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Pennsylvania teachers can’t wear ‘religious garb’ to class but a repeal effort may be possible

by Mark A. Kellner | Desert News
December 12, 2014

A 65-year-old Pennsylvania law barring teachers from wearing “religious garb” in class, though rarely enforced, has resurfaced, much to the irritation of school officials and religious liberty advocates.
That law…

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Catholic Schools’ Religious Liberty Under Fire in Nation’s Capital

by PETER JESSERER SMITH | National Catholic Register
December 11, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Council of the District of Columbia has unanimously passed legislation revoking legal…

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Catholic Bishops Slam Obama’s ‘Gender Identity’ Executive Order, Claim It Is Anti-Church

by Rida Ahmed | Headlines & Global News
December 10, 2014

A presidential executive order forbidding federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating “on the basis of…

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Historic exhibition of St. Francis of Assisi manuscripts coming to Brooklyn Borough Hall

by Mary Frost | Brooklyn Daily Eagle
December 12, 2014

Historic 12th and 13th century manuscripts relating to St. Francis of Assisi are going on display starting Dec. 17 at Brooklyn Borough Hall, Borough President Eric Adams announced on Wednesday.…

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Mary, Joseph statues decapitated at Chicago-area Catholic church

by Jessica Chasmar | The Washington Times
December 10, 2014

Police in the Chicago suburb of Berwyn are investigating after Mary and Joseph statues in…

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Crucifix Missing From Bronx Church Back Where It Belongs

by NJ Burkett | WABC-TV
December 8, 2014

BRONX (WABC) — A Roman Catholic parish in the Bronx is thankful because their crucifix is back where it belongs.…

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Nativities large and small receive a blessing at Little Flower Catholic Church

MOBILE, Alabama – “That’s Jesus,” says Kay Case, pointing to a small ceramic raccoon set atop a bed of ceramic…

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Catholics hope pope will visit Arizona border in 2015

Pope Francis has spoken out frequently in defense of migrants worldwide since taking over as head of the Roman Catholic…

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Catholic students put faith into action

Sorting through donations of clothing and food, students from Melbourne Central Catholic volunteered at one of the three Genesis House…

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‘Thrilled’ at news of papal visit, Philadelphia Catholics thinking big

After the historic announcement by Pope Francis that he will visit Philadelphia next September, the reality of the challenges and joys of the event is sinking in for planners, civic officials and ordinary Catholics in…

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Pope Francis leads his Wednesday general audience in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican

Pope Francis Says There’s a Place for Pets in Paradise

Pope Francis confirmed during his weekly address in the Vatican’s St. Peter’s Square that canines, along with “all of God’s…

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Pope Francis: Church Must Find Ways of Welcoming Divorced Catholics, Gays

ROME— Pope Francis said the Catholic Church must find ways of welcoming divorced and gay Catholics as part of a yearlong debate by the church’s leadership that has already exposed a split within its ranks.…

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Catholic Church Severs Ties With Agency Over Gay Adoption

The Catholic Church in Northern Ireland is pulling the plug on a long-standing relationship with the Family Care Society, a Catholic adoption agency, after a judge ruled that all adoption services must be willing to…

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Catholic Church’s best-known exorcist shows how it’s done

ROME — The den of the Catholic Church’s best-known exorcist is an unassuming place, a small third-floor room in a home for aging priests hidden in an obscure corner of southern Rome. I walk down…

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