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Catastrophe ahead? UN halts Syrian refugee food program

Dec 3, 2014 - 04:02 am .- With winter approaching, Congress must act to help Syrian refugees whose basic needs are threatened by the U.N. suspension of an urgent food assistance program, said a leading Catholic humanitarian agency.  

To uplift the poor, Catholic couple sees non-governmental solutions

Dec 2, 2014 - 09:05 pm .- Catholic philanthropists John and Carol Saeman say that helping the poor requires a “fundamental change” in how society responds to poverty – a change that, in their understanding of Catholic teaching, means a focus on limited government and free enterprise.

Adoption takes the spotlight in pro-life ad campaign

Dec 2, 2014 - 06:29 pm .- A life-affirming online ad campaign seeks to present the positive experience of adoption as an alternative to abortion for women facing unexpected pregnancies.

Texas Catholics to governor: Don't execute mentally ill man

Dec 2, 2014 - 04:59 pm .- The Texas Catholic Conference has called on governor Rick Perry to stay the execution of mentally ill death row inmate Scott Louis Panetti, saying his execution is “not merely unjust, but immoral.”

'Holy freedom' as one united family: the World Meeting of Families hymn

Dec 2, 2014 - 12:07 am .- One week after Pope Francis announced he will attend the 2015 World Meeting of Families, the event’s organizers have released an official hymn that speaks of family unity, “holy freedom,” and the Holy Family’s example for mankind.  

Church 'crucial' to fighting AIDS; US must keep funding

Dec 1, 2014 - 05:08 pm .- The Church’s involvement in fighting AIDS is crucial and it must keep receiving funding from the U.S. for the number of infections to drop, said a health expert with Catholic Relief Services on World AIDS Day.

A look into the rights of child migrants

Nov 29, 2014 - 04:22 pm .- In 1999, two teenagers froze to death in the hold of a Sabena Airlines Airbus A330 travelling from Guinea to Brussels.

Chaput: 'It isn't possible to be pro-life and simultaneously forget the cries of the poor'

Nov 28, 2014 - 04:26 am .- “It isn't possible to be pro-life and simultaneously forget the cries of the poor.” Francis has confirmed his attendance at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia next September. The Archbishop of the great US metropolis, Archbishop Charles Chaput, talks to Vatican Insider about the meaning of this visit and about how Francis’ message has been received in the US.

Law group: Iran nuclear deal should include Christian pastor's freedom

Nov 28, 2014 - 04:11 am .- Advocates pushing for the U.S. State Department to demand the release of Christen pastor Saeed Abedini – a U.S. citizen imprisoned in Iran – remained hopeful after Iranian nuclear talks were extended for six months.  

What the Church can do about the powder keg of US racial tensions

Nov 26, 2014 - 04:52 am .- Beneath the ongoing unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, are deep-rooted societal conflicts that are boiling over, say local leaders, and the Church has an opportunity to be at the forefront of reconciliation.  

Washington state matchup: Religious liberty vs. Plan B

Nov 26, 2014 - 02:27 am .- Washington state regulations cannot constitutionally require pharmacies and pharmacists to dispense abortion-causing contraceptives, said lawyers leading a legal challenge to the rules.  

Reject 'false hope' of violence, archbishop implores after Ferguson ruling

Nov 25, 2014 - 10:31 am .- The Archbishop of St. Louis rejected violent responses to a grand jury’s decision not to indict a Ferguson police officer who killed a teenager, asking instead for prayer and action to solve underlying community problems.  

LGBT activist leader faces sex crimes charges involving teen

Nov 25, 2014 - 12:02 am .- A founder of the Human Rights Campaign, an influential gay advocacy group that has begun targeting Catholic bishops for protests, has been arrested for alleged sexual abuse of a teen boy in Oregon.

Pope's Philly visit will be 'powerful' witness to marriage, bishop says

Nov 24, 2014 - 05:02 pm .- Next year’s World Meeting of Families – which Pope Francis has confirmed he will attend – will be a “tremendous catechetical moment” for the Church, affirmed one U.S. archbishop.

New Gary, Indiana bishop praised for focus on evangelization

Nov 24, 2014 - 02:33 pm .- Pope Francis has named the next bishop of Gary, Indiana: Milwaukee’s Auxiliary Bishop Donald J. Hying, who drew praise for his commitment to evangelization and to the sanctity of life.  

Website shines light on which health plans cover abortion

Nov 24, 2014 - 10:47 am .- A new website informing Americans whether or not their health plans cover abortion is up and running, with advocates saying it provides the transparency in the health care law that the government failed to deliver.

Catholics on immigration order: more reform needed

Nov 21, 2014 - 03:35 pm .- President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration was met with both praise and concern from Catholic groups, who emphasized that more must be done to find long-term solutions for a broken immigration system.  

Cardinal O'Malley expands on 'provocative' 60 Minutes interview

Nov 20, 2014 - 05:37 pm .- Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley has clarified his recent 60 Minutes interview, saying its “difficult questions” on women’s ordination and Vatican investigations of a Missouri bishop and a women’s religious conference needed more discussion and nuance.

Knights donate $2 million for Middle East refugee housing

Nov 20, 2014 - 04:41 pm .- The Knights of Columbus is putting more than $2 million toward new homes for Iraqi and Syrian refugees fleeing violence, and not a moment too soon, said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson.

Fight discrimination against pro-life doctors, bishops ask Congress

Nov 20, 2014 - 03:35 pm .- The U.S. bishops are imploring Congress to enact stronger medical conscience protections against state abortion laws by passing the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act.  

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