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CRS deliberating over vice president in same-sex civil marriage

Apr 20, 2015 - 04:19 pm .- A communications official with Catholic Relief Services said that the organization is aware that one of their vice presidential employees is in a same-sex civil marriage, and is in deliberations about it.

Twenty years after bombing, Oklahoma City archbishop calls for mercy to temper justice

Apr 20, 2015 - 04:13 pm .- As the Oklahoma City community continues to heal two decades after the horrific bombing that claimed the lives of 168 people, Archbishop Paul S. Coakley said he hopes people find mercy as well as justice in response to unspeakable acts of violence.  

New San Diego bishop: Don't remove Junipero Serra from US Capitol

Apr 20, 2015 - 10:30 am .- Bishop Robert McElroy, the new head of the San Diego diocese, has criticized a proposal to remove the statue of pioneering California missionary and soon-to-be saint Father Junipero Serra from the U.S. Capitol.

International religious freedom bill hopes to fight terrorism, promote security

Apr 19, 2015 - 04:45 pm .- A bill boosting promotion of religious freedom abroad could deter terror groups like ISIS, protect vulnerable minorities and foster global security, advocates say.

HHS mandate loses again: Supreme Court order protects Pennsylvania Catholic groups

Apr 18, 2015 - 04:25 pm .- The U.S. Supreme Court has continued its trend of decisions stopping enforcement of a federal contraception mandate against religious employers with moral objections.

National outpouring of love, prayers for Cardinal George

Apr 17, 2015 - 04:09 pm .- The death of Cardinal Francis E. George of Chicago on April 17 was met with an outpouring of prayer, as well as gratitude for the life and service of the prominent Church leader.  

BREAKING: Cardinal Francis George of Chicago dies at 78

Apr 17, 2015 - 12:20 pm .- Cardinal Francis George, the Emeritus Archbishop of Chicago, passed away Friday morning after a long batter with cancer.

Anti-Cordileone ad misrepresents Catholicism, archdiocese says

Apr 17, 2015 - 04:13 am .- A group of Catholics promoting a full-page advertisement asking Pope Francis to remove Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone don’t represent San Francisco Catholics and misrepresent the facts, the archdiocese has said.

Getting married? Want to stay married? These Catholics can help

Apr 16, 2015 - 03:51 pm .- With Christian marriages facing obstacles from pornography and infidelity to self-centeredness and divorce, what are faithful Catholics to do?

The new celibacy? How porn may be destroying the impetus for sex

Apr 16, 2015 - 04:04 am .- One of music artist John Mayer's most signature songs is “Daughters,” a sweet and simple tribute to the importance of parents' influence on their little girls. Here's the refrain:

Don't thwart nuclear agreement with Iran, bishop warns Congress

Apr 14, 2015 - 04:03 am .- The head of the U.S. Bishops' international peace committee supports the new framework for Iran's nuclear program and is asking the U.S. Congress not to “undermine” the deal.

After controversy, NJ Catholic school reinstates teacher with plea for 'truth and charity'

Apr 14, 2015 - 02:41 am .- A New Jersey Catholic school has reinstated a teacher who was the focus of media controversy over her social media posts critical of LGBT advocacy. The school stressed the need for a positive presentation of the Catholic faith while also lamenting “hurtful” media coverage about the teacher.

The fix that wasn't: law professor says Indiana legislature demoted religious freedom

Apr 10, 2015 - 04:20 pm .- A Notre Dame law professor says religious liberty in Indiana was set back by the state legislature’s hasty reaction to strong criticism of a law intended to strengthen religious freedom protections.

US sees increase in priestly ordination numbers this year

Apr 10, 2015 - 02:14 am .- The numbers are in: almost 600 Catholic men will be ordained priests for the U.S. in 2015, an increase of more than 100 from last year.

Young boy lives dream of 'being a priest' for a day

Apr 9, 2015 - 03:56 pm .- Archbishop Robert J. Carlson and the Make-A-Wish Foundation helped one young boy to live his dream by experiencing, in part, what it’s like to be a priest for a day.Young boy lives dream of ‘being a priest’ for a day

Can we delete death? Transhumanism's lofty goal meets a Catholic response

Apr 9, 2015 - 04:02 am .- It sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie – being able to “upload” our minds to computers to live on after we die, to freeze our bodies only to bring them back in the future, or to pop pills to enhance our mood and intelligence.

Kansas becomes first state to ban 'dismemberment abortion'

Apr 8, 2015 - 05:02 pm .- Kansas became on Tuesday the first state to ban abortions by a procedure known as “dilation and evacuation,” which is common during second-trimester abortions and is called “dismemberment abortion” in the law.

Bishops appeal against death penalty in Boston bombing case

Apr 8, 2015 - 04:38 am .- As accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev stands trial, the Catholic bishops of Massachusetts are asking that he not receive the death penalty if he is convicted.

Between conflicting cake rulings in Colorado, baker's livelihood still at risk

Apr 7, 2015 - 05:03 pm .- The Colorado agency which punished a baker who declined to make a cake for a same-sex ceremony has ruled that other bakers may refuse to make cakes with messages opposed to gay marriage. Defenders of the censured baker, Jack Phillips, say the commission should be more consistent.

Faith served straight up: how alcohol shapes cultural and religious identity

Apr 7, 2015 - 04:02 am .- From a glass of beer at dinner to the wine transubstantiated at the Last Supper, sharing a drink has held a profoundly important place in shaping people’s lives through the ages.

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