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Study finds fertility below replacement rate is 'new normal'

Fertility rates around the world are stalling at below the replacement level, a new study has shown, as countries with higher fertility rates have ...

Legal assisted suicide puts people with disabilities at risk, report finds

Leaders in the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops applauded the National Council on Disability for its recent research on the risks of assisted ...

Brazilian bishop: Yes, Amazon people can understand celibacy

A retired bishop from Brazil has spoken out against the claim that married priests are necessary in the Amazon region because the indigenous people ...

Gonzaga, Catholic Charities team up to offer immigration legal assistance

Gonzaga University Law School in Spokane is partnering with Catholic Charities of Eastern Washington to offer immigration legal assistance to ...

Catholic snakebite clinic in India saves thousands of lives each year

In most religious orders' novitiate year, prospective sisters study and pray. Sister Crescencia Sun, however, had another habit to acquire: killing ...

UN set to elect slave state to human rights council

Mauritania, the west African nation where slavery remains a widespread practice, is expected to be voted on to the United Nations' Human Rights ...

Moroccan king pardons woman who procured abortion, those who participated

Morocco's king pardoned Wednesday a journalist, her fiance, and the medical team who last month were found guilty of procuring and performing an ...

Poland's ruling party accused of trying to ban sex education

The governing party in the Polish parliament has introduced a bill that could criminalize some forms of sex education in schools.

California earthquake early warning system arrives on anniversary of 1989 quake

Until today, Californians have lived without the slightest warning of a major quake. Now, on the 30-year anniversary of the 1989 "World Series ...

Analysis: A pink dolphin, a carved image, and inculturation at the Amazon synod

At a "moment of Amazon spirituality" Oct. 16, in a church just down the street from St. Peter's Square, a woman told the Amazonian folk tale of a ...