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Modern Horror: New Report Says Global Persecution of Christians Is at Historic Peak

NEW YORK — Anti-Christian persecution is “worse than at any time in history,” and in many cases, genocide and other crimes against humanity “now mean that the Church in core countries and regions faces the possibility of imminent wipe-out,” says...

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Pope Francis Explains Why He Gives Interviews

VATICAN CITY — In a preface to a new book of interviews, Pope Francis outlined his approach to speaking with journalists, explaining that he thinks interviews should be like a conversation, which is why he doesn’t prepare answers in...

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Oasis of Mercy: Boston Mall Chapel Installs Relics of Three Saints

BOSTON — At the heart of Boston’s busiest shopping center stands an unusual storefront. Through the glass wall, passersby see a crucifix, tabernacle and, now, reliquaries of three saints — Pope John Paul II, Faustina Kowalska and Maximilian...

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Pope Prays for Somalia, Reflects on Christian Hope of Eternal Life

VATICAN CITY — On Wednesday, Pope Francis offered prayers for the more than 300 victims of a terrorist bombing in the African country of Somalia, one of the most lethal attacks to take place anywhere in the world in recent years. "I would like...

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The Pain Unborn Children Feel

The public debate over whether unborn children feel pain has resurfaced, due to the recent passing of the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.” Introduced by Rep. Trent Franks, R-Arizona, the legislation passed the House in early October...

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Department of Justice Announces Settlement in HHS Mandate Suits

WASHINGTON — A week after issuing new religious-freedom guidelines to all administrative agencies in the federal government, the U.S. Department of Justice has settled with more than 70 plaintiffs who had challenged the controversial HHS...

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Callista Gingrich Confirmed as US Ambassador to the Holy See

WASHINGTON — On Monday, the U.S. Senate confirmed Callista Gingrich, wife of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, as the next U.S. ambassador to the Holy See. The vote was 70-23. In a July 18 hearing, Gingrich had voiced her commitment to fight...

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Ad Orientem Posture Given New Life in Nebraska

WAHOO, Neb. — Sudden changes in the life of a parish come rarely. But on the first weekend in October, at St. Wenceslaus in Wahoo, Nebraska, Father Joseph Faulkner announced an unexpected decision on the liturgy: The parish would celebrate Mass...

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Pope Canonizes 35, Announces Special Pan-Amazon Synod

VATICAN CITY — On Sunday, Pope Francis announced a special assembly of the Synod of Bishops will take place in October 2019 on the state of evangelization in the Pan-Amazon region of South America. “Accepting the desire of some Catholic bishops’...

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Prayers for Somalia, as Country Suffers Deadliest Terrorist Attack

MOGADISHU, Somalia — After Somalia suffered its deadliest ever terrorist attack on Saturday, the bishop of Djibouti reflected on the need for hope and unity among Somalis, lest it become “a double attack.” A truck packed with explosives exploded...