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Marie Collins Highlights Ongoing Tensions Over Vatican’s Handling of Clergy Abuse

VATICAN CITY — The resignation of Marie Collins from the Vatican’s commission helping to protect minors from clerical sex abuse is being seen as another wake-up call for the Vatican in how it deals with such cases. One of just two clerical-abuse...

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Local Bishop: Ongoing Messages at Argentine Apparition Will Be Kept Private

It has been called the Medjugorje of Argentina. A now widely popular apparition of Mary began in the early 1980s, when rosaries began to glow in multiple homes in the town of San Nicolás de los Arroyos, a city of 138,000 people about 150 miles...

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Lawsuit: Girl in Boys’ Locker Room Violated Student Privacy

PHILADELPHIA — A Pennsylvania high school wrongly allowed a female student into the boys’ locker room and violated an undressing male student’s privacy and his right to be free from harassment, a lawsuit charges. “No school should rob any...

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Pro-Life Leaders Call for ‘Swift Confirmation’ of Judge Gorsuch

WASHINGTON — Judge Neil Gorsuch deserves “swift confirmation” to the U.S. Supreme Court, leaders of pro-life and pro-family groups have said. “Neil Gorsuch has proven himself to be a defender of the most basic human rights,” said the March 20...

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Italian Bishop: Mobsters Cannot Be Godparents

PALERMO, Italy — An Italian bishop has announced that known members of the mafia cannot be godparents for the Catholic sacraments of baptism or confirmation. The diocesan decree came from Michele Pennisi, bishop of Monreale, near Palermo in...

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The Trump-Ryan Cure for Obamacare: What’s in Play

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan have been barnstorming Congress to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as “Obamacare,” with their own prescription for health care reform: the American...

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Vatican Releases Papal Program for 100th-Anniversary Visit to Fatima

VATICAN CITY — On Monday, the Vatican released the official program for Pope Francis’ two-day visit to Portugal in May, where he’ll celebrate the centenary of the Fatima Marian apparitions and make a brief stop at an air base to meet the...

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Italian Layman Who Defied the Nazis Deemed ‘Blessed’

VATICAN CITY — Italian layman Joseph Mayr-Nusser — who refused to take the Hitler oath — was beatified March 18 in his hometown of Bolsano. In 1944, Mayr-Nusser, a Catholic husband and father, refused to take the oath of allegiance to Hitler,...

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New York Catholic Convert-Priest Is One Step Closer to Sainthood

NEW YORK — The Catholic convert who founded the Society of the Atonement, Father Paul Wattson, could be one step closer to recognition as a saint. “Father Paul started a small week of prayer on the top of a mountain in Garrison, and now it’s a...

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Amid Health Care Debate, US Bishops Advocate for Pro-Life, Universal Coverage

WASHINGTON — The bill drafted to replace the Affordable Care Act has good pro-life measures but still presents “grave challenges” that must be remedied, said one leading bishop in a recent statement. “Laudably, the AHCA [American Health Care...