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Catholic Church losing ground in Latin America

In just one generation, Latin America has seen the number of people who identify themselves as Catholic plummet, a new report shows.

We Are Lutherans. What Does This Mean?  

The Reformation was about how God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, into the flesh in order to be the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world in order to bring us eternal life. That’s what the Reformation really is about. That’s what being Lutheran is really all about.

Vatican ethicist: No dignity in Maynard’s physician-assisted death

The Vatican’s top ethicist condemns Brittany Maynard’s decision to end her life, saying there was no dignity in her physician-assisted death.

Pope Francis: ‘Evolution … is not inconsistent with the notion of creation’

The pope says the big bang theory did not contradict the role of a divine creator, but even required it.

Archbishop Chaput blasts Vatican debate on family

Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput says he was “very disturbed” by the debate over church teachings on gays and remarried Catholics at the Vatican summit

Cardinals: Vatican isn’t changing teaching on gays, divorced Catholics

A day after signaling a warmer embrace of gays and divorced Catholics, conservative cardinals say church teaching won’t change.

Vatican stuns Catholic world with greater openness toward gays

The world’s Catholic bishops signal a move toward greater tolerance of gays and lesbians.

Parents of beheaded journalist drawing on faith

The family of Roman Catholics John and Diane Foley appear to be held together by faith.

Baptizing children of gay couples — new battleground?

Despite campaigns against same-sex marriage, Catholic leaders have avoided doing anything to block gay couples from having their children baptized.

San Francisco archbishop defends decision to join rally

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone says taking part in the March for Marriage in Washington is not “anti-LGBT … anti-anyone or anti-anything.”

March for Life reaches new group: evangelicals

Evangelicals are the most likely religious group to say that abortion should be illegal. So why would organizers of the March for Life hire someone to reach out to them?

ILC talks with LWF, Catholics

International Lutheran Council reps discuss the relationship of the ILC with the Lutheran World Federation and possible ecumenical relations with the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

Nazi SS captain denied church funeral in Rome

Catholic churches in Rome join government officials in three countries to deny a public funeral for Erich Priebke, the unrepentant Nazi war criminal who died Oct. 11.

Vatican urges slowdown in rush to reform

The Vatican warns churches not to get ahead of the pope and take the reform process into their own hands.

Pope Francis fires warning shot at church’s ‘top-down’ bureaucracy

Pope Francis once again gives a startlingly candid interview that reinforces his vision of a Catholic Church that engages the world and helps the poor rather than pursuing culture wars.

Excerpts from Pope Francis’ (second) explosive interview

Just two weeks after the publication of a lengthy, detailed interview in which he expounded on his new vision for the church, Pope Francis gives another, similarly “explosive,” interview.