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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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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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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: 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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