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Pope to Knights: Thank you for your steadfast witness to truth of marriage

Aug 7, 2015 - 02:05 am .- Pope Francis thanked the Knights of Columbus for their support of Christian marriage in a message to their 133rd Supreme Convention this week. The letter comes less than two months before the Pope’s visit to the United States for the World Meeting of Families at the end of September.

Why the Boy Scouts' new policy led a Catholic bishop to cut ties

Aug 6, 2015 - 05:10 pm .- Bishop David Kagan of Bismarck, himself a former boy scout, has reluctantly told his North Dakota diocese to disaffiliate from the Boy Scouts of America due to the legal risks and the moral confusion its new leadership policy could cause for Catholics.  

For Archbishop Cupich, Planned Parenthood videos should urge us to fight all social ills

Aug 6, 2015 - 04:41 pm .- In an opinion column for the Chicago Tribune, Archbishop Blase Cupich denounced abortion after the recently released undercover Planned Parenthood videos, saying they should remind Catholics of their obligation to fight social ills from joblessness to a broken immigration system.

Tough lessons to learn from Hiroshima and Nagasaki: just war, nuclear disarmament

Aug 6, 2015 - 12:10 pm .- The 70th anniversary of the US atomic strikes on Japan has prompted reflection, commemoration, and debate about the ethics of war and the world’s nuclear arsenal.

How to respond to Planned Parenthood? Prayer and fasting, say Colo. bishops

Aug 6, 2015 - 05:46 am .- Following the release of investigative videos showing Planned Parenthood offering aborted baby organs for money, the Catholic bishops of Colorado have designated August 28 as a day of penance and prayer.

How Junipero Serra fought the death penalty for a California native

Aug 6, 2015 - 12:04 am .- Blessed Junipero Serra’s love for the natives of California extended even to those who killed one of his friends and fellow missionaries, the Archbishop of Los Angeles has said in a summary of an early argument against the death penalty for a native Californian.

If you won't help our people stay, help them leave - Catholic bishops from the Middle East

Aug 5, 2015 - 03:01 pm .- Catholic archbishops from Iraq and Syria said Tuesday that while they hope to help their people stay in the Middle East, they also believe those trying to leave are being unjustly discriminated against when applying for United States visas.

Think the human person is nothing special? Think again, says archbishop

Aug 5, 2015 - 06:02 am .- Too many social trends treat the human person as nothing sacred, but Catholic pro-life efforts are part of an effort to change that, Los Angeles’ Archbishop Jose Gomez said last Wednesday.

'Immigrant bashing’ is nothing new to America, Bishop Farrell laments

Aug 5, 2015 - 12:04 am .- The recent wave of anti-immigrant sentiment from public figures is nothing new to American history, Bishop Kevin Farrell of Dallas said in his column on Friday.

Mothers lash back at forced vaccines, 'inhumane' conditions in detention centers

Aug 4, 2015 - 03:57 pm .- Ten migrant mothers have filed a complaint with the Department of Homeland Security over what they describe as serious neglect and poor treatment at family detention centers.  

State pride, Knights of Columbus style

Aug 4, 2015 - 03:05 pm .- The Knights of Columbus kicked off their 133rd annual supreme convention with the usual state-themed flair on Monday in Philadelphia.

Is Planned Parenthood altering abortion procedures to obtain intact body parts?

Aug 4, 2015 - 12:10 pm .- The latest in a series of undercover videos on Planned Parenthood shows an official from the organization saying that abortion procedures can be altered to obtain more “intact” fetal organs.

Undercover reports on fetal body parts trade face legal hurdles

Aug 3, 2015 - 05:02 pm .- A citizen journalism group investigating abortion clinics’ procurement of organs and tissue from unborn babies has pledged to contest a court order barring the release of recordings made of an abortionists’ conference.

Effort to defund Planned Parenthood falls short of Senate vote

Aug 3, 2015 - 04:33 pm .- The Senate failed to bring a bill to block federal funding of Planned Parenthood to the floor on Monday evening, in a much-anticipated vote.

Judge rules LA convent sale invalid

Aug 3, 2015 - 02:05 pm .- Los Angeles County Superior Court James Chalfant ruled July 30 that the contested sale of the former convent of the Immaculate Heart of Mary sisters to restaurateur and urban developer Dana Hollister is invalid.

Half of church fires in the last 20 years were set on purpose

Aug 3, 2015 - 10:57 am .- Fifty-one percent of the reported fire incidents at U.S. houses of worship between 1996 and 2015 were determined to be caused by arson, according to a recent analysis by the Pew Research Center.

Why the effort to make gay marriage sacramental won't work

Aug 2, 2015 - 04:02 pm .- Dissenting Catholic groups have called for gay marriage to be recognized as a sacrament, but Catholic theology has a clear priority: marriage is God's creation – and not even the Church can change that.

Nuns, guns and the Wild West – the extraordinary tale of Sr. Blandina

Aug 1, 2015 - 04:03 am .- Billy the Kid, a notorious bank and stage-coach robber of the Wild West, met his match in the most unlikely of people when he met Sister Blandina Segale.

Promote the common good and give workers a raise, Catholic leaders tell Congress

Jul 31, 2015 - 05:31 pm .- Catholic leaders are calling on Congress to raise the minimum wage, for the good of low-wage workers and their families.

How knowing your fertility can catch diseases early

Jul 31, 2015 - 03:04 am .- When Maggie was in high school, she stayed after class to talk to ask a teacher what to do about a very personal concern she felt her physician was not taking seriously. What she learned led to the discovery of a brain tumor, and treatment for the growth which had been affecting the teen for years. The tools she needed to find and treat this growth came from an awareness of her fertility and natural cycles.

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