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Father Flanagan founded Boys Town. Will he be recognized as a saint?

Jun 23, 2015 - 04:58 pm .- The case for the sainthood of Servant of God Edward Flanagan, the priest who founded Nebraska’s famous Boys Town community for orphans and other boys, is now headed to Rome.

Have a family, grow a garden, be holy – conclusions from Laudato Si

Jun 23, 2015 - 03:46 pm .- The vision behind Pope Francis’ newest encyclical is one that offers a holistic proposal of stewardship rooted in faith, offering a lens through which to view the environment, said several Catholic theologians and ecologists.

Modern martyrs should inspire US Christians, archbishop says

Jun 22, 2015 - 04:11 pm .- The plight of persecuted religious believers overseas should inspire American Catholics and others to continue their defense of religious freedom at home, Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore said.

Dorothy Day had nothing to say to this theologian – or so he thought

Jun 20, 2015 - 04:02 pm .- Ever since entering the Church 27 years ago, theologian Lance Richey had always known about the Catholic social activist Dorothy Day in passing.

Infallible? Informal? How binding is the new encyclical on Catholics?

Jun 19, 2015 - 04:25 pm .- With the release of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment this week came a wave of controversy over the Pope’s statements about climate change, species extinction and other scientific topics.

US bishops on 'Laudato Si' – it's about conversion

Jun 18, 2015 - 02:05 pm .- Several leading U.S. bishops praised the new papal encyclical as an invitation to turn away from sin and grow closer to God through a relationship to the created world.

After mass shooting horror, S.C. Catholics mourn with Charleston church

Jun 18, 2015 - 12:30 pm .- A mass shooting at a historic African-American church in Charleston, S.C. drew prayers and sympathy from the state’s Catholics, aghast at the horror of the crime which may have had racial motivations.

Top US bishops unwavering in support of traditional marriage ahead of Synod

Jun 17, 2015 - 03:04 am .- In their spring general assembly held last week, just four months before the Synod on the Family in Rome, top U.S. bishops took a united stand in support of marriage and family life as the Church has always understood it.

Ahead of Supreme Court marriage decision, states act to protect religious freedom

Jun 16, 2015 - 07:24 pm .- As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to deliver a ruling that could lead to sweeping changes in the definition of marriage nationwide, two states have enacted new legal protections for those with religious objections to recognizing same-sex ‘marriages.’

How the US bishops believe America can overcome racial violence

Jun 16, 2015 - 03:43 pm .- The head of the U.S. bishops’ conference pledged support for reconciliation and healing efforts in areas around the country that have been the site of racial tension and violent clashes between police and citizens.

For Archbishop Gomez, assisted suicide bill is empty compassion

Jun 16, 2015 - 12:02 am .- People suffering from terminal illness deserve true compassion and care – not violence, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles said as the California legislature’s assisted suicide bill advances.

Minn. archbishop resigns with 'clear conscience' amid sex abuse charges

Jun 15, 2015 - 08:43 am .- Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of the archbishop and an auxiliary bishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, less than two weeks after the archdiocese was charged with mishandling sexual abuse cases.

Married couples to Catholic Church: Give us clear, positive teaching on marriage

Jun 14, 2015 - 04:34 pm .- Alice Heinzen was with her dad and siblings on a ski trip when she froze on top of what looked like a treacherous mountain path. Her dad was waiting at the bottom, and so were her other siblings – who had all fallen down along the way.

Priests needed: As Church growth explodes worldwide, parishes can't keep up

Jun 12, 2015 - 05:11 am .- The global Catholic population is growing – so quickly, in fact, that priest and parish numbers cannot keep up, says a new study on trends in the worldwide Church.

Oscar-winning composer pens Mass for the Pope

Jun 12, 2015 - 02:08 am .- The musical settings of Ennio Morricone are more likely to be heard at a movie theater than a church, but on June 10, the award-winning movie composer debuted a new Mass dedicated to the Jesuit Order and named for one of their own - Pope Francis.

Bowling with Bishops – and other things to expect at the World Meeting of Families

Jun 11, 2015 - 10:37 am .- Bring your mitre and your bowling ball if you plan on coming to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families this fall, Archbishop Charles Chaput told 250 of his brother bishops June 10 at their General Assembly in St. Louis.

Court ruling means Texas abortion clinics won't meet safety standards

Jun 11, 2015 - 06:02 am .- Pro-life advocates welcomed a federal appellate court’s Tuesday decision upholding a Texas law that increased safety regulations for abortion clinics and abortionists.

Abortion rates are dropping – and it could be thanks to millennials

Jun 11, 2015 - 03:56 am .- Abortion rates have declined by 12 percent nationwide since 2010, and pro-life groups say changing attitudes among the younger generation could be the cause.

Here's what the US bishops expect from the Pope's new encyclical

Jun 10, 2015 - 04:18 pm .- With Pope Francis’ encyclical on ecology and the environment to be released next week, the U.S. bishops are reflecting on possible themes of the upcoming document.

How to get millennials to marry? Start by sharing your story

Jun 10, 2015 - 03:47 am .- While it may be the middle of “wedding season,” the warm months between spring and fall when many couples choose to tie the knot, many young people today are avoiding – or at the very least delaying – saying “I do” themselves.

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