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Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Colombian peace agreement is start of change, says Vatican official
An agreement to end Latin America's last armed conflict is the start of a process of positive change for Colombia, Cardinal Pietro Parolin said hours before the government and Marxist rebels were set to sign peace accords Sept. 26.
Catholic University's president urges 'zeal' in defending religious liberty
A pharmacy in Olympia, Washington, loses its court challenge to a state law requiring the owners to violate their religious beliefs by supplying emergency contraceptives.
Too much order in the Supreme Court? No thrills in upcoming docket
The expression "in like a lion out like a lamb" turns on its head when comparing the end of the Supreme Court's last term to the start of its new one Oct. 3.
Refugee crisis another hot-button issue in a campaign full of them
If the world's "displaced" people -- both refugees and internally displaced people -- were counted as one country, those 65 million people would place 22nd on the world rankings, between France and the United Kingdom.
Opponents warn that D.C. Council’s assisted suicide bill endangers vulnerable members of community
As lawmakers in the District of Columbia prepare to consider a bill that would allow doctors to prescribe medications to terminally ill patients who want to end their lives, opponents of such a move have stressed that the legislation would lead to abuse and harm the city’s most vulnerable populations.
New Jersey bishops add voices to opposition of 'deceptive' abortion ad
The Catholic bishops of New Jersey have added their voices to those of other Catholic Church leaders around the nation in opposing an abortion advocacy ad campaign by a group calling itself Catholics for Choice.
Legacy of 1986 peace gathering lingers in Assisi
Religious leaders celebrating the 30th anniversary of St. John Paul II's Assisi interfaith peace gathering in 1986 called on people from around the world to continue its legacy to combat today's indifference and violence.
High stakes for religious freedom, free speech seen in U.S. election
With every passing U.S. election cycle, First Amendment and religious freedom-minded voters and watchdogs might be tempted to think, "This is the election that will most matter in our lifetimes."
In tough election year, Catholics urged to avoid cynicism, work for change
Though faced with flawed presidential candidates,
Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said
, Catholics and other Christians do not have “the luxury of cynicism,” because if they “leave the public square, other people with much worse intentions won’t.”
Cardinal Dolan, U.S. bishops’ pro-life chairman, issues statement on deceptive ‘Catholics for Choice’ ad campaign
Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities, issued the following statement alerting the public to a deceptive ad campaign calling for taxpayer funding of abortion in the name of the Catholic faith.
Archbishop rejects claim religious liberty used as excuse to discriminate
Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore sharply criticized comments made by Martin Castro, chairman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, that the phrases "religious liberty" and "religious freedom" were "code words" used to discriminate.
Activists gather to pray and seek solutions to genocide of Christians in the Middle East
The third annual In Defense of Christians National Advocacy Convention, titled “Beyond Genocide: Preserving Christianity in the Middle East,” focused on what comes next in the wake a severe decline in the number of Christians in the Middle East. In 2003, the number of Christians in Iraq exceeded 1.5 million. Today there are less than 350,000.
Mother Teresa upheld as the human face of eternal hope at U.N.
Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Holy See's permanent observer to the United Nations, called St. Teresa of Kolkata the human face of eternal hope who embodied the founding principles of the world body during a program honoring her canonization.
At Mass, faithful offer prayerful thanks for canonization of Mother Teresa
Cardinal Donald Wuerl celebrated a Sept. 11 Mass of Thanksgiving at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, thanking God for the canonization of Mother Teresa, and calling the saintly nun a “diminutive spiritual powerhouse.”
USCCB urges HHS compromise on contraceptive mandate case
A Sept. 9 letter from USCCB officials to the Department of Health and Human Services stressed that a compromise could effectively be reached in the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive requirement.
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