USCCB Chairmen
Give Strong Support For The
‘First Amendment Defense Act’
WASHINGTON, DC June 19, 2015 —Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, and Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, gave their strong support for the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA), which is a federal non-discrimination act. <--break- />


Ahead of Supreme Court Marriage Decision
States Act to Protect Religious Freedom
WASHINGTON, DC, June 16, 2015 -- As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to deliver a ruling that could lead to sweeping changes in the definition of marriage nationwide, two states have enacted new legal protections for those with religious objections to recognizing same-sex ‘marriages.’


Pope Francis at the Wednesday General Audience in St Peter's Square on May 20, 2015. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

The Pope's Take on
Transgender Issues?
Accept the Body God Gave You
VATICAN, June 18, 2015 -- Pope Francis' new encyclical on the environment calls for men and women to acknowledge their bodies as a gift from God which should not be manipulated.


Cardinal: Divorced, Remarried Catholics
Need Support for Conversion,
Not Changes on Communion
VATICAN, June 11, 2015 -- Catholics who have divorced and remarried need help for the “difficult climb” of conversion and spiritual growth, not a change in Church practice on the reception of Holy Communion, a prominent cardinal said.


Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk and other Eastern Catholic bishops gathered at St. Peter's Square, Nov. 27, 2013. Credit: Kyle Burkhart/CNA.

Polish, Eastern Catholic Bishops
Stand Firm on
Pastoral Care for Families
ROME, Jun 9, 2015 -- During recent meetings which were held separately, both the Polish bishops and the Eastern Catholic bishops from Europe have discussed the family in view of the upcoming Synod on the Family, and are likely to uphold Catholic pastoral care for families.


Pope Francis--
The Eucharist:
Practice What We Celebrate
VATICAN, June 7, 2015 -- In his Angelus address on Sunday, Pope Francis focused on the recent feast of Corpus Christi, saying the Eucharist is a “school of solidarity and charity,” which inspires us to care for the most vulnerable.


Running Toward Fulfillment
CCGI Advisor Discusses New Book
STEUBENVILLE, OH, June 7, 2015 -- Catholic author and counselor Gregory Popcak’s new book, Broken Gods: Hope, Healing and the 7 Longings of the Human Heart, probes into the deepest and even darkest desires of the human heart, unveiling what God wants us to know about our ultimate destiny and revealing a commonsense approach to fulfilling our true purpose in life. 


Australian Bishops:
“Don’t Mess with Marriage”
New Pastoral Letter
SYDNEY, May 28, 2015 -- As the debate about ‘same-sex marriage’ gains momentum nationally, the Australian Catholic Bishops believe it is important to highlight the meaning of marriage.


How the Supreme Court's
Hijab Decision

Helps Faith in the Workplace
WASHINGTON, DC, Jun 3, 2015 -- Many religious believers will benefit from the Supreme Court’s Monday decision that a clothing store wrongly discriminated against a prospective employee whose Muslim beliefs required her to wear a hijab, one legal expert has said.


NEW Karol Wojtyla's
LOVE AND RESPONSIBILITY:
A Summary
This book, published in Polish in 1960 and in English in 1981, is a magnificent work, philosophical in nature, on the human person, human sexuality, love, and marriage. It is, however, a somewhat difficult book to read, posing many challenges to the reader. I believe that I have now read it at least 30 times and each time I learn something new.


DC Cardinal:
Christ Didn't Change His Words,
and Neither Should the Church
WASHINGTON, DC, May 27, 2015 -- It is not discrimination for a Catholic to publicly profess his faith, Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington insisted Sunday in a pastoral letter on “Being Catholic Today.”


A 'Reality Check' for Ireland's Church 
Marriage Redefinition Vote
Both Challenge and Invitation
ROME, May 25, 2015  -- The Christian message can't be shaken by a national vote, but Ireland’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage is forcing Catholic leaders to rethink how they have been keeping the faith alive among the nation's young people.


Not a Burden, But a Grace:
The Indissolubility of Marriage

ROME, May 27, 2015 -- The sacrament of marriage, characterized as it is by indissolubility, is good news for the people of today, according to a Spanish priest who specializes in family and marriage issues.


‘We are Living an
Ecumenism of Blood’

Pope Says to Phoenix
Unity Celebration in Video

PHOENIX, AZ - May 25, 2015 (Catholic World News) -- Pope Francis sent a video message to the Celebration of Christian Unity, an event that took place on May 23 at the Phoenix Convention Center.


Pope Francis:
The Laity Must be Formed for
Their Mission in the World
VATICAN, May 19, 2015  (CNA/EWTN News).- Speaking to the Italian bishops' general assembly on Monday, Pope Francis urged them to support the laity through Christian formation, so that they can assume their proper responsibilities in the public square.




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