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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...

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Marriage Reality vs. Marriage Redefinition

When the Supreme Court of Washington state ruled unanimously against a local florist who declined to provide flowers for the wedding of a same-sex couple, it was a stunning defeat for religious liberty and conscience in the United States. The men...

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Judge Gorsuch Brings Legal Substance to Supreme Court Hearing’s Political Theater

WASHINGTON — The Senate confirmation hearing for federal circuit court Judge Neil Gorsuch, 49, President Donald Trump’s choice to succeed the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court, began Monday with both substance and political...

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Fifty Miles in Full Habit: UK Dominicans Walk to Evangelize

How do we evangelize modern Britain? By prayer, of course, and by ... walking! At least, that’s the idea of the Dominican Sisters of St. Joseph, based in England’s New Forest. For the past several years, they have been dedicated to the New...

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Umbert, and the Rest of Us, Will Miss You, Gary

Cartoonist Gary Cangemi died March 18 due to the effects of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. He was 62. He leaves behind his wife, Nancy, a son, two daughters and two beloved granddaughters, whom he bragged relentlessly about. The news hit me, and my...

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Pope Francis: Christ Quenches Our Thirst for ‘Living Water’

VATICAN CITY — On Sunday Pope Francis said that Lent is the perfect time to remind ourselves of the life-giving water we received at our baptism, turning away from things of the world, which ultimately leave us unsatisfied. “The water that gives...

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Pope Francis Will Travel to Egypt in April

VATICAN CITY — In what will be his first international trip of 2017, Pope Francis will be traveling to Cairo, Egypt, April 28-29, showing that interfaith dialogue is a priority. He will visit the country in response to an invitation from His...

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Catholics and the Supreme Court

The death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia more than one year ago marked not just the passing of one of America’s greatest jurists, but of one of the highest court’s majority-Catholic members. Catholics today comprise more than half of the...