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Cardinal George facing cross of cancer for a second time

Photo Caption: In this Catholic Post file photo, Cardinal Francis E. George of Chicago celebrates Mass at a statewide Summit for Catholic School Education in Bloomington. By: By Joyce Duriga, Catholic News Service CHICAGO (CNS) — For the second time in his 75 years, Cardinal Francis E. George of Chicago is facing the cross of […]

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At Georgetown, Ryan defended budget as fruit of Catholic teaching

Photo Caption: Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., a Catholic who chairs the House Budget Committee, speaks at Georgetown University in Washington April 26. By: By Dennis Sadowski, Catholic News Service Editor’s Note — We offer this Catholic News Service story from late April for background and discussion following the Aug. 11 announcement of U.S. Rep. Paul […]

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Bishops urge Congress to fix health law flaws after decision

Photo Caption: People for and against the administration’s health care reform law demonstrate in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington June 28. By: By Nancy Frazier O’Brien, Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — The U.S. Supreme Court’s June 28 decision upholding the health reform law makes it even more urgent for Congress […]

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Lived faith, service, keys to evangelization: synod text

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Catholics who act like their faith has nothing to do with daily life and a church structure that is more bureaucracy than service are two impediments to the church’s ability to proclaim faith in Jesus, said the working document for the next world Synod of Bishops. “Every one of the church’s […]

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Catholics can gain indulgence by praying for families

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Catholics who dedicate themselves to special prayers and efforts to promote the holiness of Christian families can receive special indulgences during the World Meeting of Families May 30-June 2 in Milan. Pope Benedict XVI authorized the indulgences for those who, “truly repentant and motivated by charity, dedicate themselves to the sanctification […]

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Urges people of all faiths to stand for religious freedom

WASHINGTON (CNS) — After receiving the inaugural Religious Freedom Award May 24, Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori encouraged people of all faiths to stand together to defend religious liberty. “U.S. bishops and faithful Catholics in this country, numerous though we may be, cannot fight the tide of radical secularism alone,” Archbishop Lori said at the […]

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Publication of ‘VatiLeaks’ letters ‘criminal act’: Vatican

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Italian television journalist who set off the “VatiLeaks” controversy by releasing private letters to Pope Benedict XVI and between Vatican officials has published a large collection of leaked documents in a new book called “Your Holiness.” In a statement May 19, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, called the publication […]

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Pope urges U.S. Catholics to strive for greater unity

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI urged American Catholics to strive for greater unity, especially among ethnic groups and between bishops and religious orders, in order to carry out the church’s mission in an increasingly hostile society. The pope made his remarks May 18 in a speech to U.S. bishops from the Chaldean, Ruthenian, […]

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Lawsuits by 43 dioceses, groups seek to stop HHS mandate

By: By Nancy Frazier O’Brien, Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Forty-three Catholic dioceses, schools, hospitals, social service agencies and other institutions filed suit in federal court May 21 to stop three government agencies from implementing a mandate that would require them to cover contraceptives and sterilization in their health plans. “Through this lawsuit, plaintiffs […]

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