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Washington state legalizes same-sex marriage

February 20, 2012

Members of the House of Representatives in Washington state voted Feb. 8 to legalize same-sex marriage, and Gov. Christine Gregoire was expected to sign the bill into law by mid-February.

Faith cards ID English, Welsh Catholics

February 20, 2012

English and Welsh bishops are producing a million "faith cards" to identify the holders as Catholics in the event of an accident.

Red hat ceremony blends innovation, tradition

February 13, 2012

Something old, something new, something borrowed and something red will be present Feb. 18 when Pope Benedict creates new cardinals.

Rwandan refugees want to stay in Zambia

February 13, 2012

About 6,000 Rwandan refugees in Zambia want the Catholic Church to help stop the state plans to repatriate them and instead to regularize their Zambian citizenship.

Pope to visit Mexico, Cuba from March 23 to 28

February 13, 2012

Pope Benedict will meet with Cuban President Raul Castro, Mexican President Felipe Calderon and local bishops and Catholics when he visits Mexico and Cuba in late March.

Benedict names new patriarch of Venice

February 13, 2012

Pope Benedict named Cardinal Angelo Scola's successor to the patriarchate of Venice, a historically significant archdiocese.

Arrest of former dictator lauded in Guatemala

Efrain Rios Montt

February 13, 2012

The decision of a judge to order the arrest of former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt, accused of genocide and crimes against humanity, is a good precedent to remove the impunity that has prevailed for years in the country, said the executive director of the human rights office of the Archdiocese of Guatemala.

Skiing through the Vatican

February 13, 2012

A man skis in St. Peter's Square in the morning at the Vatican Feb. 4.

Sex-selective abortions move West – author

February 13, 2012

Aborting unborn girls on account of their gender has been a documented trend in certain Asian countries for at least two decades.

Confession a celebration of mercy, not a trial

Bishop Gianfranco Girotti

February 13, 2012

Priests hearing Confessions need to replace any negative or aggressive attitudes with meekness and mercy toward the penitent, said a Vatican expert on confession.

Church employees accused of stealing $1M each

February 13, 2012

Employees of the New York and Philadelphia archdioceses are accused of stealing $1 million each in Church funds.

U.S. Church gears for contraception battle

Bishop David Zubik

February 6, 2012

A week after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services told individuals and institutions who oppose contraception "to hell with you," as one bishop put it, members of the U.S. Catholic hierarchy were mobilizing their followers to fight.

Suspicion, inertia damage ecumenism – cardinal

February 6, 2012

A British cardinal encouraged Christians to overcome the "three enemies of ecumenism" and to pray for the progress of closer unity.

Majority of Americans OK abortion restrictions

February 6, 2012

A poll taken for the Knights of Columbus and Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., indicates a strong majority of Americans continue to want restrictions on abortion.

South Sudan grapples with contentious issues

February 6, 2012

The Church in South Sudan and its partners in the U.S. are frustrated that their efforts to build peace in the infant country are threatened, but they have not given up, Catholic officials said.

Congo's bishops say elections were 'stained'

February 6, 2012

Months after Congo's general elections, the nation's bishops continue to speak out about the legitimacy of the results.

Authority main obstacle to unity, says Episcopalian

February 6, 2012

Ultimate authority is the major impediment to Christian unity, greater than the real and profound differences between churches regarding priestly celibacy and the ordination of women, says the longtime ecumenical officer for the Episcopal Diocese of New York.

Nigerian bishops deplore fatal attacks

February 6, 2012

Two Nigerian bishops deplored bloody attacks in a northern city by a radical Islamist group, warning of deep social divisions and displaced populations, the Vatican missionary news agency Fides reported.

Religion risks oblivion in global faith crisis – pope

February 6, 2012

Christianity and even religious belief are in grave danger across the globe, risking oblivion, Pope Benedict said.

Bishops believe Olympics can light flame of faith

Archbishop Vincent Nichols

February 6, 2012

British bishops plan to use the 2012 London Olympic Games to renew interest in the Catholic faith, with initiatives ranging from fighting human trafficking and homelessness to promoting youth ministry and ecumenical dialogue.

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