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Pope at Audience Warns Against Evil One »

Reflecting on his five-day apostolic visit to South Korea that concluded Monday, Pope Francis affirmed that Christ never diminishes or cancels something 'good,' like culture, he only enriches them, and…

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Chinese Hackers Vacuum Data From U.S. Health Industry »

For four years, a sophisticated group of Chinese cyberspies has cut a digital swath through the health-care industry, stealing everything from trade secrets to trial data, say security firms probing…

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Pope’s special envoy returns from Iraq, testifies to ‘extraordinary faith’ of nation’s Christians »

Calling upon the Church to express solidarity for Iraq’s persecuted Christians, Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Pope Francis’s special envoy to the Middle Eastern nation, has returned to Rome and has confided…

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Why Some Catholics Won’t Take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge »

Not everyone is jumping to take part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which has gone viral and raised millions for research into Lou Gehrig’s disease. Following the Archdiocese of…

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Perry Says Terrorists Could Enter USA via Mexico… »

WASHINGTON — Gov. Rick Perry, Republican of Texas, on Thursday raised the “very real possibility” that individuals affiliated with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and other terrorist groups…

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Afghan soldier guns down US general in Kabul »

Kabul (Afghanistan) (AFP) - An Afghan soldier shot dead a US general on Tuesday at an army training centre in Kabul -- the highest-ranking American officer to be killed since…

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Catholic News

Virgin Mary’s house the place where wishes come true »

Visitors to the House of the Virgin Mary in the town of Selçuk in ?zmir province, which is considered a…

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Russian hackers steal 1.2B passwords »

NEW YORK (AP) — Russian hackers have stolen 1.2 billion user names and passwords in a series of Internet heists…

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Chinese hackers spied on investigators of Flight MH370 »

The malware-based hacking attack hit around 30 PCs assigned to officials in the Malaysia Airlines, the Civil Aviation Department and…

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63 trillion gallons of groundwater lost in drought »

The ongoing drought in the western United States has caused so much loss of groundwater that the Earth, on average,…

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Navy reverses course, puts Bibles back in hotels during policy review »

The Freedom from Religion Foundation complained about the religious books earlier in the year, which prompted the Navy Exchange to…

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Georgetown Student Shares Ways to Evangelize on Campus »

Louis Cona, a student at Georgetown University, recently shared his perspective on how to evangelize at college and spoke with…

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CHENEY: Obama Would ‘Rather Be On The Golf Course’ Than The Situation Room »

Former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney strongly criticized President Barack Obama on Wednesday night for going golfing immediately after delivering…

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As battles rage, Catholics in Ukraine request Independence Day prayers »

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- As Ukrainians prepared to mark their Aug. 24 Independence Day under the cloud of fierce fighting in the East, Catholic leaders condemned the threat to Ukraine's territorial integrity and prayed for a speedy end to the hostilities.…

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St. Padre Pio’s 5 Point Rule of Life »

When we think of great mystics and wonder-working saints, we often think of those who lived centuries ago. Yet, St. Pio of Pietrelcina was both a mystic and a performer of many miracles—and he died in 1968, only 46 years ago.…

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Cardinal Newman Society: Says Common Core Could Threaten Religious Liberty »

The Cardinal Newman Society’s summer newsletter named among the 10 things Catholics should know about Common Core is that it “could lead to religious liberty violations.” That’s in part because of the Department of Health and Human Services mandate to cover contraception coverage for employees…

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Yazidis, Christians: ‘They Cut Us Like Sheep’ »

Tens of thousands of Yazidis made the 100-mile trek from Mt. Sinjar all the way to the United Nations refugee camp on the northern border.…

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Catholic Charities to use grant to help Ferguson-area residents »

The board of the Missouri Foundation for Health has approved a grant of up to $25,000 for Catholic Charities. The funding will provide case management at the drop-in center in Dellwood for people affected by the street blockings, damages and other disruptions caused by the…

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Media pull out amid new evidence Brown was aggressor »

FERGUSON, Mo. – Many news media services already had begun packing tents and television transmission vehicles as word circulated through the Ferguson community of further evidence that the black teen shot and killed by a police officer was the aggressor, resisting arrest after his suspected…

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Former CIA Officer: ‘A Lot of Communication’ Between ISIS, Mexican Cartels »

Former CIA covert operations officer Mike Baker said that he believes there is “a lot of communication” between ISIS and Mexican drug cartels given past efforts by al Qaeda to do likewise on Thursday’s “Laura Ingraham Show.” …

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CNN: Over 400 British Citizens Are Members of ISIS »

CNN correspondent Brian Todd reported that there were “more than 400 British citizens alone in ISIS” on Thursday’s broadcast of “The Situation Room.” …

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Pro Life: Fight the good fight

Richard Dawkins apologizes for Down syndrome, abortion comments »

The University of Oxford professor told one mother that if she found out she was carrying a baby with Down syndrome she should 'abort it…

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Kansas Abortion Facility, Subject of Operation Rescue Complaint for Failure to Report Abuse, Shuts Down »

Pro-life activists discovered the closure when they arrived at the facility to offer help to abortion-bound women. After seeing no sign of activity on a…

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ADF congressional report exposes Planned Parenthood’s ongoing taxpayer abuse »

Alliance Defending Freedom made public Wednesday its latest annual report to Congress that identifies waste, abuse, and potential fraud by Planned Parenthood, state family planning…

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Suspended N.J. abortion doctor asks judge to consider ‘good faith’ behind his actions »

HAMILTON — The attorney for Steven Brigham, a doctor suspended for starting late-term abortions in his South Jersey office and sending five women to Maryland…

