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How can pro-lifers reach more Americans? Share God's mercy, Cardinal Dolan says

Jan 18, 2016 - 10:21 am .- Cardinal Timothy Dolan has marked the upcoming anniversary of Roe v. Wade with a reflection encouraging the pro-life movement to remember the importance of mercy and to see the opportunity to reach those who do not identify as pro-life.

France might not have any Jews in the future – and here's why

Jan 17, 2016 - 04:02 pm .- An increasingly violent wave of anti-Semitic words and acts in France threatens the very existence of Jewish communities there, one human rights advocacy group warned in a new report.

Indiana bill seeks to clarify religious freedom protection

Jan 16, 2016 - 04:54 pm .- A proposed law in Indiana would replace the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act with language that its advocates say is clearer in protecting religious liberty and certain other rights.

Nebraska's bishops call for reversal of transgender policy for schools sports

Jan 16, 2016 - 12:09 pm .- Nebraska’s Catholic bishops have called for the reversal of a new school athletics participation policy that would recognize gender identity, not biological sex, as a standard for student athletes.

US bishops: Deporting children and families won't solve migration crisis

Jan 16, 2016 - 06:23 am .- The recent deportation raids targeting Central American immigrants will not discourage immigrants who are fleeing their countries as a last resort, the U.S. bishops said.

The number of Christian martyrs has tripled in two years.

Jan 15, 2016 - 04:03 pm .- In 2013, there were some 2,100 Christians killed for faith-related reasons across the globe. Last year, that number rose to at least 7,100, according to a recent report from an advocacy group.

Undercover investigators dismiss Planned Parenthood lawsuit as 'frivolous'

Jan 15, 2016 - 03:30 pm .- Planned Parenthood is suing the pro-life group that released a series of undercover videos exposing its role in offering fetal tissue from aborted babies to harvesters for compensation.

Cardinal Wuerl explains why Church workers must be consistent with the Gospel

Jan 14, 2016 - 06:08 am .- Church workers have to lead people toward Catholic teaching in their public lives, not away from it, the Archbishop of Washington has said. His comments follow the firing of a part-time church cantor after his D.C.-area parish learned he was in a same-sex marriage.

Could Trump's Muslim ban threaten everyone's religious freedom?

Jan 14, 2016 - 03:25 am .- A prominent proposal by GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump would ban Muslim immigrants from entering the U.S. and would monitor mosques in the country. 

For children in conflict areas, education is a luxury

Jan 14, 2016 - 12:03 am .- Children in conflict areas desperately need an education, but violence and lack of funding finds one in four of them out of school.

Can film be sacred art? For one Catholic, the answer is a resounding 'yes'

Jan 13, 2016 - 10:01 am .- When T.J. Berden and his film crew set out to produce “Full of Grace,” they knew they wanted to do something different.

EWTN files brief before Supreme Court in mandate challenge

Jan 12, 2016 - 08:52 pm .- As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear a religious freedom case against the federal contraception mandate, the EWTN Global Catholic Network has filed a brief with the court.  

What makes someone religious? Tax forms, apparently

Jan 12, 2016 - 03:41 pm .- Since its first introduction, the federal contraception mandate has drawn controversy, with hundreds of employers saying it forces them to violate their sincerely-held religious beliefs.   

Surrogacy and the risk of forced abortion - Calif. cases bring new scrutiny

Jan 12, 2016 - 02:22 am .- Surrogate pregnancy is back in the news with two high profile cases where two different surrogate mothers of triplets rejected requests to have abortions. And one organization is responding by saying the practice is so unethical it should be banned.

As the Year of Mercy opens, so does this new mercy-themed university

Jan 10, 2016 - 04:24 pm .- Only a few weeks into the Holy Year of Mercy and the fruits of the jubilee year are already starting to be seen.

St Louis archbishop offers prayers, donations for Missouri flood victims

Jan 8, 2016 - 03:03 pm .- A massive cleanup is left for those whose homes were in the path of one of the worst floods in the St. Louis area in over two decades.

Why one bishop is putting tabernacles back in the center of churches

Jan 8, 2016 - 03:03 am .- When Bishop Robert Morlino arrived as the new bishop for the Diocese of Madison, Wis. in 2003, he began quietly encouraging priests to promote more reverence towards the Blessed Sacrament – through more adoration, more reverent Masses, and moving tabernacles back to the center of churches.

For first time, bill to defund Planned Parenthood heads to White House

Jan 7, 2016 - 04:42 pm .- After the House of Representatives voted Wednesday to pass a budget bill blocking federal funding of Planned Parenthood, the legislation will reach President Barack Obama’s desk in a historic first for the pro-life movement.

US bishops respond to gun regulations in Texas and across nation

Jan 7, 2016 - 03:06 pm .- As United States president Barack Obama on Tuesday announced executive action to curb gun violence, the nation's bishops welcomed “reasonable efforts” at the regulation of guns and encouraged congressional action on the issue.

Can fear be overcome? A cultural event explores the question

Jan 7, 2016 - 07:01 am .- It’s not hard to think of a myriad of reasons why people today might be afraid.

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