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German Bishops Commit to ‘Newly Assessing’ Catholic Doctrine on Homosexuality

MUNICH, Germany — The German bishops’ conference has committed to “newly assessing” the universal Church’s teaching on homosexuality, sexual morality in general, as well as the sacraments of ordination and marriage. The commitment comes at the...

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White House Summit on Family Leave On Heels of New House Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The White House hosted a summit on paid leave Thursday, hours after the House passed a bill with 12 weeks of paid parental leave for federal workers. “We’re here today to support the heroic calling of working moms and dads,”...

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Six California Dioceses Subpoenaed in Sex Abuse Investigation

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The office of California's attorney general has informed six dioceses in the state that they will be issued subpoenas as part of a review of child protection policies and procedures. “To verify that safeguards are...

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Why Pope Francis’ Appointment of Cardinal Tagle Is Significant

Did Pope Francis just name his successor? Much of the commentary about the appointment of Cardinal Luis Tagle, until now archbishop of Manila, to the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples put that question in first or second place....

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Pope Francis Taps Minnesota Farm Boy to Lead Sioux Falls Diocese

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis Thursday accepted the resignation of Bishop Paul Joseph Swain of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and appointed Minnesota priest Fr. Donald Edward DeGrood as his successor. Bishop of Sioux Falls since 2006, Bishop Swain's...

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Pope Francis: ‘Holiness is the True Light of the Church’

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis said Thursday that the often hidden holiness lived out in everyday life is a true light within the Church. “Holiness permeates and always accompanies the life of the pilgrim Church over time, often in a hidden and...

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‘Nutcracker’ Nastiness: Backlash After Catholic Students Avoid Play With Same-Sex Roles

TOLEDO, Ohio — When students from a Catholic girls’ school went to see The Nutcracker as part of a class trip to Chicago last month, no one would have expected it to end in controversy. But upon learning that Clara’s parents were to be portrayed...

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Revisions Announced to Australia Religious Freedom Bill

CANBERRA, Australia — Following religious groups’ criticism of an Australian bill intended to protect religious freedom, Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Attorney-General Christian Porter have released a second version that appears to address...

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US Department of Education May Allow Religious to Receive Federal Student Aid

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The US Department of Education is proposing to restore eligibility to members of religious orders for certain federal higher education student aid programs. In a proposed rule announced Dec. 10, the agency said regulatory...

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Archbishop Paglia: Priests Can Be Present at Assisted Suicide

VATICAN CITY — Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, said Tuesday that he would be willing to hold the hand of someone dying from assisted suicide, and that he does not see that as lending implicit support for...