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Planned Parenthood: ‘We absolutely do celebrate’ higher abortion totals »

Though Planned Parenthood has long claimed abortion is a tiny part of its mission, the president and CEO of one of its affiliates says the…

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Vatican

Pope Francis calls parents of journalist James Foley

ROME (Reuters) - Pope Francis called the parents of James Foley, the American journalist killed by Islamic State militants in Iraq, to offer his condolences and support, a Vatican spokesman said on Friday.…

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Argentina car crash kills 3 relatives of pope

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Three relatives of Pope Francis died and a fourth was in serious condition Tuesday after their car crashed on a provincial highway in Argentina, the Vatican and local officials said.…

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Vatican sets dates for pope’s second Asia trip

VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican has confirmed the dates for Pope Francis' second trip to Asia, a weeklong visit Jan. 12-19 to Sri Lanka and the Philippines.…

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Catholic Religious Freedom

ADF to Navy: Don’t surrender to atheist group’s push to purge Bibles

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Alliance Defending Freedom sent a letter to the Navy Exchange Service Command Wednesday after it needlessly agreed to remove Bibles from guest rooms in hotels and lodges on Navy bases after receiving…

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Anti-Christian violence in Ukraine as well

Corey Bailey with International Christian Concern says the world should be taking note of the plight of Christians and refugees in Ukraine and not allow it to be overshadowed by the religious persecution currently occurring in…

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Kerry decries persecution of Christians by Boko Haram, Islamic State

The US State Department issued its annual International Religious Freedom Report and named Turkmenistan its 9th “country of particular concern” because of egregious governmental repression of religious liberty.…

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Politics

Obama To Jesus Heckler: ‘I Believe In God, Thanks For The Prayer’

Kansas City, Mo. (CBS ST. LOUIS/AP) – President Barack Obama responded to a heckler in Kansas City on Wednesday, with Obama responding to the woman yelling, “Jesus is the Lord of Israel.”…

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Democrat Al Franken accused of massive plagiarism

Skorski lists at least 18 examples of what he claims is Franken quoting almost word for word from the group’s reports on Fox News and conservatives. …

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Bishops Slam “Unprecedented and Extreme” Attack on Religious Freedom

As you already know, President Obama just signed an executive order banning anyone who contracts with the federal government from discriminating based on “sexual orientation” or “gender identity.”…

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National

Cardinal George begins experimental cancer treatment ..

Chicago Cardinal Francis George has entered an experimental cancer treatment program at the University of Chicago, according to an announcement posted on the website of the Chicago archdiocese today.…

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Homeland Warns of ISIS Retaliation in US

Federal authorities today urged law enforcement across the country to be alert for possible attacks inside the United States in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic group ISIS, the brutal terrorist group that beheaded American…

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Catholic charities deliver supplies to immigrant children

SAN ANTONIO - We're told several Catholic churches will deliver supplies they collected this weekend to help the women and children who've crossed into the US illegally. …

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International

Ukrainian Catholic leader blasts Russian Orthodox statements, says Church is being oppressed

In a letter to bishops and political leaders around the world, the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church said that the Catholic Church is being oppressed in eastern Ukraine.…

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Quarantine and curfew imposed against the 75,000 residents

The sanctions imposed Wednesday cut the Monrovia seaside slum known as West Point from its coast and confines about 75,000 of its residents to curb the spread of a deadly virus that has already killed about…

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CBCP shares National Prayer for Filipino Catholics to prepare for papal visit

MANILA - The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines is enjoining the faithful to prepare for the papal visit on January 15-19, 2015 by asking them to say a prayer, starting August 1, that highlights the…

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Catholic Music

Dolly Parton Says ‘A Belief in God is Essential’ Because ‘Through God All Things Are Possible’

The 68-year old Tennessee native also talked about how the Bible influences her daily life throughout her legendary career that spans five decades, beginning with a regular spot as a singer on country music star Porter…

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Veteran Christian Singer Steve Green Releases “Hide the Word: Bible Songs for Kids”

Contemporary Christian artist Steve Green has always have had a heart to minister to children. Now he has taken the opportunity to release "Hide the Word: Bible Songs fo Kids." As thee title suggests,…

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Joseph Habedank “Welcome Home” Album Review

There is not a dearth of songs about faith. Rather, the lacuna in Christian music is that we need songs that have the uncanny ability to speak to us even when we are passing through…

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Health

Catholic bishops, Becket Fund slam newest HHS contraception mandate rules

On Friday (Aug. 22), the Department of Health and Human Services released the new regulations for the mandate requiring employers to provide insurance coverage that gives workers free access to 20 forms of contraception. The new…

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HHS offers new way for religious employers

The Obama administration took steps Friday it said would ensure that women who work for religious employers will have continued access to cost-free birth control coverage, while respecting the views of their employers.…

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Second American infected with Ebola

On Saturday, Samaritan's Purse announced that American doctor Kent Brantly had become infected. The 33-year-old former Indianapolis resident had been treating Ebola patients in Monrovia and started feeling ill…

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Unexplained

Suspects Wanted Amish Girls as Slaves, Investigator Says

A northern New York couple used a dog to lure two Amish sisters from their family farm stand with a plan to turn them into slaves, an investigator said Thursday.…

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HBO defends scenes of sex, violence and rape

The global hit show is known for airing graphic scenes for which has been criticised but Michael Lombardo, president of programming at HBO, said the writers have always toed the line of remaining authentic to the…

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Morally Dead: Cosmopolitan features article on lesbian sex positions

Disturbing times for Cosmopolitan readers must be hard to find these days. Beware …

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