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Cardinal Kasper backpedals on papal endorsement of controversial proposal

Jun 4, 2015 - 03:07 pm .- Almost single-handedly one cleric has turned the Church’s teaching on Communion, marriage and divorce into an international debate.

Her husband has been jailed and tortured in Iran - but her faith hasn't wavered

Jun 4, 2015 - 06:21 am .- The wife of a U.S. citizen imprisoned in Iran pleaded with members of Congress to work for his release, while voicing the consolation they have found in their Christian faith.

Florist asks court to overturn mandatory gay marriage support

Jun 4, 2015 - 12:24 am .- A florist has appealed to the Washington State Supreme Court to review court rulings that could cause her financial ruin because she declined to serve a same-sex wedding ceremony.

How the Supreme Court's hijab decision helps faith in the workplace

Jun 3, 2015 - 04:17 pm .- Many religious believers will benefit from the Supreme Court’s Monday decision that a clothing store wrongly discriminated against a prospective employee whose Muslim beliefs required her to wear a hijab, one legal expert has said.

For young Philly Catholics, a Q&A session with Archbishop Chaput

Jun 3, 2015 - 12:46 pm .- Philadelphia’s Archbishop Charles J. Chaput will hold a Q&A session for young adults, taking questions on a wide range of topics.

CRS vice president in same-sex civil marriage steps down

Jun 3, 2015 - 12:29 pm .- Amid the resignation of a vice presidential employee in a same-sex civil marriage, Catholic Relief Services reiterated its commitment to both Catholic identity and respect for all people as children of God.

Death of Joe Biden's son draws prayers from Delaware bishop

Jun 1, 2015 - 05:18 pm .- Bishop W. Francis Malooly of Wilmington has offered his condolences and prayers to Vice President Joe Biden and his family, upon the death of his son Beau Biden.

'Gay agenda' at the World Meeting of Families? Not at all, Philly Archdiocese says

May 31, 2015 - 08:47 pm .- In response to claims that a “gay rights activist” is acting as “gatekeeper” to exhibitors at the upcoming World Meeting of Families, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has said that nothing could be farther from the truth.

Are farming co-ops just a hipster trend? These Catholics beg to differ

May 31, 2015 - 04:01 pm .- Anyone who's familiar with “Portlandia” probably remembers Colin the chicken – a heritage-breed, woodland-raised fowl who was fed a diet of sheep's milk, soy and (local) hazelnuts and lived a happy life on a (local) 4-acre farm before succumbing to its fate on the plates of two insufferable hipsters.

Renowned author, uncompromisingly Catholic: Flannery O'Connor chosen for new postage stamp

May 30, 2015 - 06:01 am .- Award-winning American author and devout Roman Catholic Flannery O’Connor will appear on a new postage stamp this summer, the U.S. postal service announced last week. The stamp is decorated with peacock feathers, a tribute to the family peacock farm in Georgia where O’Connor did much of her writing.

Does an Illinois bill threaten doctors' conscience rights? Depends on whom you ask

May 29, 2015 - 03:13 pm .- An Illinois bill that some say threatens the conscience rights of medical providers is currently under consideration in the state’s general assembly.

Jail time over eagle feathers? One Native American's religious freedom fight

May 29, 2015 - 03:03 pm .- A Native American tribe leader has been threatened with time in prison for his religious use of eagle feathers, and his case is currently before federal court.

Rick Santorum, Catholic and Republican, to run for US president

May 28, 2015 - 03:15 pm .- Second-time presidential candidate Rick Santorum announced his campaign for the U.S. presidency on Wednesday, standing behind his goals to shrink the government, heal the middle class, and focus on social issues, while honing in on his image as a "blue collar conservative."

Obama's immigration order stalls. For 5 million immigrants, now what?

May 28, 2015 - 12:31 pm .- As the Obama administration’s massive immigration order met a roadblock in federal court, Catholic immigration advocates are unhappy but are helping undocumented immigrants any way they can.

What does four decades as a priest look like? One bishop shares his story

May 28, 2015 - 03:50 am .- On his 40th anniversary as a priest, Bishop David Kagan of Bismarck says he has a deeper understanding of his own vocation than when he was first ordained.

Documentary follows JPII's footprints across the Western Hemisphere

May 27, 2015 - 11:05 pm .- During his time as Pope, Saint John Paul II visited the American continent 22 times, traveling everywhere from Boston to Bolivia in an effort to unite the Western Hemisphere in faith.  

Bishop Conley asks for prayers as Nebraska legislators vote on death penalty (Updated)

May 27, 2015 - 09:55 am .- As the Nebraska Legislature considers overriding the state governor's veto of a bill that would repeal the death penalty, the Bishop of Lincoln has requested a prayerful response to the situation.

DC Cardinal: Christ didn't change his words, and neither should the Church

May 27, 2015 - 02:08 am .- It is not discrimination for a Catholic to publicly profess his faith, Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington insisted Sunday in a pastoral letter on “Being Catholic Today.”

Denver's Archbishop Aquila restores sacraments to original order

May 23, 2015 - 04:01 pm .- In an unprecedented change for an archdiocese, Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver announced that the Sacraments of Initiation – Baptism, Confirmation and First Communion – will be restored to their original order.

Rabbi: Vatican II's interreligious document was 'life-saving'

May 22, 2015 - 12:08 am .- A 50 year-old declaration of the Second Vatican Council established a new era in Christian-Jewish relations and enabled members of both religions to unite against present-day secularism, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York reflected on Wednesday.

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