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Jesuit priest, former university leader, lives with inoperable cancer

Jesuit Father John Schlegel lived his own version of Lent this year.

Obama and Castro take next steps to normalize U.S.-Cuba ties

An hourlong meeting April 11 marked the first personal encounter between the leaders of the two neighboring countries since 1958.

U.S. deports Salvadoran general linked to civil war atrocities

The U.S. government April 8 deported the retired former director of the Salvadoran national guard from his home in Florida to El Salvador.

End of extreme global poverty in sight by 2030

The World Bank and global faith leaders, including Catholic Relief Services, are committing billions of dollars to continue the decline in the number of people living on less than $1.25 a day.

Definition of marriage in America at stake in Supreme Court’s rulings

ANALYSIS -- The high court will hear petitions on same-sex marriage from four states beginning April 28. A landmark ruling is expected before the court's session ends in June.

Pope is popular for his example, D.C. cardinal says

It's not only what Pope Francis says and how he treats people, said Cardinal Donald Wuerl, but "to many people he sounds and looks a lot like what Jesus would have sounded like."

New Kansas abortion law hailed as transformative

The president of National Right to Life said the Kansas law banning the dismemberment of a fetus may transform U.S. abortion policy.

Endowments, alumni support urged to help struggling Catholic schools

Young parents with financial difficulties coupled with underdeveloped fundraising may explain why Catholic elementary schools are not faring as well as Catholic high schools.

White House welcomes cross-section of Christian leaders

Speaking to Christian religious leaders from around the United States at an Easter Prayer Breakfast, President Obama invoked Pope Francis' call to "see the Lord in every excluded person."

Bishops object to death penalty as punishment in Boston bomber case

As the trial of Boston Marathon bombing defendant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev went to the jury April 6, the Catholic bishops of Massachusetts reiterated church teaching on the death penalty.