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#PopUpPope brings hope to the inner city ahead of papal visit

Aug 24, 2015 - 04:27 pm .- In his nearly two-and-a-half year papacy, Pope Francis has spoken countless times about bringing the hope of Christ to society's most wounded and forgotten. With a life-sized cut-out of the Pope, and a combination of social media and street evangelization, one small initiative is doing just that.

Tens of thousands protest at Planned Parenthood clinics across the country

Aug 23, 2015 - 06:40 pm .- Hundreds of demonstrations were held outside of Planned Parenthood clinics across the U.S. this weekend with protesters calling on the federal government to stop funding the abortion giant.

Archbishop Cordileone thankful for San Francisco teacher contract agreement

Aug 23, 2015 - 06:07 am .- Efforts to promote Catholic culture in the San Francisco archdiocese’s high schools and to agree on a contract acceptable for the schools’ teachers concluded on Wednesday with a new contract.

Hilton hotels worldwide to remove on-demand porn

Aug 22, 2015 - 05:24 am .- International hotel and resort chain Hilton Worldwide has changed its policies to eliminate on-demand video pornography from its hotel rooms across the globe, according to an advocacy group.

Little Sisters get temporary relief while Supreme Court mulls taking case

Aug 21, 2015 - 12:02 pm .- The Little Sisters of the Poor have received temporary protection from the federal contraception mandate until the Supreme Court decides whether or not it will hear their case.

Exclusive: Swiss Catholic money targets African bishops ahead of synod

Aug 21, 2015 - 03:04 am .- The Swiss Catholic Lenten Fund and a major U.S. foundation have helped fund an LGBT activist project intended to counter West African bishops at the Catholic Church’s Synod on the Family.

Grassroots discernment program announced as Philly priestly vocations soar

Aug 21, 2015 - 12:03 am .- The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is witnessing a lot of exciting things these days: there’s the World Meeting of Families next month that will include a visit from Pope Francis, and now, a sizeable increase in vocations to the priesthood.

The rise of millennial Catholic artists – and here's a chat with one of them

Aug 20, 2015 - 06:02 am .- Luke Spehar was an aspiring musician with a girlfriend when he couldn’t shake the feeling that God was calling him to enter the seminary and consider the priesthood.

The bizarre tale of 5,000 relics finding a home in a Pittsburgh chapel

Aug 20, 2015 - 03:01 am .- Nestled in a sleepy neighborhood in the hills rising over Pittsburgh lies a small chapel. Inside St. Anthony’s Chapel lies a piece from the Crown of Thorns, a tooth of St. Anthony of Padua, and more than 5,000 other verified relics, or remains, of saints from around the world.

Elderly woman brutally attacked in Church responds with forgiveness

Aug 19, 2015 - 05:20 pm .- Police have arrested one suspect in the assault and robbery of a 76-year-old woman at Omaha's Catholic cathedral – and the woman is asking prayers for her attackers.

Is Planned Parenthood 'aborting' babies after birth?

Aug 19, 2015 - 02:36 pm .- A new video in an investigative series on Planned Parenthood shows a former technician saying that she had once been traumatized by the experience of gathering tissue from an aborted baby whose heart was still beating.

Incest, suicide, and murder: What we can expect from Tolkien’s dark new story

Aug 19, 2015 - 03:04 am .- A previously unpublished short story by J.R.R. Tolkien will release in the U.K. next week, and it promises to give a fascinating look into one of the literary giant’s first experimentations with fantasy writing.

EWTN forms new publishing group with Sophia Institute Press

Aug 19, 2015 - 12:02 am .- Although EWTN Global Catholic Network already reaches over 250 million television households in 140 countries worldwide, they have decided to further expand their outreach down another avenue: book publishing.

Here's how one Catholic congressman is prepping for the Pope's US visit

Aug 18, 2015 - 05:05 pm .- As the nation’s capital works to get ready for Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S. this fall, one Catholic congressman is preparing by reading papal encyclicals.

Despite Iran deal proposal, American pastor remains imprisoned

Aug 18, 2015 - 04:58 pm .- Amid Congressional debate over President Barack Obama’s proposed Iran nuclear deal, family and friends of an imprisoned American are pleading for his release to be a part of the agreement.

The role of friendship in helping young people with same-sex attraction

Aug 18, 2015 - 06:21 am .- True friendship is vital in helping young people who are struggling with same-sex attraction but trying to live a chaste lifestyle, said a prominent gay Catholic blogger.

A gruesome accident, a powerful faith – one Catholic couple's story

Aug 18, 2015 - 04:01 am .- It was a cold December day in Nebraska, and Ashley Stevens was riding in a car with four other women.

Why is Christianity growing so quickly in mainland China?

Aug 17, 2015 - 05:19 pm .- Christianity is spreading rapidly in China, and it could be because of how well the faith fits in with modern scientific technology.

Killing sick people is not compassionate, New Mexico bishops affirm

Aug 17, 2015 - 03:53 pm .- It is in Christ that true compassion for the dying is found – not in assisted suicide, said the Catholic bishops of New Mexico.

UN development goals for 'reproductive health' likely to increase abortions worldwide

Aug 17, 2015 - 03:08 am .- The United Nations’ global development goals for the next 15 years still contain language that is all but certain to be used to increase access to abortion worldwide, say pro-life advocates.

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