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September 25, 2014

First ISIS, Now Winter Threatens Christians in Kurdistan

Christian-aid groups are racing against time to save Christians, Yazidis and other refugees in Kurdistan.

September 17, 2014

Catholic Church in Cuba Sets New Pastoral Plan for Evangelization

‘On the Road to Emmaus’ offers a three-part reflection on the social and political reality and on the Church in the country.

February 11, 2014

Pope Names Bishops for New York State

Albany and Rockville Centre Catholics will have new shepherds.

January 7, 2014

Pope Francis Changes Rules on Monsignors

Move Seen as Helping to Combat Careerism Within the Clergy

December 16, 2013

Pope Makes Major Changes to Congregation for Bishops' Membership

August 9, 2013

Flawed Legal Theory Behind Vatican Sex-Abuse Suits, Lawyer Says

Efforts to sue the Vatican claim Holy See controls all priests, receives information about all priests’ activities and makes ‘specific decisions’ about their placement.

July 13, 2013

Concerns Rising Over Slow Appointments of Bishops

July 2, 2013

Archbishop: Senate Bill Helps Migrants Come ‘Into the Light’

The Senate passed the immigration-reform bill to allow the estimated 11 million illegal residents of the U.S. to obtain provisional immigrant status if they meet certain conditions.

June 26, 2013

Facing Risk of Death, Syrian Priests Remain Faithful

The Syrian conflict has dragged on for 27 months, since demonstrations sprang up nationwide on March 15, 2011, protesting the rule of Bashar al-Assad, Syria's president and leader of the country's Ba'ath Party.

June 25, 2013

Catholics, Baptists Come Together Over Conscience-Rights Bill

Archbishop William Lori and Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist Convention are united by the belief that Congress must act to help preserve freedom of religion and conscience.

June 13, 2013

Report Finds Catholic Population Growing in South Korea

The report, prepared by the Catholic Pastoral Institute of Korea, states that there was an increase of 1.6% of Catholics in the past year.

June 12, 2013

Venezuelan Educator Calls Condoms ‘Russian Roulette’ for Youth

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro announced the installation of a group of factories to produce millions of condoms in Venezuela.

June 11, 2013

French Priest Suspended After Freemasonry Revealed

Father Pascal Vesin was suspended for his active membership in a Masonic lodge of the Grand Orient of France.

June 5, 2013

International Bishops Urge G8 Leaders to Remember the Poor

The G8 — or Group of Eight — is a forum of major industrialized countries that meet to discuss issues of international concern, such as global security, economic growth and terrorism.

May 23, 2013

U.S. Bishops Ask Government to Reassess Drone Policy

Bishop Richard Pates noted that the United States and other countries have a right to defend themselves, but urged the organizations to consider the ‘serious moral questions’ raised by drone use.

May 22, 2013

Church, Political Leaders Extend Prayers to Oklahoma Victims

Cardinal Timothy Dolan sends prayer and comfort, and President Barack Obama also offered his condolences and aid.

May 14, 2013

Catholic Groups Say Agriculture Laws Should Aid Poor, Farmers

Catholic leaders say it is a crucial time to build a framework that puts poor and hungry people first, promotes sustainable stewardship of the land and helps vulnerable farmers and rural communities.

May 14, 2013

Second Fortnight for Freedom to Highlight Marriage, Mandate

The two-week commemoration encourages people to live out faith in the public square and the professional world.

April 26, 2013

Colombian Senate Rejects Same-Sex ‘Marriage’

The president of the Bishops’ Conference of Colombia, Cardinal Ruben Salazar, had issued a plea to lawmakers to consider the Church’s arguments on the question and to protect marriage.

April 24, 2013

Six-Figure Grant to ‘Catholics United’ Tried to Recruit Clergy

The San Francisco-based Energy Foundation gave the Catholics United Education Fund $116,000 to recruit Catholic clergy to support the Environmental Protection Agency.

April 23, 2013

Pope Responds to Bishops’ Kidnapping With ‘Intense Prayer’

Archbishop Yohanna Ibrahim of the Syrian Orthodox Church and Archbishop Paul Yagizi of the Greek Orthodox Church were kidnapped April 22 near Aleppo, Syria.

April 22, 2013

Egyptian Police Accused of Siding With Cathedral Attackers

The attack also drew condemnation from Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, who said he regarded any attack on churches as 'a personal attack' against him.

