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Pro-life advocates oppose new FDA guidelines for RU-486 use

WASHINGTON—Pro-life advocates expressed dismay with new Food and Drug Administration guidelines that effectively ex­pand how pregnant women can use RU-486, a drug that induces abortion. The new rules, announced March 30, allow a woman to use RU-486 — known generi­cally as mifepristone and by its brand name Mifeprex — later into pregnancy and with fewer […]

Encyclical connects Catholic tradition, natural world and science

WASHINGTON—For all the attention Pope Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home” has gained, little has been made of the con­nection among Catholic tradition, the natural world and science that the document addresses. Technology, creation and sacrament are key com­ponents of the encyclical, the most recent document in the evolutionary line of […]

Cardinal Dolan and Archbishop Lori to Congress: Support the Conscience Protection Act

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan and Archbishop William E. Lori are urging the U.S. House of Representatives to support the Conscience Protection Act of 2016 (HR 4828). Cardinal Dolan is chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities and Archbishop Lori is chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty. The […]

Catholic leaders reflect on life, work of EWTN founder Mother Angelica

WASHINGTON—Mother Angelica “reflected the Gospel commission to go forth and make disciples of all nations” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. bishops’ conference. “Like the best evangelists, she used the communications tools of her time to make this happen. She displayed a unique capacity for mission and showed the […]

Protect needs of poor, refugees, pope tells students at model U.N.

VATICAN CITY—Addressing the needs and challenges of the poor and of refugees is a commitment not only for Christians but for all men and women, Pope Francis told university students. Protecting the rights and dignity of each member of the human family is a calling “we have inside us; some­thing we carry inside us as […]

Religious rally at Supreme Court supports Little Sisters of the Poor

WASHINGTON, D.C.—In a peaceful but vocal show of support for religious freedom, a large group of people stood outside the Supreme Court on March 23, praying and singing. The rally was a mark of solidarity as the Supreme Court heard the case of the Little Sisters of the Poor, who argued that they should be […]

Church in the U.S. to welcome thousands of new Catholics at Easter Vigil

WASHINGTON—Thousands of people across the United States will enter the Catholic Church on Easter Vigil, March 26. Among them, many dioceses are welcoming entire families who, inspired by each other, want to receive the sacraments. The Archdiocese of Baltimore will usher in 292 catechumens and 516 candidates, among them, a 14-year-old parishioner who found her […]

Mother Teresa to be canonized Sept. 4; pope sets other sainthood dates

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis will declare Blessed Teresa of Kolkata a saint at the Vatican Sept. 4. The date was announced March 15 during an “ordinary public consistory,” a meeting of the pope, cardinals and promoters of sainthood causes that formally ends the sainthood process. At the same consistory, the pope set June 5 as the […]

Ministry waits for news on Fiji cyclone

Cyclone Winston made headlines worldwide when it devastated the Pacific island nation of Fiji on Feb. 20. It also drew the fervent attention and prayers of Msgr. Edward Lofton, pastor of St. Theresa the Little Flower Church in Summerville, because Catholic communities in Fiji have a direct connection with the Diocese of Charleston. Msgr. Lofton, […]

Canonization process begins for Mother Teresa

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis will preside over a consistory to approve the canonization of five men and women, including Blessed Teresa of Kolkata, the Vatican announced. The March 15 consistory will also determine the approval of canonization of Argentine “gaucho priest,” Blessed Jose Gabriel del Rosario Brochero and Blessed Jose Sanchez del Rio, a 14-year-old Mexican […]

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