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June 5, 2013

Professor Says Religion, Private Life Are Public Concerns

Professor Susan Hanssen argued that the private bonds of religion and family life are the root of public relations and should be protected by law.

June 4, 2013

Pope Prays That Christians Avoid ‘Road of Corruption’

The Pope prays that God would grant Christians the grace to ‘walk in the paths of holiness’ as they seek sanctity in their own lives.

June 4, 2013

Mobile Ultrasound Aims to Reach Abortion-Vulnerable Women

The new ultrasound unit, housed in a large recreational vehicle, aims to provide free ultrasounds in zip codes with a high proportion of women more likely to undergo abortions.

June 4, 2013

Philadelphia Archdiocese Announces 24 Parishes to Merge

The archdiocese said the mergers were driven by factors including demographic change, a decrease in Mass attendance, a lack of priests to staff the parishes and ‘increasing economic challenges.’

May 31, 2013

Contraception Funding Charges Inaccurate, New York Archdiocese Says

The archdiocese had no other option but to pay into the fund which administers the union members’ benefits ‘under protest’ to continue to offer insurance to its union workers and remain in the health-care field in New York.

May 30, 2013

Church in Northern Arabia Longs for ‘Place to Worship’

Bishop Camillo Ballin, apostolic vicar of Kuwait, said a major concern for his vicariate is promoting religious freedom for Christians in the area.

May 30, 2013

Religious Orders to Release Records of Abusive Los Angeles Priests

Los Angeles County Superior Court set a September deadline for the public release of the documents.

May 29, 2013

Iranian Government Arrests Christian Pastor and Closes His Church

Iranian law does not recognize or protect members of Protestant Christian groups or some Catholic Christians.

May 28, 2013

Human Dignity, Church Teaching Emphasized Amid Boy Scouts’ Decision

Some Catholic groups have stated that they will continue to sponsor scouting groups, while other dioceses will reserve judgment until after the January implementation.

May 28, 2013

Adoration With Pope Energizing Catholics Worldwide

The gathering will be an hour of simultaneous adoration for the feast of Corpus Christi, which Pope Francis will begin in St. Peter’s Basilica at 5pm Rome time.

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 21, 2013

Cloning Shows Science Must Dialogue With Philosophy

While the aim of the research was good (to produce stem cells for therapies), it required an objective evil (the destruction of human beings).

May 21, 2013

Rome University Launches Course on Liturgical Music

The two-year program will be divided into three main topics: liturgy, music and theology.

May 21, 2013

Global Rosary Relay to Encourage Prayer for Priests

Participants in the relay will say a Rosary at a scheduled time for one half hour to thank God for priests

May 17, 2013

‘Chasm’ Exists Between Pope Francis and Liberation Theology

Even though the Holy Father has been praised by liberation theologians, he has always disagreed with that interpretation of the Gospel, even at the cost of finding himself isolated.

May 16, 2013

Clergy Must Be Shepherds, Not Wolves, Says Pope

Pope Francis asked the Catholic faithful to pray for bishops and priests to be poor, humble and meek in the service of the people.

May 16, 2013

Church Movements Bringing 50,000 More Than Vatican Expected for Pentecost

The Vatican invited Church movements to gather in Rome as part of the Year of Faith, an initiative aimed at evangelizing and helping Catholics become more fervent in faith.

May 15, 2013

Minnesota Redefines Marriage Despite Religious-Freedom Warnings

The Minnesota Catholic Conference will ‘continue to work to rebuild a healthy culture of marriage and family life, as well as defend the rights of Minnesotans to live out their faith in everyday life and speak the truth in love.’ The state is the 12th to change its definition of marriage.

May 15, 2013

Holy Spirit Leads to Truth Amid Relativism, Pope Counsels

Francis encourages the faithful to be open to the Holy Spirit and to the word of God.

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