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House votes to transfer federal funding from Planned Parenthood to health centers

Sep 18, 2015 - 02:24 pm .- In a 241-187 vote on Friday, members of the United States House of Representatives voted to freeze funding for Planned Parenthood for one year, following months of political debate surrounding information revealed in a series of undercover videos on the abortion provider.

When Pope Francis comes to the US, he won't just talk about the environment

Sep 18, 2015 - 10:58 am .- Pope Francis’ ecology encyclical is about a lot more than recycling – it speaks to man’s deepest relationships – and the Pope will emphasize all this in his upcoming U.S. visit, said one leading U.S. bishop.

How marriage prep is failing Catholics, and what we can do about it

Sep 18, 2015 - 04:02 am .- The Church needs to seriously consider changing the way it approaches marriage preparation say John and Claire Grabowski, a couple who serve on the Pontifical Council for the Family.

What's behind the White House's invite to Catholic dissenters

Sep 18, 2015 - 12:03 am .- The White House will host a welcoming ceremony for Pope Francis next week, but it has invited several LGBT activist allies who are working to target Catholic beliefs and to influence the Synod on the Family.

Chicago archdiocese appoints Commonweal editor as new director of media

Sep 17, 2015 - 03:58 pm .- The Archdiocese of Chicago on Thursday named Grant Gallicho as its director of publications and media, a newly created position. Effective Nov. 1, Gallicho’s duties in his new position will include reviewing the archdiocese’s publications strategy and managing its print and digital properties.

Over 45 million live in poverty as Pope Francis comes to visit

Sep 17, 2015 - 03:01 pm .- Carolyn Smith of Dayton, Ohio was living without food or working utilities and in “in an utter, total state of depression” when a Good Samaritan brought her to the local Catholic Social Services.

What's the point of education? Bishop Conley has some ideas

Sep 17, 2015 - 04:02 am .- Bishop James Conley of Lincoln, Neb. vividly remembers his father asking him what on earth he planned to do with his English degree.

Office Depot apologizes after claiming pro-life flier was 'hate material'

Sep 17, 2015 - 12:02 am .- Office Depot officials have apologized to a pro-life Catholic woman in Illinois after their store refused to print her pro-life flier on fetal organ harvesting and prayer for the conversion of the Planned Parenthood abortion provider.

Here's what Cardinal O'Malley has to say for Respect Life month

Sep 16, 2015 - 04:02 am .- While people might think of illness, disability age or inconvenience as something that detracts from human dignity, every life is “worth living,” says Cardinal Sean O'Malley, head of the U.S. bishops' pro-life committee.

Planned Parenthood feared bad press over alleged selling of baby parts

Sep 15, 2015 - 05:24 pm .- The tenth video from a pro-life group investigating whether abortion providers like Planned Parenthood are illegally selling fetal tissue shows the nation’s largest abortion provider was conscious of the possible damage its affiliates’ practices could cause if it became news.

Knock knock. Who's there? Pope Francis, apparently.

Sep 15, 2015 - 04:01 am .- The Pope, a priest, and Bill Murray walk into a bar…

Here's your best chance to see Pope Francis in DC

Sep 15, 2015 - 12:04 am .- All official events for Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to Washington, D.C. are ticketed, but there is a new opportunity for the public to see the Pope without needing a ticket.

Resolution introduced in Congress to call Islamic State atrocities 'genocide'

Sep 14, 2015 - 11:34 am .- Members of Congress introduced a resolution on Thursday to label the atrocities committed by the Islamic State against Christians and other religious minorities “genocide.”

Dating apps and the death of romance – what's a Catholic to do?

Sep 13, 2015 - 04:02 pm .- This month's issue of Vanity Fair contains a pretty disheartening prediction for single people: the “dating apocalypse,” brought on by wildly popular dating apps like “Tinder,” is upon us.

US bishops ready to welcome refugees from Syrian civil war

Sep 11, 2015 - 12:05 pm .- As Europe's migrant crisis worsens, fuelled in part by Syria's lengthy civil war, the head of the U.S. bishops' conference has called on the country to welcome a larger number of refugees in a spirit of solidarity.

For Lincoln diocese, audit adds to its effective child protection plan

Sep 11, 2015 - 07:31 am .- The Diocese of Lincoln will now take part in the U.S. bishops' audit of the implementation of the youth protection charter – a move it says adds to a well-functioning system of safeguards against abuse.

Inside a dubious LGBT media guide to Pope Francis' visit

Sep 11, 2015 - 04:02 am .- As Pope Francis' trip to the U.S. nears, the LGBT advocacy organization GLAAD has released a media guide encouraging journalists to favor its narrative. But one media critic is calling it spin.

Deacon Keith Fournier explains 'the common good' in a new CNA column

Sep 10, 2015 - 06:12 pm .- In a new column for CNA, “The Common Good with Deacon Keith Fournier”, the author has set out to restore a fuller understanding to the meaning of conscience and how it should shape the way Christians live their faith in the public square, the marketplace, and the entirety of culture.

California's fast-tracked suicide bill sparks accusations of 'stage play'

Sep 10, 2015 - 04:58 pm .- In the second attempt this year to establish a 'right-to-die' in the state of California, state Assembly lawmakers passed an assisted suicide bill on Wednesday, by a vote of 42-33. The bill now faces a vote in the state Senate.

After fire damages Indianapolis church, archbishop asks for prayers

Sep 10, 2015 - 06:01 am .- A fire badly damaged St. Monica Catholic Church in northwest Indianapolis overnight on Wednesday.

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