April 19, 2013

Pope’s Curia Reform Council Reflects Church’s Universality

Pope Francis has chosen eight cardinals from a variety of backgrounds to reform the Curia.

April 19, 2013

Bishop Criticizes ‘Gay Marriage’ Approval in New Zealand

The Pacific island nation became the first country in the region and the 13th country in the world to grant legal recognition to same-sex ‘marriage.’

April 18, 2013

Archbishop Gomez Welcomes Immigration Reform Proposal

Archbishop Gomez encourages an immigration reform 'that restores the rule of law in a humane and just manner.'

April 11, 2013

Asian, Pacific Catholics to Hold D.C. Marian Pilgrimage

The Asian Pacific Catholic Network of the mid-Atlantic region is sponsoring the pilgrimage in partnership with the U.S. bishops’ Secretariat on Cultural Diversity.

April 9, 2013

Fight Against HHS Mandate Draws Thanks From Bishops

Archbishop William Lori, chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, thanks all those who have challenged the HHS mandate in federal courts.

April 9, 2013

U.K. Bishops Mourn Loss of Margaret Thatcher

First female prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, died the morning of April 8 at the age of 87.

March 21, 2013

NY Bishops Meet With Cuomo, Reaffirm Stance Against Abortion

The the governor respectfully listened to the bishops’ concerns, but they did not agree on the abortion proposal.

March 6, 2013

Bishops’ Group Gives Nearly $1 Million for Immigration Reform

Funding will go to promote comprehensive reform and to aid Catholic organizations that serve migrant communities.

February 28, 2013

Pope’s Final Audience Was Bittersweet for Bishops

Archbishop Fisichella reflects on the impact of Pope Benedict’s papacy.

October 14, 2012

Why the Little Sisters of the Poor Oppose the HHS Mandate

Oct. 7 issue feature: Little Sister of the Poor offers insight on HHS mandate and its consequences.

October 13, 2012

Bishops Call for 'Rosary Novena for Life and Liberty'

September 28, 2012

Thank God for the HHS Mandate

September 26, 2012

Are the German Bishops Just Greedy?

August 15, 2012

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? Cardinal Dolan Defends Invitation to Obama for Al Smith Banquet

New York cardinal says the invitation affirms the importance of civility and dialogue, but acknowledges concerns that gesture could cause 'scandal.'

August 14, 2012

Leadership Conference of Women Religious Meet Amid Vatican Dialogue

Sisters promise to 'proceed with these discussions ... but will reconsider if LCWR is forced to compromise the integrity of its mission.'

August 11, 2012

Paul Ryan, Catholic Who Looks to Church's Social Teaching, Tapped as Romney Running Mate

Wisconsin congressman cheered by some as strong pro-lifer, criticized by others as wanting to reduce deficit ‘on the backs of the poor.’

August 11, 2012

Reflections on the LCWR Assembly

August 10, 2012

LCWR assembly Day 3: High Expectations

August 9, 2012

Day 2 of the LCWR Assembly: Contemplating a Response to the Vatican

August 9, 2012

Obama, in Denver Campaign Stop, Reaffirms Support for Mandatory Contraception Coverage

August 8, 2012

Time's Up: Catholic Business Owners Weigh Moral Options in HHS Mandate

National Catholic Bioethics Center issues guidelines for navigating First Amendment threat.

August 2, 2012

Bishop Leonard Blair Takes on the LCWR

Commentary: What's going on with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, Part 3

August 1, 2012

Pope Benedict Picks 'Father of Prop. 8' for San Francisco Archdiocese

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone moves to major center of homosexual-rights movement as supporters of traditional marriage face pushback.

July 23, 2012

U.S. Bishops' Relief Agency Defends Alliance With Aid Organization

'All of the CRS programs and all of the funds used by CRS are entirely consistent with Church teaching.'

July 23, 2012

Battling for the Church's Universities

Report calls for renewing mandatum implementation.

July 19, 2012

'Breakthrough' Effort to Secure Conscience Rights in HHS Mandate Fight

U.S. bishops welcome inclusion of conscience provisions in a House subcommittee appropriations bill for Health and Human Services funding.

July 17, 2012

Archbishop-Designate Aquila Prepares to Take the Reins in Denver

The fifth archbishop of the ‘Mile High Archdiocese’ will be installed July 18.

July 17, 2012

Canadian Bishop Under Fire for Opposing HPV Vaccine

Calgary spokeswoman urges Catholic school board to disobey the Bishop Fred Henry.

