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Questions persist after testing of ‘Jesus’ Wife’ papyrus »

(RNS) A year and a half after unveiling a slip of papyrus that she dubbed “The Gospel of Jesus’s Wife,” Harvard Bible scholar Karen King on Thursday (April 10) released…

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Pope Francis Ignores Prepared Homily In Palm Sunday Speech »

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis, marking Palm Sunday in a packed St. Peter's Square, ignored his prepared homily and spoke entirely off-the-cuff in a remarkable departure from practice. Later,…

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Pope Francis: ‘Married men could be ordained priests if world’s bishops agree on it’ »

A bishop who met with Pope Francis in a rare private audience on 4 April has said in an interview that the two men discussed the issue of the ordination…

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US Troops May Be Sent to E Europe »

U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove told The Associated Press he wouldn't "write off involvement by any nation, to include the United States." Foreign ministers of the 28-nation alliance…

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Tennessee Wants to Ban the U.N. From Monitoring Its Elections »

Now, the Republican-controlled Legislature in Tennessee is fighting back against the international governing body. On Tuesday, the state Senate passed a bill banning U.N. elections monitors from overseeing state elections—unless…

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Catholic News

Annual survey finds that fewer Americans view the Bible as sacred »

19% of survey respondents described the Bible as “just another book of teachings written by men that contains stories and…

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Jihadists are embarking on ‘Final Solution’ in Middle East »

In a talk at the beginning of Lent at Brentwood Cathedral I cited the heroic and faithful work of a…

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Massachusetts town votes to call Christmas vacation ‘Christmas vacation’ again »

A huge majority of voters in a small town in the nether suburbs of Boston has approved a ballot measure…

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Writer Makes Life-Altering Decision to Become a Catholic Nun — But a Major Barrier Nearly Derailed Her Aspirations »

Mary Beth Baker, a senior staff writer at the Pinkston Group, a public relations firm in Washington, D.C., is planning…

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Pakistani report: 700 Christian women kidnapped yearly, forced into Muslim marriages »

A coalition of organizations, including the Pakistani bishops' justice and peace commission, has found that 700 Christian girls and women,…

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Fatima statue inspires devotion, prayer in Castel Gandolfo »

Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Apr 10, 2014 / 02:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Locals and swarms of pilgrims from various parts of…

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Lessons in Faith: Bible Club Puts God Back in School »

Two-thirds of the student body at Redbank Valley High School in small town New Bethlehem, Pa., rush to the club's meetings held in the public school's auditorium one day a week.…

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Louisiana lawmakers advance bill that would make the Bible the state’s official book »

Rep. Thomas Carmody (R) said he sponsored the proposal at the request of a constituent but insisted that the bill wasn’t designed to be a state-endorsement of Christianity.…

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Pope Francis: Satan exists in the 21st century and how we can fight him »

Pope Francis said the life of every Christian is a constant battle against evil just as Jesus during his life had to struggle against the devil and his many temptations. And he warned that whoever wants to follow Jesus must be aware of this reality.…

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Teen Suspended For Helping Students Opt-Out Of Common Core English Test »

Teen Suspended For Helping Students Opt-Out Of Common Core English Test An eighth-grade student in New York says she was suspended from school last week after informing classmates that they could opt-out of an upcoming Common Core English test. According to a complaint filed by…

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NYC priest to be ordained Albany’s Catholic bishop »

Scharfenberger was appointed by Pope Francis to succeed Bishop Howard Hubbard, who was the longest-tenured bishop of a single diocese in the nation when he submitted his resignation on Oct. 31, when he turned 75. He was appointed bishop of Albany in March 1977.…

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Man-turning-woman substitute teacher suspended »

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The “gender identity” of Laura (Kurt) Jane Klug became an issue when students began talking about it with parents. KFDM-TV in Port Arthur, Texas,reported Klug was asked by district managers to stay away from classes until the hearing.…

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North Korea capable of EMP attack on U.S. »

WASHINGTON – A long-suppressed report prepared by the Department of Homeland Security for the Defense Department concludes that North Korea could deliver on its threats to destroy the United States with a nuclear electromagnetic pulse attack.…

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Vatican prepares for first-ever canonisation of two popes »

The procedure can be very expensive - costing up to US$1 million(S$1.24 million) - and this has tended to favour candidates from the developed world, although the Vatican is now trying to make it easier for sainthood causes from poorer countries.…

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Pro Life: Fight the good fight

Florida House approves bills to further restrict abortion, protect fetuses »

A second would add penalties to anyone convicted of a crime if the act harms a fetus. Similar legislation passed the House last year but…

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NY health boss resigning after agency failed to inspect abortion clinics »

State Health Commissioner Dr. Nirav Shah is stepping down amid criticism over his agency’s failure to conduct regular inspections of abortion clinics and for delays…

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Abortion provider to offer a $25 discount for a first-time patient »

The “first-time” discount implicitly acknowledges the frequency of repeat abortions. According to the latest Center for Disease Control (CDC) data, it is estimated that around…

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Colorado Reacts to Bill That Would Undo Pro-Life Successes »

“It’s very broadly written and therefore has the potential to be broadly interpreted,” Kraska said. “It has the potential to overturn and make null and…

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Students outraged as union votes to ban pro-life rallies »

Muslims, Catholics, Evangelical Christians and pro-abortion students have joined forces to oppose moves to stop pro-life students from demonstrating or protesting on the Cardiff University…

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Vatican

Vatican announces logo, motto for papal trip to Korea

The Holy See has released the official motto and logo for Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to South Korea, which is the first time a pontiff has traveled to the country in since John Paul II went…

