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February 5, 2013

Call to Prayer: Seven Resources for your Lenten Journey

January 28, 2013

The Light of God in Nashville, Tennessee

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.

August 26, 2014

Battle to Halt Ebola Epidemic Needs Concerted Effort, Vatican Adviser Says

Catholic organizations are ‘very active,’ Msgr. Robert Vitillo said, but there is no structured international network of volunteers.

August 21, 2014

‘Black Masses’ and God’s Beloved Children

COMMENTARY: Mockery does not stop Jesus Christ — the Eternal Victor.

March 25, 2014

Register Radio: Catholics in the Ukraine and Walking With Purpose

October 1, 2013

The Devil’s War on Silence

July 10, 2013

Pope Offers ‘Deep Sympathy’ to Quebec Train Victims, Families

A Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway train carrying 72 cars of crude oil derailed and exploded in downtown Lac-Mégantic on July 6.

July 10, 2013

Pope Grants Indulgences for World Youth Day

Pope Francis will grant a plenary indulgence to World Youth Day attendants and to people who cannot attend but can participate remotely.

July 5, 2013

Panelists Predict Widespread Impact of Marriage Rulings

Catholic Information Center panelists voiced doubt that the current administration would provide sufficient religious-freedom protections.

July 3, 2013

Slain Syrian Priest Remembered at Mass in Rome

Father Francois Murad offered his life for peace in Syria and around the world.

July 3, 2013

Take Courage in Your Weakness, Pope Francis Teaches

The Pope encourages Catholics to battle temptations by going to Christ with humility.

July 3, 2013

Faith Groups Unite to Stress Need for HHS Mandate Exemptions

Archbishop Lori and more than 100 other religious leaders and scholars from a variety of faith traditions signed an open letter emphasizing the risks to religious freedom posed by the Obama administration’s HHS mandate.

July 2, 2013

Courage Conference to Minister to Those With Same-Sex Attraction

The Courage apostolate aims to help those who have same-sex attraction and want to live according to Catholic teaching, which recognizes homosexual acts as grave sins.

June 26, 2013

Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA, Dismisses Prop. 8

In a June 26 ruling, the court said that Section 3 of DOMA, which defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman for federal purposes, violates the U.S. Constitution’s equal-protection guarantees.

June 26, 2013

Toddler’s Encounter With Pope ‘Unforgettable,’ Dad Says

The daughter of Alan Holdren, head of CNA’s Rome bureau, meets Pope Francis.

June 14, 2013

Drone Use Prompts Catholic Call for Greater Caution

Moral theologian advises that drone strikes must be ‘formed by the virtue of justice’ and of prudence.

June 12, 2013

IRS Scandals Raise Doubts Over HHS Mandate Judgment

The way the regulation is written, it is the IRS that determines whether an organization qualifies for full exemption from the HHS mandate.

June 11, 2013

Jesuit Writers Get Quick Answer to Papal Audience Request

Pope Francis has scheduled a private audience with the college of writers from La Civiltà Cattolica (Catholic Civilization), the Jesuit publication.

June 7, 2013

Chicago Archdiocese Launches Massive Formation Campaign

The ‘To Teach Who Christ Is’ campaign will provide need-based scholarships for archdiocesan Catholic schools and parishes.

June 6, 2013

Expert Says Church’s Abuse Prevention Should Differ for Each Culture

Father Hans Zollner, head of the Centre for Child Protection, met with Pope Francis in Rome.

June 5, 2013

Advocate Says Fight to Defend Marriage in Illinois Continues

The same-sex 'marriage' bill wasn’t defeated outright before the local House of Representatives adjourned, but the deadline was extended to vote on it.

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.

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.

May 14, 2013

History’s Jury Is Out: Has Gosnell Rocked Our Conscience?

COMMENTARY

May 14, 2013

Vatican Stats Show Continued Growth in Africa, Asia

The Pontifical Yearbook reports 3,000 new priests in the two continents in 2011 and that in the last 10 years the numbers increased by 39.5% in Africa and 32% in Asia.

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

Justice Ginsburg Calls ‘Roe’ a Disappointing Decision

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg noted that, in the 40 years since ‘Roe v. Wade,’ pro-life advocates have successfully introduced restrictions on abortion access in many states.

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.

