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Against death penalty, Pfizer bans drug sales for lethal injections

May 16, 2016 - 04:39 pm .- The drug company Pfizer has announced it will no longer sell drugs for use in lethal injections because it objects to their use in executions.

For US bishops, Pope Francis brings clarity to transgender issues

May 16, 2016 - 04:23 pm .- As an alternative to the “deeply disturbing” new federal guidance on transgender regulations for schools, the U.S. bishops pointed to the words of Pope Francis in offering a positive path to young people.  

Breaking: Supreme Court sends Little Sisters' case back to lower court

May 16, 2016 - 08:53 am .- In a unanimous May 16 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has sent back to the lower courts a challenge to the federal contraception mandate raised by the Little Sisters of the Poor.

For Pope Francis, missionary work is 'love without limits'

May 15, 2016 - 05:59 pm .- On Pentecost, Pope Francis praised missionary work as a massive work of mercy based on the desire for everyone to be saved and loved.

A young woman chose to be euthanized, and the reason why is awful

May 15, 2016 - 04:00 pm .- A Dutch woman in her 20s was euthanized after her mental health condition was declared “insufferable” by a team of doctors and psychiatrists in the Netherlands, according to recently released reports from the Dutch Euthanasia Commission.  

Pope Francis: the Holy Spirit makes Jesus' teaching come to life

May 15, 2016 - 04:35 am .- On the solemnity of Pentecost Pope Francis said the Holy Spirit, rather than giving a new message, brings Jesus’ timeless teachings to life and helps us to both understand and live it throughout our lives.

We were made to be God's children, Pope says on Pentecost

May 15, 2016 - 02:51 am .- Although sin separates us from God, Pope Francis stressed on the feast of Pentecost that we haven’t been left as orphans, but that thanks to Jesus Christ and the gift of the Holy Spirit, we can reconcile with the Lord and continue to live as his children.

Everything can be taken from you – except your conscience, says former political prisoner

May 14, 2016 - 05:54 pm .- Everyone must be true to their own conscience, a religious freedom advocate and former political prisoner told a gala audience on Thursday.

Nearing 50 years of legal abortion, U.K. pro-lifers take a stand

May 14, 2016 - 03:50 pm .- Thousands of men, women, and children took to the streets of Birmingham on Saturday to take a stand for the unborn and be witnesses to their community.

Pope Francis: You can't love your pet more than your neighbor

May 14, 2016 - 06:06 am .- People in need deserve more love from us than the animals do, Pope Francis has said.

Generate new models of economic progress, Pope urges business leaders

May 14, 2016 - 06:04 am .- Economic worldviews based only on material well-being cannot contribute to dignified labor and new models of economic progress are needed, Pope Francis told a gathering of business experts on Friday.

Why Pope Francis' visit matters to Armenians

May 13, 2016 - 04:45 pm .- Pope Francis’ visit to Armenia this summer comes at a poignant time in the country’s history.

Vatican appoints Archbishop Tobin as delegate for Sodalitium reforms

May 13, 2016 - 12:53 pm .- The superior general of the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae announced in a statement today that Archbishop Joseph William Tobin of Indianapolis has been appointed by the Vatican as the delegate to oversee the order’s ongoing reforms.

Pope Francis visits home for disabled persons for the Jubilee of Mercy

May 13, 2016 - 12:37 pm .- On Friday afternoon Pope Francis made an surprise visit to a community in Italy which houses and cares for persons who have severe mental disabilities, where he visited both the care-givers and the beneficiaries.

Tulsa's next bishop has history in campus ministry and carpentry

May 13, 2016 - 10:19 am .- Pope Francis on Friday named Father David Austin Konderla, the longtime campus ministry director at Texas A & M University, as the next Bishop of Tulsa.

What did Pope Francis actually say about the female diaconate?

May 13, 2016 - 04:55 am .- Yesterday Pope Francis raised eyebrows around the world after declaring his openness to establishing a commission to study the female diaconate, but a careful look at his full response is less of a shocker, and points to nothing new.

This man was 9 years-old when he saw John Paul II get shot

May 13, 2016 - 03:01 am .- Thirty-five years after Saint John Paul II was shot in St. Peter’s Square, a witness on the from the front rows of the security barricades says that the now-canonized Pope offers an example – and a challenge –   of forgiveness for children who witness violence.

Müller on Amoris Laetitia: the Church is called to promote a 'culture of the family'

May 12, 2016 - 06:02 pm .- Those who think Pope Francis' recent apostolic exhortation changed the Church's discipline on Holy Communion for the divorced-and-remarried are reading him wrong, according to the head of the Vatican's doctrinal office.

'I am a Kurd and a Jew': an interview with Iraq's Sherzad Mamsani

May 12, 2016 - 05:02 pm .- Terrorist attacks don’t phase Sherzad Omar Mamsani, even when an attack claimed one of his arms and left shrapnel throughout his legs. There’s a reason he was a target: he is a Kurdish Jew.

How being poor wrecks your chances of good legal representation

May 12, 2016 - 04:21 pm .- It's not a social justice issue that tops most Catholic's priorities, but it needs to be, legal experts are saying. The problem? How much money you have – or don't – makes every difference in how you're represented in court.

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