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Lawyer says agreement ‘a new day, new way’ in church response to abuse

With a historic courtroom in downtown St. Paul as the backdrop, attorney Jeff Anderson and officials from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis Oct. 13 announced a settlement of one of the first cases filed under the Minnesota Child Victims Act.

Archbishop urges peace in streets during new round of Ferguson protests

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson of St. Louis urged protesters to turn away from violence as a new round of protests began over the shooting death of African-American teenager Michael Brown this past summer in the small town of Ferguson.

Courage offers pastoral outreach to those with same-sex attraction

For Catholic men and women who experience same-sex attraction, it can often be a difficult and confusing task to understand how they can live out their faith and participate in their religion.

Court’s pass on same-sex marriage rulings leaves plenty of questions

When the Supreme Court declined to review the appeals on rulings striking down same-sex marriage bans as unconstitutional, many people were left second-guessing why this happened and what it means for the future of same-sex marriages and bans on such marriages.

Only way to end poverty is to address its root causes, says speaker

Poverty is more than the lack of money, and until we understand its root causes, it cannot be eradicated.

Report takes deeper look at statistics about women’s religious orders

A longtime trend of declining numbers of women in religious orders is unpacked a bit in a new study by Georgetown University's Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate.

National shrine for St. John Paul II features artifacts and insights

In the heart of the national shrine dedicated to one of the most revered figures in church and world history, a new exhibit pays further homage to the man who embodied the Catholic Church for more than 25 years.

New rules to opt out of HHS mandate still unsatisfactory, says USCCB

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Oct. 8 urged the federal government "to reconsider" its new rules to allow religious institutions -- and potentially some for-profit companies -- to opt out of the contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act.

Nurse says listening to God’s call to volunteer ‘changed my life’

When Alexis Weber decided to answer a classified advertisement for volunteer nurses in the Pittsburgh Catholic diocesan newspaper in 1994, it led her to a mutually beneficial relationship with St. Joseph House of Hospitality.

U.S. bishops emphasize traditional marriage after Supreme Court action

After the Supreme Court Oct. 6 declined to review rulings overturning five states' bans on same-sex marriage, several U.S. bishops criticized the court's inaction and reiterated that according to church teaching, traditional marriage is a union between one man and one woman.