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High court rules in favor of baker in same-sex wedding cake case
Baker Jack Phillips decorates a cake in his Masterpiece Cakeshop in 2017 in Lakewood, Colo. In a 7-2 decision June 4, the Supreme Court sided with the baker, who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. The case put anti-discrimination laws up against freedom of speech and freedom of religious expression. CNS photo/Rick Wilking, Reuters

Baker Jack Phillips decorates a cake in his Masterpiece Cakeshop in 2017 in Lakewood, Colo. In a 7-2 decision June 4, the Supreme Court sided with the baker, who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. The case put anti-discrimination laws up against freedom of speech and freedom of religious expression. CNS photo/Rick Wilking, Reuters

WASHINGTON – In a 7-2 decision June 4, the Supreme Court sided with a Colorado baker in a case that put anti-discrimination laws up against freedom of speech and freedom of religious expression.

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, writing for the majority, said the Colorado Civil Rights Commission had violated the Constitution's protection of religious freedom in its ruling against the baker, who refused to make a wedding cake for the same-sex couple.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Pope prays for victims of Guatemala volcano disaster

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis sent condolences to Guatemala after a horrific volcanic eruption left more than 60 people dead.

In a June 5 telegram addressed to Archbishop Nicolas Thevenin, apostolic nuncio of Guatemala, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, said the pope was "profoundly grieved upon learning the sad news of the violent eruption of the 'Volcan de Fuego' (Volcano of Fire)."

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Study: Puerto Rico's disaster death tally may have been much higher
WASHINGTON  -- The official tally of 64 deaths on the island of Puerto Rico attributed to 2017's powerful Hurricane Maria has been disputed for some time, but in late May, a study in a respected scientific journal said that figure may have underestimated the island's fatalities by the thousands. More ...
Friday, June 1, 2018
Cardinal says separating abortion from Title X funds 'greatly needed'
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. bishops' pro-life chairman praised the Trump administration's move to reinstate Reagan-era regulations banning any family planning clinic that receives Title X federal funds from making abortion referrals or sharing space with abortion providers. More ...
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
U.S. Catholics donate nearly $59 million to hurricane, earthquake relief
WASHINGTON  -- U.S. Catholics have donated close to $59 million to relief and recovery efforts in response to the destruction caused by three hurricanes that hit the United States and the Caribbean and two earthquakes in Mexico last year. More ...
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Diocese of Trenton responded generously
Part of the $59 million donated by U.S. Catholics to disaster relief in 2017 was more than $800,000 that parishioners in the Diocese of Trenton gave in support of relief effort following Hurricane Harvey. More ...
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Voters in Ireland pave way for abortion on demand

DUBLIN – Voters in Ireland have opted to remove the right to life of the unborn from the country's constitution, paving the way for abortion on demand up to 12 weeks.

Results from the nationwide referendum showed that 66.4 percent of citizens opted to remove the Eighth Amendment from the constitution, while 33.6 percent voted to retain it. Turnout was 64.5 percent.

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Monday, May 28, 2018
Life influences how people deal with environment, say Mideast faith leaders
JERUSALEM -- It's hard to discuss detrimental environmental effects of using the diesel fuel needed to run generators in Gaza when people only have three hours of government-provided electricity a day, said Tahani Abu Daqqa, former Palestinian Minister of Culture. More ...
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Indonesian Christian leaders call for unity after suicide bombings
JAKARTA, Indonesia  -- Christian leaders called for unity following a spate of suicide bombings that targeted three churches, an apartment building and the police headquarters in Indonesia's second city, the deadliest attacks in more than a decade. More ...
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Tax reform brings challenges, opportunities for charities, says speaker
MIAMI  -- What has been described as the most significant overhaul of the federal tax system in three decades -- the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act -- also has been flagged as a potential train wreck for annual charitable giving. More ...
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Pope expresses concern about 'spiral of violence' in Holy Land

VATICAN CITY – Warning that violence will never bring peace, Pope Francis urged all sides to do all they can to foster dialogue in the Middle East. 

"I am very worried about the intensifying tensions in the Holy Land and the Middle East and about the spiral of violence that increasingly leads away from the path of peace, dialogue and negotiations," he said in an appeal May 16 during his general audience in St. Peter's Square. 

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Imprisoned clergy of Dachau remembered for fearless faith
EMMITSBURG, Md. -- When a virulent typhus epidemic swept through a World War II concentration camp in Dachau, Germany, in early 1945, many imprisoned Polish priests volunteered to minister to the dying men. More ...
Friday, May 11, 2018
Dismissal of Catholic House of Representatives chaplain sparks outrage
WASHINGTON – The apparent forced resignation of the chaplain who tends to the spiritual needs of the U.S. House of Representatives and is Catholic has drawn fire against the Speaker of the House, who also is Catholic. More ...
Monday, April 30, 2018
Rep. Smith praises Catholic Relief Services on its 75th anniversary
Clergy and lawmakers gathered April 24 on Capitol Hill to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the humanitarian aid organization Catholic Relief Services. More ...
Thursday, April 26, 2018
Catholic bishop pays tribute to Barbara Bush at Houston memorial
HOUSTON – Retired Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston joined other religious leaders in paying tribute to Barbara Bush during a ceremony described as a Celebration of Life in front of Houston City Hall April 19. More ...
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Toronto cardinal calls for prayers after van kills 10

TORONTO – Toronto Cardinal Thomas Collins called for special prayers after a van jumped a curb and killed 10 people on a busy Toronto street.

Although officials said the April 23 incident did not appear to be terrorism, they said it did appear to be deliberate. 

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Congressman discusses food assistance programs with Church, civil leaders
Congressman Chris Smith (R-4) met April 4 with members of the New Jersey Catholic Conference to discuss upcoming legislation that could benefit state residents in danger of nutrition deficits. More ...
Friday, April 20, 2018
Catholic leaders: Winnie Mandela was a friend to South Africa's poor
CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- Anti-apartheid activist Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was always a friend to South Africa's poor, said church leaders who took part in a two-week mourning period that culminated in her burial as a national hero. More ...
Friday, April 20, 2018
Pope, Christian leaders condemn use of violence against Syria
VATICAN CITY -- Sharply criticizing a failure to find nonviolent means of bringing peace to Syria and other parts of the world, Pope Francis appealed to world leaders to work for justice and peace. More ...
Friday, April 20, 2018
Pope denounces use of chemical weapons after deadly attack in Syria
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis condemned the use of chemical weapons after a deadly attack killed dozens of innocent men, women and children in Syria. More ...
Friday, April 20, 2018
New poll shows Americans still consider abortion a complicated issue
WASHINGTON -- Despite abortion having been part of the national debate for nearly a half-century, it remains a complex and complicated issue to a significant majority of Americans, according to a survey released April 17. More ...
Wednesday, April 18, 2018



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