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Pope considering last-minute changes to conclave rules

Photo Caption: Pope Benedict XVI greets Italian Cardinal Angelo Scola of Milan during a private audience at the Vatican Feb. 16. By: By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI is considering making some changes to the conclave rules and rituals before he leaves office Feb. 28, the Vatican spokesman […]

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Between popes: Vatican business continues as usual — almost

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — When Pope Benedict XVI officially leaves office at 8 p.m. Feb. 28, most of the top-level Vatican officials lose their jobs, but that does not mean the majority of Vatican employees get a vacation. Although Catholics inside and outside the Vatican love to complain about its unwieldy bureaucracy, coordinating the universal […]

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What the church needs now: Synod gives clues to priorities

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — One task facing the College of Cardinals already has been completed: A job description for the Catholic Church’s chief evangelizer already is written. He must be humble, but firmly grounded in church teaching; joyful and enthusiastic; willing to listen to and dialogue with others; and courageous in defending human rights, including […]

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Proposed HHS rules fall short of meeting bishops’ concerns

Photo Caption: Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, faulted the proposed rules for maintaining an “inaccurate distinction among religious ministries.” By: By Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — The new proposed rules issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services regarding insurance coverage of contraceptives show movement […]

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At March for Life, crowds show endurance, passion to continue

Photo Caption: March for Life participants make their way up Constitution Avenue to the Supreme Court building Jan. 25. By: By Carol Zimmerman, Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — The tens of thousands of participants at the annual March for Life in Washington Jan. 25 demonstrated just how determined they are not only by showing […]

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At National Prayer Vigil for Life, cardinal looks to future

WASHINGTON (CNS) — At the opening Mass for the National Prayer Vigil for Life, Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston focused on the direction in which he believes the pro-life movement should be headed. The chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Pro-Life Activities called upon Catholics to work to change society’s negative […]

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Christian cooperation key to proclaiming the Gospel: pope

ROME (CNS) — Christians must work together to offer the faith they share to a world that seems to find it more and more difficult to believe, Pope Benedict XVI told Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican and Protestant leaders. “Unity is in itself a privileged means — almost a requirement — for proclaiming the faith in an […]

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Cardinal George warns against Illinois same-sex marriage law

Photo Caption: Cardinal George also urged Catholics to stay informed on the issue and contact their state legislators about it. By: By Catholic News Service CHICAGO (CNS) — Cardinal Francis E. George told Chicago-area Catholics that the passage of a same-sex marriage law in the state would be “acting against the common good of society.” […]

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Late cardinal should inspire use of media to spread Gospel

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI said he hoped the legacy of the late Cardinal John P. Foley would inspire others to make the Gospel known through mass media. In a telegram to Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia Dec. 12, the pope expressed his sadness and condolences for the death of Cardinal Foley, […]

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Pope marks Guadalupe feast; sets travel to Mexico, Cuba

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Celebrating the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe and confirming he will travel to Mexico and Cuba in the spring, Pope Benedict XVI called on the people of Latin America to hold firm to their faith. During his homily at the Mass Dec. 12 in St. Peter’s Basilica, the pope prayed […]

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