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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.

For Archbishop Chaput, religious liberty means more than you may think

Mar 18, 2015 - 04:01 am .- Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia warned Tuesday that the United States will face increasing pressure to abandon its traditionally broad protections for religious liberty, though he encouraged Christians never to give up hope in God’s love.

March Madness? Put aside that fifth bracket and tackle Church teaching, bishop urges

Mar 18, 2015 - 02:04 am .- Many challenges to families need addressing today, including perhaps too much attention given to college basketball’s “March Madness,” and not enough to studying Church teaching.

What can St Patrick's Day teach us about Catholic schools and Latinos?

Mar 17, 2015 - 04:31 pm .- In the United States, St. Patrick’s Day marks opportunity to not only celebrate the heroic saint but also the achievements of the large wave of Irish immigrants who helped shape the nation’s history and culture.

Catholic-owned company wins 'final victory' against HHS mandate

Mar 17, 2015 - 02:51 pm .- A Catholic-owned company’s victory in its fight against a federal mandate to cover drugs and procedures that violate Catholic moral teaching shows the importance of putting God first, one of its co-owners has said.

Patrick: the saint who knew what it was like to be a slave

Mar 17, 2015 - 04:02 am .- Many know that Saint Patrick, bishop and missionary to Ireland, was once a slave – but few know of his heartfelt plea on behalf of girls and boys abducted into slavery.

'Smear campaign' pushed Knights out of St Patrick's parade

Mar 16, 2015 - 01:58 pm .- The Massachusetts Knights of Columbus withdrew from the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Boston on Sunday, saying that their motives for participating in the parade - which this year included a gay activist group - have been misrepresented.

Catholics supporting Archbishop Cordileone on school identity feel silenced, pressured

Mar 12, 2015 - 05:05 pm .- Amid a PR campaign and protests against Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone’s attempt to clarify Catholic teaching in the San Francisco schools, those who support the archbishop say their voices are not being heard.  

CNA exclusive poll: Americans agree – protect religious liberty

Mar 12, 2015 - 03:28 pm .- Religious freedom battles continue to take place in courtrooms around the country, but in the court of public opinion, religious liberty wins easily.

Bishops push for religious freedom protections in adoption, foster care

Mar 12, 2015 - 11:21 am .- With increasing pressure on adoption and foster care agencies to act against their religious beliefs, the U.S. bishops are pushing for legislation to protect them.

Catholic dissenters' convention keynoter: A pornographic sex columnist?

Mar 12, 2015 - 02:31 am .- Dan Savage coordinates an annual pornography festival. He has made obscene tirades about Pope Benedict XVI, denigrated the practice of monogamy, insulted high school students and publicly harassed politicians he opposes.

Don't kill the disabled – Maryland lawmakers warned against assisted suicide bill

Mar 11, 2015 - 04:55 pm .- A physician-assisted suicide bill in Maryland preys on those who are vulnerable or disabled, and promotes suicide as an acceptable solution to life’s problems, said critics testifying before the state’s lawmakers.

A milkshake for the Pope: One sweet way to support Francis in Philly

Mar 11, 2015 - 02:03 am .- As the City of Brotherly Love prepares to host the next World Meeting of Families – and Pope Francis’ first papal visit to America – a restaurant has come up with a tasty fundraiser to benefit planning efforts.

A top-notch contender: Knights of Columbus among world's most ethical companies

Mar 10, 2015 - 06:53 pm .- You have probably heard about their work with charitable organizations and the international councils that they've founded across the globe. You may have benefited from their life insurance program, or know someone who belongs to the fraternal organization. But this year, they have been recognized as one of the world's most ethical companies for the second consecutive year.

An exodus with little hope – report finds crisis of unaccompanied minors fleeing Syria

Mar 10, 2015 - 05:01 pm .- The countries neighboring Syria are swamped with millions of refugees from its civil war which creates special risks for young children, according to a new report by the U.S. bishops.

Lawsuit against national pro-life group dies at the Sixth Circuit Court

Mar 10, 2015 - 03:34 pm .- Ruling in favor of a national pro-life group, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday upheld a district court’s decision to toss out a defamation lawsuit brought by a former congressman.

Touchdown! Notre Dame scores big on HHS mandate at Supreme Court

Mar 9, 2015 - 12:21 pm .- In a potentially groundbreaking decision, the Supreme Court nullified a federal court ruling against the University of Notre Dame on the HHS contraception mandate and sent it back for reconsideration by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Big business overreach? Corporations push Supreme Court to legalize 'gay marriage'

Mar 8, 2015 - 03:18 pm .- With the Supreme Court set to rule on a potentially far-reaching marriage case this summer, several hundred corporations are pushing for the court to require “gay marriage” recognition nationwide.

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