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Pope, Catholic Leaders Pray for Victims of Barcelona Terrorist Attack

BARCELONA, Spain — The Pope and other Catholic leaders voiced prayers for victims after a van sped into a crowd of people in the Las Ramblas tourist area of Barcelona on Thursday, killing at least 13 and injuring dozens more. “The Holy Father...

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Facebook Post Puts Catholic Farmer in the Crosshairs of Anti-Bias Ordinance

CHARLOTTE, Mich. — What happens when a Catholic farmer runs afoul of a city ordinance that bars discrimination based on sexual orientation? Steve Tennes, who owns Country Mill farm and also hosts weddings on his property, found out earlier this...

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Parents of Charlottesville Victim Discuss Daughter’s Legacy and Forgiveness

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — After recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, involving white supremacy groups and counter-protesters, the father of the woman who was killed after the rally spoke out against hatred and offered a different message:...

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Catholic Agencies Offer Aid in Wake of Sierra Leone Mudslide

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — A massive mudslide in Sierra Leone’s capital city has left hundreds dead and thousands homeless, with relief agencies hurrying to respond. “There are people whose entire families have gone missing. There is a real sense...

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Moral Theologian Pia de Solenni Named Chancellor of Diocese of Orange

ORANGE, Calif.— Moral theologian and cultural analyst Pia de Solenni has been appointed chancellor for the Diocese of Orange in California, effective Aug. 28. “Pia is an inspirational and well-respected theologian and has proven herself a...

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When You Rely Upon Filth, Filth Is What People Remember

A couple of recent puffball articles have reported on a study conducted by a psychologist at San Diego State, to the effect that George Carlin’s seven unutterable “swear words” have become vastly more common in published books, magazines and...

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St. Stephen’s Hungary: Relics and Holy Beauty Befitting the King of Kings

Since Hungary became free of communism in 1989, Budapest has emerged as a major European tourist destination. Attracted to the city’s charm, beauty and dramatic history, millions of visitors from around the world have fallen in love with the...

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Iceland Is ‘Eradicating’ Down Syndrome — by Aborting Everyone Who Has It

Reykjavik, Iceland — A recent story from CBS News proclaims that “few countries have come as close to eradicating Down syndrome births as Iceland.” The operative word here is “births.” Has Iceland discovered, through some groundbreaking...

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Pope Francis Prays for Victims of Sierra Leone Mudslide

VATICAN CITY — With hundreds dead and nearly 600 more still missing as a result of a giant mudslide that ravished Sierra Leone’s capital, Pope Francis is praying for the victims, their families and rescue workers. “Deeply saddened by the...

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US State Department Recognizes ISIS Genocide in Religious-Freedom Report

WASHINGTON — Religious-freedom advocates were heartened by the State Department recognizing in its annual religious-freedom report, released Tuesday, the genocide of Christians by the Islamic State. “As we make progress in defeating ISIS and...