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Jail time over eagle feathers? One Native American's religious freedom fight

May 29, 2015 - 03:03 pm .- A Native American tribe leader has been threatened with time in prison for his religious use of eagle feathers, and his case is currently before federal court.

Rick Santorum, Catholic and Republican, to run for US president

May 28, 2015 - 03:15 pm .- Second-time presidential candidate Rick Santorum announced his campaign for the U.S. presidency on Wednesday, standing behind his goals to shrink the government, heal the middle class, and focus on social issues, while honing in on his image as a "blue collar conservative."

Obama's immigration order stalls. For 5 million immigrants, now what?

May 28, 2015 - 12:31 pm .- As the Obama administration’s massive immigration order met a roadblock in federal court, Catholic immigration advocates are unhappy but are helping undocumented immigrants any way they can.

What does four decades as a priest look like? One bishop shares his story

May 28, 2015 - 03:50 am .- On his 40th anniversary as a priest, Bishop David Kagan of Bismarck says he has a deeper understanding of his own vocation than when he was first ordained.

Documentary follows JPII's footprints across the Western Hemisphere

May 27, 2015 - 11:05 pm .- During his time as Pope, Saint John Paul II visited the American continent 22 times, traveling everywhere from Boston to Bolivia in an effort to unite the Western Hemisphere in faith.  

Bishop Conley asks for prayers as Nebraska legislators vote on death penalty (Updated)

May 27, 2015 - 09:55 am .- As the Nebraska Legislature considers overriding the state governor's veto of a bill that would repeal the death penalty, the Bishop of Lincoln has requested a prayerful response to the situation.

DC Cardinal: Christ didn't change his words, and neither should the Church

May 27, 2015 - 02:08 am .- It is not discrimination for a Catholic to publicly profess his faith, Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington insisted Sunday in a pastoral letter on “Being Catholic Today.”

Denver's Archbishop Aquila restores sacraments to original order

May 23, 2015 - 04:01 pm .- In an unprecedented change for an archdiocese, Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver announced that the Sacraments of Initiation – Baptism, Confirmation and First Communion – will be restored to their original order.

Rabbi: Vatican II's interreligious document was 'life-saving'

May 22, 2015 - 12:08 am .- A 50 year-old declaration of the Second Vatican Council established a new era in Christian-Jewish relations and enabled members of both religions to unite against present-day secularism, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York reflected on Wednesday.

Nebraska bishops praise move to repeal death penalty

May 21, 2015 - 05:11 pm .- Nebraska’s Catholic bishops on Wednesday praised the Nebraska legislature’s veto-proof vote to end the death penalty, saying  capital punishment “cannot be justified” in the state at present.

Judges shoot down Notre Dame's appeal on contraception mandate

May 21, 2015 - 04:03 pm .- A federal court has again denied the University of Notre Dame’s request for a preliminary injunction against federal mandates it says violate its religious freedom, though a trial can still go forward.

A priest's powerful impact on the New York Times' David Brooks

May 21, 2015 - 04:02 am .- New York Times columnist, best-selling author and all-around pundit David Brooks has made headlines recently for his bold new book making the case for a societal return to morality.

Converted by love, not ideology: An archbishop's reflection on Dorothy Day

May 20, 2015 - 03:02 am .- Last week, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles told scholars at the Dorothy Day Conference at St. Francis University that the social activist was not converted by ideology, but by love.

Nearly every House member voted for this anti-human trafficking bill

May 19, 2015 - 05:35 pm .- The House overwhelmingly passed a bill on Tuesday establishing a fund for victims of human trafficking and strengthening federal and state enforcement against trafficking.

Boston bomber gets the death penalty – how should Catholics respond?

May 19, 2015 - 03:42 pm .- The death sentence for convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was a legitimate use of state authority, even if Catholics may disagree with it, said a moral theologian in the nation’s capital.

These twin friars are taking it to the streets - and your TV - to save souls

May 19, 2015 - 04:01 am .- It’s a good thing Brother Angelus wears glasses, otherwise it would be really hard to tell him apart from Brother Innocent.

US bishops: without disarmament, nuclear weapons still threaten peace

May 19, 2015 - 12:48 am .- The U.S. bishops have urged more action to ensure nuclear disarmament and to combat the proliferation of nuclear weapons

Will Francis build on Benedict's legacy when he visits the US?

May 17, 2015 - 06:02 am .- Pope Francis will remain within the tradition of previous papal visits to the U.S. when he comes to the east coast this autumn said Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, who added that the Pope's voyage would build upon Benedict XVI's papacy if he addresses the environment.

Hundreds of US priests ask Synod to stand firm on Church teaching

May 16, 2015 - 04:04 pm .- Nearly 1,000 United States priests made their own a petition to the fathers of the upcoming Synod, originally made public and signed by nearly 500 English priests.

Is the pill shrinking parts of women's brains? New report suggests yes

May 15, 2015 - 03:06 am .- Adding to recent controversies (1) surrounding various forms of birth control (2), a new study out of UCLA suggests that the birth control pill may thin areas in a woman's brain and affect their function.

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