Ontario law: Catholic schools must allow gay-straight alliance clubs

TORONTO (CNS) -- Catholic schools in Ontario must allow gay-straight alliance clubs if requested by students, under a new law. The controversial Bill 13 passed...

SSPX head says group does not have to accept all Vatican II teachings

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The leader of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X said talks with the Vatican demonstrate that "Rome no longer...

Astronomy students watch Venus transit at Vatican Observatory

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- An international group of astronomy students watched Venus' passage across the face of the sun from the roof of the...

Bishop says Sacred Heart is a reality marking ‘core of Christ’s being’

PHILADELPHIA (CNS) -- The Sacred Heart "is a reality that marks the core of Christ's being," Philadelphia Auxiliary Bishop John J. McIntyre told attendees...

Archbishop: Religious liberty campaign not meant to ‘throw’ election

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The U.S. Catholic Church's challenges to the federal government's contraceptive mandate under the health care law is not an attempt to...

Sundays must be a day of rest dedicated to God, family, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The demands of work can't bully people out of needed time off, Pope Benedict XVI said. Sunday must be a day...

‘Fortnight for Freedom’ begins June 21

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has called for a two-week period of prayer, education and action in support of religious freedom. The 14-day...

‘Food is love’: Priest preaches sharing at meals

Fr. Leo Patalinghug sees nothing unusual with his dabblings in the culinary world. After all, the Catholic Church has known about the importance of...

Cardinal Quezada, mediator to end Guatemala’s civil war, dies at 80

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Retired Cardinal Rodolfo Quezada Toruno of Guatemala City, credited with helping to end his country's civil war in the 1990s,...

Papal butler could face six years in Italian prison if found guilty

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Paolo Gabriele, the papal assistant, has been accused of aggravated theft, a crime that under Vatican laws is punishable with...