May 1, 2013

Critics Say Calif. Infertility Bill Violates Children’s Rights

The president of Catholics for the Common Good says the practice of creating children from sperm and egg donors has consequences and is an injustice to the child.

May 1, 2013

Morning-After Pill to Be Made Available Over the Counter

Pharmacies and retailers with on-site pharmacies will have the drug on shelves, and those wishing to purchase it will have to provide proof of age.

April 26, 2013

Law Must be Based in Truth, Archbishop Tells Judges

Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski says the state justly favors stable marriages because they serve the common good as the optimal conditions for the raising of future generations of its citizens.

April 26, 2013

Vatican Official Cautions of ‘Subtle’ Religious Freedom Violations

Cardinal Giancarlo Ravasi says the restrictions on religious freedom ‘are not simply legal or political issues but a direct outrage on the human dignity of persons.’

April 25, 2013

Franciscan University to Host Dietrich Von Hildebrand Project

Founder of the Von Hildebrand Legacy says Franciscan is a ‘natural partner’ for the project because it is a leading institution in the study of personalist philosophy and early phenomenology.

April 24, 2013

Cardinal Dolan Honored by Evangelicals for Leadership

Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview is recognizing Cardinal Dolan for his advocacy for religious freedom.

April 24, 2013

Debate, Protests Mark Legalization of Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ in France

The new law allows same-sex couples to receive medical treatment for artificial procreation and adopt children.

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

Without Evangelization Church Becomes Babysitter, Pope Cautions

Pope Francis said that believers must be ‘faithful to the Spirit, to proclaim Jesus with our lives, through our witness and our words.’

April 19, 2013

Schoolchildren Support Seminarians Through Letter Campaign

New Jersey State Council of the Knights of Columbus sponsors a Catholic grade-school project for students to send words of encouragement to men studying to be priests.

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 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 18, 2013

Liberal Arts College Slated to Open in Kansas City

Christ College is a project of the Walsingham Society and will begin with a pilot program this fall.

April 17, 2013

Jesus’ Ascension Means We Are Never Alone, Pope Says

Pope Francis is continuing Benedict XVI’s practice of reflecting on the Catholic statement of belief at his weekly general audiences as part of the Year of Faith.

April 16, 2013

On 86th Birthday, Benedict Praised as Deeply Humble

Author Charles Coulombe was inspired to write The Legacy of Pope Benedict XVI because he considered Benedict to have been ‘the best pope I’ve lived under.’

April 16, 2013

Gonzaga Professor Denies School’s Claim to Support Knights

Faculty adviser to the Knights of Columbus council, Eric Cunningham, hopes to preserve the council as an 'independent agent' rather than placing it under the student-life office at Gonzaga.

April 12, 2013

Little Sisters Plead for Accommodation From Government

The Little Sisters of the Poor said the Health and Human Services' mandate ‘threatens the operation’ of their homes for the elderly poor.

April 11, 2013

World Misses God, But It Can See Your Joy, Pope Tells Audience

Pope Francis reminds Catholics that God “treats us as his beloved children; he understands us, forgives us, embraces us and loves us, even when we go astray.”

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 11, 2013

Gonzaga University to Review Knights of Columbus’ Status

The vice president for student life at Gonzaga decided that the fraternal organization could not be recognized as a ‘student organization’ because the group is closed to women and non-Catholics.

April 10, 2013

White House Opposes N.Y. Archdiocese’s Request for Documents

The New York Archdiocese’s subpoena for the files is part of a lawsuit challenging the HHS mandate.

April 10, 2013

Pope Celebrates Mass With America’s Highest-Ranking Latino Bishop

Archbishop José Gomez, originally from Mexico and the current Los Angeles archbishop, concelebrated Mass with Pope Francis at St. Martha’s House.

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 5, 2013

Despite Threat, Lawyer Thinks Miami Sisters Can Continue Outreach

The Missionaries of Charity have been ministering to Miami’s poorest of the poor since 1980.

April 5, 2013

Fiftieth Prayer for Vocations Day to Focus on Hope

The 2013 World Day of Prayer for Vocations will take place on April 21, the Fourth Sunday of Easter.

April 3, 2013

Americans Encouraged to Join Mounting Opposition to Mandate

Catholic Vote says the record number of comments demonstrates that Americans have deep reservations over the reach of the mandate.

