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Detroit considers possible parish closures, mergers, changes

DETROIT (CNS) — A pastoral plan for the Archdiocese of Detroit that includes recommendations such as closing nine parishes, merging 60 parishes into 21 and establishing multi-parish teams or initiatives is a “plan to move the life of the church forward” over the next five years, said Detroit Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron. In a media […]

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CCHD rebuts charges that funded groups violate Catholic teaching

By: By Dennis Sadowski WASHINGTON (CNS) — Officials with the Catholic Campaign for Human Development rebutted a report that 55 agencies funded by the U.S. bishops’ anti-poverty program in 2010-11 were in conflict with church teaching. Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, Calif., Bishop Stephen E. Blaire of Stockton, Calif., and Ralph McCloud, CCHD executive director, […]

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Cardinals throw clout behind post-abortion healing program

BALTIMORE (CNS) — Signaling the importance they gave to the topic, three U.S. cardinals offered a briefing Nov. 14 on efforts to expand and strengthen the church’s post-abortion healing ministry, Project Rachel. Cardinals Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, Sean P. O’Malley of Boston and Donald W. Wuerl of Washington reported on the work of Project […]

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Reports on success of ads aimed at strengthening marriage

BALTIMORE (CNS) — A series of advertisements for the U.S. bishops’ campaign to strengthen marriage have been successful in the numbers of people they have reached and the awards they have garnered from professional advertising organizations, Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Ind., said Nov. 14. The bishop, who is chairman of the […]

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Keynote talk to U.S. bishops: Reclaim truth about church

Photo Caption: New York Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, addresses the U.S. bishops Nov. 14 during their annual fall meeting in Baltimore. By: By Nancy Frazier O’Brien, Catholic News Service BALTIMORE (CNS) — Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York called on his fellow bishops Nov. 14 to […]

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Advance of same-sex marriage deepens concern for religious liberty

By: By Dennis Sadowski, Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — The widening campaign by gay rights advocates to promote same-sex marriage as a civil rights issue is forcing Catholic and other religious institutions to confront charges of intolerance and discrimination. Also at risk, say church officials working on the legal front, is the way religious […]

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U.S. bishops find Iraqi Christians want peace, jobs

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Iraqis want a return to peace, security and stability and the chance to secure meaningful employment, said two U.S. bishops who traveled to Baghdad in a demonstration of the American Catholic Church’s solidarity with the country’s violence-weary Christians. Visiting Oct. 2-5 at the invitation of the bishops of Iraq, Bishop Gerald F. […]

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Bishops reissue 2007’s ‘Faithful Citizenship’ with new introduction

WASHINGTON (CNS) — A new introduction to the U.S. bishops’ document on political responsibility reminds Catholics that some issues “involve the clear obligation to oppose intrinsic evils which can never be justified,” while others “require action to pursue justice and promote the common good.” The brief Introductory Note to the 2011 reissue of “Forming Consciences […]

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Pope pleas for aid, prayers for famine victims in Africa

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI asked the international community to continue aid to the drought- and famine-stricken Horn of Africa and asked individuals to offer prayers and donate money to help save the millions facing death. “I invited everyone to offer prayers and concrete aid for their many brothers and sisters so harshly […]

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Importance of Sunday Mass stressed by cardinal in Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (CNS) — Cardinal Francis Arinze told attendees at the Diocese of Charlotte’s eucharistic congress that “religion is not an option. It is not an accessory footnote. It is the duty of the human creature in front of God the creator,” he said. Cardinal Arinze spoke about the importance of Sunday Mass and the […]

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