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Philadelphia archbishop voices 'deep sadness', prays for train derailment victims

May 14, 2015 - 11:59 am .- Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia reacted Wednesday to the deadly train derailment in his city with sadness and prayers.

When detention denies dignity: bishops offer look inside US migrant, refugee policy

May 14, 2015 - 03:20 am .- “Please help us, please pray for us.” These were the words of detained migrants and refugees at a Karnes, Texas facility who spoke Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller of San Antonio and his visiting delegation of religious leaders last year.

US House overcomes initial setback to pass 20-week abortion ban

May 13, 2015 - 06:35 pm .- Two years after abortionist Kermit Gosnell was convicted of committing three first-degree murders at his abortion clinic, the House passed a bill Wednesday that effectively bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Iraqi Christians have lost everything – except their faith, nun tells Congress

May 13, 2015 - 03:41 pm .- Having lost their homes, their heritage and their sense of dignity, Iraqi Christians victimized by the Islamic State feel abandoned by earthly powers, but their faith in God has only grown, an Iraqi nun told members of Congress May 13.

EWTN named religious television station of the year

May 12, 2015 - 04:49 pm .- For the third consecutive year, EWTN Global Catholic Network has been awarded the 2015 Gabriel Award for Religious Television Station of the Year – a prestigious honor which acknowledges the Network's programming, community service, and production values.

Despite changes, 'genocide' of China’s one-child policy endures, activists say

May 11, 2015 - 05:17 pm .- Human rights advocates told a congressional commission of the “terrifying” practices of China’s coercive one-child policy and lamented forced abortion as a crime against humanity.

Nun asks jury for mercy, to spare Boston bomber's life

May 11, 2015 - 04:26 pm .- In the defense’s final move to save the life of convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Sister Helen Prejean asked the jury not to execute the young man.

Hopelessness and heroin – what fueled the Baltimore riots and what now?

May 10, 2015 - 05:17 pm .- As Baltimore works to recover from riots and protests after the death of 25 year-old Freddie Gray, the Church is working to reach a wounded community with a long history of pain and little hope.

Virginia bishops on the death penalty: We're having the wrong debate

May 9, 2015 - 04:52 pm .- As discussions surrounding a “more humane” death penalty in the United States continue, the two Catholic bishops of Virginia have released a statement asking the faithful to take a stance against the use of capital punishment in today’s society.

Catholic Charities ready to help tornado, flood victims in Midwest

May 8, 2015 - 03:21 pm .- After a series of damaging tornadoes and flooding in Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska, a Catholic Charities affiliate said it is ready to provide long-term help.

Iraqi nun's visa denial raises questions for US State Department

May 8, 2015 - 03:03 am .- Sister Diana Momenka, a Catholic nun from Iraq, intended to visit the U.S. to talk about the persecution of religious minorities in her country – until the local U.S. consulate denied her visa application.

Prayer breakfast speakers urge supplication for religious liberty, family

May 7, 2015 - 04:23 pm .- Prayer is sorely needed as existential threats face faith, the family, and religious liberty in the U.S., Catholic leaders insisted at a prayer breakfast held in the nation's capital on Thursday.

'Drinking with the Saints' – new book encourages Catholic fellowship, good spirits

May 6, 2015 - 04:25 am .- “I should like a great lake of beer for the King of Kings. I should like the angels of Heaven to be drinking it through time eternal.”

'Little Boy' filmmaker to audiences: don't let critics tell you what to think

May 6, 2015 - 02:47 am .- Following a string of negative reviews for his latest film, “Little Boy,” award-winning director and screenwriter Alejandro Monteverde said audiences should see the movie and draw their own conclusions about the film.

Ahead of National Police Week, DC cardinal honors fallen officers

May 5, 2015 - 05:20 pm .- Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington called on Tuesday for gratitude to be given to the law enforcement officials who are protecting the order of communities nationwide.

For Catholics in West Baltimore, the only answer to violence is community

May 5, 2015 - 04:54 am .- After unrest erupted in Baltimore following the death of 25 year-old Freddie Gray, Catholics stepped up to restore their communities and pray for peace and justice in their neighborhoods.

Shooting over Muhammad cartoon event draws prayers from Dallas bishop

May 4, 2015 - 05:31 pm .- The attempted attack of two gunmen on a Texas venue hosting an event about cartoons depicting Islam’s prophet Muhammad has drawn a prayerful response from Bishop Kevin Farrell of Dallas.

International Criminal Court should step up against ISIS, report advises

May 4, 2015 - 02:52 pm .- The atrocities committed by the Islamic State require a strong global response, including action by the International Criminal Court, said a prominent religious freedom report April 30.

Is Oklahoma's use of lethal injection cruel and unusual?

May 2, 2015 - 06:01 am .- The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in a case challenging the use of the lethal injection in the United States, following a number of botched executions.

Six years after Notre Dame speech, Obama's 'common ground' claim questioned

May 1, 2015 - 05:23 pm .- Knights of Columbus head Carl Anderson questioned the Obama Administration’s policies in a speech at Notre Dame University, six years after the president promised conscience protections and common ground on issues such as abortion.

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