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Louisiana court may compel priest to break seal of confession

BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana’s Supreme Court has ruled that a priest may be compelled to testify as to what he heard in the...

Vatican names first woman rector of pontifical university in Rome

VATICAN CITY — The Congregation for Catholic Education has named Angeline Franciscan Sister Mary Melone, 49, to a three-year term as rector of Rome’s...

Minnesota archbishop orders investigation of claims against him

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Archbishop John C. Nienstedt of St. Paul and Minneapolis told priests and staff about recent allegations against him involving events...

Catholic leaders join others in asking for religious exemption in executive...

WASHINGTON — Catholic and other religious and civic leaders urged President Barack Obama to include a religious exemption in the planned White House executive...

Sudanese woman rearrested at airport

KHARTOUM, Sudan — Meriam Ibrahim, a Catholic woman originally sentenced to death for marrying a Christian, was released from prison June 23, but apprehended...

Federal judge halts same-sex marriages in Wisconsin during appeal

MADISON, Wis. (CNS) -- A federal judge halted same-sex marriages in Wisconsin while an appeal of her decision to strike down as unconstitutional the...

Theologians at Vatican move Archbishop Sheen’s cause closer to beatification

PEORIA, Ill. (CNS) -- The possible miracle needed for the beatification of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen took another step toward papal recognition June 17...

Court rules against temporary injunction on mandate for Catholic groups

LANSING, Mich. (CNS) -- The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals lifted a temporary injunction that had stopped enforcement of the federal contraceptive mandate against...

Murderous attack on two Phoenix priests stuns parish, community

PHOENIX — The Diocese of Phoenix is “stunned and deeply saddened” about the “tragic assault” on a downtown Phoenix church that took the life...

No ruling can change nature of marriage, says Wisconsin bishop

MADISON, Wis. — Marriage is “and can only ever be” a relationship “solely between one man and one woman, regardless of the decision of...

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