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What’s the law on vaccine exemptions? A religious liberty expert explains

For Americans wary of COVID-19 vaccine mandates, it seems there are plenty of leaders offering ways to get exemptions – especially religious ones - so what are they, and is the government even required to offer the exemptions in the first place? ... Read more»

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'Religious' exemptions add legal thorns to looming vaccine mandates

With workplace vaccine mandates in the offing, opponents are turning to a tried-and-true recourse for avoiding a COVID-19 shot: the claim that vaccination interferes with religious beliefs - but no major denomination opposes vaccination.... Read more»

How limiting Latin Mass may become the defining moment for Pope Francis

In a move that sent shock waves through the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis took sudden steps to curtail the traditional Latin Mass, a blow to the traditionalist, far-right movement that disagrees with Francis’ vision of a Church aligned with open societies.... Read more»

With bodies piling up, no end in sight in war on Mexican journalists

The Mexican press has been stifled over the past decade, caught in the crossfire of drug violence and government corruption. Today, the country is one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a journalist. 90 have been killed and 23 have disappeared over the past 15 years.... Read more»

Pope Francis' border mass awes El Paso Catholics

Within plain sight of Ciudad Juárez, just south of the Rio Grande, thousands of El Pasoans heard Pope Francis speak of the ancient city Nineveh. He spoke of the city’s destruction due to “oppression and dishonor, violence and injustice.” The stirring message delivered in a city recovering from years of its own death and destruction at the hands of warring rival drug gangs and law enforcement held audiences captive.... Read more»

Border Catholics ready to welcome Pope Francis

Tens of thousands of El Pasoans and visitors are expected to converge on Sun Bowl Stadium Wednesday to bow their heads and celebrate Mass with Pope Francis, who, as the first Latin American pontiff, is embraced by Catholics in this predominantly Hispanic community as one of their own.... Read more»

As Ciudad Juárez prepares for Pope's visit, so do activists

From city officials working to rebrand Ciudad Juárez as a safe and organized metropolis to the mother and daughter who met along opposite sides of a border fence, Pope Francis' visit here is fraught with symbolism. ... Read more»

Pope, Russian patriarch to hold historic meeting in Cuba

Pope Francis and the head of the Russian Orthodox Church will appeal for an end to persecution of Christians in the Middle East as they meet in Cuba next week in what could be a landmark step toward healing the 1,000-year-old rift between the Western and Eastern branches of Christianity.... Read more»

Fugitive Fathers

How are abusive priests able to relocate abroad?

The Vatican's laws are clear, but often ignored. ... Read more»

Could the Vatican face racketeering charges for harboring abusive clergy?

The RICO Act was designed to combat organized crime groups like the Mafia. But a growing number of advocates in the U.S. see the recent FIFA investigation as a precedent for a possible criminal investigation into the Holy See’s role in child sexual abuse cases.... Read more»

Outside Capitol, mood for pope’s speech was part picnic, part pilgrimage

They started gathering before the sun came up Thursday, eager for a spot outside the Capitol where they could witness Pope Francis’ historic address to a joint session of Congress.... Read more»

Az lawmakers give blessing to Pope Francis’ speech to Congress

Members of Arizona’s congressional delegation gave generally high marks to Pope Francis’ Thursday speech to Congress that touched on immigration, climate change and the death penalty. Rep. Martha McSally focused on the tone as much as the topics. Washington could use “a lot of compassion, and love, and peace and cooperation,” which is exactly what she said the pope brought to the city.... Read more»

Tucsonans join throngs around White House for start of pope’s visit

She was looking at a pope and a president Wednesday, but Tucson resident Margarita Bernal said she could just as easily have been watching a “rock star” at the White House.... Read more»

Pope Francis needs to do more to stop priest sex abuse, advocates say

Five experts on child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church weigh in on whether Pope Francis has done enough to address one of the the church’s biggest challenges.... Read more»

Arizonans join 100-mile march to D.C., and Pope Francis, in deportation protest

A group of women marched 100 miles to visit Pope Francis in order to bring attention to the deportation and separation of families. ... Read more»

Church, state meet when pope addresses Congress, to dismay of some

Gilbert resident Simon Spanton doesn’t have anything against Pope Francis. It’s the combination of Pope Francis and Congress he has a problem with. “The pope seems like a nice guy,” said Spanton, 73. “But I see no place for religion in government.”... Read more»

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