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Courage controversy embroils Toronto’s Newman Centre parish. Courage is the support group for gay Catholics officially sanctioned by Toronto archdiocese.

New York -- Catholics step up opposition to Cuomo's women's rights package over abortion

A group of Catholic bishops is encouraging pilgrimages to the Holy Land.

Nigeria -- Mbaise Catholic Priests Reject Bishop-elect Ebere Peter Okpalaeke. We don't oppose Okpalaeke as a bishop, group says, "but we strongly contest his suitability for Ahiara Diocese."

US Bishops urge ‘vigorous leadership’ from Obama for peace in Israel-Palestine

New Zealand -- Catholics celebrate beginnings in NZ. First MAss was Jan. 13, 1838.

PBS looks at Roman Catholic Women Priests

Grand Rapids, Mich. -- A West Michigan Catholic parish is mourning the death of four people who were killed on a mission trip.

Ste. Genevieve, Mo. -- Catholic parish asking for return of stolen relics

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