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Bishops Welcome Efforts To Defend Unborn Child Of Undocumented Teen

Texas' bishops have welcomed the decision of an appeals court delaying the government-assisted procurement of an abortion by an undocumented teenager who is under federal custody in the state. However, a request for a review of the appeal has been filed, again opening up the question of whether...

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Australian State's Lower House Passes Assisted Suicide Bill

A bill to legalize assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia was passed by Victoria's Legislative Assembly on Friday after 26 hours of debate. The bill will now advance to the upper house of the Australian state's parliament, the Legislative Council, where it is expected to pass. If it is signed...

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How Los Angeles Catholics Help The Homeless

With growing numbers of people suffering homelessness in the expensive megalopolis of Los Angeles, Catholics and people of other religions are working together to provide a serious response. “The faith community is really a giant part of the services provided to the folks in need,” Kathleen...

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Government Must Allow Abortion For Undocumented Teenager, Judge Rules

In a controversial decision, a U.S. district judge ruled that the government must facilitate an abortion for an undocumented teenager under federal custody in Texas. The federal government has appealed the ruling, asking for a stay on the judge’s order. On Oct. 18, U.S. District Judge Tanya...

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Assisted Suicide Legislation Advances In Australia's Victoria State

American-inspired legislation to legalize assisted suicide has advanced in the Australian state of Victoria, leading critics to worry that it abandons the vulnerable. On Oct. 18, Ministers of Parliament in Victoria voted to advance the bill by a 49-37 vote. It will face consideration by the full...

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Making Waves: Karen Gaffney Is A Champion For Those With Down Syndrome

Karen Gaffney is obsessed with Broadway. It’s no surprise her favorite musical is “Wicked.” The curtain-dropping number is sung by Elphaba, the odd, avoided, green-skinned girl who sings, “I’m through with playing by the rules of someone else’s game. … It’s time to try defying...

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Chilean Cardinal Offers Warm Welcome To Syrian Refugees

Last week in Santiago, government officials, representatives of the Catholic Church in Chile, and international organizations welcomed the first of 66 Syrian refugees who will be living in the country. These 14 families, consisting of 34 adults and 32 children, traveled more than 20 hours from...

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Attempt To Oust Pro-Life Student Union President Denounced As 'bullying Tactic'

The student union president at University College Dublin said that a campaign to impeach her is a “bullying tactic” by a group of students who are intolerant of her pro-life views. “I must state that the call for my impeachment is without legitimate cause,” said Katie Ascough in an open letter to...

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Iowa District Judge Praised For Upholding Three-Day Wait For Abortions

An Iowa judge upheld the state’s three-day waiting period for abortions last week, drawing praise from local pro-life organizations such as the Iowa Catholic Conference, who called the ruling a “positive move.” “We are very pleased by the decision, because we think to allow women to have a...

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Pope's Death Penalty Views Might Mean A New Approach To Criminal Justice

On Thursday, Pope Francis told a gathering in Rome that the Catechism of the Catholic Church should significantly revise its treatment of the death penalty. It's no surprise that Francis proposed a stronger theological condemnation of capital punishment.  He's criticized the practice...

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Don't Ignore Children Suffering War And Separation, Holy See Tells UN

Armed conflicts brings out “the most vicious forms of violence against children” and the world must act to aid the young victims of violence and all unaccompanied children worldwide, the Holy See has said at the United Nations. “Never in recent memory have so many children been subjected to...

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Why This Young Woman Spoke Up Against 'Men For Choice'

Men are often told they have no voice in the abortion debate, yet an ongoing program, “Men for Choice”, seeks to amplify the voices of men in order to support abortion. One young woman, concerned about the program's ability to silence the voices of all who speak up for the unborn, and in...

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Spanish Religious Who Help Trafficking Victims Celebrate Order's 75th Anniversary

The Helpers of the Good Shepherd, an order of religious sisters dedicated to helping victims of sexual exploitation, drew praise from Cardinal Carlos Osoro Sierra of Madrid for their witness to the dignity of women. The order recently celebrated the 75th anniversary of their founding with a Mass...

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EWTN Chairman Encouraged By Changes To HHS Mandate

The chairman of EWTN Global Catholic Network voiced optimism over an announcement by the Trump administration Friday broadening religious and moral exemptions to the HHS mandate. “For more than five years, the HHS contraception mandate has forced Americans to violate their deeply held moral...

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Breaking: Trump Administration Announces Broad Exemptions For HHS Mandate

The Trump administration announced broad new exemptions to the HHS contraceptive mandate on Friday, giving relief to religious non-profits and others with deeply held religious or moral convictions regarding contraception. A senior HHS official told reporters on Thursday that the exemptions are...