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Why this priest has spent 50 years fighting with the New York Times

Mar 1, 2015 - 04:23 pm .- A lot has changed in journalism since 1961, but not Msgr. Daniel S. Hamilton’s resolve to rebut the New York Times on its editorial opinions regarding matters of faith and morals.

Chart-topping Benedictine nuns to drop new album for Easter

Feb 28, 2015 - 04:02 pm .- Together with the joys of the Resurrection and feasting, this Easter will have an added delight: listening to the new album by the hit-making, Missouri-based Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles.

Oil company hit man has Archbishop Cordileone in his sights

Feb 27, 2015 - 05:20 pm .- Sam Singer’s public relations firm spun a Chevron oil refinery disaster in California and fought back a legal ruling in Ecuador that could have awarded billions of dollars to indigenous people for the company’s alleged pollution damage to the Amazon.

Why a new State Department position could spell trouble for religious liberty

Feb 26, 2015 - 06:28 pm .- The State Department’s new LGBT special envoy will promote human rights abroad but could also pose a serious threat to religious freedom, said several experts in the field.  

Faith vs. Fashion – Muslim woman spars with Abercrombie in major court case

Feb 26, 2015 - 03:06 pm .- When an employer’s hiring standards conflict with a prospective employee’s religious practice, when would the employer be guilty of discrimination for not hiring?

A pro-life giant: remembering Dr Willke

Feb 26, 2015 - 12:03 am .- Pro-life leaders marked the death of Dr. John Willke by praising his adamant stand against legalized abortion and his tireless dedication to helping women and their unborn children.

A Middle East without Christians: advocates call for action before it's too late

Feb 25, 2015 - 04:43 pm .- Middle Eastern Christian communities face extinction, and the results for the stability and peace of the region would be devastating, said an advocacy group asking Americans to speak out on their behalf.

How threats to religious freedom could harm unaccompanied minors

Feb 24, 2015 - 03:45 pm .- Catholic and Evangelical humanitarian agencies are among the U.S. groups responding to the massive influx of unaccompanied minors from Latin America, but a new federal rule could require them to refer the children for abortion or lose their grants.

Bi-national gathering aims to build bridges, promote pro-life values

Feb 23, 2015 - 07:10 pm .- Wading into the deep-seated topics of family, marriage, and religious freedom, the Catholic dioceses of El Paso and Ciudad Juarez will host a first-of-its-kind joint congress in April.

New religious freedom official: the time for action is now

Feb 23, 2015 - 07:05 pm .- The new U.S. religious freedom ambassador wasted no time emphasizing the urgency of his mission as he was sworn in on Feb. 20.  

For Coptic Christians, threat of martyrdom is part of daily life

Feb 22, 2015 - 04:37 pm .- The brutal murder of 21 Coptic Christians in Libya at the hands of ISIS last week is shining a light on the reality faced by many of Egypt’s Christians on a daily basis.  

Bishops push for Congress to support conscience rights in health care act

Feb 22, 2015 - 06:08 am .- Just because you may oppose abortion doesn’t mean you should be denied comprehensive health care coverage, according to Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore and Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston.

Grandmother, florist may lose her business and home for declining gay wedding

Feb 20, 2015 - 04:01 pm .- If you walk into Barronelle Stutzman’s floral business, you’re probably going to get a hug. She puts her heart into her work, from making beautiful arrangements to making customers feel like family.

As storm brews, San Fran archbishop strikes back at school guideline critics

Feb 20, 2015 - 03:19 pm .- Politicians have targeted San Francisco Catholic schools’ teacher standards, but Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone says they are a matter of Catholic mission and common sense.

Metal coils and furious women: The stunning controversy behind an FDA-approved birth control

Feb 20, 2015 - 04:02 am .- Perforated organs, metal coils lodged in colons, fetal disfigurement due to nickel poisoning. Chronic pain, exhaustion, bouts of depression and suicidal thoughts.  

Cardinal Dolan: ISIS threatens whole civilization – no one can be silent

Feb 19, 2015 - 03:55 pm .- With ISIS threatening all of human civilization, no one of any background or religion can remain silent, said Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York.

Would you die for your ashes? Cardinal reflects on modern Christian martyrs

Feb 18, 2015 - 06:09 pm .- Catholics owe solidarity, prayer and a voice against injustice to their fellow Christians being martyred and persecuted around the world, Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C., stressed on Ash Wednesday.

How Catholics, Lent, and bowls of rice are changing the world

Feb 18, 2015 - 04:02 am .- Catholic Relief Services’ Rice Bowl program aims to continue its forty-year Lenten tradition of supporting hunger relief – and one of its past beneficiaries is now a spokesman for the project.

Why the Religious Freedom Restoration Act matters to you

Feb 17, 2015 - 05:20 pm .- For the sake of religious liberity, it is vital that the religious rights of corporations – and not just individuals and churches – be upheld under federal law, a legal scholar has said.

Federalism, same-sex marriage, and what a bishop has to say about it

Feb 16, 2015 - 07:06 pm .- The head of the U.S. bishops’ marriage committee is backing new legislation that thwarts the federal government from bypassing state marriage laws.

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