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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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Hispanic, Latino bishops write to undocumented immigrants

WASHINGTON (CNS) — An emotional pastoral letter to immigrants from the U.S. Hispanic and Latino Catholic bishops offers love, encouragement, welcome, sympathy and assurance that “you are not alone or forgotten.” “We recognize that every human being, authorized or not, is an image of God and therefore possesses infinite value and dignity,” begins the strongly […]

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Pope: Americas need renewed joyful, faithful missionary spirit

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The universal church needs Catholics in the Americas who are joyful missionaries, well-catechized and faithful to the teachings of the church, Pope Benedict XVI said. The only way to solve today’s problems is through credible and effective Christian witness and charity, he said, since only actions based on God’s truth and […]

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Supreme Court to hear cases on same-sex marriage

Photo Caption: The U.S. Supreme Court announced Dec. 7 that it will hear two cases challenging federal and a state laws that define marriage as a union of a man and a woman. By: By Patricia Zapor, Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — The Supreme Court will take up in the spring two cases over […]

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Lebanon’s Catholic leaders call for dialogue amid instability

BEIRUT (CNS) — Lebanon’s Catholic leaders urged their people to work toward dialogue and to reject violence and war. In a statement following their annual meeting in early December, members of the Assembly of Catholic Patriarchs and Bishops in Lebanon expressed their concern about “the repercussions of bloody events in the region, especially in Syria,” […]

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Celebrating church’s universality, pope creates 6 new cardinals

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Recalling that Christ’s mission transcends “all ethnic, national and religious particularities,” Pope Benedict XVI created six new cardinals from four different continents, representing the Latin rite of the Catholic Church as well as two Eastern Catholic Churches. The churchmen who joined the College of Cardinals Nov. 24 were U.S. Archbishop James […]

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Courts addressing challenges to health law, HHS mandate

Photo Caption: Pro-life activists rally in front of U.S. Supreme Court in Washington this summer. By: By Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way Nov. 26 for a federal appeals court to take up a Christian college’s challenge to the Affordable Care Act, reopening one of several lawsuits filed […]

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Synod on new evangelization ends; 58 proposals surfaced

Photo Caption: Pope Benedict XVI leads a closing session of the Synod of Bishops on the new evangelization at the Vatican Oct. 27. By: By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Members of the Synod of Bishops recommended the Vatican establish a commission to monitor religious freedom, develop guidelines for training evangelizers […]

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