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Brooklyn bishop calls suit accusing him of decades-old abuse 'defamatory'

Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio said Feb. 22 a lawsuit filed against him in New Jersey Superior Court over a claim of abuse that allegedly occurred decades ago "is defamatory."

Vatican trial: Former students recall 'unhealthy' environment at minor seminary

Several former students told a Vatican court that they experienced an "unhealthy" environment at a minor seminary inside the Vatican.

Pope joins Italians mourning deaths of ambassador and officer in Congo

Pope Francis joined the people of Italy in mourning the murders of the country's ambassador to Congo and an Italian officer in his security detail, both young men the pope described as "servants of peace and law."

We must take care of our children

If a nation's moral character can be measured by how it treats its children, the United States is not doing well. 

Becerra's critics urge Senate committees to reject his nomination for HHS

About 60 pro-life leaders signed a letter objecting to confirmation of California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, President Joe Biden's nominee to be secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Martin Gugino sues city of Buffalo, mayor and police after fracturing skull

A Catholic social justice activist who police knocked down during a protest over racism last year has sued the city of Buffalo, its mayor, the police commissioner and several police officers.

Bishops: If passed, Equality Act will 'discriminate against people of faith'

H.R. 5 would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, public accommodations, public education, federal funding, the credit system and jury duty. It would also provide for taxpayer funding of abortion and limit freedom of speech, the bishops said in a Feb. 23 letter to all members of Congress.

Latin American church leaders: Get vaccines, prioritize the vulnerable

LIMA, Peru (CNS) — Tony Palomino remains busy, picking up donations and putting together food...

Reclaiming veracity in a post-Trump world

Distinctly Catholic: To be sure, as vocations go, politics has never been known for attracting truth-tellers. But, as a culture, we need to reclaim our skepticism.