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Conscience rights for DC religious schools threatened by city vote

Dec 10, 2014 - 07:10 pm .- The Washington D.C. city council has stripped religious schools of legal protection against certain discrimination lawsuits, voting unanimously to repeal an exemption that had been in place for decades.

Bishop condemns acts of torture detailed in damning Senate report

Dec 10, 2014 - 12:36 pm .- Beatings. Sleep deprivation. Death by hypothermia. Isolation. A Senate report released Tuesday exposed a dark underbelly of the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program that oversaw 119 detainees between 2001 and 2009.

World Meeting of Families calls for host families near Philly

Dec 9, 2014 - 11:50 am .- Organizers for the World Meeting of Families have asked people to open their homes to host attendees and other visitors for the event, which will mark Pope Francis’ first visit to the U.S.

Catholic profs told to report opposition to 'gay marriage' as harassment

Dec 9, 2014 - 04:03 am .- An anti-harassment training presentation at a Catholic college encourages employees to report critics of “gay marriage” – and could reflect recent federal decisions that the belief in marriage as a union of a man and a woman is discriminatory.

LA billboard aims for bold statement on persecuted Christians

Dec 8, 2014 - 10:04 pm .- A new billboard campaign in Los Angeles leading up to Christmas is hoping to raise awareness of persecuted Christians both locally and around the world.

Little Sisters in court: Don't stop our ministry of serving the dying poor

Dec 8, 2014 - 05:30 pm .- The Little Sisters of the Poor asked an appeals court Monday to shield them from the federal contraception mandate, saying that it threatens their 175 years of service to the poor and dying.

House overcomes partisan bickering to pass disabilities bill

Dec 6, 2014 - 03:57 pm .- After eight years in legislative limbo, a bill helping those with disabilities to save in tax-exempt accounts and still receive federal benefits passed the House overwhelmingly Dec. 3.

Award praises OKC archbishop's 'rallying cry' against black mass

Dec 5, 2014 - 09:35 am .- Oklahoma City’s Archbishop Paul Coakley has received a Catholic leadership award for his prominent opposition to a satanic black mass in his city, as well as his work with Catholic Relief Services.

How a modern DC art exhibit is learning womanhood from Mary

Dec 5, 2014 - 04:45 am .- A new art exhibit in Washington, D.C., hopes to revive a sense of womanhood exemplified in the Virgin Mary, as depicted by Renaissance and Baroque artists.

Will an ancient Christian culture disappear unless East and West unite?

Dec 5, 2014 - 02:02 am .- The East and West must cooperate to save ancient Christian cultures in the Middle East, to secure peace, and to protect humanity as a whole, an expert in Aramaic culture insists.

From the lion's den: Alice von Hildebrand's 'happy failure'

Dec 4, 2014 - 04:38 pm .- Despite having a life radically different than the one she expected as a Belgium youth, philosopher Dr. Alice von Hildebrand says God supported her through every challenge.

Court commended for staying execution of mentally ill man

Dec 3, 2014 - 03:12 pm .- The Catholic bishops in Texas thanked a federal appeals court for issuing a stay of execution for mentally ill inmate Scott Louis Panetti mere hours before the state was due to carry out his capital punishment.  

Catastrophe ahead? UN halts Syrian refugee food program

Dec 3, 2014 - 04:02 am .- With winter approaching, Congress must act to help Syrian refugees whose basic needs are threatened by the U.N. suspension of an urgent food assistance program, said a leading Catholic humanitarian agency.  

To uplift the poor, Catholic couple sees non-governmental solutions

Dec 2, 2014 - 09:05 pm .- Catholic philanthropists John and Carol Saeman say that helping the poor requires a “fundamental change” in how society responds to poverty – a change that, in their understanding of Catholic teaching, means a focus on limited government and free enterprise.

Adoption takes the spotlight in pro-life ad campaign

Dec 2, 2014 - 06:29 pm .- A life-affirming online ad campaign seeks to present the positive experience of adoption as an alternative to abortion for women facing unexpected pregnancies.

Texas Catholics to governor: Don't execute mentally ill man

Dec 2, 2014 - 04:59 pm .- The Texas Catholic Conference has called on governor Rick Perry to stay the execution of mentally ill death row inmate Scott Louis Panetti, saying his execution is “not merely unjust, but immoral.”

'Holy freedom' as one united family: the World Meeting of Families hymn

Dec 2, 2014 - 12:07 am .- One week after Pope Francis announced he will attend the 2015 World Meeting of Families, the event’s organizers have released an official hymn that speaks of family unity, “holy freedom,” and the Holy Family’s example for mankind.  

Church 'crucial' to fighting AIDS; US must keep funding

Dec 1, 2014 - 05:08 pm .- The Church’s involvement in fighting AIDS is crucial and it must keep receiving funding from the U.S. for the number of infections to drop, said a health expert with Catholic Relief Services on World AIDS Day.

A look into the rights of child migrants

Nov 29, 2014 - 04:22 pm .- In 1999, two teenagers froze to death in the hold of a Sabena Airlines Airbus A330 travelling from Guinea to Brussels.

Chaput: 'It isn't possible to be pro-life and simultaneously forget the cries of the poor'

Nov 28, 2014 - 04:26 am .- “It isn't possible to be pro-life and simultaneously forget the cries of the poor.” Francis has confirmed his attendance at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia next September. The Archbishop of the great US metropolis, Archbishop Charles Chaput, talks to Vatican Insider about the meaning of this visit and about how Francis’ message has been received in the US.

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