July 10, 2012

Co-Responsibility and Coherent Lives of Faith

July 15 issue editorial

July 7, 2012

True Freedom

Saturday Book Pick: Cardinal Dolan's first e-Book takes up a timely topic: religious liberty.

June 30, 2012

Fortnight for Freedom in Boston: Cardinal O'Malley and Catholic Leaders Educate on the Issues

Town hall panel includes head of Knights of Columbus and president of Catholic University.

June 29, 2012

Archbishop Chaput: 'It's Going to Be a Long Fight'

Archbishop of Philadelphia, in Rome to receive a 'sign of embrace' from the Pope, regrets not being with his flock on day Supreme Court rules on health-care law.

June 22, 2012

How to Protect Your Religious Freedom with One Simple Action a Day

June 22, 2012

Archbishop Lori Opens Fortnight for Freedom at Baltimore Basilica

More than 1,000 people throng historic church to hear a rousing sermon on religious liberty.

June 22, 2012

Stacy Thomlison: Nebraska Plaintiff in Legal Challenge to HHS Mandate

A Register Fortnight for Freedom profile

June 15, 2012

Bishops Critique Their Handling of Ryan Budget Before Approving New Statement on Economic Crisis

During the U.S. bishops’ meeting in Atlanta, several bishops questioned the conference’s recent statements on budget proposals.

June 15, 2012

A Spiritual Father to a New Flock

Bishop Robert Vasa reflects on first year shepherding the Diocese of Santa Rosa.

June 14, 2012

Archbishop Lori: Labeling Knights of Columbus Partisan Is an Injustice

At bishops' meeting, head of religious-freedom committee responds to a reporter's question about funding.

June 14, 2012

Religious Freedom Dominates U.S. Bishops' Meeting

Archbishop Lori signals commitment to defense of individual conscience rights and the free exercise of Catholic institutions.

June 13, 2012

'Examination of Conscience': U.S. Bishops Review Progress Report on Sex-Abuse Crisis

The National Review Board report confirms a steady fall in new cases, but warns against 'complacency.' Bishop Conlon notes that the bishops approved plans for a review of the charter and that the board's recommendations would be considered.

June 13, 2012

Christlike Correction

June 17 issue editorial

June 12, 2012

Archbishop Lori Highlights Role of Laity in Fortnight For Freedom

'It is the laity who are the ones that bring about the just and tranquil society,' says chairman of bishops' religious freedom committee.

June 7, 2012

Is the Girl Scouts Safe for Catholic Girls? Part 2

As the U.S. bishops take up an inquiry, parents continue to be concerned about the organization. Boys who 'identify' as girls are welcome to join in Colorado.

June 6, 2012

Is the Girl Scouts Safe for Catholic Girls?

U.S. bishops’ committee for laity looking into ‘possible problematic relationships with other organizations,’ materials and resources. Part 1 of 2.

June 4, 2012

Vatican Publishes Judgment Against Sexual Ethics Book

Sister Margaret Farley’s text ‘cannot be used as a valid expression of Catholic teaching,’ states a notification likely to fuel debate over the obligations of Catholic women religious.

June 1, 2012

Nashville Dominican Sister Appointed to USCCB Education Post

New staffer will focus on evangelization, ‘Ex Corde Ecclesiae,’ Year of Faith.

May 31, 2012

Canada’s Catholic Leaders Issue Wake-Up Call on Religious Liberty

Letter on ‘most fundamental right’ seen as sign that bishops are becoming ‘bellicose.’

May 29, 2012

The Hour of the Laity

June 3 issue editorial on laypeople's role in the HHS fight.

May 28, 2012

Head of Catholic Archdiocese for the Military Remembers Soldiers’ Sacrifices

Archbishop Timothy Broglio sees courageous Catholics as most faithful citizens.

May 24, 2012

Let Freedom Ring!

Archbishop Lori delivers address on the challenge to religious liberty the nation now faces and what is being done in response.

May 23, 2012

Arizona Passes Exemption for Religious Employers

The law, signed by Gov. Jan Brewer, seeks to better protect religious liberty if federal 'contraceptive mandate' is struck down.

May 21, 2012

Unprecedented Legal Action Takes HHS Mandate Battle to the Courts

Bishops say the federal law is still 'unjust' and 'coercive,' as 43 Catholic dioceses and institutions file lawsuits May 21.

