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A 'most powerful woman' – National Geographic's major hat tip to the Virgin Mary

Nov 10, 2015 - 03:45 pm .- Our Lady. Blessed Mother. Virgin Mary. Queen of Peace. Theotokos. Handmaid of the Lord. Mother Mary.

'Be the hug of Christ' – White Mass in DC encourages those with disabilities

Nov 10, 2015 - 03:25 am .- Honoring individuals with disabilities and mental health challenges, Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C., celebrated the archdiocese's annual White Mass on Sunday and encouraged the faithful to embrace, serve and welcome the diversity of the Church.

Knights of Columbus reach $100 billion in life insurance

Nov 9, 2015 - 02:29 pm .- The Knights of Columbus announced last week that they have surpassed $100 billion of life insurance in force, adding to a year of record-breaking sales.

This Catholic nun is competing on Food Network's reality cooking show

Nov 9, 2015 - 02:25 pm .- Fans of the Food Network’s competitive cooking show “Chopped” can look forward to a special appearance on Monday night’s episode – Sister Alicia Torres, a Catholic religious sister from the Franciscans of the Eucharist of Chicago.

Is this the future of marriage prep in the Church?

Nov 8, 2015 - 03:09 pm .- Father Michael Delcambre looked at his congregation on Sunday and realized he had what other pastors might call an unusual sight: He counted 10 newly married couples sitting right there in the pews, and they were regulars.

Following allegations, Colo. hearing considers Planned Parenthood defunding

Nov 7, 2015 - 04:57 pm .- Legal experts will testify Monday before the Republican Study Committee of Colorado on whether Planned Parenthood’s Colorado affiliate should be investigated and defunded for allegedly selling baby body parts and neglecting to report the rape of a minor.  

EWTN case against mandate likely on hold until Supreme Court decision

Nov 6, 2015 - 01:56 pm .- With the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to hear all cases against the federal contraception mandate that have received an appellate ruling, EWTN’s case will likely be put on hold until a final decision is reached.  

Supreme Court to hear HHS mandate case for Little Sisters, other non-profits

Nov 6, 2015 - 12:20 pm .- The Supreme Court will hear legal challenges to the federal contraception mandate brought by numerous non-profit groups, including the Little Sisters of the Poor.

Record-breaking 40 Days for Life campaign sees monumental results

Nov 6, 2015 - 06:28 am .- After its 2015 fall campaign of prayer and fasting outside hundreds of abortion clinics around the world, the pro-life advocacy group 40 Days for Life says its efforts have been met with record-breaking results.

After nearly 500 years, Our Lady of Guadalupe still has something to tell us

Nov 6, 2015 - 12:24 am .- The miraculous image of Our Lady of Guadalupe is centuries old and her message to St. Juan Diego has been translated into numerous languages over the years. Countless books have been written about the apparition, and the tilma itself has been intensely scrutinized by scientists.

New survey finds some Americans more devout, others more adrift

Nov 5, 2015 - 04:25 pm .- The vast majority of Americans continue to identify with religious faith, a Pew study has found. However, there are some indications of a modest decline in overall religious affiliation and practice.

A dark plague – what's forcing 60 million people from their homes?

Nov 5, 2015 - 03:21 pm .- Racism and religious intolerance are two of the driving forces behind the growing migrant crisis in Europe and the Middle East, a representative to the Holy See warned the United Nations on Tuesday.

New bill would take controversial birth control coils off the market

Nov 5, 2015 - 03:01 am .- A Philadelphia congressman is sponsoring a bill that would pull an FDA-approved birth control device, Essure, off the market.

Equality doesn't mean men in the ladies' room, Houston voters say

Nov 4, 2015 - 03:28 pm .- Houston voters on Tuesday repealed a strict anti-discrimination ordinance by a vote of 61 to 39 percent, following concerns that the law’s broad effects would allow men into women's restrooms.

When police need backup, St. Michael sends priests

Nov 4, 2015 - 03:00 am .- When Catholic police officer Sharif Said goes out on his beat patrolling the suburbs of Milwaukee, he brings his faith with him. On the front of his police vest, he pins a medal of St. Michael, the patron saint of police officers, and on the back, he pins St. Jude, the patron of hope and impossible cases.

Rome pilgrimage gives homeless man a new perspective on life

Nov 3, 2015 - 03:00 pm .- Derrick Yearout has come a long way from his homeless, drug-addicted days. After changing his life and getting off the streets he made a pilgrimage to Rome, which he says has given him a new outlook on life.  

How to invest as a Catholic without selling your soul

Nov 3, 2015 - 03:12 am .- For Catholics who want to invest in a retirement plan but hesitate for fear of unintentionally supporting causes contradicting their faith, a financial advisor group is now offering a new option.

What 50 years of talks between Catholics and Lutherans looks like

Nov 2, 2015 - 04:25 pm .- Catholic and Lutheran bishops have signed a declaration that they hope solidifies areas of “consensus” on matters of faith while providing a path forward for more dialogue.

Bishop Robert Barron to academics: debate Ross Douthat, don't dodge him

Oct 31, 2015 - 04:09 pm .- Bishop Robert Barron has weighed in amid a media controversy after the Synod on the Family, saying some academic critics of New York Times columnist Ross Douthat are avoiding a good argument in countering his commentary on the synod, some bishops, and Pope Francis.

What to do about Halloween? Catholic moms – and an exorcist – weigh in

Oct 31, 2015 - 04:01 am .- For years, Cecilia Cunningham and her husband took their children trick-or-treating in their then-suburban Philadelphia neighborhood.

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