April 3, 2013

Seattle Archbishop Decries Washington Abortion Bill

Archbishop J. Peter Sartain warned that this bill discriminates unjustly against churches, religious organizations and people who for religious reasons oppose abortion.

April 2, 2013

John Paul II Seen in Pope Francis, Vatican Official Reflects

Msgr. Slawomir said the two popes are similar in their openness, in their simplicity in approaching people and in their prayer.

April 2, 2013

Venezuelan Cardinal: Don’t Equate Human Leaders With Christ

Interim President Maduro called Hugo Chavez ‘the redeeming Christ of the poor of America.’

March 29, 2013

Panel Urges Awareness of Global Christian Oppression

Authors of a new book warned that the persecution of Christians affects those of other faiths as well.

March 29, 2013

Pro-Life Democrats Call for Broad HHS Mandate Exemptions

Democrats for Life of America supported the Affordable Care Act with the understanding that conscience rights would be protected.

March 28, 2013

North Dakota Bishop Praises New Laws Protecting Unborn Life

The new laws include bans on abortions performed after a fetal heartbeat is detectable.

March 26, 2013

Catholics Laud Passage of North Dakota Pro-Life Amendment

The North Dakota Legislature has taken historic strides to protect every human being in the state, paving the way for human rights nationwide.

March 26, 2013

Franciscan University Undaunted After HHS Suit Dismissed

U.S. district judge dismissed the case on March 22 on the grounds it lacked standing.

March 26, 2013

Pope App Tops iTunes Charts

Social media is a powerful means to reach out to both Catholics and non-Catholics.

March 22, 2013

Priest Kidnapped in Argentina Clears Pope of Accusations

Father Francisco Jalics was detained by officials who thought he was a Russian spy.

March 22, 2013

U.S. Help for Jailed Iran Pastor ‘Woefully’ Inept, Congressmen Charge

Six members of Congress urged the State Department to use the full resources of the U.S. government to free the Christian pastor.

March 21, 2013

Bishop Denounces Health Network’s Compliance With Mandate

Catholic health-care provider Avera made the decision to comply with the federal contraception mandate without seeking diocesan counsel or authorization.

March 21, 2013

Rome’s Mayor ‘Touched’ by Pope’s Simplicity

Gianni Alemanno said the Pope inspired him to reflect on being simple and pay more attention to people.

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 21, 2013

Maryland Catholics Call Death Penalty Repeal a Pro-Life Victory

Pro-lifers are hopeful that all the effort focused on ending the death penalty will now be refocused on ending abortion in the Old Line State.

March 20, 2013

Pope Francis Honored in Special Buenos Aires Mass

Mass at the cathedral of Buenos Aires began a three-day period of prayer for Pope Francis.

March 20, 2013

Catholic Students Lobby at U.N. Commission on Women

The students hoped to stress the importance of human dignity and the family to members of the commission.

March 19, 2013

Architect Says Churches Must Be Beautiful to Reflect Faith

New book is meant to guide pastors, parishioners and architects as they set out to renovate or build new churches.

March 19, 2013

Congressional Delegates Praise Pope’s Loving Example

Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., led a group of representatives to the Vatican for the inaugural Mass.

March 14, 2013

Knights of Columbus Voices Gratitude for Pope Francis

Supreme Knight Carl Anderson and the 1.8 million members of the Catholic fraternal organization extend best wishes and prayers to our newly elected pope.

March 13, 2013

New Pope Lived Simple Life in Argentina

Pope Francis brings a pastoral approach to his ministry and is a man of prayer.

March 13, 2013

Archbishops Aquila, Chaput Welcome Pope Francis

The American archbishops ask Catholics around the world to pray for our new Holy Father.

March 13, 2013

Pope Francis: Cardinals Went to End of World to Find Me

Pope Francis asked the crowd for the favor of praying for him in silence before he gave his blessing.

March 12, 2013

Young Adult Uses Marathon to Pursue Her Vocation

Jenn Garza will commit to pray for each one of her supporters during the 26.2-mile race.

March 8, 2013

Archbishop Chaput to Consolidate Philadelphia Seminary

The consolidation plan will ensure the future viability and sustainability of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary.

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