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Chicago Cardinal Pulls Funding From Immigration Groups For Supporting Same-Sex Marriage

Chicago Cardinal Francis George has pulled funding from a coalition of immigration groups that support same-sex marriage in Illinois, according to a Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) statement released last week. continue reading »

The Way of the Cross during World Youth Day 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Pope Francis to Preside

The Rio Stations of the Cross speak of the suffering of Jesus as expressed in the youth of today. The route taken by Jesus in the city of Jerusalem will be recreated in the Stations of the Cross on July 26 in the setting of Rio de Janeiro, such as at the Rock of Arpoador and the Selarón Staircase in Lapa continue reading »

NFL Coach Teaches Faith, Football to Peruvian Kids

Jim Harbaugh, coach of the San Francisco 49ers, recently completed a one-week mission trip to Piura, Peru, where he taught poor children about their Catholic faith and American football. continue reading »

Mexico City Catholic Church Collecting Guns to Help Reduce Violence

In the first five months of 2013, Mexico City authorities , have collected nearly 5,500 firearms. Though the number is small in comparison to the weapons that are illegally on the streets of Mexico City, it is in fact more weapons (5,433) that have been collected in the four previous years. continue reading »

Board Game to Test Your Knowledge of Jesus Hitting it Big in Spain- Coming to a Store Near you Soon

A board game created by a nun in Cuenca that tests players' knowledge about Jesus is hitting it big in Spain and will also be marketed in the Americas. According to information provided to Efe by Edice, the Spanish bishops conference's publishing house, the game went on sale in late March and in April there were many requests for it all over Spain, above all as a gift for children on the occasion of their first communion. continue reading »

Argentine and Vatican Jointly Issue Official Stamps of Pope Francis

Pope Francis was honored today with the presentation of the official stamps honoring the beginning of his pontificate. The stamps were jointly issued by the Vatican and Argentine, the Pope’s home country. continue reading »

Chicago Catholic Priest Who Donated Part of his Liver to Immigrant Crosses the U.S. Border Illegally

The Chicago priest known for having donated part of his liver to an immigrant parishioner in 2002 returns to Chicago tonight after having crossed the U.S. Border in Nogales, AZ illegally on April 24th, 2013. The Pastor of Saint Gall Roman Catholic Church in Chicago, Fr. Gary Graf continue reading »

‘Martyr for Peace’ Remembered on15th Anniversary of the Priests Brutal Murder

Guatemala's Catholic Church marked Friday's 15th anniversary of the brutal murder of Bishop Juan Jose Gerardi by remembering the slain cleric as a peace activist and defender of human rights. Gerardi was a "martyr for peace" who devoted himself to Guatemala's downtrodden peasants and indigenous people, Archbishop Oscar Julio Vian said in a service at Guatemala City's Metropolitan Cathedral. continue reading »

Spanish Prime Minister Rajoy has Private Audience with Pope Francis

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy had a private meeting with Pope Francis, the meeting lasted for 24 minutes in the Private Library of the Vatican. continue reading »

Bishops from Mexico Gather for 95th Plenary Assembly

The 95th Plenary Assembly of the Episcopal Conference of Mexico begins today, Monday, April 8 under the theme "The challenges of the Church in Mexico in these next 3 years." continue reading »

Prince Felipe of Spain Invites Pope Francis to Visit

Pope Francis asked Tuesday after the health of King Juan Carlos in his conversation with Crown Prince Felipe, who invited the pontiff to visit Spain with these words: "We will be delighted if you come." continue reading »

Latin Americans Hope New Pope Understands Them—And Their Region

If numbers were used to choose the next pope, he might come from Latin America. Four in 10 Catholics live in Latin America, more than any other region, and it is home to the countries with the two largest Catholic populations, Brazil and Mexico, respectively. continue reading »

If Lent is 40 days, why are there 46 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter?

"The 40 days of Lent" has always been more of a metaphor than a literal count. Over the course of history the season of preparation for Easter Sunday has ranged from one day (in the first century) to 44 (today in the Roman church). Officially since 1970, Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends at sunset on Holy Thursday. continue reading »

Catholic Samba Group Turns Parade into Procession After Nightclub Fire

A Catholic samba group in Rio de Janeiro changed its parade plans after the nightclub fire that killed more than 230 people, most of them students from the local university in Santa Maria. continue reading »

PEW STUDY:Roe v. Wade at 40: Most Oppose Overturning Abortion Decision – Millennials Less Aware

As the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision approaches, the public remains opposed to completely overturning the historic ruling on abortion. A new poll by the Pew Research Center finds that more than six-in-ten (63%) say they would not like to see the court completely overturn the Roe v. Wade decision continue reading »

Cardinal George- Legislation Creating “Same-Sex” Marriage: What’s at Stake?

At the beginning of the New Year, 2013, a law is being proposed in the General Assembly to change the legal definition of marriage in Illinois to accommodate those of the same sex who wish to “marry” one another. In this discussion, the Church will be portrayed as “anti-gay,” which is a difficult position to be in, particularly when families and the Church herself love those of their members who are same-sex oriented. What’s at stake in this legislative proposal and in the Church’s teaching on marriage? continue reading »

Thousands Welcome Latin Patriarch, Fouad Twal to Bethlehem

Thousands of Christians native to Palestine and from around the world greeted the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Fouad Twal, on Monday in Bethlehem's Manger Square, hours before he would officiate the Mass of the Rooster in the Church of the Nativity as Christmas Day began. continue reading »

Authorities, 3000 Faithful See off Our Lady of Charity Pilgrimage in Havana

Government, Communist Party and Catholic Church authorities attended the farewell event of the pilgrimage of the statue of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre, continue reading »

Mass Unites Mexicans, Americans Separated by Border Fence

The Mexican bishop often exchanged glances with his American counterpart as they celebrated the All Souls' Day Mass. But instead of embracing at the kiss of peace, they touched palms -- though the chain-link fence. continue reading »

Ordain Women as Deacons Now! Why Not?

U.S. Catholic spent the last two days interviewing three scholars on the topic of women deacons at the book launch of Women Deacons: Past, Present, and Future (Paulist, 2011) at Loyola University's Gannon Center for Women in Leadership continue reading »