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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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Peace Corps Pulls Volunteers from West Africa After Two Exposed to Ebola »

Two American Peace Corps volunteers have been isolated after being exposed to the widening Ebola outbreak in West Africa. This is the largest known outbreak on record with roughly 700…

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Politico: Moms Are Winning the Common Core War »

The moms have been so successful in educating parents about the development and nature of the Common Core initiative that the standards’ proponents have concluded they’re losing the larger public…

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U.S. Bishops Plead with U.S. Government to Help Iraqi Christians »

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Catholic bishops have urged the U.S. government to assist Iraqi Christian victims of persecution from militants of the Islamic State, while France has offered asylum to…

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Catholic News

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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Beijing arrests nearly 1,000 members of Christian sect accused of brainwashing »

Over the past three months China has arrested nearly 1,000 members of a Christian sect referred to as a cult…

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Feds Paid Workers to Browse Facebook and Watch TV »

If you snooze, you lose. Or in the case of some federal workers, you might gain. A recent government report…

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10,000-seat rendition of Solomon’s Temple built in Brazil »

Towering in sharp relief against the graffiti-splattered tenements nearby, it beckons with monumental walls of stone imported from Israel and…

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Man threatens to bomb Daytona Beach basilica during Mass, police say »

DAYTONA BEACH — A Palm Coast man disrupted Sunday evening Mass at The Basilica of St. Paul off Ridgewood Avenue,…

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Giant anteaters kill two hunters in Brazil »

Giant anteaters in Brazil have killed two hunters in separate incidents, raising concerns about the animals' loss of habitat and…

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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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ISIS Threat ‘Beyond Anything We’ve Seen’: Hagel »

U.S. military involvement in Iraq will continue because the long-term threat from ISIS is more dangerous, even than that from al-Qaeda, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday.…

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Hell is for Real! »

Our life is very short and the stakes are very high: salvation or condemnation! It is for eternity—forever and ever and ever! We will either be with God the angels and saints and Mary the Queen of the angels and saints in heaven forever! Or…

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Pope Francis: Turn Off the TV During Dinner »

Pope Francis also talked about the importance of helping immigrants, praising Sweden's generosity in opening its doors to so many people, while noting anti-immigration policies show the rest of Europe "is afraid."…

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Bishops: To end border crisis, address issues forcing people to flee »

WASHINGTON (CNS) — To end the U.S.-Mexico border crisis, the United States must address the flow of illegal drugs and arms and the harmful economic policies forcing children and families to leave Central America for the U.S., said the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee…

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Pro Life: Fight the good fight

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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Planned Parenthood, 15-year-olds, and Sadomasochism »

Live Action has produced another excellent undercover video that documents a Planned Parenthood counselor “educating” a 15-year-old girl about abhorrent sexual behaviors – including those…

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Vatican

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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Almost 100 bishops to accompany Pope Francis to South Korea ..

"Some 90 bishops, including 30 in the pope's entourage and 60 from other Asian countries, will attend various events during the pope's visit to South Korea," the committee told reporters.…

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Catholic Religious Freedom

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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Millions fled homes in 2013 due to religious beliefs

Washington (AFP) - Conflicts and repression around the world in 2013 triggered the largest displacement of religious communities in recent memory, a US report said Monday, revealing millions had fled their homes.…

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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

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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U.S. embassy in Libya evacuated

WASHINGTON — The U.S. embassy in strife-torn Libya was evacuated early Saturday, under cover of American warplanes and spy aircraft, according to the State Department and Pentagon.…

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U.S. meat, seafood prices rising on drought, disease

WASHINGTON — Overall U.S. food inflation will remain near the historic norm in 2014, even as prices for meat and seafood are pushed higher by disease and widespread drought, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on…

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International

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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Call to reverse bible study; prayer group ban in Victorian schools

The ban prohibits any prayer groups, bible studies, information sessions or workshops related to Christianity or any other religious practice, with an exception for students to pray individually according to their personal belief. …

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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

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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Hormonal contraceptives increases risk of gestational diabetes

A new Missouri health study suggests women who used hormonal contraception had a 1.4 time higher chance of developing GDM. …

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White House Working on More Fixes for Troubled Obamacare

The federal government and state insurance regulators are coming up with new rules in response to unexpected bills that have resulted from narrower choices, constricted coverage, and misunderstandings over insurer networks, The New York Times reported.…

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Unexplained

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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Priest Claims Hate Texts Are From Demon Spirit

A Polish priest claims he has been getting hate texts - from a demon. Parish priest Father Marian Rajchel from Jaroslaw, a town in south-eastern Poland, said he started getting the texts after carrying out an exorcism…

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Ghost attacks in Hanover haunted house

Homeowner DeAnna Simpson says they’ve lived in the home for seven years, and put everything they had into buying it. She says she and her husband didn’t find out it was haunted until soon after they…

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