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US Embassy Move to Jerusalem Highlights Religious Perspectives

WASHINGTON — The May 14 opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem sparked jubilation in Israel, as President Donald Trump fulfilled his pledge to both a key Middle East ally and to evangelical Protestants back home who had made the embassy move a...

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Trump Administration to Announce Plan to Strip Title X Funds From Abortion Providers

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration Friday will announce a plan to ensure that Title X family-planning funding does not go to programs or facilities that promote or perform abortions, CNA has learned. The measure would dramatically curtail...

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Pope Tells Chilean Bishops: Serve Christ in Victims of Abuse

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis thanked Chile’s bishops for their “frank” dialogue during a 3-day Vatican meeting on the Chilean abuse scandals, and asked them to focus on serving abuse victims as they return to their dioceses and prepare to...

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Judge Rules Against ‘Rushed’ California Assisted Suicide Law

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California’s assisted suicide law was wrongly passed in a special legislative session, ruled a California judge this week. Though the ruling might only be temporary, one terminally ill woman at the May 15 hearing was...

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After Cecile Richards, What’s in Store for Planned Parenthood?

Around the time of Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration, Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards says Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, made Richards a deal they thought the nation’s largest abortion provider would not refuse. If...

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Pope Francis’ Chilean Healing Mission

The May 15-17 meeting of the Chilean bishops with Pope Francis has invited comparisons to the emergency summit of American cardinals convoked by St. John Paul II in April 2002, when the heat of the sex-abuse scandal was burning hottest. The...

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Boy Scouts Change Name, Welcome Girls

In the latest in a series of shifts driven by legal challenges, falling membership and social change, the Boy Scouts of America are opening their flagship program to girls and changing the official name to “Scouts BSA.” The Boy Scouts of...

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Pope Francis Decries ‘Spiral of Violence’ in Middle East

VATICAN CITY — Expressing his sorrow for those who have lost their lives, Pope Francis Wednesday called for peace and dialogue in the Middle East, which has faced increased violence during the transfer of the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to...

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Light of Faith: Meet the Workshop of Artists Behind the Vatican’s Stained-Glass Windows

Entering St. Peter’s Basilica is a journey in and of itself. The final destination, Bernini’s Altar, is illuminated by the Dove of the Holy Spirit stained-glass window. That famous window was made by a small, family-run workshop in Rome’s...

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Germany’s President, Other Celebrities Wade Into Contentious Intercommunion Debate

MUENSTER, Germany —The unresolved debate over a proposal to allow Protestant spouses of Catholics to receive communion in German dioceses under some limited circumstances has gathered steam after the country’s president waded into the debate at...