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Pope rules Vatican bank to stay operative, approves reforms

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis has approved a reform proposal keeping the Vatican bank operative, ending a year of speculation over whether the pontiff would close the institution that has embarrassed the Church for decades.…

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Pope Francis gives faithful to pocket-sized copies of the Gospels

Tens of thousands of faithful in St. Peter's Square have been treated to gifts from Pope Francis — pocket-sized copies of the Gospels which he hopes they'll keep handy and read daily. The scriptures were handed…

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Catholic civil rights

California School Ok’s Distribution of Bible Coins

The San Bernardino Sun reports that earlier this year, a teacher at Desert Knolls Elementary School in Apple Valley banned four children from handing out plastic coins with Bible verses during recess.…

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Air Force’s Religious Expression Under Review

Top officials, chaplains, and legal officers will meet to make sure current policies don't prevent service members from expressing their religious beliefs. Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Va., and 41 members of Congress wrote to the academy superintendent asking…

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Victory Update: Conservative Christian Professor Awarded Promotion, Back Pay

The jury’s verdict was for liability only, with the judge to determine the lawful remedy. This afternoon, the judge ruled – holding that Dr. Adams was entitled to receive the promotion he was wrongly denied, the…

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Politics

The Paranoid Madness of the Democratic Party

The Democrat may no longer believe in God, the Constitution or even motherhood and apple pie, but he devoutly believes that somewhere out there Republicans are sitting in a sealed room and plotting to bring back…

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IRS under fire: Vote for Obama stickers, campaign cheerleading commonplace

Even as the IRS faces growing heat over Lois G. Lerner and the tea party targeting scandal, a government watchdog said Wednesday it’s pursuing cases against three other tax agency employees and offices suspected of illegal…

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Brutal: Democratic poll finds Obama’s base is ready to stay home in November

The first rule of ACA polling, though, is that the numbers rarely move much no matter what’s going on with the law. They dipped after the Healthcare.gov Chernobyl in October, they bounced back a bit as…

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National

Brandeis Withdraws Offer of Honorary Degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Hirsi Ali was a Muslim before escaping to the West. "Ali has been extremely and indeed harshly critical of the Islamic world in which she suffered, both as a child in Africa, and also as a…

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Military trying to ban Jesus, chaplain says

"We keep pushing back and it keeps coming," Benzing told the Henderson County Republican Men's Club last week. "Groups like ours with conservative, Bible believing chaplains, we're not asking for anything special. We're not asking for…

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The IPCC’s Latest Report Deliberately Excludes And Misrepresents Important Climate Science

This week, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is releasing its latest report, the “Working Group II Contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report.” Like its past reports, this one predicts apocalyptic consequences if…

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International

Priests and nun arrested for protesting against naval base

On 7 April, South Korean police detained two priests, a nun and a lay Catholic at the end of a "Mass for peace" against the construction of a new military base in the area. All four…

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Liberal Europe is a Breeding Ground for Sectarian Islamist Killers Entering Syria

The vibes of multi-cultural Europe, gender rights, numbing down on Christianity, progressive age based on new technology, growing atheism, and so forth, appears to be bypassing Islamist sectarians going to Syria in order to kill from…

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NICARAGUA Priest killed: he was “a charismatic, sociable, cheerful priest, he inspired young people to follow Jesus Christ”

Jinotega (Agenzia Fides ) - "As a father and pastor of the pilgrim Church in the Diocese of Jinotega, I want to express, on behalf of the priests, religious and laity, our feeling of deep sorrow…

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Catholic Music

TobyMac talks about new single ‘Speak Life’ and future plans

His album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 all-genre charts and he made history, marking the fourth time a Christian album has topped the overall Billboard 200 charts. "I was surprised, but it felt…

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Two nuns from S.D. part of new music CD

“It’s been used in our community especially the last few years,” says Sister Gianna Heinemann, a Flandreau native. “It’s facing your fear, but it’s more than that. It’s like grabbing the Lord’s hand and just running…

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Christian metal band dividing religious rock stereotypes

"I've always enjoyed being in a band with my brother," said Gerard Mora, lead singer in the "unintentional" Christian metal-rock quartet from Adkins, Texas. "It's just been good things all year. Apart from the fact we're…

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Health

Latest ObamaCare surprise: Most won’t be able to buy health insurance until end of year

"It's all closed down. You cannot buy a policy that is a qualified policy for the purpose of the ACA (the Affordable Care Act) until next year on January 1," says John DiVito, president of Flexbenefit…

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New drug used to treat breast cancer heralded as ‘quite groundbreaking’

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Said drug cut in half the risk that cancer would worsen, or progress, researchers said. The median time before the disease progressed or the women died was 20.2 months for…

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NJ Obamacare Cancels Insurance Plans of 1,800 Children

Obamacare's new mandated requirements killed New Jersey's low-cost children's insurance coverage plan, FamilyCare Advantage. The plan, offered by Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, was designed for children whose parents make too much money…

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Unexplained

Report: North Korean official executed by flamethrower, burned alive

O Sang-hon, a deputy within the Ministry of Public Security, had connections to Kim Jong-un’s uncle, Jang Sung-taek. Jang Sung-taek was executed in Dec. 2013 on a variety of charges. These connections to Jang merited the…

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Pakistani baby charged with attempted murder

Baby Musa Khan appeared in court in the city of Lahore last week, charged with attempted murder along with his father and grandfather after a mob protesting against gas cuts and price increases stoned police and…

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Swedish stroke patient hears doctors discuss removing his organs

43-year-old man lodges official complaint after overhearing medics talking to his girlfriend about organ donation while he was paralyzed but fully conscious …

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