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Catholic Church-Run Programs for Men help Stem Violence Against Nicaraguan Women

Women in Nicaragua, often too timid to speak for themselves, have been beaten and sometimes killed by their partners or husbands who were unable or unwilling to see this as a crime, as unacceptable, as a way of life that needed to be changed. continue reading »

Pope Benedict XVI has Expressed his Support of the United States on the 10th Anniversary of 9/11

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ! On this day my thoughts turn to the somber events of September 11, 2001, when so many innocent lives were lost in the brutal assault on the twin towers of the World Trade Center and the further attacks in Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania. I join you in commending the thousands of victims to the infinite mercy of Almighty God and in asking our heavenly Father to continue to console those who mourn the loss of loved ones. continue reading »

Havana’s Ladies in White Ask Church to Mediate Over Harassment

Havana's Ladies in White, who advocate for the liberation of political prisoners, have asked the Catholic Church to mediate with President Raul Castro over harassment which they were subjected to in August. The Spanish news agency EFE reported that Berta Soler, a leader of the Ladies in White and wife of ex-prisoner Angel Moya, told journalists that the chancellor for the Archdiocese of Havana, Msgr. Ramon Suarez Polcari, and the archdiocesan spokesman, Orlando Marquez, were very receptive to the request, made in a meeting Aug. 30. continue reading »

Pope Benedict Announces: Rio de Janeiro Will Host the 2012 World Youth Day (VIDEO)

Rio de Janeiro will host the next World Youth Day, Pope Benedict XVI announced Sunday to hundreds of thousands of young Roman Catholic pilgrims at the close of this year's event in Madrid. continue reading »

Forget Women’s Ordination: The Most Controversial Issue Among Catholics Today is Cry Rooms

Cry room supporters argue that other parishioners deserve a chance for prayer and meditation without the interruptions of a hungry newborn’s cries or inappropriate discussions of bodily functions right at the moment of consecration. Mommies and daddies can relax in cry rooms, they say, and avoid the guilt of knowing their progeny are disturbing their fellow Christians. continue reading »

Quinceañera – A Young Girl Takes her First Steps into Womanhood

Under the wooden rafters of Notre Dame Catholic Church in Greeneville, Tenn., a young girl walks slowly up the aisle on the way to her womanhood. She is flanked by her mother and stepfather, and she follows a procession of young ladies in slim red dresses and gentlemen in white Navy officer’s uniforms continue reading »

Mexican Diocese’s Gay Ministry Comes Under Vatican Scrutiny

A ministry for gay men and women operated by a northern Mexican diocese has come under scrutiny from the Vatican and might revert to its original status as an unaffiliated nonprofit organization. Bishop Raul Vera Lopez of Saltillo told Catholic News Service July 31 that he is responding to questions from the Vatican about Comunidad San Aelredo, which began as a youth group for gay Catholics and recently became a diocesan ministry. continue reading »

The healing spirit of El Niño Fidencio

One Sunday a month, in a small house in Fort Worth, Texas, the bigger-than-life spirit of a man known for his childlike demeanor comes to visit a devoted congregation continue reading »

Flower Ortega Anticipates World Youth Day 2011 (VIDEO)

A new generations of Catholics will seek out their place in the church in Madrid this August at World Youth Day 2011. continue reading »

Pope’s new book is instant New York Times Bestseller ” Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week ” debuts

Pope Benedict XVI's second volume on Christ's life debuts on the March 27 New York Times Bestseller List. Released March 10 worldwide, the new volume covers the last week of Jesus' earthly life—from his entrance into Jerusalem to his resurrection and appearances to his apostles and other followers. continue reading »

Fox Sports Rejects Another Super Bowl Ad: this One Features “John 3:16”

Fox Sports has rejected a proposed Super Bowl commercial featuring "John 3:16", a reference to a Bible verse that has been part of the culture of football in America for decades. continue reading »

Vast Majority of Americans Uncomfortable with Roe’s Legacy, Seek Return to Traditional Values

As the country remembers the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, a recently released book presents polling data that shows Americans' are increasingly at odds with that Supreme Court decision's legacy of unrestricted abortion. continue reading »

Mexican Catholics Attribute Miracles to John Paul II

The exhibition of personal items of the late Pope John Paul II in Monterrey Mexico has drawn over 100,000 people. The faithful come from Northern Mexico as well as the Southwest United States, with some attributing new miracles to the beloved Pontiff. continue reading »