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

May 28, 2015

By Matt Hadro

As the Obama administration’s massive immigration order met a roadblock in federal court, Catholic immigration advocates are unhappy but are... Read more

A screenshot of Constanza Saavedra with her son Ignacio.

This little boy still can't talk or move – but his mother has never been happier

May 22, 2015

Constanza Saavedra spends 24 hours a day devoted to her son Ignacio, or “Nachito” as she affectionately calls him. He's... Read more

Pill Bottles.

Australian bishops: the suffering need compassion, not suicide by drugs

Apr 16, 2015

Euthanasia isn’t what the suffering and dying really need, said Australia’s Catholic bishops.  Read more

Head Study of an Apostle. Artist: Clemens Fuchs. Photo Courtesy of the One Faith Exhibition.

Reclaiming the human figure – art exhibit uses body, form to evangelize

Mar 24, 2015

By Matt Hadro

Can a portrait of a human face evangelize? Curators of a brand-new traveling art exhibit answer a resounding “Yes.”  Read more

Pope Francis addresses the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Nov. 25, 2014.

Pope tells 'haggard' Europe that human dignity is key to renewal

Nov 25, 2014

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis’ address to the European Parliament touched on a variety of issues, all of which, he said, ought to... Read more

Copyright European Union 2013. European Parliament (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).

Human dignity at risk in Europe, advocates warn before Pope's speech

Nov 24, 2014

Ahead of Pope Francis’ Nov. 25 address to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, pro-life leaders are emphasizing the danger... Read more

Pope Francis speaks to religious communities at the Training Center 'School of Love' in Kkottongnaeon, South Korea, Aug. 16, 2014.

Pope Francis offers a lesson from a ham and cheese sandwich

Nov 19, 2014

Pope Francis brought laughter to a group of young people gathered at the Vatican Nov.15 when he quoted an Argentinean... Read more

Philip Johnson, a seminarian of the Diocese of Raleigh. Photo courtesy of Diocese of Raleigh.

For terminally-ill seminarian, a life with suffering is not void of dignity

Oct 24, 2014

A seminarian is looking forward to his ordination to the diaconate this spring and the priesthood a year later, even... Read more

Richard Dawkins speaks at the Univeristy of Texas at Austin on March 19, 2008.

Dawkins misses joy of those with Down syndrome, critics say

Aug 23, 2014

Advocates of those with Down syndrome have strongly criticized prominent atheist Richard Dawkins’ suggestions that it would be immoral not... Read more

Pope gets warm welcome from children with disabilities

Aug 16, 2014

Pope Francis visited the House of Hope rehabilitation center for children with disabilities in South Korea on Aug. 15 where... Read more

'Hope for Gammy' fundraising page.

Disbelief, horror follow desertion of baby with Down syndrome

Aug 7, 2014

Advocates for those with Down syndrome are appalled and grieved by the reported abandonment of a baby who had been... Read more

Hospice seeks funds for its human dignity-centered care

May 5, 2014

By Carl Bunderson

An end-of-life care organization based in Denver, Colo. will begin helping patients in earnest later this month and is raising... Read more

U.S. President Barack Obama.

Obama says Pope Francis is a reminder of human dignity

Apr 15, 2014

Speaking at the 2014 Easter Prayer Breakfast at the White House, U.S. President Barack Obama reflected on his recent meeting... Read more

Belgium's House of Parliament.

Belgium's child euthanasia move lamented as 'unbelievable'

Feb 28, 2014

In the wake of Belgium's recent decision to legalize euthanasia for children, several members of the Vatican's Pontifical Academy for... Read more

(L-R) CEO Kevin Lundy, John Fitzpatrick, Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila, Barb Fitzpatrick, Deacon Alan Rastrelli M.D., and Mark Skender.

Denver hospice dedicated to upholding Church teaching

Feb 20, 2014

By Carl Bunderson

A palliative care organization in the Denver archdiocese is committed to providing end-of-life care to patients that fully accords with... Read more

The lethal injection room at San Quentin State Prison, completed in 2010.

Death penalty debate aims to give public voice to Church

Jan 26, 2014

By Carl Bunderson

The Aquinas Institute for Catholic Thought will host a debate at the University of Colorado next week on the use... Read more

Church in New Mexico criticizes assisted suicide ruling

Jan 24, 2014

By Kevin J. Jones

A New Mexico judge was wrong to rule that there is a “right” to doctor-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients,... Read more

Vatican launches global campaign to fight 'scandal' of hunger

Dec 10, 2013

By Elise Harris

Caritas International has initiated their first global campaign to eradicate hunger, promoting the basic human right to food, and encouraging... Read more

Pope Francis meets with members of the Dignitatis Humanae Institute on Dec. 7, 2013.

Pope: Neglect of human dignity causes 'practical atheism'

Dec 7, 2013

On Saturday afternoon Pope Francis met with members of an international organization that promotes human dignity, warning them against a... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on Dec. 4, 2013.

Pope Francis lauds Mandela's creation of a 'new South Africa'

Dec 6, 2013

By Elise Harris

After the death of former South African president Nelson Mandela, Pope Francis issued a letter offering condolences to his family... Read more