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Contraception mandate case argued at US Supreme Court

Mar 25, 2014 - 12:03 pm .- The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in a challenge to the Affordable Care Act touching on the federal government’s compelling for-profit companies to provide coverage for contraceptives despite owners’ religious objections.

Contraception disrupts 'language of love,' Bishop Conley teaches

Mar 24, 2014 - 08:06 pm .- Bishop James Conley of Lincoln hopes his new pastoral letter on the sacrificial “language of love” and the disruptive immorality of contraception will be received “with open hearts and open minds.”

Knights of Columbus wins prize for ethical business practices

Mar 24, 2014 - 05:04 pm .- The fraternal organization the Knights of Columbus has been recognized as one of the world’s most ethical companies by a research center on best practices in corporate ethics and governance.

Jesuit school's dean finalists faulted for Planned Parenthood ties

Mar 24, 2014 - 04:08 pm .- Professors and alumni of Loyola Marymount University have said the school should begin another search for candidates for the dean of its liberal arts college, after the two finalists were revealed to have links with Planned Parenthood.

New confirmation program aims to transform Catholic youth

Mar 23, 2014 - 03:18 pm .- Youth minister and Catholic speaker Chris Stefanick says that his confirmation preparation program “Chosen” aims to catechize and evangelize teens in a transformative way that leads them to Jesus Christ.

South Carolina abortion ban could protect pain-capable unborn

Mar 22, 2014 - 06:03 am .- Pro-life advocates praised the South Carolina House’s passage of a bill to ban abortions after 19 weeks into pregnancy – the point at which science has indicated unborn children can feel pain.

Down syndrome researcher’s sainthood cause a 'witness to life'

Mar 21, 2014 - 04:00 am .- The life of Dr. Jérôme Lejeune, a French researcher who discovered the genetic cause of Down syndrome, is an example of faith, respect for the dignity of all human life, and search for truth in science, say those who work to spread his legacy.

In sister's memory, student raises funds for disabled children

Mar 20, 2014 - 04:01 am .- Catholic University engineering student James Roche hopes to raise money for a disabled children's home in Jamaica, not only for those he met while on a 2013 mission trip but in memory of his sister.

US bishops designate St John Paul II National Shrine

Mar 20, 2014 - 02:03 am .- Ahead of Bl. John Paul II’s April 27 canonization, the U.S. bishops have named a D.C.-based facility as a national shrine to commemorate the beloved Roman Pontiff.

Ark. judge strikes down heartbeat-based abortion ban

Mar 20, 2014 - 12:01 am .- A U.S. District Court’s ruling against Arkansas’ fetal heartbeat-based abortion restrictions disappointed pro-life advocates, but they said the effort still helps the unborn.

Bishops' spokesman urges more humane immigration policy

Mar 19, 2014 - 05:21 pm .- President Barack Obama’s recent action on immigration may indicate a move towards a better approach to immigration, a policy expert for the U.S. bishops’ conference says.

Chicago cardinal in hospital with flu-like symptoms

Mar 19, 2014 - 02:20 pm .- Cardinal Francis George of Chicago has been in the hospital at Loyola University Medical Center since Friday, after physicians found during a routine checkup that he was dehydrated.

Worldwide Christian persecution a growing trend, report shows

Mar 19, 2014 - 04:07 am .- In a recently-released summary report called “Persecuted and Forgotten?” Aid to the Church in Need has revealed a worldwide growth in discrimination against Christians in scope and frequency.

LA archbishop blesses immigration reform advocates going to Vatican

Mar 18, 2014 - 06:07 pm .- Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles gave his blessing Sunday to a group of children and immigration reform advocates who are traveling to Rome to ask Pope Francis for his help and benediction.

Science historians critique new 'Cosmos' series

Mar 18, 2014 - 04:02 am .- Scholars of the history of science have discussed the merits and shortcomings of the new television series “Cosmos,” saying that the first episode's discussion of Church history strayed from historical facts.

Philly Catholics join 'Mass Mob' trend to support churches

Mar 16, 2014 - 06:02 am .- Catholics in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia have planned their first “Mass Mob” in the north of the city, seeking to rally scores of people to a beautiful but sparsely attended church.

Institute rallies activism against China's one-child policy

Mar 14, 2014 - 04:02 pm .- The Population Research Institute has launched a new campaign to encourage effective human rights activism among those concerned about the victims of China's coercive one-child policy.

Augustine Institute releases Symbolon program on DVD

Mar 14, 2014 - 11:22 am .- The Augustine Institute has released on DVD the first ten episodes of “Symbolon: The Catholic Faith Explained,” a formation program that comprehensively covers the Catholic faith.

Women's freedom not reliant on contraception, scholar says

Mar 14, 2014 - 02:02 am .- Contraception has been promoted by the U.S. government as a tool for the expansion of freedom, especially for women, but actually has not been shown to promote this goal, according to a legal expert.

Leaders talk justice for Northern Ireland victims of violence

Mar 14, 2014 - 12:03 am .- In a hearing on Capitol Hill, human rights experts and survivors of decades of violence and civil unrest in Northern Ireland discussed the need for justice and accountability for victims and society at large.

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