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‘Great War’ brought Catholics, bishops into mainstream of U.S. society

World War I was dubbed "the Great War" because of the near-global scale of the fighting.

Archbishop says he won’t resign, points to progress on abuse claims

Archbishop John C. Nienstedt of St. Paul and Minneapolis said the archdiocese has made significant progress in improving procedures for addressing sexual abuse claims and he will not resign over past missteps on such cases.

Idaho campus ministers see colleges as ‘places of evangelization’

They are, without a doubt, an odd couple. One is a Jesuit with a history in campus ministry, taking over the reins at St. Paul Catholic Student Center in Boise. The other is a tattooed, earring-and-bandanna-wearing, lifelong youth minister stepping in at St. John Catholic Student Center in Pocatello.

Court overturns law requiring hospital privileges for abortion doctors

A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans July 29 overturned a 2012 Mississippi law requiring doctors at the state's only abortion clinic to have admitting privileges at local hospitals.

Federal appeals court overturns Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage

Virginia's Catholic bishops said in a July 28 statement that "those with same-sex attractions must be treated with respect and sensitivity," but reaffirmed the Catholic Church's teaching that marriage should be between one man and one woman.

Report shows rising number of people displaced because of faith in 2013

Millions of Christians, Muslim and Hindus as well as people of other faiths were displaced by violence or threats because of their religious practice or for not holding any religious belief, said the 2013 Report on International Religious Freedom released July 28.

Agency seeks donations for emergency aid for fleeing Iraqi Christians

NEW YORK (CNS) -- A U.S.-based international Catholic agency July 28 issued a plea for emergency funds to help tens of thousands of Christians forced to flee their homes in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.

The Tekakwitha Conference at 75: a look at key events in its history

FARGO, N.D. (CNS) -- Mark G. Thiel holds the key to quite a bit of knowledge on Native American Catholics.

Capital punishment: Gains being made on another pro-life issue

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- People don't seem to count gains and setbacks on the death penalty issue with quite the same intensity as they do with other issues. Even so, slowly but surely, gains are being made -- and more gains than setbacks.

Bishops: To end border crisis, address issues forcing people to flee

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- To end the U.S.-Mexico border crisis, the United States must address the flow of illegal drugs and arms and the harmful economic policies forcing children and families to leave Central America for the U.S., said the chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace.