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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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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