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An abortion rights activist holds a sign outside the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this year before the court struck down a Texas law placing restrictions on abortions. Now abortion rights supporters are suing the state again over a new rule.

Federal Judge Calls Catholic Church a ‘Sect,’ Denies Higher Court’s Authority

A federal judge in Texas slighted the Roman Catholic Church in a major case involving abortion and religious liberty on Wednesday, calling the world’s largest Christian church a “sect,” and suggesting that he might not obey the federal appeals court over him, criticizing the judges who voted to reverse his initial order.

An Army chaplain delivers a sermon to soldiers during an Easter service. A chaplain who was serving at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, is responding to an investigator's finding of discrimination after the chaplain said he couldn't include a same-sex couple on a marriage retreat because of his endorsing church's rules.

Army Chaplain Cleared of ‘Dereliction of Duty’ in Gay Marriage Dust Up

U.S. Army Chaplain Scott Squires was facing a recommendation he be charged with dereliction of duty after he rescheduled a soldier in a same-sex marriage, which violates the tenets of his Southern Baptist faith, from his own marriage retreat to one led by a chaplain with no such conflict.

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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.