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Ebola death toll reaches 660 in West Africa »

The death toll in West Africa's Ebola outbreak has risen to 660, with the number of cases surpassing 1,000, the World Health Organization said Friday. …

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Evacuation of 700 homes 1,200 flee wildfire in rural California »

Since Friday, the so-called Sand Fire has destroyed five homes and seven outbuildings. Many vineyards are in the area but the flames were moving away from them, said Lynn Tolmachoff,…

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Obama to tap rabbi as religious freedom ambassador »

WASHINGTON (RNS) -- President Obama on Monday said he plans to tap Rabbi David Saperstein as the next ambassador at large for International Religious Freedom, the first non-Christian to hold…

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Liberia closes borders as Ebola hits major west African cities »

Monrovia (AFP) - Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has announced the closure of most of the Ebola-hit country's land borders after the deadly tropical virus spread to two of west…

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France offers asylum to Mosul’s Christians »

PARIS (Reuters) - France said on Monday it was ready to welcome Christians from northern Iraq who have been told by the al Qaeda offshoot group now ruling the region…

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Fuel storage facility in the Libyan capital of Tripoli has caught fire after being hit by a missile »

White House released President Obama's War Powers letter to Congress on operation to evacuate the Tripoli embassy …

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Catholic News

Gay and Transgendered: What Comes Next? »

In 1965, Lyndon Johnson prohibited Federal discrimination in hiring based on race, religion, gender and nationality. President Obama’s latest executive…

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Appeals court: Man can’t sue judge who had affair with his wife during child-support case »

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Judge of the Millennium Wade McCree has a special place in the hearts of ATL’s writers. The former Wayne County…

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The Absurd, Bureaucratic Hell That Is the American Police State »

Obedience is the precondition to totalitarianism, and the precondition to obedience is fear …

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Pope acknowledges Catholic complicity in persecution of Italian Pentecostals »

Pope Francis has fulfilled a request of the Italian evangelical community by recognizing the complicity of some Catholics in the…

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Covert Bible app protects Christians at risk »

“Anyone else examining the smart phone would only see a calculator or other uninteresting common app,” the developers promise. …

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Americans really wish they had elected Mitt Romney »

A brutal CNN poll, released Sunday, which shows Romney topping Obama in a re-election rematch by a whopping nine-point margin,…

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Stephen Hawking’s Blunder on Black Holes Shows Danger of Listening to Scientists, Says Bachmann »

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Dr. Stephen Hawking’s recent statement that the black holes he famously described do not actually exist underscores…

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Pope Says to Anglicans “Come on Over!” »

In the wake of the Church of England’s decision to ordain women bishops the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham is hosting an open day. …

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War of Muslims and Christians Rape, murder and cannibalism »

Rape, murder and cannibalism... is there any hope for Central African Republic? Published 28 July 2014 | Lucinda Borkett-Jones Email Print Text Size Larger Smaller More Sharing Services Share (AP Photo/Jerome Delay) The crisis in the Central African Republic has forced nearly 1 million people from their…

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Bishop Davies: Lourdes shrine a light amid war, death »

Lourdes, France, Jul 28, 2014 / 10:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- This weekend, shortly before today's centenary of the beginning of World War I, an English bishop has said that the Marian shrine of Lourdes remains “undimmed” and still invites everyone to see the “light of…

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Meeting 200 Pentecostals, pope renews friendship, talks unity »

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- His voice breaking with emotion, Giovanni Traettino, a Pentecostal pastor in southern Italy and longtime friend of Pope Francis, welcomed the pope, "my beloved brother," to his partially built church in Caserta.…

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Pope says priests should be men of prayer who are close to the people »

The Pope, citing the example of the early Church in her relations with Judaism, said that God gives the gift of creativity through prayer: “prayer is so important. Not only the prayer of the Divine Office, but the liturgy of the Mass, tranquil, made well…

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Fr Brian D’Arcy: My battle with cancer, the Catholic Church and how my faith survived trauma of being abused as a boy of 10 »

Fr Brian D'Arcy is one of Ireland's best-known clerics – controversial and frank. He speaks to Adrian Rutherford about the future of the Catholic Church and how his faith survived the trauma of being abused as a boy of 10 in Omagh. …

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Home and School in American Catholic Life »

The Church in America needs both homeschooling, and Catholic schools. Homeschooling provides a bold reminder to priests, bishops, and government leaders that parents are the first educators of their children. …

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Putting religion back in the public square »

TORONTO - A century ago renowned Christian apologist G.K. Chesterton mused that freedom of religion once meant you were free to express your religion, but now it means you should rarely mention it. …

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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

Jesus is the great treasure, Pope teaches

Vatican City, Jul 27, 2014 / 11:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Sunday stressed the priceless value of encountering Jesus, noting that Jesus’ parables speak of those who are willing to trade everything for the…

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Pope Francis Dines in the Vatican Cafeteria, Denounces the Mafia in Naples

The impromptu "First Supper" came just hours after speculation began about a possible American tour by the pontiff come 2015. The rumors have yet to be confirmed.…

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Catholic Religious Freedom

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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Religious Freedom Forfeit in Obama’s LGBT Exec Order

"This level of coercion is nothing less than viewpoint blackmail that bullies into silence every contractor and subcontractor who has moral objections to homosexual behavior. This order gives activists a license to challenge their employers and,…

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Anglican Vicar: End of Christianity in Iraq Is ‘Very Near’

Andrew White, the vicar of the only Anglican church in Iraq, told BBC Radio 4 that Christianity is coming to an end in the Middle Eastern country. The Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS, is forcing…

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Politics

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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Boehner Explains Move to Sue President Obama

In an article for CNN on Sunday, Boehner stated that he plans to introduce legislation for the lawsuit later this month "before it is too late."…

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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

Bangladeshi Christians celebrate the end of Ramadan with “Muslim brothers”

The president of the Episcopal Commission for Christian Unity and Interreligious Dialogue releases a message for the feast of Eid al-Fitr. As "selfishness grows in the world," we need to create a "harmonious society" in which…

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Iraq Isis Crisis: Christians, Hounded Out of Mosul, Trapped in Desert and Refugee Camps

"All the people in my neighbourhood were Muslim. They came to help me — about 20 people — at the door in front of my house. They tried to convince Isis not to kill me."…

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Chinese police remove church cross amid crackdown

The Pew Research Center estimated 58 million Protestants in the country practiced the religion in 2011, along with 9 million Catholics the year before. Some experts say the total could be more than 100 million.…

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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

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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Episcopal church celebrates 40 years of women in the priesthood

Episcopal church celebrates 40 years of women in the priesthood …

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