Congress on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.

Mary statue in California appears to weep miraculous tears

May 11, 2016 - 04:50 pm .- A statue of the Virgin Mary in Fresno, Calif. appears to be weeping miraculous tears, according to witnesses.

Is this really about women's health? The ACLU's latest tiff with Catholic hospitals

May 10, 2016 - 04:21 pm .- The American Civil Liberties Union's claims that Catholic hospitals are denying emergency care to pregnant women in the U.S. is not about healthcare – it's about forcing religious groups to perform abortions, critics say.

Pope Francis names new bishop for Arizona-based Byzantine eparchy

May 9, 2016 - 03:48 pm .- Pope Francis has named a new bishop of a Phoenix-based Eastern Catholic eparchy: Bishop John Stephen Pazak, C.Ss.R.

A crash course in Miracles 101

May 8, 2016 - 03:32 pm .- What do a grilled cheese sandwich and the tilma of Our Lady of Guadalupe have in common?

Blue Mass in Gallup diocese honors police, first responders

May 7, 2016 - 06:04 am .- Merrick Kohn proudly recalls the day he had the idea to honor police officers and first responders with a special Mass.

St. Katharine Drexel's sisters announce plans to sell their motherhouse

May 6, 2016 - 10:52 am .- The Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament will sell the Pennsylvania estate that hosts their motherhouse and the tomb of their founder, St. Katharine Drexel.

Scientists and faith leaders agree: It's time to scale back nuclear arms

May 6, 2016 - 03:36 am .- A coalition of scientists and faith leaders has called on President Barack Obama to take “meaningful” steps to reduce the threat of “nuclear catastrophe” in light of his likely upcoming trip to Japan.

How Christians in Syria keep the faith amid a civil war

May 5, 2016 - 03:20 pm .- In a Christian neighborhood inside war-torn Syria, a young boy was waiting to be discharged from a hospital after undergoing surgery. Suddenly the building shook from a bombing.

NC governor: Separate men and women's restrooms is a matter of privacy

May 5, 2016 - 11:14 am .- North Carolina’s governor is standing firm against the U.S. Justice Department’s claim that it is unlawful and discriminatory to require individuals to use public bathrooms, locker rooms and showers corresponding to their biological sex.

Pro-Woman. Pro-Life. Is there really a contradiction?

May 5, 2016 - 11:01 am .- “Women’s liberation.” “Women’s rights movement.” “War on women.” For many, the buzzwords surrounding the intersection of feminism and the pro-life movement call to mind a conflict between the two campaigns. However, for many of those involved in the pro-life movement, pro-life and feminist goals are aligned, not opposed.

EWTN asks federal court to reconsider its HHS mandate case

May 4, 2016 - 04:51 pm .- The Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) has asked a federal court to reconsider its ruling forcing the company to comply with the revised HHS mandate, based on an admission by the federal government in its brief before the Supreme Court.

Cost and conscience – why more Christians are ditching health insurance for this alternative

May 4, 2016 - 03:56 am .- The youngest of James Lansberry’s nine children almost didn’t survive his birth. Born with no heartbeat, he was resuscitated and spent 11 days in the neo-natal intensive care unit. The medical bill was over $200,000.

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