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Archbishop to priests: Here's how to not give bad homilies

Jul 16, 2015 - 04:54 pm .- In a practical bullet-pointed letter to priests and deacons, Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron of Detroit spelled out the types of people who attend Mass and how clergy can best speak to them.

The 'angel' of Guatemala: 12-year-old chooses death over gang violence

Jul 16, 2015 - 03:38 pm .- When 12-year-old Ángel Ariel Escalante Pérez was confronted by gang members demanding that he kill a bus driver in Guatemala, he said no.

Even if it’s legal, it’s not ok – Congress responds to Planned Parenthood scandal

Jul 16, 2015 - 10:04 am .- An undercover video report on Planned Parenthood providing fetal body parts for harvesting and research should shock the conscience of the country, pro-life members of Congress insisted Wednesday.

To fight human trafficking – one of Pope Francis' core commitments

Jul 16, 2015 - 06:06 am .- An upcoming conference being held at the Vatican examining the link between climate change and human trafficking is a reflection of the importance that ending modern slavery holds for Pope Francis, according to one of its organizers.

Byte-sized faith: Young priests launch new Catholic podcast

Jul 16, 2015 - 04:02 am .- Podcasts are arguably the greatest comeback-kids of the internet. Once thought to be slowing fading into oblivion, the boom of smartphones and Bluetooth technology, and hits like “Serial,” brought the medium back with a force.

'It's hard to think there was no complicity' – Mexican bishop on 'El Chapo' escape

Jul 16, 2015 - 12:00 am .- Three Mexican bishops have spoken out in recent days about public sector corruption in their nation, highlighting the escape of the drug lord Joaquín Guzmán Loera, from a maximum security prison on Saturday.

Slavery and climate – there's more in common than you think, Vatican says

Jul 15, 2015 - 03:47 pm .- The link between climate change and human slavery is the topic of an international conference to be hosted by the Vatican later this month, in which Pope Francis will take part along with the mayors of major cities from around the world.

Catholics in Bologna mourn Cardinal Biffi, a humorous, plain-spoken preacher

Jul 15, 2015 - 06:01 am .- Humour, realism and culture characterized the life of Cardinal Giacomo Biffi, who died July 11 at the age of 87. The former Archbishop of Bologna had retired in 2003 and was living in small house near Bologna, but had been hospitalized for the past year in a clinic, where he died after a long sickness.

Franciscan priest abducted in Syria set free by captors

Jul 15, 2015 - 03:02 am .- The organization of Franciscan missionaries serving in the Holy Land announced that Father Dhiya Aziz, who had been kidnapped early last week in Syria, was liberated.

Catholics in Singapore celebrate 50 years of nation's independence

Jul 15, 2015 - 12:03 am .- Anticipating this autumn's 50th anniversary of Singapore's independence from Malaysia, the nation's Catholics gathered earlier this month to celebrate a Mass pledging the Church's support for the city-state.

Chilean administration open to approval of adoption by homosexual couples

Jul 14, 2015 - 10:19 pm .- Shortly after the legalization of same-sex civil unions in Chile, the nation's secretary of justice said in an interview last week that the government “is not going to oppose” a bill legalizing the adoption of children by homosexual couples.

Planned Parenthood under fire for alleged trafficking of baby organs

Jul 14, 2015 - 01:49 pm .- Abortion giant Planned Parenthood is facing harsh criticism after the release of footage allegedly showing its top doctor describing how the organization offers body parts from aborted babies for money.

After a two-week vacation, Benedict XVI heads back to Rome

Jul 14, 2015 - 12:09 pm .- With two restful weeks outside of the Vatican behind him and two honorary doctorates in hand, Benedict XVI has again returned to Rome, where he has a rare public event set for the summer.

Disappointment follows ruling against Little Sisters in mandate case

Jul 14, 2015 - 11:29 am .- The Little Sisters of the Poor have reiterated their commitment to following their conscience as they care for the poor and dying, following a federal appeals court ruling that they must obey the federal contraception mandate.

Vatican applauds Iran nuclear deal, calls for commitment to make it 'bear fruit'

Jul 14, 2015 - 07:14 am .- After global powers reached an agreement with Iran Tuesday limiting the country’s nuclear activity, the Vatican said the deal was an important step and expressed their hope the fruits would spread to more than just the nuclear field.

Here’s what would happen if America's Catholic outreach disappeared

Jul 14, 2015 - 03:02 am .- A few months ago, Erin McCroy was walking the streets of Denver with Murphy, a 20-something missionary with Christ in the City, an outreach for people who are homeless.

The cost of violence: 15 million Africans displaced, with little hope for the future

Jul 14, 2015 - 12:08 am .- Plagued by wars, terrorism, and repressive governments, sub-Saharan Africa is in the throes of a humanitarian crisis that the international community is not ready to address, witnesses testified on Washington, D.C.'s Capitol Hill last Thursday.

Why a doctor who treats Iraq War veterans is opposed to DC's assisted suicide bill

Jul 13, 2015 - 04:34 pm .- Medical professionals, attorneys and disabilities rights advocates have united in opposition to a proposal that would legalize assisted suicide in Washington, D.C., warning that it preys on the most vulnerable.

Full text of Pope Francis' in-flight interview from Paraguay to Rome

Jul 13, 2015 - 11:43 am .- In the course of his 64 minute in-flight press conference while en route to Rome, Pope Francis answered questions ranging from politics, his upcoming trip to the Unites States, and his feelings about taking selfies.

Pope calls 'communist crucifix' protest art, but says he wasn't offended

Jul 13, 2015 - 09:18 am .- Responding to waves of controversy after receiving a “communist crucifix” – a carving of Christ crucified on a hammer and sickle – from Bolivian president Evo Morales, Pope Francis said he took no offense, but understands the work as “protest art.”

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