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Complete program of pope's trip to Fatima on May 12-13

March 20, 2017. The Vatican has published Pope Francis' program for his upcoming trip to Fatima.
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Pope Francis will travel to Egypt from 28 to 29 April 2017

March 18, 2017. In response to the invitation from the President of the Republic, the Bishops of the Catholic Church, His Holiness Pope Tawadros II and the Grand Imam of the Mosque of Al Azhar, Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed el-Tayyib, Pope Francis will make an Apostolic trip to the Arab Republic of Egypt from 28 to 29 April 2017, visiting the city of Cairo. The programme of the trip will be published shortly.
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Pope to meet with most powerful European leaders on March 24

March 3, 2017. On March 24 a historic meeting will take place between the pope and many of the most powerful heads of government throughout Europe. The meeting was announced by the Director of the Press Office of the Holy See, Greg Burke and will begin at 6 p.m. in the Sala Regia of the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican.

Judge rules in favor of Catholic hospital that refuses to sterilize women

2016-01-19

A California judge recently ruled in favor of a Catholic hospital that refused to sterilize a woman.

Rebecca Chamorro requested that the Mercy Medical Center perform a "post-partum tubal ligation.” After the Catholic institution denied to perform the elective procedure, she sued them with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union.

A judge ruled against Chamorro and the ACLU's emergency request earlier this month. He just recently made his earlier ruling permanent.

Judge Ernest Goldsmith explained, "There’s no law that says that hospitals are mandated to perform sterilizations.” He added that forcing them to do so would violate their religious beliefs.

It's a small victory for religious freedom advocates in the United States. The greater fear is that Catholic hospitals will eventually be forced to perform abortions. 

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops President Joseph Kurtz recently vowed that "we will continue to reach out to the White House and Congressional leaders untiringly until proper protections are guaranteed.”


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