Bishops say Pelosi misrepresented abortion teaching in TV interview

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The chairmen of the U.S. bishops’ pro-life and doctrine committees criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, saying she “misrepresented the history and nature of the authentic teaching of the Catholic Church on abortion” in a nationally televised interview Aug. 24. Pelosi, D-Calif., who is Catholic, said in an appearance that day on NBC’s […]

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Catholics encouraged to pray novena in weeks leading up to election

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The U.S. bishops are encouraging Catholics to pray a novena for life, justice and peace before the November election. An Aug. 19 news release said the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has made available for download from the Internet a podcast of a “Novena for Faithful Citizenship” at It will be […]

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Cleveland nun to close one night of Democratic convention with prayer

WASHINGTON (CNS) — St. Joseph Sister Catherine Pinkerton of Cleveland is not usually one to seek the spotlight, but she will take center stage at the Democratic National Convention Aug. 27 when she gives the benediction to close the party’s third day of business. Sister Catherine, 86, a lobbyist for Network, a national Catholic social […]

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Historian collects stories of life in immediate aftermath of Katrina

NEW ORLEANS (CNS) — So what really happened in New Orleans in the twilight-zone days immediately following Hurricane Katrina? That’s one of the questions to which Mark Cave, an oral historian with the Historic New Orleans Collection, has been seeking answers in his personal interviews over the last three years with 500 police officers, firefighters, […]

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Supreme Knight reiterates call to end abortion, support marriage

QUEBEC CITY (CNS) — Supreme Knight Carl Anderson challenged American Catholics to overturn the “regime of Roe v. Wade” in November by withholding their votes from any candidate who supports abortion. He made the comments during an address to the 126th annual convention of the Knights of Columbus in Quebec City. In a wide-ranging 68-minute […]

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Florida official praises ruling allowing vote on faith-based programs

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CNS) — The executive director of the Florida Catholic Conference praised an Aug. 4 circuit court ruling that clears the way for voters to decide whether the state constitution should be amended to allow public funding of faith-based and school-choice programs. D. Michael McCarron called the decision “a pivotal step toward safeguarding health, […]

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Catholic agencies respond to victims of Hurricane Dolly

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Food and water were among the primary needs Catholic aid agencies were trying to meet as thousands of households remained without power and some remained under water July 25 in the wake of Hurricane Dolly. Sister Norma Pimentel, executive director of Catholic Social Services in the Brownsville Diocese, said her agency had […]

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