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US bishops find widespread compliance in abuse prevention audit

WASHINGTON D.C., May 20, 2016–In their annual report on nationwide measures for the protection of minors, the U.S. bishops found extensive diocesan cooperation with recommended standards. “When the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) approved the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People in 2002, we made a pledge to heal and a [...]

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y., May 20, 2016–Leah Fessler considers herself a feminist. And the standard feminist narrative is that women can have, and indeed enjoy, casual sex without consequences – physical, emotional, or otherwise. But when her experience with hookup culture (and that of her friends’) in college failed to live up to its empowering [...]

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CARTAGENA, Colombia, May 20, 2016–In what’s been labeled an “absurd” move, a judge in Colombia has banned prayer and “fraternal hugs” at the start of Cartagena city council sessions as well as local educational institutions. The ban on civic prayer – as well as the baffling prohibition against “fraternal hugs” anywhere from businesses to private [...]

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VATICAN CITY, May 18, 2016–In a powerful speech Tuesday at the opening of the Italian bishops’ general assembly, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco of Genoa decried the civil unions bill passed in the nation’s parliament last week, emphasizing that Pope Francis himself always advocates for the natural family. The president of the Italian bishops’ conference peppered his [...]

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CHICAGO, Ill., May 18, 2016–With the conviction that pro-family policies are critical for a healthy Church, the Archdiocese of Chicago will soon start offering its employees 12 weeks of paid parental leave. The policy, which will go into effect June 1, was announced in the archdiocesan newspaper, the Catholic New World. It will cover both mothers and [...]

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BIRMINGHAM, England, May 14, 2016–Thousands of men, women, and children took to the streets of Birmingham on Saturday to take a stand for the unborn and be witnesses to their community. “At the very heart of this is the life of the unborn, and the protection of that life,” Archbishop Bernard Longley of Birmingham told [...]

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IRAPUATO, Mexico, May 11, 2016–A Mexican bishop is seeking answers after recent attacks on Catholic churches and priests, and years of high murder rates. “The solution lies in changing people’s hearts, and in making peace to really be peace with God and with your brothers and sisters, otherwise we shouldn’t expect a good future,” Bishop [...]

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FRESNO, Calif., May 11, 2016–A statue of the Virgin Mary in Fresno, Calif. appears to be weeping miraculous tears, according to witnesses. The family that owns the statue says the tears have been coming and going for about the past year and a half. According to witnesses, the tears appear to well up in Mary’s [...]

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Christians in Nigeria are essentially ‘target practice’ – here’s one bishop’s response

WASHINGTON D.C., May 5, 2016–For Bishop Matthew Kukah, persecution is not just the history of the Church. It’s a reality that he lives every day. In the diocese of Sokoto, located in northern Nigeria, ministry includes not only the normal sacramental and pastoral concerns of any other diocese. It also includes regularly responding to violence [...]

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DUBLIN, Ireland, May 5, 2016–The Salvatorians have offered their “deepest apology” for failing to stop a priest who sexually abused children in Ireland until his 2004 arrest. “The Salvatorians express their deep sorrow for the prolific abuse carried on by a particular member of our Order in Ireland and elsewhere over a long number of [...]

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NEW YORK CITY, N.Y., May 5, 2016–In a Christian neighborhood inside war-torn Syria, a young boy was waiting to be discharged from a hospital after undergoing surgery. Suddenly the building shook from a bombing. His mother, who was with him, ran out of the hospital to look for help. After she left, a bomb directly [...]

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At UN, calls for global response to Christian genocide

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y., Apr 28, 2016–The plight of Christians and other Middle East minorities demands action from the international community, one leader in relief efforts said in a panel at the United Nations. “We have a unique opportunity to change things for the better,” said Carl Anderson, head of the Knights of Columbus. “Never [...]

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KANSAS CITY, Mo., Apr 28, 2016–A new album from the chart-topping community of Benedictine nuns in rural Missouri has an intimate selection of the songs they sing when they gather for Eucharistic Adoration at their monastery. “We pray that the music on this album will contribute to a more profound belief, adoration, hope and love…in [...]

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WASHINGTON D.C., Apr 28, 2016–The denial of a playground resurfacing grant to a Lutheran school empowers religious discrimination, not constitutional principles, the U.S. Catholic bishops said in a Supreme Court brief. “Missouri’s religious discrimination not only contravenes the First Amendment, it is profoundly demeaning to people of faith,” the U.S. bishops said in their April [...]

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This statue of Mary was untouched by the devastating Ecuador earthquake

GUAYAQIL, Ecuador, April 23, 2016–Everything collapsed around it, but the glass case with the statue of our Lady of Light remained intact after the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Ecuador on April 16. The statue was housed at the Leonie Aviat school in the Tarqui administrative district in Manta Canton, Ecuador, one of the areas [...]

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WASHINGTON, DC, April 23, 2016–On the heels of the White House’s announcement that the United States has made its first $500 million contribution to the Green Climate Fund more than 120 faith-based organizations called on Congress to continue to support the effort in the fiscal year 2017 federal budget. In a letter to members of Congress April 11, the [...]

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