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People of faith must advocate for religious liberty, says House speaker

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.,  pauses as he speaks at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast May 17 in Washington. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

By Allana Haynes Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — People of faith have the responsibility to “advocate for their faith,” not only through good works, but on spiritual realms — one being through prayer, U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, said May 17. He made the comments at the 12th annual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast,…

Italy: ‘Family Day’ rally draws hundreds of thousands

People attend the Family Day rally at the Circus Maximus in Rome Jan. 30. The rally was held to oppose a bill in the Italian Senate that would allow civil unions for homosexual and heterosexual couples.

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service ROME — Hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Rome’s Circus Maximus to protest against a proposed bill that would grant legal recognition to nonmarried heterosexual and homosexual couples and give them the right to adopt children. Although not officially sponsored by the Catholic Church or any other…

Two with Michigan ties among OSV’s ‘Catholics of the Year’

Janet Smith, Ph.D.

DETROIT — Two Catholics with Michigan ties are among those honored as “Catholics of the Year” for 2015 by a national Catholic publication. Janet Smith, Ph.D., a professor at Sacred Heart Major Seminary, and Archbishop Bernard Hebda, former bishop of Gaylord, joined six others recognized by Our Sunday Visitor as those who “made an indelible…