Pope Paul VI banned contraception for Catholics in the 1968 encyclical, “Humanae Vitae.”
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July marks 50 years of Pope Paul VI's encyclical prohibiting contraceptive use. For many years prior to it, the church had not been so explicit on its stance. How did it become such a thorny issue?
Medieval cathedrals were fund raising powerhouses – it's time to let history live again.
A mourner reads a sympathy card left for Anthony Bourdain at a makeshift memorial in New York.
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Most religions have a fundamental belief that all human life belongs to God.
Pastors kneel in prayer in front of the Supreme Court, as a counter-protester holds a sign that says “What’s Christian About Discrimination.”
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Arguments on religious freedom have taken place throughout US history and have landed in the Supreme Court as well. Interpretations have changed over time.
Muslims praying in Puerto Rico.
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A scholar talks to Muslims in Puerto Rico and comes back with an understanding of their rich history and their struggles.
What does it mean for a pope to apologize?
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Popes are not infallible, yet apologies are rare.
There are many myths associated with St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. But Patrick's own writings and early biographies reveal the person behind the legend.
Pope Francis will not ordain women to priesthood.
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The Catholic Church has historically been unwilling to extend full priesthood to women. However, Pope Francis could take the lead in ordaining women to become deacons, a scholar says.
Samuel Brownback appears before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
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America has been promoting religious liberty abroad since its founding, but there has always been disagreement on what exactly it means.
Biblical principles have provided an understanding on how to help the needy.
New economic realities have raised new challenges in applying Biblical principles to economic life. But they could still provide guidance on how to help those in need and how to levy taxes.
John and Helen Haynes on their wedding day in 1962. John, a Protestant, was cut out of three wills after marrying Helen, a Catholic.
Marrying across Australia’s Catholic-Protestant divide.
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Until 1970s the Catholic-Protestant divide was deeply entrenched in Australia. On this episode of Trust Me, I'm An Expert, journalism academic Siobhan McHugh shares stories of those who married across it.
Prime Minister Billy Hughes worked hard to quash rebellion over conscription during the first world war.
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A little-known incident 100 years ago reminds us that Australia at the time was riven by class, religious and political divisions.
The execution of the eight surviving conspirators of the Gunpowder Plot.
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It wasn't just 'mindless' brutality – but it should remind us that violence too often begets violence.
Pope Francis talks with bishops during the Liturgical Week at the Vatican in August 2017.
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A liturgy expert explains that until the 12th century local bishops made decisions on Catholic liturgical practices even though the Catholic Mass was celebrated in Latin until 1970. How did that change?
Cloistered nuns in the Monastery of Saint Clare in the western Mediterranean Sardinian city of Oristano.
A key to the successful growth of Jesuits were handwritten letters – transported through trade ships from India.
President Trump stands beside Pope Francis at the Vatican on May 24, 2017. An unidentified priest looks on.
The GOP was once the political home of anti-Catholicism. And the Vatican, it was believed, would use a Catholic president as a way to meddle in US politics.
Mass inside the church dedicated to our Lady of Good Health in Valenkanni, Tamil Nadu.
A common place of worship in India and Pakistan offers solace and bonds religious minorities in Pakistan.
Pope Francis marks the end of the Jubilee of Mercy by closing the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican.
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The pope's action is significant: It encourages priests to be more sensitive to the context of the lives of their laity.
Neither here nor there.
When Pope Francis issued his unexpected on the Republican frontrunner, he did little to make the choice facing American Catholics any easier.
John Dryden by John Michael Wright, 1668.
Many literary greats have been religious outsiders, and reading them we can relate to our times. This is particularly the case with Dryden.