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Florist takes religious liberty case to US Supreme Court

Flower shop owner Barronelle Stutzman is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to protect her from a Washington state court ruling that could destroy her financially because her religious beliefs prevented her from serving a same-sex wedding ceremony. “If the government can ruin Barronelle for peacefully living and working according to her faith, it can punish










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Black Catholic congress emphasizes unity, action

More than 2,000 participants from across the country gathered in Orlando, Fla. last week for the 12th National Black Catholic Congress, exploring themes of racism and reconciliation, and hearing speakers who stressed the importance of being active to work for change. Held July 6-9, the congress drew its theme from the prophet Micah: “The Spirit










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Have you heard of Venerable ‘Mama Bosco’?

While St. John Bosco is a beloved saint among Catholics, many do not know that his mother, Margaret Bosco, was declared Venerable in 2006 and has an advancing cause towards beatification. Margaret Occhiena was born in a small town in Italy in 1788 to a large family of faithful Christians. At the age of 24,










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US neurology expert will visit UK to examine Charlie Gard

The American doctor whose experimental treatment has been sought by the parents of Charlie Gard will travel to London on Monday, after a judge ruled that he could examine the baby and confer with the UK doctors. On Friday, the specialist in mitochondrial diseases and genetic myopathies agreed to travel to examine Charlie in-person at










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New research: Shroud of Turin bears blood of a torture victim

New research indicates that the Shroud of Turin shows signs of blood from a torture victim, and undermines arguments that the reputed burial shroud of Jesus Christ was painted. Very small particles attached to the linen fibers of the shroud “have recorded a scenario of great suffering, whose victim was wrapped up in the funeral










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Mosul needs help to rebuild, Iraqi official cautions

Just days after Iraqi forces completed their recapture of Mosul from the Islamic State, the nation’s ambassador to the Holy See has said that they are eager to rebuild the city and have people return home, but it will require help to do so. “We reiterate our need for greater cooperation and greater help for










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Bishop lauds bill to fight human trafficking

An upgrade to a key anti-trafficking bill passed the U.S. House on Wednesday, and has been praised by one U.S. bishop as “an important step" in the fight to abolish modern-day slavery. Bishop Joe Vasquez of Austin, chair of the U.S. bishops’ migration committee, called H.R. 2200 “an important step Congress can take to help










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