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Bishop to senators: Curbing gun violence builds culture of life

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Days before the Senate began debate over gun-control legislation, Bishop Stephen E. Blaire of Stockton, Calif., urged senators to support a bill that “builds a culture of life by promoting policies that reduce gun violence and saves people’s lives in homes and communities.” Bishop Blaire, head of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on […]

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Fr. Kapaun awarded Medal of Honor for service in Korea

Photo Caption: U.S. Army chaplain Father Emil Joseph Kapaun, who died May 23, 1951, in a North Korean prisoner of war camp, is pictured celebrating Mass from the hood of a jeep Oct. 7, 1950, in South Korea. By: By Patricia Zapor, Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — A Catholic Korean War chaplain who selflessly […]

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Pope: Good priests bring joy, comfort to those in need

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis called on the world’s priests to bring the healing power of God’s grace to everyone in need, to stay close to the marginalized and to be “shepherds living with the smell of the sheep.” Those priests “who do not go out of themselves” by being mediators between God and […]

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Says judge’s order affects religious liberty of all Missourians

ST. LOUIS (CNS) — A federal judge’s decision to strike down portions of a Missouri law protecting conscience rights of those who object to coverage of contraceptives and abortifacients in their health plans attacks the conscience rights and religious liberty of all Missouri citizens, said the state’s Catholic conference. Judge Audrey Fleissig of the U.S. […]

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Pope washes feet of 12 young detainees to show service

Photo Caption: Pope Francis kisses the foot of a prison inmate during a Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper at Rome’s Casal del Marmo prison for minors March 28. Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 young people. By: By Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis told young inmates […]

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Pope Francis’ first morning: Marian prayer and bill paying

Photo Caption: Newly-elected Pope Francis leaves flowers in front of the “Salus Populi Romani,” (“Salvation of the Roman People”) a Marian icon in a chapel of the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome. By: By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis began his first full day as pope with […]

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Diocese, entities withdraw appeal of lawsuit ruling

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (CNS) — The Diocese of Nashville and seven other Catholic entities operating in the diocese have withdrawn their appeal of a judge’s dismissal of their lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the federal government’s mandate to provide health insurance coverage for artificial contraception and other services the church teaches are immoral. The appeal to […]

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New pope likely to celebrate installation Mass March 19

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Mass for the installation of a new pope could be celebrated March 19, the solemnity of St. Joseph, patron of the universal church. The new pope also would likely recite the Angelus March 17 with visitors gathered in St. Peter’s Square. Asked March 13 whether the feast of St. Joseph […]

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