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Vatican paper says Bard of Avon was a secret Catholic

VATICAN CITY -- There is "little doubt" that William Shakespeare was a Catholic who was forced to hide his faith in Protestant England while...

Cardinal Law turns 80, replaced at Rome basilica

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Cardinal Bernard F. Law, former archbishop of Boston, has been replaced as archpriest of the Rome Basilica of St. Mary...

Fear silences Christians in Pakistan, archbishop says

TORONTO — Fear has silenced the voice of Pakistani Christians since the political murder of Shahbaz Bhatti last spring, said the retired archbishop of...

Priest describes being attacked in Haiti

MONTREAL -- A Quebec priest, Franciscan Father Raymond Mailhiot, has published a harrowing account of an armed holdup that he survived in Haiti. In a...

Analysis: Tax-exempt religious groups restricted in political activity but speaking out

WASHINGTON -- The names on the ballot may change from one election to another, but the guidelines for what tax-exempt religious organizations can and...

U.S. bishops discuss religious liberty, marriage, finances at meeting

BALTIMORE — During their annual three-day fall assembly in Baltimore, the U.S. bishops' discussed threats to religious liberty, efforts to support traditional marriage and...

Nun who worked for tribal rights killed in India

NEW DELHI -- A 53-year-old nun from Kerala who led campaigns to defend tribal rights was shot dead in the eastern Indian state of...

Catholic women urged to oppose death penalty

CHICAGO -- Work to end the death penalty. That’s what Sister Helen Prejean asked of more than 650 women Nov. 9 at the National...

Archbishop heartened by Obama’s response to religious liberty concerns

BALTIMORE -- After a lengthy report from the chairman of a new Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, the president of the U.S. Conference...

Prevalence of rape destroying Congo, says church official

The high incidence of rape in Congo is not just destroying women, but is destroying the nation's society, said the general secretary of the...

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