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The top leaders of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting have made an uneasy peace with the Boy Scouts of America’s decision July 27 to allow openly gay troop leaders and employees to serve in their ranks at the national level. more
Cardinal William W. Baum, the archbishop of Washington from 1973 to 1980, died July 23 at the age of 88 after a long illness. He was a cardinal for 39 years—the longest such tenure in U.S. Church history. more
At an interfaith prayer service on Staten Island last week, attended by members of the New York Police Department as well as the family of Eric Garner, Cardinal Dolan said it was only natural the … more
The Little Sisters of the Poor and other religious entities are not substantially burdened by procedures set out by the federal government by which they can avoid a requirement to provide contraceptive coverage in health insurance, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled July 14. more
The Holy See welcomed Iran’s historic nuclear deal and expressed hopes that more future breakthroughs be on the horizon on other issues. more
Fernando Fernande brought toilet paper, soap and food to the Palmasola prison in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, where his son has been locked up for the past two years. more
Catholics will never be effective evangelizers if they are squabbling among themselves, and they cannot show the world how faith in Christ responds to the human yearning for freedom and peace if they are divided, Pope Francis said at a Mass in Quito, Ecuador. more
Pope Francis visited one of Latin America’s most notorious prisons, calling himself “a man who was and is saved from his many sins.” more
Pope Francis’ address to a joint meeting of Congress Sept. 24 will be broadcast live to members of the public on the West Front of the Capitol, House Speaker John Boehner announced July 8. more
With Christians in parts of Africa under relentless and deadly attack for their faith, Cardinal Dolan declared that Catholics and other Christians in New York are “not deaf, blind and mute” to their travails. more

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