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As the Year of Mercy opens, so does this new mercy-themed university

Jan 10, 2016 - 04:24 pm .- Only a few weeks into the Holy Year of Mercy and the fruits of the jubilee year are already starting to be seen.

St Louis archbishop offers prayers, donations for Missouri flood victims

Jan 8, 2016 - 03:03 pm .- A massive cleanup is left for those whose homes were in the path of one of the worst floods in the St. Louis area in over two decades.

Why one bishop is putting tabernacles back in the center of churches

Jan 8, 2016 - 03:03 am .- When Bishop Robert Morlino arrived as the new bishop for the Diocese of Madison, Wis. in 2003, he began quietly encouraging priests to promote more reverence towards the Blessed Sacrament – through more adoration, more reverent Masses, and moving tabernacles back to the center of churches.

For first time, bill to defund Planned Parenthood heads to White House

Jan 7, 2016 - 04:42 pm .- After the House of Representatives voted Wednesday to pass a budget bill blocking federal funding of Planned Parenthood, the legislation will reach President Barack Obama’s desk in a historic first for the pro-life movement.

US bishops respond to gun regulations in Texas and across nation

Jan 7, 2016 - 03:06 pm .- As United States president Barack Obama on Tuesday announced executive action to curb gun violence, the nation's bishops welcomed “reasonable efforts” at the regulation of guns and encouraged congressional action on the issue.

Can fear be overcome? A cultural event explores the question

Jan 7, 2016 - 07:01 am .- It’s not hard to think of a myriad of reasons why people today might be afraid.

Executions in the US are falling dramatically. Why?

Jan 7, 2016 - 03:01 am .- Executions in the United States fell to the lowest number in decades in 2015, and recent Popes may have helped spur the drop in public support for capital punishment.

Solidarity is the solution to assisted suicide, California bishops say

Jan 7, 2016 - 02:19 am .- California’s Catholic bishops rallied opponents of the state’s assisted suicide law on Tuesday to continue their efforts to correct lawmakers’ “grave mistake.” Though opponents failed to collect enough signatures for a state referendum, the bishops encouraged further work to defend the vulnerable.  

Religious freedom group condemns Saudi Arabia's execution of Shi'a cleric

Jan 6, 2016 - 05:00 pm .- The U.S. chief religious freedom watchdog condemned Saudi Arabia’s Jan. 2 execution of a Shi’a Muslim cleric as a violation of religious freedom, and called for global respect for human rights.  

Should biological males play girls' sports? Nebraska bishops weigh in

Jan 6, 2016 - 06:01 am .- As the Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA) weighs new protocol for transgender students’ participation in school activities, the Catholic bishops of Nebraska have urged respect for these persons while also upholding the safety and privacy of other students.

Little Sisters to Supreme Court: Don't make us pick between faith and the poor

Jan 6, 2016 - 03:47 am .- Religious sisters should not be forced to choose between caring for the poor and obeying their conscience, the Little Sisters of the Poor told the Supreme Court in a recent legal brief, adding that this is what the government is demanding of them through the HHS mandate.

Most Americans say Islamic State atrocities are genocide

Jan 5, 2016 - 06:05 pm .- Most Americans support a broad recognition of Islamic State atrocities against Christians and other minorities as genocide, a recent survey says.

Remember that refugees are fleeing for their lives, bishop urges

Jan 5, 2016 - 03:02 am .- As the number of displaced persons is at its highest worldwide, Catholics must remember that “extremely vulnerable” refugees often flee circumstances where their very lives are at risk, a bishop has said.

Leading US bishop: 2016 is the time for pro-life conscience protections

Jan 5, 2016 - 12:42 am .- On the cusp of 2016, the president of the U.S. Bishops Conference is calling for greater protection of pro-life professionals and organizations in the year ahead.  

A bloody secret still haunts the diamond industry

Jan 3, 2016 - 04:26 pm .- Imagine being woken up in the middle of the night by a dark figure in your room. He presses a gun to your head and demands that you get up. You and your family are dragged out of bed and led to a mining field, where you are forced to dig for hours on end.

The new celibacy: How porn may be destroying the impetus for sex

Jan 3, 2016 - 08:49 am .- One of music artist John Mayer's most signature songs is “Daughters,” a sweet and simple tribute to the importance of parents' influence on their little girls. Here's the refrain:

Meet the man behind the mysterious Eye of the Tiber

Jan 2, 2016 - 03:09 pm .- If you’re a Catholic on Facebook, or the internet in general, chances are SC Naoum has made you laugh. Or he’s made you angry.

Are farming co-ops just a hipster trend? These Catholics beg to differ

Jan 2, 2016 - 06:59 am .- Anyone who's familiar with “Portlandia” probably remembers Colin the chicken – a heritage-breed, woodland-raised fowl who was fed a diet of sheep's milk, soy and (local) hazelnuts and lived a happy life on a (local) 4-acre farm before succumbing to its fate on the plates of two insufferable hipsters.

Metal coils and furious women: The story behind a controversial birth control

Dec 31, 2015 - 05:35 pm .- Perforated organs, metal coils lodged in colons, fetal disfigurement due to nickel poisoning. Chronic pain, exhaustion, bouts of depression and suicidal thoughts.

Pop Artist. Provocateur. Catholic. Who was Andy Warhol?

Dec 31, 2015 - 05:54 am .- Chances are you've heard of the phrase “15 minutes of fame.” And you've probably seen the neon-colored canvases of Campbell soup cans or Marilyn Monroe's face – even if you don't know the artist behind them.

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