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At UN, Trump focuses on religious freedom, not climate

President Donald Trump made his political priorities clear Monday within an hour of arriving at the United Nations for a three-day visit: He breezed by a major climate change summit to focus instead on religious persecution, an issue that resonates with his evangelical supporters.

Women walking together, away from the church

Just Catholic: The Amazon synod has no voting women. It was not always like this. Years ago, the abilities, intellects and legal authority of women were respected.

Notre Dame releases study on sexual harassment among U.S. seminarians

The University of Notre Dame Sept. 21 released a groundbreaking report that looked at sexual harassment in U.S. Catholic seminaries, revealing that just 6% of seminarians reported experiencing some form of sexual harassment or misconduct, while 90% reported none.

Indiana launches investigation after discovery of aborted fetal remains

The story of 2,246 aborted fetal remains found at the Illinois home of late abortion doctor Ulrich Klopfer continues to unfold, with the new focal point being on neighboring Indiana.

A New York diocese filed for bankruptcy. Will others follow?

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester was the first in New York to seek bankruptcy protection under the weight of new sexual misconduct lawsuits, but lawyers and church leaders say it may not be the last.

Commitment to fighting climate change still weak, pope says

The international community must ramp up its efforts if it expects to mitigate the negative effects of climate change, Pope Francis said.

'Grisly discovery' of fetal remains at doctor's home sparks outrage

The Sept. 13 disclosure that the preserved remains of over 2,200 aborted babies had been found at the rural Illinois home of the recently deceased Indiana abortionist Ulrich "George" Klopfer has sparked outrage and demands for immediate investigations by authorities.

Wichita diocese names 15 priests accused of child sex abuse

The Catholic Diocese of Wichita has published a list naming 15 priests credibly accused of child sexual abuse.

United Methodists float plans to split denomination after LGBTQ vote

The United Methodist Church’s deadline for petitions for its next global meeting passed Sept. 18, setting the terms for a final reckoning with LGBTQ issues that have divided the denomination for more than 40 years.