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Cardinal Dolan slams DNC pledge to back only pro-abortion pols

New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan described the recent pledge from the Democratic National Committee's chair to support only pro-abortion candidates "disturbing" and "intolerant." Some Democrats agree.

Historians assess the promise and paradox of JFK at his centenary

The centenary of Kennedy's birth has brought fresh appraisals of Kennedy, the first -- and so far, only -- Catholic to attain the presidency and his assassination-truncated term of office.

Virginia Catholics join the zero waste movement to promote green living

To be virtually trash free, Jane Crosby of St. Bernadette Church in Springfield composts her food waste and recycles a little. But mostly she relies day to day on reusable products such as Mason jars, cloth napkins and canvas shopping bags.

Justice Department holds onto Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate

Nearly a year after the U.S. Supreme Court sent their cases back to the lower courts, the Justice Department still is appealing some of them.

Catholic chaplain accompanies anguished circus workers on final tour

The Ringling circus was nearing the end of its 145-year run and the workers, including frontline performers, were in a quandary about their future. They learned Jan. 14 that the circus was closing.

Terror groups seen as ‘entities of concern’ on religious freedom

Islamic State, the Taliban and the Somali group al-Shabaab made it into a U.S. commission's report thanks to a new law. The Jesuit priest in charge called IS "one of the most egregious violators of religious freedom."

St. Padre Pio relics to tour U.S. marking 130th anniversary of his birth

Relics of St. Padre Pio, a Capuchin priest who bore the stigmata of Jesus, will be on public display in several U.S. dioceses and archdioceses in May and again in the fall.

Oregon anti-Catholic preacher said to feel helpless in modern world

Eight men who in January hurled a fiery message outside of a Spanish Mass in Portland do not represent a new phenomenon of the Trump era. Instead, they are part of a long tradition of Christian splinter groups that react virulently to change and see themselves as prophets.

Court’s death penalty vote will impact current stayed executions

When the Arkansas Supreme Court stayed the executions of two of the eight men slated for April executions, it said it was awaiting guidance from the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in McWilliams v. Dunn, the case it heard April 24.

Kentucky farm rooted in mission of Dominican Sisters of Peace

Grass-fed, free roaming cattle, along with orchards and beehives, are helping business boom at the 650-acre farm, which "embraces sustainable practices ... to preserve and care for the land."