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Chinese Government Destroys Popular Catholic Pilgrimage Site

Chinese government officials used excavators and pickup trucks to demolish the sanctuary of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in China’s Henan province Tuesday, a popular pilgrimage site for Catholics since its founding in 1903.

Catholic faithful wait their turn for confession at Santa Teresa basilica in Caracas during the celebration of the Nazarene of Saint Paul, part of the Holy Week festivities, on April 12, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / FEDERICO PARRA (Photo credit should read FEDERICO PARRA/AFP/Getty Images)

Australian State Premier Challenges Catholic Priests’ ‘Seal of Confession’

The premier of the Australian state of New South Wales State has initiated a national discussion on the inviolability of the Catholic “seal of confession” following a Royal Commission recommendation that priests be required to divulge any sexual abuse of children heard in the confessional.

A pregnant Albanian woman lies on a bed while doctor looks at the foetus on a monitor as he carries out a sonogram on April 20, 2015 in Tirana. Selective abortions remain a common practise in Albania and several Balkan countries, where an imbalance between boys and girls at birth …

U.S. Bishops Push Congress to Pass ‘Conscience Protection Act’

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is urging Catholics to press U.S. legislators to pass the Conscience Protection Act, which would ensure that health care personnel and others could not be coerced into participating in actions such as abortion that violate their moral conscience.

President Donald Trump looks up at the gallery as he leaves after the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Trump Highlights Constitution in SOTU: Judges, Religion, Guns, Terrorists

WASHINGTON, DC – President Donald Trump touted his commitment to several key constitutional issues in his State of the Union Address on Tuesday, including judicial appointments, religious liberty, the Second Amendment, and whether terrorists are entitled to constitutional protections.

LAKEWOOD, CO - SEPT 1: Jack Phillips stands for a portrait near a display of wedding cakes in his Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, CO on Thursday, September 1, 2016. Jack Phillips is owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colo., and has a case before the Supreme Court. He is one …

Supreme Court May Side with Christian Baker in Same-Sex Wedding Cake Case

Religious-liberty activists and conservative Christian groups are optimistic after oral arguments on Tuesday at the U.S. Supreme Court in a case involving a Colorado Christian wedding cake baker that squarely pits constitutional rights of free speech and religious liberty against LGBT activists on the subject of same-sex marriage.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks at the Heritage Foundation, Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Jeff Sessions Praises Constitution and Denounces Activist Judges

Attorney General Jeff Sessions unapologetically praised constitutional conservatism in a speech at the Heritage Foundation on Thursday, extolling the Constitution’s separation of government powers, singling out religious liberty for special focus, and sharply criticizing federal judges who refuse to abide by their limited role in the American Republic.

Bladensburg World War I Veterans Memorial, Bladensburg, Md.

Fourth Circuit: 90-Year-Old Cross-Shaped Monument to WW1 Dead Is Illegal

Wednesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ordered the removal of a Bladensburg, Maryland, World War I memorial because its 40-foot tall cross shape violates the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause, reversing a lower court ruling that would have preserved the monument and drawing impassioned reactions from litigants and observers throughout the week.