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WHEELING, W.Va. -- Roman Catholic Bishop Michael Bransfield is targeting child poverty in his latest pastoral letter.

Manila, Philippines -- Some Catholic bishops sent a powerful message to their critics who are pushing the controversial reproductive health bill: Do not underestimate us.

Manila, Philippines -- Church puts clout on the line with drive against reproductive health bill: A Catholic official said Wednesday the bishops for the first time would be urging the faithful to vote as a bloc to defeat the Reproductive Health bill that the bishops say is anti-life and the candidates favoring passing it.

Pittsburgh -- Bishop Zubik responds to dismissal of lawsuit regarding Obamacare

Mardid, Spain -- Spain's Catholic bishops urged political parties to unite against same-sex marriage, after it was confirmed as legal by the Constitutional Court.

NCR's sister publication, Celebration, posts reflections on each day's Scripture reading. Here's a link: You may want to bookmark it. It's a great way to begin the day.

Editorial: Teen boy dennied confirmation because of Facebook photo with pro-gay marriage sign -- The flap in Barnesville over gay marriage is a sign of more restlessness ahead for the church.

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – A nontraditional Catholic organization has offered to confirm a Barnesville 17-year-old after he was denied confirmation because of his support for gay marriage.

Australia -- President of Catholic Religious Australia says significant changes coming to the way it handles its response to the issue of sexual abuse

Australia -- Bishop says it was not the Catholic Church that committed or shielded any crimes but individuals within the church. Copy of his letter A Church in Dismay.

DR Congo: International community has failed us, says bishop

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