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Former Sen. Sam Brownback Tapped for Religious Freedom Ambassador

WASHINGTON — Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas was nominated Wednesday by President Donald Trump to be the next ambassador at-large for International Religious Freedom. The religious freedom ambassador position was created through the 1998...

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Federal Judge Blocks Catholic Chaldeans’ Deportation to Iraq — For Now

DETROIT —  Catholic leaders and activists gained a major victory in the courts to stop the deportations of more than 100 Chaldean Catholics to Iraq, where genocide against their community has taken place. On July 24, a federal judge in Detroit...

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When the ‘Right to Die’ Becomes the ‘Duty to Die’

There’s an old saying in the legal profession: “Hard cases make bad law.” In England right now there’s a particularly hard case that presents the danger of making very bad law indeed. A retired educator named Noel Conway is in the advanced...

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Bishop Paprocki Reiterates Catholic Teaching: Repentance Is for All Grave Sin

  SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A prominent media priest who criticized Bishop Thomas Paprocki’s restatement of norms regarding Church funerals “gets a lot wrong,” the bishop said in a response noting the importance of repentance for everyone. Bishop...

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Cardinal Pell Will Plead Not Guilty to Sexual-Abuse Charges

VATICAN CITY — In a brief hearing in a court in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday morning, Cardinal George Pell said he will be pleading not guilty to charges of multiple counts of sexual abuse. Cardinal Pell did not address the court, but his...

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Cardinal Ernest Simoni: The ‘Living Martyr’ of Albania

In the consistory of November 2016, among the 17 prelates Pope Francis elevated to the rank of cardinal, one was a simple 88-year-old priest who is neither a bishop nor of the eligible age to vote in a conclave. Why, then, did Pope Francis name...

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‘Good St. Anne’ Welcomes the Faithful in Connecticut

The Shrine of St. Anne in Waterbury, Connecticut, is an eye-catching sight from the elevated interstate that soars over the middle of the city. Its Gothic-revival gray stone exterior is monumental in size, the unusual dome is enormous, and the...

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Fidelity in Florida: Time-Honored Shrine Honors Mary’s Mother

A soft mist is dancing across the surface of St. Anne Lake as I nose my rental car down the street toward its blue waters. An old shrine to St. Anne, mother of the Virgin Mary, is located somewhere along the lake. One online review says it’s sad...

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Church of France Remembers Martyred Father Jacques Hamel

PARIS — One year after the brutal killing of Father Jacques Hamel, French bishops recalled the beautiful example of the man who lived out every day in simple faithfulness, rooted in the love of Christ. Archbishop Georges Pontier of Marseille...

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Pope Offers Prayers for Charlie Gard and His Parents as Legal Challenge Ends

LONDON — After a U.S. neurologist determined that an experimental therapy could no longer potentially be of aid to Charlie Gard, the British baby born with a disabling medical condition, his parents have given up a legal challenge to take him to...