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Notre Dame grad designs sanctuary for papal Mass

Posted on August 4th, 2015

Pope Francis pictured during private audience at VaticanJames Lenahan won a nationwide design contest to create the stage for the Festival of Families and the site for Pope Francis’ Mass to end his visit to Philadelphia and the U.S. Sept. 26-27.


Missionaries of Charity care for the dying in Nepal’s holiest temple

A woman smiles as she is greeted by Sister Marica of the Missionaries of Charity at a home for the elderly in the Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu, Nepal, July 4.  The nuns have been caring for the dying and the elderly sick at the destitute center since 1978, when Mother Teresa initiated the service at the Nepal's holiest Hindu temple. (CNS photo/Anto Akkara) Posted on August 4th, 2015

The sisters are joined in their work to feed and bathe the dying elderly in Kathmandu by local volunteers, including Hindus. The sisters “bring joy here and inspire many.”


Pope to America: Don’t take this the wrong way, but…

Pope Francis speaks during his weekly audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Alessandro Di Meo, EPA) Posted on August 4th, 2015

The U.S. ambassador to the Holy See believes Pope Francis is not traveling to the United States in September to scold anyone, but to challenge Americans to live up to their ideals.


Cardinal O’Malley backs bill to defund Planned Parenthood

Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley. (CNS photo/Alessandro Bianchi, Reuters) Posted on August 4th, 2015

The head of the U.S. bishops’ pro-life committee urged U.S. senators to divert federal money to women’s health care providers that do not promote abortion.


Milwaukee parishes meet rising violence by walking and listening

Posted on August 4th, 2015

One pastor takes a daily walk through neighborhoods of his city parish. “He’s bold because I wouldn’t be walking this neighborhood,” said one resident. “And I live over here.”


Judge sides with L.A. archbishop to protect sisters from ‘bad deal’

A postman delivers mail to the former Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary convent in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles July 23. Los Angeles County Superior Court James Chalfant ruled July 30 that the contested sale of the former convent to restaurateur and urban developer Dana Hollister is invalid.(CNS photo/Mike Nelson, EPA) Posted on August 4th, 2015

A Los Angeles urban developer lost her bid in court to obtain a vacant I.H.M. Sisters’ convent. Pop star Katy Perry had proposed an alternate offer.


White House’s new power plant rules welcomed by U.S. bishops

Smoke from the American Electric Power's coal-fired Mountaineer Power Plant, along the banks of the Ohio River in New Haven, W.Va., is seen in this file photo. (CNS photo/Jim West) (May 30, 2014) Posted on August 4th, 2015

Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami called the plan to limit carbon emissions from coal-fired plants and curb climate change “an important step forward.”


After seeing the pope in Paraguay, church official comes home

Pope Francis arrives to celebrate Mass in Nu Guazu Park in Asuncion, Paraguay, July 12. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) Posted on August 4th, 2015

Kathia Arango, director of the archdiocesan Office for Hispanic Catholics.Kathia Arango, director of the archdiocesan Office for Hispanic Catholics, described the moving trip to her native country last month to witness the visit of Pope Francis.


Videos on fetal tissue prompt call to pro-life awareness

Carol Remer of Battle Creek, Iowa, leads a chant during a "Women Betrayed" rally in Sioux City July 28.  Demonstrations were held in 65 cities across the country calling for an end to federal funding of Planned Parenthood. (CNS photo/Jerry L. Mennenga, The Catholic Globe) Posted on August 3rd, 2015

Whether or not undercover videos discussing the illegal sale of fetal body parts will lead to defunding Planned Parenthood or criminal charges, the videos have brought the practice to light.


Ethical issues arise from ‘undercover’ abortion videos

Posted on August 3rd, 2015

Does exposing alleged wrongdoing connected to abortion — the taking of life — trump the act of reporters misrepresenting themselves — lying — to obtain sting videos?


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