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Indigent, unborn, given free burial by Chicago archdiocese

CHICAGO (CNS) — Eighteen simple wooden caskets containing indigent adults and unborn babies sat atop graves at Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery awaiting burial April 25. Beside them stood funeral directors dressed in black and holding single white carnations. Just minutes before, each casket was removed from funeral hearses, which made a procession with a police […]

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Convention highlights changing face of priesthood, laity

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (CNS) — Priests from across the country met in Nashville April 23-26 to learn about and discuss “The Emerging Church of the 21st Century,” the theme for the 44th annual convention of the National Federation of Priests’ Councils. Speakers addressed a range of topics including immigration and multiculturalism in the church today; how […]

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Invite inactive Catholic members to practice faith once again

WASHINGTON (CNS) — A document on the new evangelization from the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis exhorts Catholics to at all levels in the church to step up to invite Catholics who have stopped practicing their faith to do so once again. “Bishops, eparchs, pastors, catechists and indeed all Catholics reaching out to […]

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Prepare for first Communion with zeal, moderation: pope

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Preparing children for their first Communion must be done with both great zeal and moderation, Pope Benedict XVI said. Around the world, many children receive their first Communion during the Easter season, he told pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square April 22 for the recitation of the “Regina Coeli,” a Marian […]

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Vatican announces reforms of U.S. women’s religious group

Photo Caption: Members of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious march through Woldenberg Riverside Park in New Orleans for a prayer service to preserve the wetlands in this 2009 file photo. By: By Francis X. Rocca, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Citing “serious doctrinal problems which affect many in consecrated life,” the Vatican […]

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Omaha opens sainthood cause for founder of Boys Town

OMAHA, Neb. (CNS) — It started in 1917 with a rented house, five boys who needed a home in Omaha and a Catholic priest determined to help troubled and abandoned youths throughout the city. Now, Boys Town helps more than 1.6 million people each year through its main campus of group homes, churches, a grade […]

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Journey to the Foot of the Cross: 10 things to remember for Lent

By: From the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops WASHINGTON — Bishop David L. Ricken of Green Bay, Wis., chairman of the Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), offers “10 Things to Remember for Lent” as the Church prepares to begin the season with Ash Wednesday on February 22: […]

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Obama compromise on mandate ‘unacceptable,’ say U.S. bishops

Photo Caption: U.S. President Barack Obama makes a statement at the White House in Washington Feb. 10 as Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius looks on. By: By Nancy Frazier O’Brien, Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — In an move that appears unlikely to end the controversy over a federal mandate that all […]

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Washington state bill legalizing same-sex marriage passes

SEATTLE (CNS) — Members of the House of Representatives in Washington state voted Feb. 8 to legalize same-sex marriage, and Gov. Christine Gregoire was expected to sign the bill into law by mid-February. The vote came one day after a federal appeals court in California struck down that state’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage. In […]

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