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Long-serving Cardinal Baum lived a generous response to God

Jul 25, 2015 - 11:25 am .- Cardinal William W. Baum, a past Archbishop of Washington and the longest-serving American cardinal, died on Thursday at the age of 88. His death prompted outpourings of thanksgiving for his life and a special telegram from Pope Francis.

What you think you know about human trafficking is probably wrong

Jul 25, 2015 - 06:37 am .- Human trafficking. It’s been called “modern-day slavery” and a “silent epidemic.” It affects tens of millions every year and yet remains largely in the shadows – even within the United States.

Is the Pope's challenge to America having an anti-Francis effect?

Jul 24, 2015 - 04:57 pm .- Most Americans have a favorable view of Pope Francis, but an apparent decline in their numbers may be due to his implicit challenge to American culture, one observer has said.

Court: Family-run pharmacy must carry Plan B despite religious objections

Jul 24, 2015 - 04:47 pm .- Owners of a pharmacy in Washington state must provide the morning-after contraceptive pill against their religious beliefs after a federal appeals court upheld a state mandate that they do so.

After theater shooting, Lafayette bishop offers sympathy and prayer

Jul 24, 2015 - 10:15 am .- Catholics in Louisiana are stunned by Thursday's deadly mass shooting at a Lafayette movie theater and are praying for those affected, the local bishop has said.

Why this Catholic health care development is a game-changer for women

Jul 24, 2015 - 03:04 am .- With the hope of providing authentic and ethical health care for women, Dr. Thomas Hilgers, creator of Natural Procreative Technology, has worked for decades to establish a medical network that studies, understands, and treats the female fertility cycle.

In Wisconsin, fetal pain concerns drive new abortion regulations

Jul 24, 2015 - 12:02 am .- The state of Wisconsin has now banned abortions 20 weeks into pregnancy, on the grounds that unborn children feel pain, joining more than a dozen states with similar laws.

Want to walk with Pope Francis? Then take this pledge

Jul 23, 2015 - 05:24 pm .- Catholics in Washington, D.C. are hoping a new charity pledge will go viral like last year’s “Ice Bucket Challenge,” but there’s a new twist – this pledge is for Pope Francis.

Last hope: Little Sisters of the Poor appeal to Supreme Court

Jul 23, 2015 - 10:09 am .- After a federal appeals court ruled that the Little Sisters of the Poor must obey the federal contraception mandate, the sisters have announced that they are appealing to the Supreme Court.

Archbishop after death of Calif. woman: Immigrants are not all 'guilty by association'

Jul 23, 2015 - 06:02 am .- The random killing of a 32 year-old California woman has reignited an intense debate about immigration reform, after the suspect was identified as an illegal immigrant with a felony record.

The story behind the new LA bishops' pectoral crosses

Jul 22, 2015 - 04:27 pm .- A sharp eye would have noticed that L.A.’s three auxiliary bishops-elect were wearing identical pectoral crosses.

Why the Catholic behind the Planned Parenthood videos went undercover

Jul 22, 2015 - 03:49 pm .- With the façade of a fictitious biotechnology company, David Daleiden and his fellow investigators from the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) infiltrated the bowels of the abortion industry at its ugliest.

In new video, Planned Parenthood exec appears to joke about pricing baby parts

Jul 21, 2015 - 11:50 am .- Another undercover video released today allegedly shows a senior official at Planned Parenthood flippantly discussing monetary compensation for aborted baby organs, and the alteration of abortion procedures to ensure that the organs are intact.

LA gets three new auxiliary bishops, including Fr. Robert Barron

Jul 21, 2015 - 07:03 am .- Known for his online videos which tackle everything from the saints, to the “new atheism,” to the latest blockbuster film, Fr. Robert Barron will have a new responsibility: auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles, one of the cultural capitals of the world.

US and Cuba re-open embassies – Will lifting the embargo be next?

Jul 20, 2015 - 04:44 pm .- The U.S. and Cuba formally re-established diplomatic ties for the first time since 1961 on Monday, a groundbreaking development advocated by Catholic bishops from both countries and set in motion by Pope Francis.

Mercy, Justice, and the Gospel of Life: US bishops on ending the death penalty

Jul 20, 2015 - 12:25 pm .- Two leading U.S. bishops have renewed the call to choose life over the death penalty because, they say, heinous criminals deserve both justice and mercy – their lives too are from God.

Bible publisher wins permanent victory over HHS mandate

Jul 19, 2015 - 03:55 pm .- A Bible publisher based in Illinois has won its lawsuit against the federal contraception mandate, with a final ruling delivered July 15 by a federal district court.

After deadly Chattanooga shooting, bishop rallies 'shaken' community to prayer

Jul 17, 2015 - 11:28 am .- Bishop Richard Stika of Knoxville is calling the faith community to prayer after Thursday’s fatal shooting at a military recruiting center in Chattanooga, on the southern end of his diocese.

What a proposed US bill on religious liberty would and would not protect

Jul 16, 2015 - 07:03 pm .- With same-sex marriage now legal throughout the United States, some members of Congress are trying to protect the religious rights of those who disagree with marriage's new definition – but their efforts may be limited.

Archbishop to priests: Here's how to not give bad homilies

Jul 16, 2015 - 04:54 pm .- In a practical bullet-pointed letter to priests and deacons, Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron of Detroit spelled out the types of people who attend Mass and how clergy can best speak to them.

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