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Pregnancy center partnership aims to improve women's healthcare in Colorado

Oct 30, 2015 - 03:01 am .- When Jenny Langness took over as executive director of Real Choices Pregnancy Resource Center two years ago she was shocked by what little support it had from local churches, especially the Catholic ones.

Researcher: Study after study finding kids do best with married parents

Oct 29, 2015 - 06:51 am .- Three new pieces of scholarship released in recent weeks suggest that children do best with married parents and are more likely to face a host of challenges in other situations.

Want to implement Laudato si'? Strong families are a good start, scholars argue

Oct 29, 2015 - 12:04 am .- Church teaching on marriage and family life is crucial to understanding Pope Francis' ecology encyclical, experts insisted at a conference on Monday.

A tour of Saint John Paul II's Poland

Oct 28, 2015 - 06:08 pm .- St. John Paul II had just celebrated the closing Mass of his historic trip to his home country of Poland in 1979 when he turned to survey the crowd of more than a million Poles.

Princeton love and marriage event expects record-breaking attendance

Oct 28, 2015 - 04:25 pm .- College students from across the country will gather in record-breaking numbers to attend a high-powered conference on love, marriage and fidelity this weekend – and a free webcast means anyone can follow along.  

Advocates chide US – stop ignoring religiously-motivated violence

Oct 28, 2015 - 01:10 pm .- The U.S. must recognize all causes of religious freedom abuses around the world – including religious motivations where they exist, experts told members of Congress Tuesday.  

New Mexico priest, seminarians soup up car for vocations

Oct 28, 2015 - 06:01 am .- Father Matthew Keller has always been kind of a car guy.

Ahead of Florida execution, bishops renew calls against death penalty

Oct 27, 2015 - 04:54 pm .- Stressing that capital punishment is not necessary in the modern-day U.S., Florida’s Catholic bishops have asked the state governor to commute the death sentence of inmate Jerry Correll, who is scheduled to be executed Thursday.

How one US archdiocese is revamping its marriage prep program

Oct 26, 2015 - 05:46 pm .- Aiming to provide uniform spiritual and social support for engaged couples, the Archdiocese of New Orleans has made several changes to its marriage preparation process.

Amid calls for reform, a look at stats – and stories – from the US prison system

Oct 25, 2015 - 04:12 pm .- Saul Green wanted to turn his life around.

Child migrants' home countries have only grown worse, US Congress is reminded

Oct 24, 2015 - 06:03 am .- The number of Central American migrants to the U.S. might be down this year, but their problems at home have grown worse, said Bishop Mark Seitz of El Paso before the United States Congress on Wednesday.

Why one Catholic entrepreneur is starting a 'food revolution' for the sick

Oct 23, 2015 - 04:36 pm .- When his wife Angela died of colon cancer in 2012, Chris Faddis knew he had to commemorate her life with something big – not because she had died from cancer, but because he had witnessed the shocking reality of malnutrition in his own wife and in other chronically ill patients.  

US House votes to defund Planned Parenthood, but not without controversy

Oct 23, 2015 - 04:12 pm .- Amid continuing controversy over fetal tissue harvesting at abortion clinics, the U.S. House of Representatives voted Friday to defund Planned Parenthood and to reroute funding to community health centers.

Aid for Syrian refugee crisis falls far short, Congress told

Oct 22, 2015 - 03:12 am .- Although numerous countries and organizations are working together and putting billions of dollars into relief efforts, “the scale of suffering has outpaced their ability to respond,” said Catholic Relief Services COO Sean Callahan.

Holy See urges UN to ban nuclear weapons, work towards peace

Oct 22, 2015 - 12:04 am .- Citing Pope Francis' recent words on avoiding war and promoting peaceful coexistence between nations, the Holy See addressed the United Nations general assembly last Friday, urging them to ban nuclear weapons around the world and take more serious steps to promote peace programs.

At UN, Holy See delegation speaks up for indigenous peoples

Oct 21, 2015 - 04:23 pm .- The Holy See’s delegation to the United Nations reminded policymakers on Monday to listen to indigenous peoples’ concerns in efforts to protect the environment and achieve sustainable development.

Major evangelical group recognizes growing opposition to death penalty

Oct 21, 2015 - 03:05 am .- The National Association of Evangelicals has issued an expanded statement on the death penalty that for the first time recognizes Christian opposition to state execution of criminals.

In wake of papal visit, pro-life opinion rises in United States

Oct 20, 2015 - 10:19 pm .- Pope Francis’ visit to the United States has given a boost to Americans’ stated support for the pro-life cause, the results of a survey conducted this month suggest.

With release of religious freedom report, global watchdog gets funding renewal

Oct 20, 2015 - 04:50 pm .- President Barack Obama on Friday signed a bill reauthorizing the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, ending a period of speculation about the future of the religious freedom watchdog.

Denver archbishop: Would German bishops side with Henry VIII or Thomas More?

Oct 20, 2015 - 11:59 am .- If divorced-and-remarried Catholics should receive communion, as Cardinal Walter Kasper and many of the German bishops suggest, does that mean St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher died for nothing?

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