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Dallas, Fort Worth, and Austin, Texas -- Catholic Bishops Respond To Perry's Plan To Send 1,000 Guard Troops To Border

Thousands of children traumatized amid Central African Republic violence

Police restrict SOA Watch's permit for annual protest

Commentary -- Scapegoats along the border by Tom Ehrich

Obamacare in the crosshairs: Appeals Courts Split On Legality Of Subsidies For Affordable Care Act

We say: Charlottesville reveals the weeping wound of racism. What do we, the American Catholic faith community, do next? Read the editorial.

Background Info: Brief Consumer Guide To Health Law Court Decisions

Gaza-Israel: Israel Says Offensive to Continue as Kerry Seeks Truce

Kerry Lands in Israel in Attempt to Broker Cease-fire

Why Israelis are rallying behind latest Gaza campaign

In a Grim Game of Numbers, Israel and Palestinians Vie for Advantage

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Pope Francis telephones Iraqi Patriarch

Fort Wayne, Ind. -- Catholic singles find home in faith community

A non-Catholic conservative reflects on events in the St. Paul Minneapolis archdiocese and concludes: Catholic Bishops Are Fifth Columnists In War On Religious Liberty

Africa's Catholic bishops meeting in Malawi -- Clergy Advised to Leave By What They Preach

Hanoi, Vietnam -- UN religion expert meets Vietnam government Special rapporteur to address laws that limit freedom of belief.

Manila, Philippines -- Catholic bishop, missionary priest among those seeking Philippines president's impeachment

Manila, Philippines -- Somebody is selling "tickets" to papal events: Nuncio warns against scams as church officials gear up for papal visit

Social media trends: Hey Religious Leaders, Maybe Twitter Isn’t a Great Place to Pontificate

Becket Fund law firm gaining a reputation as powerhouse after Hobby Lobby win

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