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Considering WYD 2016 in Poland? Here's what one bishop wants you to know

Jul 10, 2015 - 03:57 am .- For those pilgrims thinking about participating in World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow, Poland, Bishop Frank Caggiano has a message: It will be worth the sacrifice.

Okla. ruling against 10 Commandment statue blasted as extreme, inconsistent

Jul 10, 2015 - 12:16 am .- Responding to the Oklahoma Supreme Court’s ruling that a Ten Commandments monument on capitol grounds violates the state constitution, critics say that the decision is a legal outlier that ignores the commandments’ historic importance.

California legislature withdraws physician-assisted suicide bill

Jul 9, 2015 - 08:28 pm .- The California state legislature has abandoned efforts to pass a measure that would legalize physician-assisted suicide – for now.

Let us be grateful witnesses of God's mercy, Pope says

Jul 9, 2015 - 03:28 pm .- Christ gave sight to a blind beggar whom others ignored. For Pope Francis, this bears an important lesson for Christians today.

What happens when clerks object to providing gay marriage licenses?

Jul 9, 2015 - 03:28 am .- After the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage, some county clerks have voiced religious objections to issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Does legal protection for them exist?

Pope Francis goes to Washington (and will reach an even bigger crowd than planned)

Jul 9, 2015 - 12:52 am .- The setting for Pope Francis’ address to Congress in September just grew by giant proportions as the public will be able to watch the telecast from outside the U.S. Capitol building.  

A bloody secret still haunts the diamond industry

Jul 5, 2015 - 04:32 pm .- Imagine being woken up in the middle of the night by a dark figure in your room. He presses a gun to your head and demands that you get up. You and your family are dragged out of bed and led to a mining field, where you are forced to dig for hours on end.

Want to put the Pope's encyclical into practice? Protect religious freedom, archbishop says

Jul 4, 2015 - 02:35 pm .- Religious freedom is absolutely necessary to implement the teachings of Pope Francis’ recent encyclical Laudato Si, said the U.S. bishops’ domestic justice spokesman on Independence Day.

Rebuilt from the ashes: The story of an American basilica

Jul 4, 2015 - 04:41 am .- An immigrant parish, burnt down, with only the crucifix remaining. A parish rebuilt, transformed and a key part in giving back to the community. In a sense, one parish’s story of struggle, pressure and rebirth is metaphor for the American Catholic experience.

Bl. Junipero statue in the Capitol is safe – for now

Jul 3, 2015 - 12:42 pm .- An effort to remove the statue of Bl. Junipero Serra from the U.S. Capitol has been set aside for the time being.

This 95-year-old Catholic couple died in each other's arms

Jul 3, 2015 - 10:02 am .- Few love stories can say that they began at the age of eight. But for Jeanette and Alexander Toczko, they couldn't have imagined life any other way.

CatholicVote says controversial video sparked outpouring of thanks

Jul 2, 2015 - 04:02 pm .- After last week's Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage, one Catholic group released a short video on tolerance – a clip that's gotten both fierce criticism and profound thanks from viewers.

Honestly funny – comedian Jim Gaffigan blends faith, humor in new TV show

Jul 2, 2015 - 03:10 am .- God and comedy clubs are not generally something most families throw together; then again, most families don’t create a cable comedy show either.

Anti-Catholic history in US shows Church has survived and will continue, historian says

Jul 1, 2015 - 03:15 pm .- As bishops warn of current threats to religious liberty in the United States, Catholics can take heart that such challenges have faced them before, and they have persevered, one Church historian says.

Bishops expect Pope Francis' visit to have profound impact on US

Jun 30, 2015 - 03:20 pm .- Looking forward to Pope Francis' September visit to the U.S., the nation's bishops were exuberant on Tuesday, as the itinerary for the apostolic voyage was released.

Supreme Court puts hold on Texas law regulating abortion clinics

Jun 30, 2015 - 02:03 pm .- On Monday afternoon the Supreme Court of the United States temporarily halted Texas' regulations on abortion clinics, which were upheld by an appellate court earlier in the month.

Supreme Court protects Pennsylvania charities from HHS mandate

Jun 30, 2015 - 12:30 pm .- The U.S. Supreme Court has issued an order protecting a group of Pennsylvania religious institutions from being required by the federal contraception mandate to violate their faith.

Supreme Court upholds use of controversial lethal injection drug

Jun 29, 2015 - 08:32 am .- The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the continued use of a drug that has been accused of causing excruciating pain in several controversial state executions.  

FDA announces additional risks of Essure birth control device

Jun 28, 2015 - 04:39 pm .- After receiving thousands of complaints about the adverse effects of the birth control implant Essure, the FDA announced late Wednesday that it has updated the list of risks and complications associated with the device, and that a public hearing would be held Sept. 24 to evaluate the product.

Benedictine monks' disputed role at Catholic university in Illinois at center of new lawsuit

Jun 28, 2015 - 06:03 am .- Seven monks of St. Procopius Abbey in Lisle, Ill. have filed suit against the leadership of Illinois’ Benedictine University, saying that the leadership has denied them their rights to help govern the university their abbey founded.

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