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William May, Catholic Moral Theologian and Defender of Humanae Vitae, Dies at 86

May clarified Catholic doctrine through his scholarship, and challenged efforts to change Church teaching on human life and sexuality issues.

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Celebrating Christmas in the West Bank Presents Challenges

Christians in the Holy Land say it is sometimes difficult to feel the joy of Christmas, but it is easier to relate to the challenges faced by the Holy Family.

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U.K. Midwife Abortion Ruling Sparks Pro-Life Outcry

The U.K. high court ruled that midwives in charge of maternity wards are not exempt from assisting in the procurement of abortions.

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Kentucky Priest Returns to Ministry After Unsubstantiated Abuse Claim

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz removed the pastor of St. Peter the Apostle Church Sept. 25. He resumed his ministry Dec. 17.

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In Central African Republic, Catholics Reach Out to Muslim Ex-Rebels

Archbishop Dieudonné Nzapalainga said former fighters with the Seleka terrorist organization are seeking to reintegrate into society.

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Church Mourns ‘Barbaric’ Massacre of Peshawar Schoolchildren

Catholic leaders in Pakistan call for a ‘somber Christmas’ in memory of the victims of this week’s Taliban terror attack.

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Pope Francis Expands Commission for the Protection of Minors

Eight new members were appointed to the Vatican commission on Wednesday.

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William May: The Theologian Who Renounced His Dissent From ‘Humanae Vitae’

The influential pro-life teacher and defender of Catholic moral ethics died on Dec. 13.

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Cardinal Parolin Played Key Role in U.S.-Cuba Negotiations

NEWS ANALYSIS: The Vatican secretary of state and his U.S. counterpart, John Kerry, had spoken often in the past year, a Vatican source said.

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