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Massachusetts abbey now producing only Trappist ale outside Europe

SPENCER, Mass. — “It’s a very put-together Belgian beer.” That was the assessment of Chris Pierce, assistant beer manager at Julio’s Liquors in Westborough. He...

Abortions from 2008 to 2011 decline 13 percent, lowest rate since...

WASHINGTON — Weeks after the national March for Life rally in Washington, the Guttmacher Institute reported a 13 percent drop in national abortion rates...

Brooklyn priest named bishop of Albany diocese

WASHINGTON — Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Howard J. Hubbard of Albany, N.Y., and named Msgr. Edward B. Scharfenberger, a priest...

Pope’s morning homily: A papal Mass is God’s time, not a...

Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — An invitation to attend Pope Francis’ early morning Mass is a hot ticket in Rome, but the pope said...

Chinese Catholics begin new year by honoring ancestors

CHICAGO — Outside the wooden doors of St. Therese Chinese Catholic Church in Chicago, the piercing crackle of hundreds of firecrackers ushered in the...

Scotland’s Catholic bishops disappointed by same-sex marriage bill

EDINBURGH, Scotland — The Scottish Parliament has passed a bill that will allow same-sex marriages to be performed later this year, but religious organizations...

Indian cardinal opposes criminalizing same-sex relationships

BANGALORE, India — The head of the Catholic Church in India has reiterated its opposition to “criminalization” of homosexuality. “It is for the government and...

Kentucky bishop named to Harrisburg

Bishop Ronald W. Gainer of Lexington, Ky., has been named to head the Diocese of Harrisburg, Pa., and the vicar general of the Diocese...

Youths must help world see God has plan for ‘each life,’...

WASHINGTON — Braving near-record low temperatures and Arctic-type wind chills, thousands of young people from across the Archdiocese of Washington and the United States...

‘Nine Days for Life: Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage’ Jan.19-26

For the second year in a row, the U.S. Catholic bishops are sponsoring "Nine Days for Life: Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage," planned for Jan....

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