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This Sunday, where will the millions of palms come from?

Mar 16, 2016 - 03:53 am .- With Palm Sunday right around the corner, Catholics across the globe will soon be handed leaves as they walk into church. Some might fold them into elaborate little crosses. Kids will poke each other with them. But it's safe to say most won't know where they came from.  

Pro-Sikh court ruling strengthens religious exemptions in Army

Mar 15, 2016 - 10:48 pm .- A federal court has sided with a Sikh soldier working to secure a religious exemption for his beard and headwear under U.S. Army regulations. The ruling affirms that religious groups cannot be targeted because of their faith, experts said.  

This is 'wrong,' bishop tells Notre Dame for awarding Joe Biden

Mar 15, 2016 - 05:04 pm .- Vice President Joe Biden's “gravely irresponsible” rejection of Catholic teaching on abortion and marriage should disqualify him from Notre Dame's Laetare Medal, the local bishop has said.

Crux partners with Knights of Columbus

Mar 15, 2016 - 03:22 pm .- The Catholic news website Crux has announced a partnership with the Knights of Columbus, following the Boston Globe dropping its financial backing of the outlet.

Fr. Virgilio Elizondo, who died in apparent suicide, mourned

Mar 15, 2016 - 02:31 pm .- Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller of San Antonio has released a statement mourning the death of one of his priests, Father Virgilio Elizondo, who was found dead on Monday of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Sweeping vote in Utah labels porn dangerous to public health

Mar 15, 2016 - 06:02 am .- Utah's state legislature recently passed a resolution warning about the harm pornography does to individuals, families and society.

Five years into the Syrian Civil War, a look at those who've fled

Mar 15, 2016 - 03:12 am .- March 15 marks five years since civil war broke out in Syria. The conflict has had devastating consequences for the people of the country, many of whom have been forced to flee.

House backs genocide label for Christians under ISIS

Mar 14, 2016 - 07:44 pm .- The U.S. House of Representative voted Monday to declare that what is happening to Christians and other ethnic and religious minorities in the Middle East is genocide. 

It's lawful to keep immigrant families together, US bishops urge Supreme Court

Mar 12, 2016 - 02:03 pm .- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on Tuesday asked the Supreme Court to uphold the Obama administration’s temporary relief for millions of undocumented persons in the U.S. eligible for deportation.

Catholic news site Crux in transition as Boston Globe cuts ties

Mar 11, 2016 - 02:37 pm .- The Boston Globe has said it will no longer be running its Catholic news site Crux as of April 1. Vatican analyst and associate Crux editor John L. Allen Jr. says he hopes to continue the site with other partners.

Don't stop believing: Missouri religious liberty bill beats filibuster

Mar 10, 2016 - 04:51 pm .- A constitutional amendment to strengthen religious freedom protections will likely go to voters after the Missouri Senate ended a 39-hour filibuster by the proposal’s foes.

Massive new report documents IS genocide of Christians in Iraq, Syria

Mar 10, 2016 - 04:45 pm .- One week before the State Department must announce if Islamic State atrocities against religious minorities in Iraq and Syria are genocide, a 278-page report has been released documenting that Christians there do face genocide.

Retired Mississippi bishop dies at 89

Mar 10, 2016 - 01:19 pm .- With “a heavy heart and great sadness,” Bishop Joseph Kopacz of Jackson, Mississippi announced the death of Bishop Emeritus William R. Houck on March 9.

Why do so few Hispanics attend Catholic schools in the US?

Mar 10, 2016 - 06:02 am .- Hispanic Catholics are grossly underserved by Catholic schools in the United States, according to a new study, and this lack of participation could prove fatal to the future of the Church in the nation.

Eucharistic procession draws nearly 2,000 at Planned Parenthood

Mar 10, 2016 - 12:19 am .- It was a powerful, solemn scene at Planned Parenthood in Stapleton, Colorado on Saturday morning as Denver Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila led some 1,800 Catholics in a Eucharistic procession seven times around the abortion clinic.

Clinton, Sanders slammed for abortion support in town hall meeting

Mar 9, 2016 - 06:23 am .- Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders drew heavy criticism for their recent defense of abortion, which critics say is out of touch with the American people.

Georgetown gets verbally shanked over Planned Parenthood invite

Mar 8, 2016 - 03:36 pm .- Georgetown University is facing strong criticism from Catholic leaders for defending a student group's invite of Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards to speak at the school.

New bishop in NJ was long-time rector of Rome's US seminary

Mar 8, 2016 - 10:59 am .- Monsignor James Checchio, who recently stepped down as rector of the North American College, on Tuesday was appointed Bishop of Metuchen, a diocese in north-central New Jersey.

Court affirms Church's right to hire and fire ministers

Mar 8, 2016 - 12:50 am .- A Missouri court ruling in favor of a Catholic diocese protects the right of religious institutions to fire ministerial employees who do not live consistently with their religious beliefs.  

Push to legalize assisted suicide in Maryland is over – for now

Mar 7, 2016 - 03:03 pm .- The latest push to legalize assisted suicide for the terminally ill has failed in Maryland, but opponents are well aware that this isn't the end of the fight.

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