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In Key Supreme Court Case, Department of Justice Backs Christian Baker

WASHINGTON — In a recent court filing, the U.S. federal government has thrown its support behind a Christian wedding vendor whom the Colorado Civil Rights Commission penalized in 2014 for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex...

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Pope Changes Status of John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family

VATICAN CITY — On Tuesday, Pope Francis issued a new motu proprio changing the legal status of the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family, making it a theological institute charged with studying marriage and the family from a scientific...

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Sister Marita Rother Remembers Soon-to-Be ‘Blessed’ Father Stanley Rother

Sister Marita Rother, 81, is the younger sister of martyred Father Stanley Rother (1935-81), the venerable servant of God who will be beatified Sept. 23. The missionary priest was murdered in 1981 in his rectory amid the violence of the...

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St. Louis Archbishop Calls for Peace Amid Protests

ST. LOUIS — The archbishop of St. Louis called for prayer and peace after a judge acquitted a former St. Louis police officer in the shooting of a black man in 2011. “If we want peace and justice, we must come together as a community through...

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Catholic Trump Adviser: So Far, He’s Lived Up to His Pro-Life Words

VATICAN CITY — On his way back from Colombia, Pope Francis said he hoped President Donald Trump would reconsider his decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program as part of a pro-life ethic that defends the unity of...

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Assisted Suicide Denied in New York

ALBANY, N.Y. — Could “Aid in Dying” be legal under a ban on “Physician-Assisted Suicide”? The New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, considered this argument presented by advocates of assisted suicide and answered in a resounding...

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Father Tom Uzhunnalil: ‘I Am at the Service of the Lord God’

ROME — Father Tom Uzhunnalil, the Salesian missionary released this week after 18 months of captivity, thanked all those who have prayed and made sacrifices on his behalf, saying he recommits himself to the service of God. “With your prayers and...

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Theological College Disinvites Father James Martin From Speaking Engagement

Jesuit Father James Martin, an editor at America magazine, has been disinvited from speaking at the Theological College, a seminary affiliated with The Catholic University of America, following pressure from online-based groups.  Father Martin...

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Father Stanley Rother: ‘The Shepherd Cannot Run at the First Sign of Danger’

On Sept. 23, Father Stanley Rother will become the first U.S.-born martyr to be beatified. A native of Oklahoma, Father Rother was murdered in Guatemala in 1981 as he served among the local Tz’utujil people. He was declared officially a martyr by...

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Aquinas College Sharpens Focus to Teacher Training

Last March, Aquinas College made a bittersweet announcement. The school, operated by the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia for the last 23 years, announced that it would no longer be a four-year, liberal-arts institution. This fall, the...