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Despite objections, Calif. governor signs assisted-suicide bill

Oct 5, 2015 - 04:08 pm .- After months of debate and strong opposition, California governor Jerry Brown on Monday signed into a law a bill enabling doctors to prescribe drugs that will end the lives of terminally ill patients.

This Catholic healthcare group is being sued for refusing to provide abortions

Oct 4, 2015 - 06:01 am .- Trinity Health Corporations, one of the largest Catholic health care operations in America, is seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union over its refusal to provide women with abortion services at their medical facilities.

'You are not alone' - Oregon bishops, priests support a community in shock

Oct 2, 2015 - 04:34 pm .- In the wake of a mass shooting at a community college in Roseburg, Oregon, members of a local Catholic parish are reaching out to offer sympathy, comfort and hope.

Dating apps could be leading to a rise in STDs – and Tinder isn't happy about it

Oct 1, 2015 - 04:46 pm .- A new billboard linking dating apps with an increase in sexually transmitted disease rates spurred one app – Tinder – to issue a cease and desist order against the group behind it.

In wake of Pope Francis, bishops urge Congress to move on religious freedom

Oct 1, 2015 - 04:20 pm .- Citing Pope Francis, the U.S. bishops are urging lawmakers act quickly to pass a bill that would reauthorize the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, whose mandate expired yesterday.

Man up! Phoenix bishop encourages, challenges Catholic men in new letter

Oct 1, 2015 - 03:14 am .- Calling on all Christian men to take a stand in the Church’s spiritual battle, Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix asked men in his diocese to courageously pursue their vocations as friends, fathers, and spouses.

Stop 'corporate welfare' for Planned Parenthood, pro-life Democrats say

Sep 30, 2015 - 05:13 pm .- The House on Tuesday passed a bill allowing states to withhold Medicaid funds from health care providers that perform abortions.

Families tell Pope Francis 'thank you' with a renewed commitment to marriage

Sep 30, 2015 - 05:08 pm .- In response to Pope Francis’ ongoing encouragement of marriage, an Ecuadorian lay woman has penned a simple thank you letter that has now gained over 1,500 signatures in the Hispanic community.

What meeting Pope Francis was like for elementary students in Harlem

Sep 30, 2015 - 03:05 pm .- Students and community members in East Harlem were moved, sometimes to tears, by Pope Francis’ words and example during his visit to the New York neighborhood.

Pope Francis reportedly met with Kim Davis, offered support

Sep 30, 2015 - 08:47 am .- Embattled county clerk Kim Davis met with Pope Francis in Washington, D.C. last Thursday, her lawyer has told multiple media outlets.

Here's what Archbishop Kurtz thought about Pope Francis' visit

Sep 30, 2015 - 06:41 am .- For Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, hearing the words of Pope Francis is like being taken back in time to when he first experienced his “original call” to serve the Church through the priesthood.

US bishops echo Pope's words on sex abuse, accountability

Sep 30, 2015 - 12:03 am .- Two committee heads of the U.S. bishops’ conference voiced support for Pope Francis’ statement rejecting the sexual abuse of minors and promising accountability for those guilty of crimes against children.

What's it like to play for the Pope? Here's how one Catholic artist described it

Sep 29, 2015 - 04:17 pm .- Performing for Pope Francis at Saturday’s Festival of Families in Philadelphia was an answer to prayer for musician Marie Miller, but getting a personal thumbs-up from him surely helped confirm it.

After the Pope's visit – an exclusive interview with Archbishop Chaput

Sep 29, 2015 - 04:08 pm .- Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia hosted Pope Francis in his highly-anticipated first visit to the United States. As the dust settled after the departure of nearly 1 million participants in the final Mass for the World Meeting of Families, CNA had the chance to interview Archbishop Chaput, who offered his take on the historic papal trip, the challenges facing family in the U.S., and the upcoming Synod of Bishops in Rome.

Pope appeals for life of Georgia death row inmate, but parole board rejects

Sep 29, 2015 - 02:34 pm .- The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles has declined to commute the death sentence of a local woman scheduled to be executed tonight, despite a plea from Pope Francis to do so.

Pope Francis met Argentine family who travelled 11,000 miles to Philadelphia

Sep 29, 2015 - 12:08 am .- The Holy See press officer explained on Sunday that that morning Pope Francis had met with the Walkers, a family from Argentina who travelled in a VW camper van to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families.

Saint Junipero Serra's canonization an 'exciting time to be a Catholic'

Sep 28, 2015 - 11:31 am .- Last week's Mass for the Canonization of Saint Junipero Serra, said by Pope Francis, proved to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for those who participated in it, and a reflection of the excitement for the Pope's mission.

Pope Francis: I leave with a heart full of gratitude and hope

Sep 27, 2015 - 04:55 pm .- As he concluded his historic visit to the United States, Pope Francis thanked organizers and volunteers, saying that he concludes his trip with appreciation and hope. 

Pope makes impromptu stop at statue marking Jewish-Catholic unity

Sep 27, 2015 - 02:59 pm .- Pope Francis paid an unscheduled visit to St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia this afternoon to bless a statue celebrating improved Vatican relations with the Jewish community.

God's love is for everyone – and it's dangerous to think otherwise, Pope says

Sep 27, 2015 - 02:44 pm .- At the final Mass closing out the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, Pope Francis warned against narrowing God’s love and works to only a certain group of people.

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