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Election 2016: Hillary Clinton's Moral Conflicts on Abortion Although the Democratic presidential candidate is strongly pro-choice, her Methodist upbringing has shaped her ambivalence about the procedure.

Election 2016: Election issues, not candidates, mentioned more at Mass, poll finds A Pew survey found one in 10 Catholics have heard clergy voice support or opposition for a particular candidate.

Bishop Braxton on the eve of Ferguson's anniversary: Bishop Braxton says Catholic church needs more connection to black struggles

Jack Jenkins, religion reporter of ThinkProgress, examines the seal of confession: Unholy Secrets: The Legal Loophole That Allows Clergy To Hide Child Sexual Abuse

The Church of England's Environment Task Group is celebrating a new set of resources to encourage churches who want to teach about God's gift of creation to humanity.

Dublin, Ireland -- Controversy has engulfed Ireland's National Seminary. Why the Catholic right wants 'cleanout' in Maynooth Teachings, rather than any 'strange goings-on', are main source of contention

Hong Kong -- Cardinal John Tong, defended the Vatican for not openly criticizing China's records on human rights and said the church should not intervene in politics.

Progresso, Honduras -- Murder of Berta Cáceres sends dark message to Honduran environmental activists

Honduras: Global Sisters Report -- Closed mines haunt two towns in Honduras as threats against activists mount

Guatemala prison officials say rival gang leader murdered former army Capt. Lima Oliva, who was serving time for the assassination of Bishop Juan Gerardi in 1998.

A seven-year battle between preservationists and the Brooklyn diocese over the fate of Our Lady of Loreto, a church more than a century old, will likely end with the arrival of a wrecking ball.

Roughly 5 percent of North Carolina's magistrates are refusing to marry same-sex couples for religious reasons, and lawyers for the state say people suing in federal court have no standing to challenge these opt-outs as unconstitutional.

Sen. Marco Rubio said he doesn’t believe a pregnant woman infected with the Zika virus should have the right to an abortion -- even if she had reason to believe the child would be born with severe microcephaly.

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