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Newt Gingrich: China Far Worse Since Tiananmen Square Massacre

Newt Gingrich: China Far Worse Since Tiananmen Square Massacre

The Chinese communist party’s domination of the lives of Chinese citizens is far worse now than it was thirty years ago at the time of the Tiananmen Square massacre, writes former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich in a sobering essay Friday.

Catholic Leaders Clash over Gay Pride Month

Catholic Leaders Clash over Gay Pride Month

Two prominent Catholic clerics clashed over “Gay pride month” Saturday, with one celebrating the season and the other denouncing it as contrary to the faith.

Facebook Apologizes for Banning Pro-Life Ad in Ireland

Facebook Apologizes for Banning Pro-Life Ad in Ireland

Facebook has lifted a ban on a pro-life ad campaign in Ireland that featured an image of a human fetus, saying it had been mistaken in judging the image to be “graphic or violent.

Rome’s March for Life Draws its Largest Crowds Ever to Protest Abortion

Rome’s March for Life Draws its Largest Crowds Ever to Protest Abortion

“We are here today to demonstrate against unjust laws, laws that kill innocent people, people who cannot react and cannot defend themselves,” said the president of Italy’s March for life committee, Virginia Coda Nunziante, following the nation’s largest anti-abortion march in its history.

Facebook Censors Pro-Life Ad Campaign in Ireland

Facebook Censors Pro-Life Ad Campaign in Ireland

Facebook has censored a pro-life ad campaign in Ireland on the grounds that the image of an unborn child qualifies as “graphic” or “violent” imagery.

Report: Hungary Counters Europe’s Demographic Winter

Report: Hungary Counters Europe’s Demographic Winter

Hungary has offered a model to the West of how to effectively address the widespread demographic crisis, writes Catholic University of America theology professor Chad Pecknold.

Notre Dame Cathedral: The Icon of Christian France

Notre Dame Cathedral: The Icon of Christian France

Long before the Eiffel Tower shot up from the Parisian skyline or the Sacré Coeur basilica stood vigilant atop Montmartre, the Cathedral of Notre Dame embodied all that was good and true in Paris.

French Priest Slain by Jihadists Moves Towards Sainthood

French Priest Slain by Jihadists Moves Towards Sainthood

The cause for beatification of Father Jacques Hamel, the French priest whose throat was slit by jihadists in 2016, took an important step forward Wednesday as the Vatican received a massive dossier on his case from the archdiocese of Rouen, France.

China Pressures Catholic Bishop to Join State-Run Church

China Pressures Catholic Bishop to Join State-Run Church

Officials of China’s ruling communist government have refused to recognize underground Catholic Bishop Guo Xijin unless he enrolls in the country’s parallel, state-run church.

Pope Says ‘Demographic Winter’ Caused by Selfishness

Pope Says ‘Demographic Winter’ Caused by Selfishness

Pope Francis had strong words for couples who choose not to have children, saying Tuesday that their self-imposed barrenness was at the root of the demographic winter plaguing the West.

Republican-Democrat Rift Widens over Abortion

Republican-Democrat Rift Widens over Abortion

The abortion issue has now become a political litmus test in America, as Democrats eliminate opponents of abortion rights and Republicans unite in a nearly unanimous pro-life position.

Liberal Analyst: White Democrats Have a God Problem

Liberal Analyst: White Democrats Have a God Problem

White Democrats are invoking God far less than their predecessors, referring to religious faith as a source of division rather than unity, according to an analysis by Professor Peter Beinart of the City University of New York.

Underground Chinese Priest Suspended for Joining State-Run Church

Underground Chinese Priest Suspended for Joining State-Run Church

A recently released underground Chinese bishop has suspended a priest for joining the state-run Patriotic Catholic Association and promoting a false “communion” between the underground Church and the open Catholic community.

Dalai Lama Says Women Empathize and Men ‘Kill’

Dalai Lama Says Women Empathize and Men ‘Kill’

The Dalai Lama said Friday that more women are needed in leadership roles because they are more compassionate than men, who are valued instead for their ability to “kill.

Pope Francis: ‘Words Start Wars’

Pope Francis: ‘Words Start Wars’

Pope Francis preached Sunday on the dangers of criticizing others rather than correcting one’s own defects, insisting that “words start wars.”

Vatican Denounces Worldwide ‘Wave of Xenophobia’

Vatican Denounces Worldwide ‘Wave of Xenophobia’

The Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano decried a new global wave of “xenophobia, racism, and intolerance” Monday in its ongoing push for greater openness to migrants.

Jesuit Order to Honor Priest Caught in Serial Plagiarism

Jesuit Order to Honor Priest Caught in Serial Plagiarism

The Jesuits of Canada is bestowing its annual “Magis” award this spring on Father Thomas Rosica, a priest and Vatican spokesman recently found to have engaged in serial plagiarism over the past 25 years.

Pope Francis: Abuser Priests Are ‘Tools of Satan’

Pope Francis: Abuser Priests Are ‘Tools of Satan’

Pope Francis had hard words for priests guilty of sex abuse Sunday, calling them “ravenous wolves” and “tools of Satan,” though critics said the pope basically repeated old promises that do not go far enough.

Chinese Kindergartners Forced to Sign Atheist Manifesto

Chinese Kindergartners Forced to Sign Atheist Manifesto

The Education Bureau of the Chinese district of Lishan has launched a campaign to eradicate religious belief in kindergartens, which includes having the schoolchildren sign a commitment statement promising to avoid religious activities.

Report: Pope Knew of McCarrick’s Crimes but Considered Them Unimportant

Report: Pope Knew of McCarrick’s Crimes but Considered Them Unimportant

French author Frédéric Martel alleges in a new book that Pope Francis had been informed that Cardinal Theodore McCarrick had been having sexual relations with seminarians and priests but considered this fact “insufficient to condemn him.

Vatican Cardinal Condemns Spate of Church Vandalism in France

Vatican Cardinal Condemns Spate of Church Vandalism in France

The head of the Vatican’s liturgical department has denounced last week’s wave of church vandalism in France, while others decry the “shameful” government silence surrounding the affair.

Report: Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick to Be Defrocked

Report: Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick to Be Defrocked

The Vatican’s doctrinal office is preparing to reduce former cardinal Theodore McCarrick to the lay state for his serial homosexual abuse including that of minors, according to reports Friday.

Anglicans Push Back Against LGBT Guidelines

Anglicans Push Back Against LGBT Guidelines

Approximately 2,155 clergy and lay members of the Church of England have signed a letter opposing recent guidelines regarding rites sacralizing gender transition in the church.

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