May 14, 2012

Cardinal Dolan: 'The Law of the Gift' and a Truly Catholic University

As the Georgetown controversy continues, the president of the U.S. bishops' conference argues that academic freedom is compatible with an authentic Catholic identity.

May 10, 2012

Obama Formally Backs Same-Sex 'Marriage'

'The people of this country deserve better,' says Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. bishops’ conference.

May 8, 2012

Sebelius at Georgetown — A Shot Across the Bow of the Bishops?

Professor initiates letter campaign to rescind the invitation for the HHS secretary to speak at a graduation event.

May 5, 2012

A Cardinal on Politics

Saturday Book Pick: Cardinal Donald Wuerl reminds readers of the importance of going into the voting booth with a well-formed conscience.

April 27, 2012

HHS Hire of Planned Parenthood Spokesman Reflects Close Relationship

April 27, 2012

Bishop Jenky’s Assessment of Religious Liberty Battle Raises Question About Historical Analogy

Notre Dame professor critical of colleagues’ letter calling for bishop’s resignation.

April 19, 2012

Church's Annual Audit Shows Decrease in Current Cases of Abuse

Number of allegations by minors today can be counted on two hands. Majority of reported cases are decades old.

April 18, 2012

Bishops Appeal Court Ruling, Attempt to Restore Government Contracts for Trafficking Program

Archbishops Gomez and Lori warn that other faith-based programs will be affected by the ruling.

April 16, 2012

Easter Illumination

April 22 issue editorial: the Pope's and bishops' inspiring Easter reflections.

April 12, 2012

Excerpts From 'Our First, Most Cherished Liberty'

New USCCB statement on religious liberty: 'What is at stake is whether America will continue to have a free ... society — or whether the state alone will determine who gets to contribute to the common good.'

April 12, 2012

Bishops Issue Statement on Religious Liberty

'An unjust law cannot be obeyed,' they state, in face of growing threats to freedom.

April 10, 2012

Xavier University Cancels Contraception Coverage

Standing up for Church teaching, Jesuit college president stirs up some opposition among faculty, while many others in the Catholic community applaud the decision.

April 3, 2012

‘What If the Sexual Revolution Didn’t Make Women Happy?’ Mary Eberstadt Asks in New Book

As supporters of HHS contraceptive mandate ask, 'Where are the women?' author marshals a half century of social research to vindicate 'Humanae Vitae.'

March 20, 2012

Pope Benedict Appoints 3 New U.S. Bishops

Baltimore, Rockford and Tallahassee-Pensacola have new bishops.

March 15, 2012

10th Group of U.S. Bishops to Go to Rome Are Encouraged in Evangelization

Bishops must strengthen their unity in order to work for the New Evangelization, San Antonio Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller said March 15.

March 11, 2012

Religious Liberty, Blood Transfusions, Cigarettes and Contraception

Church Fights Epic Battle With the Culture

March 9, 2012

Obama's Political Calculation (and NEW VIDEO on HHS Mandate)

March 8, 2012

Dubuque's Bishop Hanus Reminds His Fellow Bishops to Imitate St. Peter

Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska and Kansas bishops are in Rome for their ad limina apostolurum (to the threshold of the apostles) visit.

March 6, 2012

Archbishop John Nienstedt Talks About Crosses and Mother Mary With His Brother Bishops

Ad limina visit under way for the bishops of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota in Rome.

March 2, 2012

Cardinal Dolan Issues Letter Hinting at Legal Challenge

NEWS ANALYSIS: Church recalibrates after negotiations with White House stall and Blunt Amendment is defeated in the Senate.

March 2, 2012

How Catholics Voted on the Blunt Amendment

More on the March 1 vote.

March 2, 2012

State-Level Contraceptive Mandates Call for National Solution

Even if the HHS requirement disappeared, local problems would persist for bishops, faithful Catholics.

March 1, 2012

Archbishop Nienstedt Fights the Attempt to Redefine Marriage in Minnesota

The archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis discusses the true importance of God’s plan as a vote on the nature of marriage comes to a vote in November.

February 29, 2012

'We Are Crossing the Rubicon': House Tackles HHS Mandate Threat

Bishop Lori, legal and policy experts raise concerns; a representative of the Institute of Medicine defends the federal rule.

February 25, 2012

Cardinal Dolan on the Record

Saturday Book Pick: John Allen probes a new cardinal on his 'affirmative orthodoxy.'

February 13, 2012

Bishops Reject Obama's 'Accommodation'

'We are dismayed that he does not understand the root issues which are involved here,' says one bishop.

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