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Amazon Founder Gives $15 Million to Catholic Charities

Three Catholic charitable organizations were named as winners of $5-million grants from the charitable organization of Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos.  Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of...

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Nicaragua Human-Rights Activist: ‘My People Need to Have Hope’

Almost four decades after the Sandinista revolution toppled Nicaraguan strongman Anastasio Somoza, the Central American nation is now engulfed in another crisis, threatening the government of President Daniel Ortega, the onetime Sandinista...

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Pope Francis: Jesus Teaches Us How to Pray

VATICAN CITY — Learning to pray well is a continual process, but it should always start from a place of humility, as Jesus demonstrated in the Gospels, Pope Francis said Wednesday. “Even if we have been praying for so many years, we must always...

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Catholic Entrepreneurship Strives to Follow Church Teaching on Business

Richard Kelly is a Catholic entrepreneur, but when it came to his business dealings, he wasn’t always putting his faith on the bottom line. In his mid-20s, he had fallen away from the Church, and it was only an act of economic providence that...

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Pa. Court Orders 11 Names Permanently Redacted From Grand Jury Report

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Citing due process, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Monday wrote that the names of 11 former and current priests in a grand jury report on allegations of clerical sexual abuse of minors are to remain permanently...

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Ohio ‘Heartbeat Abortion Ban’ Nears Senate Vote Amid Veto Threat

Columbus, Ohio — The Ohio Senate is expected to pass legislation banning abortion on an unborn baby after he or she has a heartbeat, and there could be enough votes to override Gov. John Kasich’s promised veto, amid questions over whether the...

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South Carolina Lawmakers Plan to Advance Pro-Life Bills

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Several lawmakers in South Carolina have announced they will introduce pro-life bills in the state’s upcoming legislative session, set to begin next month. Three anti-abortion laws are expected to be filed: a bill forbidding...

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Commission Formed in Pakistan to Protect Rights of Minorities

ISLAMABAD — A group of advocates for religious freedom have formed a commission for the protection of minorities’ rights in Pakistan, amid growing fears of intolerance toward religious minorities in the majority-Muslim country. Local media...

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How George H.W. Bush Surprised Me at My Diaconal Ordination in St. Peter’s Basilica

George H.W. Bush, who died Nov. 30, was kind enough to come to my ordination as a deacon. To be sure, during the actual ordination Mass he had a meeting with St. John Paul II, so he came after it was over to congratulate us. He had no reason to...

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In Election’s Wake, Catholic-Friendly Laws Under Threat in States

WASHINGTON — Democratic wins across the country in last month’s election could put state laws that protect the unborn, religious freedom and other Catholic interests under threat of repeal, modification or court challenges. Democrats seized the...