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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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Pilgrims at Vatican II Mass highlight openness to world

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council with a Mass outdoors was a reminder of the fact that the council called the Catholic Church to live and work in the world, said Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas of Tucson, Ariz. “One of the things that was beautiful today was that […]

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Pope to Middle East Christians: “Sufferings are not in vain”

Photo Caption: Pope Benedict XVI arrives in the popemobile to celebrate an outdoor Mass on the Beirut waterfront Sept. 16. The pope was wrapping up his three-day visit to Lebanon. By: By Francis X. Rocca, Catholic News Service BEIRUT (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI acknowledged the suffering of Christians in the Middle East, reassuring them […]

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Pope Benedict arrives in Lebanon as ‘pilgrim of peace’

Pope Benedict arrives in Lebanon as ‘pilgrim of peace’ BEIRUT (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Lebanon Sept. 14, saying that he came “as a pilgrim of peace, as a friend of God and as a friend of men.” In his remarks at a welcoming ceremony at Beirut’s airport, Pope Benedict praised Lebanon, with […]

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Pope to young Christians of Middle East: Stay, make peace

BKERKE, Lebanon (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI urged young Christians in the Middle East not to flee violence and economic insecurity through emigration, but to draw strength from their faith and make peace in their troubled region. The pope spoke to some 20,000 young people from several Middle Eastern countries gathered outside the residence of […]

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Earthquake in Costa Rica kills at least 2, damages churches

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (CNS) — A strong earthquake struck northwest Costa Rica Sept. 5, killing at least two people, damaging homes and some Catholic churches, setting off a tsunami warning and rattling nerves. The magnitude-7.6 quake, felt throughout parts of Central America, struck at 8:42 a.m. local time near the small city of Nicoya […]

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More we love Jesus, the more we want to pray: pope

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The more people love Jesus, the more they will want to spend time with him in prayer; and the more they pray, the more they will resemble him, Pope Benedict XVI said. While God always listens to people’s pleas for help and is always ready to respond, “our prayer must first […]

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Forum asks: Can you be a Democrat and be pro-life?

Photo Caption: A woman prays at a Planned Parenthood center in Charlotte, N.C. The presidents of Planned Parenthood Action Fund and NARAL Pro-Choice America were to speak at the Democratic National Convention. By: By Stephen C. Guilfoyle / Catholic News Service CHARLOTTE, N.C. (CNS) — Buttons were available at the Democrats for Life of America […]

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