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Bishops rebuke critics of Catholic Relief Services

WASHINGTON — U.S. Catholic bishops rebuked conservative critics of Catholic Relief Services, flatly denying charges the group has wavered in … Continued

Unsafe abortions on the rise across Africa

NAIROBI, Kenya — Amid increasing calls for legalization of abortion in Africa, botched cases among young women are on the … Continued

Evangelicals embrace a like-minded pope

Not all Catholics appreciated Pope Benedict XVI’s staunch defense of Christian orthodoxy, traditional marriage and life from conception to natural … Continued

What do religious leaders want for Obama’s next four years?

WASHINGTON — Addressing poverty. Seeking reconciliation. Protecting religious freedom. Religious leaders already have their wish lists ready for President Obama’s … Continued

Top Southern Baptist official breaks pledge, endorses Romney

Breaking a longstanding personal pledge, Southern Baptist leader Richard Land has endorsed GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, saying next week’s … Continued

Democrats gather in the heart of Billy Graham country

The host city for the Democratic National Convention is not a particularly political place. Charlotte, N.C., is known for three … Continued

Supreme Court’s health-care decision: Two Catholic cheers

JASON REED REUTERS Protesters against President Barack Obama’s 2010 healthcare overhaul react outside the Supreme Court in Washington June 28, … Continued

Catholic hospitals reject Obama’s birth control compromise

In an unexpected blow to the Obama administration and a major boon for America’s Catholic bishops, the influential Catholic Health … Continued

Vatican: American nuns need reform

WASHINGTON — The Vatican has launched a crackdown on the umbrella group that represents most of America’s 55,000 Catholic nuns, … Continued

Kennedy vs. Catholic bishops

By David Waters Confusion over whether and how government health-care reform will or should deal with abortion has resulted in … Continued

Pope Meets With U.S. Envoy

National Catholic Reporter’s John Allen has a report on Pope Benedict XVI’s first meeting with Miguel Diaz, President Obama’s new … Continued

Bishops Want Health-Care Reform

THIS CATHOLIC’S VIEW By Thomas J. Reese, S.J. In the Gospels, Jesus spends much of his time trying to teach … Continued

Bishops Webcast Message on Health Care

By Catherine Cheney The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has taken its position on universal health care to the … Continued

The Pope and the President: What to Expect

By Jacqueline L. Salmon White House spokesman Robert Gibbs yesterday predicted a “frank talk” on abortion between President Barack Obama … Continued

Obama Takes Sides in Catholic Family Fight

By Jacqueline L. Salmon Obama waded into the thick of a family feud in the American Catholic church today in … Continued

Notre Dame Commencement Could Get Ugly

By Jacqueline L. Salmon As the days tick down to President Obama’s commencement appearance at the University of Notre Dame … Continued

“Faithful Citizenship” — What the Catholic Bishops Say

The Catholic bishops in the United States do not, of course, endorse particular political candidates. But they have outlined important … Continued

Waiting for King Jesus

God is not a Republican or a Democrat. In fact, I am quite sure He is a monarchist and so … Continued

Questions of Life

Since our concern for human rights, the poor, the marginalized, and the most vulnerable in our midst arises from our … Continued

Your Church Can Help You Get Well (or Make You Sick!)

It is the quality of our communities, especially our faith communities, that contributes to how healthy or unhealthy we are. … Continued