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History, truth, and politics: Researcher seeks to clear the record on Junipero Serra

Mar 29, 2015 - 04:22 pm .- California missionary Father Junipero Serra’s canonization is “long overdue,” says a university professor concerned that the priest’s history has been politicized and misrepresented.

Supreme Court rules in favor of pregnancy protection in the workplace

Mar 28, 2015 - 06:25 am .- A recent ruling from the Supreme Court to clarify workplace protections for pregnant women will help remedy some of the pressure placed on working women to abort rather than continue pregnancies, pro-life legal experts say.

No, Indiana did not just pass a law discriminating against gay people. Here's why.

Mar 27, 2015 - 05:32 pm .- Despite media hype, a new Indiana law is not based on anti-gay discrimination, but on a 20-year legal precedent of protecting the rights of religious individuals and charitable organizations, say religious liberty advocates.

Bullets or needles? Death penalty faces new scrutiny as states mull changes

Mar 27, 2015 - 04:04 am .- Firing squads, gas chambers and the electric chair – these types of execution may seem like methods of the past, but some states in the U.S. are bringing them back, prompting a debate about the most humane form of the death penalty, or whether the very idea is a contradiction in terms.  

Two young religious orders look to expand to Denver this summer

Mar 27, 2015 - 02:04 am .- Two rather new orders of religious sisters looking to expand their missions have set their sights on the Archdiocese of Denver.

Pope Francis to visit White House Sept. 23

Mar 26, 2015 - 09:08 am .- U.S. officials have confirmed that Pope Francis will make a stop at the White House to meet with President Barack Obama on Sept. 23, during his trip to the United States for the World Meeting of Families.

A grave problem – NJ ban on religious headstone sales could violate constitution

Mar 26, 2015 - 04:01 am .- A New Jersey law crafted to ban the Archdiocese of Newark from selling cemetery headstones might not pass muster under judicial review, according to a constitutional law expert.

Knights of Columbus launches Catholic investment opportunities

Mar 25, 2015 - 10:02 pm .- With hopes of better serving the Catholic community, the Knights of Columbus Asset Advisors announced this week the development of their new faith-based investment opportunities, which are specifically geared toward Catholic institutions and organizations.

Fifty years later, remembering the civil rights march that moved a nation

Mar 25, 2015 - 02:36 pm .- Catholic leaders marked the 50th anniversary of the voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala. with praise for those who advanced racial progress, calling on others to “march on” toward unity of hearts and minds.

Archbishop Romero hailed for life producing 'great harvest'

Mar 25, 2015 - 10:26 am .- Los Angeles Catholics gave thanks for Archbishop Oscar Romero’s upcoming beatification and prayed that his “shining example” of sacrificial love and solidarity with the poor and oppressed will continue to be fruitful.

More Jews are leaving Europe and it's worse than you might think

Mar 25, 2015 - 04:13 am .- It may not be 1941, but Hitler’s dream of a “Jew-free Europe” is taking shape, and it’s time for the world to take notice, say human rights advocates.

Memorial fund honors father who gave life for child with Down syndrome

Mar 24, 2015 - 09:31 pm .- When his son fell eight feet into a septic tank while working on their family farm in Virginia, Thomas S. Vander Woude didn't think twice about trying to save him.

Reclaiming the human figure – art exhibit uses body, form to evangelize

Mar 24, 2015 - 04:25 am .- Can a portrait of a human face evangelize? Curators of a brand-new traveling art exhibit answer a resounding “Yes.”

Want women's equality? Don't downplay 'feminine genius,' Holy See tells UN

Mar 23, 2015 - 03:52 pm .- The recognition of women’s special and integral role in human progress cannot overlook the dignity of women as wives, mothers and a voice for the vulnerable, a Vatican official told the United Nations this month.

Pope Francis reaches to Catholic Charities to tap new DC bishop

Mar 20, 2015 - 05:48 pm .- With a background in Hispanic ministry and service at Catholic Charities, the newly announced auxiliary bishop of Washington, D.C. hopes to help people turn their faith into action.

Presbyterian critics: community's 'gay marriage' vote ignores Christian consensus

Mar 19, 2015 - 05:17 pm .- A majority of presbyteries in the Presbyterian Church (USA) have voted to redefine marriage, but one Presbyterian group warned that the denomination is “capitulating to the culture.”

With laws set to threaten religious liberty in DC, Senate is last legal hope

Mar 19, 2015 - 05:11 pm .- With religious freedom under assault in the U.S. capital, the Archdiocese of Washington is rallying behind its “only legislative recourse” left.

Want a happy marriage? Save sex for 'I do,' new study finds

Mar 19, 2015 - 04:06 am .- We've all heard the popular American rhyme about relationships: First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in a baby carriage.

San Francisco cathedral sprinkler aimed for safety, not homeless

Mar 18, 2015 - 05:09 pm .- San Francisco’s cathedral installed a special sprinkler system to wash out “needles, feces and other dangerous items” from its doorways – and never intended to remove homeless people sleeping there, the archdiocese has explained in the face of media attacks.

Pope Francis has called for a Holy Year of Mercy – so what does that mean?

Mar 18, 2015 - 05:02 pm .- The Pope's surprise announcement of a holy year for mercy has Catholics weighing in on the significance of the move, which some say can be boiled down to this: Francis wants us to know how much God loves us.

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