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Natural Family Planning Awareness Week slated for July 19-25

The national educational campaign of the U.S. bishops celebrates "God's design for married love and the gift of life" and to raise awareness of NFP methods.

Cleveland priest faces multiple federal child pornography charges

The 40-year-old priest, charged with eight crimes including child pornography, was arrested Dec. 5 and has continued to be held without bond.

Report marks 20th year of U.S. efforts to address trafficking worldwide

Government-sponsored trafficking is "a perversion of any government's reason for existence," which is "to protect rights, not crush them," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Ex-DRE at Tennessee parish indicted for abusing girl

Michael D. Lewis, 41, was indicted on 10 counts of statutory rape and four counts of sexual battery, stemming from incidents in July 2013 and July 2017.

Judge blocks law requiring 24-hour waiting period before getting abortion

An Iowa district court judge has temporarily blocked the enforcement of the state's new law, signed June 29, in a suit brought by Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union.

Indiana priest suspended after derogatory remarks about protesters

The bishop of the Diocese of Lafayette, Indiana, has suspended a priest from public ministry after the pastor referred to Black Lives Matters protesters as "maggots and parasites" in a Sunday bulletin.

Providence College cemetery reconsecrated after vandalism attack

Two days after a vandal defaced gravestones and a cross with swastikas at the Dominican Cemetery at Providence College, Bishop Thomas J. Tobin blessed the sacred grounds.

Understanding can defeat racism, Archbishop Gregory says

While America grapples with bigotry, Washington Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory said people must reach out to one another and learn about others different from themselves.

Trump administration’s ‘third-country asylum rule’ struck down

A federal judge ruled the administration unlawfully implemented its 2019 policy to turn away asylum-seekers if they don't first seek protection in countries along their way to the U.S.

Ruling in Montana case called ‘welcome victory’ for religious freedom

The consensus from religious liberty advocates following the Supreme Court ruling on public funds and sectarian schools is one hated remnant of 19th-century anti-Catholic bigotry is finally gone for good.