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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Says way disabled treated shows belief about dignity

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Every child and adult with special needs, every unwanted unborn child and every person who is “poor, weak, abandoned or homeless” is “an icon of God’s face and a vessel of his love,” said Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput. “How we treat these persons — whether we revere them and welcome them, […]

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Pope: Silence key ingredient to meaninful communication

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Amid the deluge of information and nonstop chatter in today’s media, the church needs to help people find safe havens of silence, Pope Benedict XVI said. Far from being the enemy of calm and quiet, social media and the Internet can lead people to virtual sanctuaries that offer silent reflection, thoughtful […]

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Pope names 22 new cardinals, including three North Americans

Photo Caption: Cardinals’ red hats are pictured as Pope Benedict XVI celebrates Mass marking the feast of the Epiphany in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican Jan. 6. By: By Francis X. Rocca, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI named 22 new cardinals, including two from the United States, and announced […]

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