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Architect of Steubenville's Catholic Revival Dies at 85

Last edited 8th January 2017

Father Michael Scanlan, TOR, the former president and chancellor of Franciscan University of Steubenville, passed away on the morning of Jan. 7, after an extended illness, at age 85.


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Pope Kicks off New Year Renewing 'Zero Tolerance' Policy on Abuse

Last edited 2nd January 2017

In a letter sent to bishops around the world for the feast of the Holy Innocents, Pope Francis lamented the many children who suffer from war, slavery and various forms of abuse, including within the Church.


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Anti-Christian Persecution is Being Overlooked, Says Prince Charles

Last edited 22nd December 2016

The Prince said religious freedom could be a matter of life and death


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Muslims and Christians in Burma Still Face Persecution, US Officials Warn

Last edited 15th December 2016

Rohingya Muslims in Burma, as well as Christians, face continued persecution, destruction of homes and places of worship, and threats to their lives, human rights organizations are warning.


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Leader of Opus Dei Dies at 84

Last edited 12th December 2016

Bishop Javier Echevarría Rodríguez, the Prelate of Opus Dei, died Monday evening at the age of 84 in Rome, several days after being hospitalized with pneumonia.


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Bombing of Coptic Chapel in Cairo Kills 25 People

Last edited 11th December 2016

A bombing at a chapel adjacent to Egypt’s main Coptic Christian cathedral killed 25 people and wounded another 49 during Sunday Mass, one of the deadliest attacks carried out against the religious minority in recent memory and a grim reminder of Egypt’s difficult struggle to restore security and stability after nearly six years of turmoil.


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Franciscan Friars of the Renewal Granted Pontifical Recognition

Last edited 11th December 2016

Pope Francis has officially recognized the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal as a religious institute of pontifical right, the order has announced.


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Lawsuit Defends Filmmakers in Following Conscience on Marriage

Last edited 8th December 2016

Owners of a video production company have filed suit against a Minnesota law they say could punish them if they decline to film a same-sex “wedding” ceremony or to state their objections in promotional materials.


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Lights of Christmas Webcast 2016

Last edited 8th December 2016

Watch the spectacular 2016 Lights of Christmas webcast:

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Vatican Commission Launches Child Protection Website

Last edited 6th December 2016

The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors has launched a beta version of its website in English and has included its template for local guidelines on preventing sexual abuse, resources for a day of prayer for the victims and survivors as well as a mailing address to contact commission members.


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