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Death penalty protests bring together families of victims, the executed

Death penalty protests bring together families of victims, the executed

| Daniel O'Shea | July 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

On the same day the death of exonerated death-row inmate Glenn Ford in Louisiana made national headlines, a fast and vigil opposing the death penalty began in Washington.

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Independence Day Mass closes U.S. bishops’ annual Fortnight for Freedom

Independence Day Mass closes U.S. bishops’ annual Fortnight for Freedom

| Julie Asher | July 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

Religious freedom is “the human right that guarantees all other rights,” Miami Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski said July 4 in his homily at the closing Mass of the U.S. bishops’ fourth annual Fortnight for Freedom.

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Pope’s visits to Cuba, U.S. to highlight families, charity, tolerance

Pope’s visits to Cuba, U.S. to highlight families, charity, tolerance

| Cindy Wooden | July 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

In word and deed, Pope Francis will take his vision of a Catholic’s approach to family life, parish life, charity, economics, immigration and good governance to Cuba and the United States during a Sept. 19-27 visit.

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Court upholds execution drug protocol criticized as cruel and unusual

Court upholds execution drug protocol criticized as cruel and unusual

| Patricia Zapor | June 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

In another in a series of bitterly divided end-of-term cases, the Supreme Court June 29 upheld the execution protocol used by Oklahoma and several other states.

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USCCB president calls Supreme Court ruling on marriage ‘tragic error’

USCCB president calls Supreme Court ruling on marriage ‘tragic error’

| June 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

The president of the U.S. bishops’ conference called the Supreme Court’s June 26 marriage ruling “a tragic error” and he urged Catholics to move forward with faith “in the unchanging truth about marriage being between one man and one woman.”

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Court rules same-sex marriage legal nationwide

Court rules same-sex marriage legal nationwide

| Patricia Zapor | June 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

In a landmark ruling, a divided Supreme Court June 26 said same-sex marriage is constitutional nationwide.

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Court upholds health care subsidies in states with federal exchanges

Court upholds health care subsidies in states with federal exchanges

| Patricia Zapor | June 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

Writing that “Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them,” a 6-3 majority of the Supreme Court June 25 upheld tax subsidies for participants in health care exchanges run by the federal government in states that refused to create them.

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Pope tells parents to be mindful of children’s suffering

Pope tells parents to be mindful of children’s suffering

| Laura Ieraci | June 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

The deep hurts that spouses inflict on each other cause great suffering to their children and, in some cases, lead to a separation that is “morally necessary” to protect spouses and children from more serious forms of violence, Pope Francis said during his general audience in St. Peter’s Square June 24.

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Baltimore archbishop opens Fortnight for Freedom with Gospel connection

Baltimore archbishop opens Fortnight for Freedom with Gospel connection

| By Karen Sampson Hoffman | June 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

Archbishop William Lori reminded those gathered for Mass June 21 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore that when it comes to religious freedom, American Catholics and Christians worldwide are in the same “boat.”

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People express heartache, outrage as they mourn shooting victims

People express heartache, outrage as they mourn shooting victims

| By Daniel O'Shea | June 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

Together, Minnesota faith communities say hate crimes attack both individual victims and entire communities

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Mexico Supreme Court ruling legalizes same-sex marriages

Mexico Supreme Court ruling legalizes same-sex marriages

| By David Agren | June 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

The decision, in effect, legalizes same-sex marriages in all 31 of the country’s states.

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Quebec Archdiocese reshapes itself as Mass attendance falls

Quebec Archdiocese reshapes itself as Mass attendance falls

| June 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

With the decision to close one of its largest and most important churches, the Archdiocese of Quebec is sending a clear message: The future of even the most majestic churches cannot be guaranteed.

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