For the past 60 years, teachers and administrators at St. Augustine High School in New Orleans have wielded an 18-inch-long wooden paddle to administer corporal punishment to students for tardiness, sloppy uniform dress or other minor rules infractions.
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A British court has effectively disqualified a couple from becoming foster parents because of their Christian views on premarital and homosexual intercourse.
Even if the Church is beset by problems, it is still a gift of God, Pope Benedict told several hundred pastors of Rome parishes.
Catholic clergy and religious take part in a ceremony upon the arrival of the relics of St. Thérèse of Lisieux at the Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv, Israel, March 14.
Education about religion in public schools can help students learn to respect others' beliefs, but government-run programs must exercise extreme caution not to promote or to criticize a particular religion, a Vatican official told the UN Human Rights Council.
Amid ongoing battles between Republican governors and organized labour in Midwestern states, U.S. Catholic bishops have echoed the long-standing Church support for workers' rights.
Setting out on the Lenten journey of conversion, Pope Benedict urged Christians to make a commitment "to take Jesus' side against sin and, as individuals and as a Church, to engage in spiritual battle against the spirit of evil."
The latest Hollywood movie on exorcism is a reminder that the devil truly exists and wants to prevail, said the Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano.
With more than one million Catholic youths expected to converge on Madrid for World Youth Day in August, organizers are busy making final preparations.
Church bells rang, horns blasted and firecrackers echoed throughout Lebanon as it was announced that Bishop Bechara Rai of Jbeil, Lebanon, had been elected the new patriarch of the Maronite Catholic Church.