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It's up to young people to 'end the scourge of abortion,' says speaker
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Shanya McCleary of St. Mary Parish in East Islip, N.Y., smiles as she and fellow pro-life advocates walk from Union Station to participate in the March for Life in Washington Jan. 22. Bitter cold and snow did not stop tens of thousands of people from mar ching against abortion on the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion across the nation.
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Shanya McCleary of St. Mary Parish in East Islip, N.Y., smiles as she and fellow pro-life advocates walk from Union Station to participate in the March for Life in Washington Jan. 22. Bitter cold and snow did not stop tens of thousands of people from mar ching against abortion on the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion across the nation.

WASHINGTON — On a chilly and cloudy morning on the National Mall in Washington, crowds gathered Jan. 22 for the annual March for Life, this year marking the 42nd anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion virtually on demand.


Friday, January 23, 2015

Church in Central African Republic readies plans for papal visit

OXFORD, England — Pope Francis plans to visit the Central African Republic late this year in an effort to end two years of intercommunal violence, the vice president of the country's bishops' conference confirmed.


Friday, January 23, 2015
Increase in sex trafficking expected during gridiron, golf tournaments

PHOENIX — Catholic Charities of Arizona is preparing to serve an increased number of sex-trafficking victims arrested by local police in the days surrounding Super Bowl Sunday.


Friday, January 23, 2015
Crowd's March for Life tweets prove it's not their grandparents' event

WASHINGTON — The 42nd annual March for Life and rally in Washington is twice as old as its crowd of predominantly college and high school age students. And as each year's turnout seems younger, so do the day's tools.


Friday, January 23, 2015
Non-Catholics choose Catholic schools for values, not just academics

ARLINGTON, Va. — When Felicia and Ethan Carr began searching for a high school for their eldest son, they wanted a school with a top-notch college preparatory program.


Friday, January 23, 2015
Despite limits on liberty, Vietnam's new cardinal-designate sees hope

VATICAN CITY — Vietnam's cardinal-designate sees hope and continuing challenges ahead for the church in a nation that still has to fully embrace religious freedom.


Thursday, January 22, 2015
Everyone must help create culture of life, says head of March for Life

WASHINGTON, — Jeanne Monahan-Mancini, March for Life president, answered matter-of-factly when asked why she marches each year to mark the anniversary of Roe v. Wade.


Thursday, January 22, 2015
'We shall overcome' in fight against abortion, says Cardinal O'Malley

WASHINGTON — Evoking a phrase long associated with the civil rights movement, Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley of Boston told an overflow crowd in Washington that "we shall overcome" in the fight against abortion.


Thursday, January 22, 2015
Archbishop Kurtz asks marchers to be 'ambassadors for life'

WASHINGTON — The president of the U.S. bishops' conference Jan. 22 exhorted the thousands of Catholics at the closing Mass for the National Prayer Vigil for Life to be "ambassadors for life."


Thursday, January 22, 2015
Little Sisters' attentive care helps elderly poor live with dignity

QUEENS VILLAGE, N.Y. — “I found heaven," Agnes Russo said definitively, as she described the Little Sisters of the Poor Queen of Peace Residence, her home of 17 years.


Thursday, January 22, 2015
Archbishop says pro-lifers want everybody to have 'place at the table'

CHICAGO — Chicago's new archbishop told the crowd gathered for the March for Life Chicago Jan. 18 that the pro-life movement wants "to make sure that everybody has a place at the table."


Thursday, January 22, 2015
State of the Union speech hits on numerous social justice themes

WASHINGTON — In his Jan. 20 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama hit on numerous themes that resonated with Catholic advocates for social justice issues.


Thursday, January 22, 2015
Head of Catholic Charities USA leaves knowing talk on poverty shifting

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — After a decade as president of Catholic Charities USA, Father Larry Snyder planned to step down Jan. 31 and return to his beloved Minnesota.


Thursday, January 22, 2015
Court OKs prisoner's beard, declines case about confessional seal
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court Jan. 20 ruled unanimously that the Arkansas prison system may not prohibit an inmate from growing a half-inch beard as a part of what he considers his religious obligation as a Muslim.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Austin's vicar general named auxiliary bishop of the Texas diocese

WASHINGTON — Pope Francis has appointed Father Daniel E. Garcia, the vicar general of the Diocese of Austin, Texas, as an auxiliary bishop of the diocese.


Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Irish government says no referendum on blasphemy before election
DUBLIN — The Irish government said it will not hold a national referendum to remove the offense of blasphemy from the country's constitution.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Praying for victims in Niger, pope says no war can be waged for God
VATICAN CITY — Praying for victims of violent protests and targeted attacks against the church in Niger, Pope Francis said no war can ever be waged in God's name.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Outpouring of love, support during his illness 'humbling,' bishop says
TRENTON, N.J. — While recuperating from life-threatening sepsis and the amputation of his lower left leg, Trenton Bishop David M. O'Connell gave a video interview about his progress. And no one would guess that that he just underwent major surgery.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Science about human life on side of pro-life movement, says speaker
WASHINGTON — In a public address in Washington Jan. 20, Carly Fiorina, former business executive and candidate for U.S. Senate in 2010, spoke out about issues relating to the sanctity, science and support of human life.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Supreme Court agrees to take marriage cases
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has agreed to hear four cases its next session, tackling the question of whether there is a constitutional right for people of the same sex to marry.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Sri Lankan war victims feel 'healed' by pope's Madhu visit
MADHU, Sri Lanka — Kunaratnam Sabaratnam's legs were severed by a shell in the closing stages of Sri Lanka's ethnic war.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
U.S. ambassador who fought for truth about churchwomen's murders dies
ARLINGTON, Va. — Former U.S. ambassador Robert E. White, who put his diplomatic career on the line to get answers to the 1980 murders of four U.S. churchwomen in El Salvador, died of cancer at a hospice in Arlington Jan. 13. He was 88 years old.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Bolivian president says pope will visit South America in July
LA PAZ, Bolivia — Bolivian President Evo Morales told his people they must start preparing for a visit from Pope Francis in July.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Roe said to turn 'beautiful truth' about human dignity 'inside out'
LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez Jan. 17 led about 15,000 people from throughout Southern California in celebrating "the beauty of every human life" from conception to natural death at OneLife LA.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Catholic lawmakers urged to back immigration reform as pro-life issue
WASHINGTON — A group of Catholic leaders urged fellow Catholics in Congress to set aside "partisan bickering" and support the U.S. bishops' efforts on behalf of a comprehensive immigration reform, calling it a sanctity of life issue and an important step in building a culture of life.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Nigerian bishop calls for Western intervention to stop Boko Haram
ROME — Underlining the failure of the Nigerian government to stop the violent rampage of Boko Haram, a Catholic bishop has called for Western military intervention.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Nigerian prelate: Church tries to keep Boko Haram victims from despair
MANCHESTER, England — What do Nigerian church leaders say to a woman who, pregnant and fleeing Boko Haram extremists, realizes that she is not physically capable of escaping with both of her two other children and has to abandon one of them?
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Racially charged billboard puts Arkansas city in national spotlight
HARRISON, Ark. — Harrison was again the center of local and national attention when a racially charged billboard was erected with a white girl holding a dog pictured and stating, "It's not Racist to (Heart) Your People."
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Catholic university joins in plan to open New Jersey medical school
NEWARK, N.J. — New Jersey's first private medical school will open in two years under a joint agreement announced Jan. 15 by Seton Hall University and Hackensack University Health Network.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
'Through faith, light of peace' will shine, preacher tells congregation
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — They represented different races, ethnicities, creeds and branches of law enforcement, hundreds braving subfreezing temperatures the night of Jan. 13 to turn out in a warm show of unity to fill the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul in Providence.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Pope urges end to corruption, which he says keeps people poor


MANILA, Philippines — In a nation plagued repeatedly by corruption scandals, Pope Francis urged "everyone, at all levels of society, to reject every form of corruption, which diverts resources from the poor."

Friday, January 16, 2015
Catholic press raises questions about role of satire aimed at religion
WASHINGTON — In the days since the terrorist attack in Paris that killed 12 satirical cartoonists, the discussion about the role of satire and just how far freedom of speech should go has become a hot topic.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Buddhist center breaks tradition, shows pope revered relic
MAKOLA, Sri Lanka — When Pope Francis made a surprise visit to a prominent Buddhist temple in Colombo Jan. 14, the head of the Maha Bodhi Society of Sri Lanka reciprocated by showing the pope historical relics of Buddhas' disciples, normally exposed only for the annual Buddhist feast in May.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Waiting for the pope, Philippine family reflects on dreams, blessings
ANTIPOLO, Philippines — Domingueto and Olimpia Ranola are proud of their daughter, Maricel, the only one of their nine children to go to college and one of the few young people from San Isidoro Labrador Parish chosen to attend Pope Francis' Jan. 18 meeting with youths in Manila.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Pope appoints Omaha pastor to head Grand Island Diocese in Nebraska
WASHINGTON — Pope Francis has named Msgr. Joseph G. Hanefeldt, a pastor in Omaha, Nebraska, to succeed Bishop William J. Dendinger as bishop of Grand Island, Nebraska.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Bishops impressed by care given to needy in Bethlehem
BETHLEHEM, West Bank — A group of bishops visiting the Holy Land was impressed by the charitable care given to those with physical and mental needs in Bethlehem.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
All in a cardinal's day: papal trip prep and presence with the poor



MANILA, Philippines — “Today I was thinking about the tenacity of the poor," said Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila as he and his guests rode past a polluted creek lined with the cardboard, plastic and tin shacks of people he describes as "informal settlers."

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Some Filipinos hope pope supports pact between Muslim group, government
MANILA, Philippines — Some Muslims in the Philippines hope Pope Francis will publicly show support for a peace pact between the country's largest Muslim rebel group and the government during his Jan. 15-19 visit.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Novena aims to unite Catholics in prayer mark Roe v. Wade anniversary
WASHINGTON — A "9 Days for Life" novena taking place around the Jan. 22 anniversary of the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion virtually on demand aims to unite Catholics in prayer, penance and pilgrimage.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Doctor: Kenyan bishops could demand apology for tetanus vaccine drive
NAIROBI, Kenya — Kenya's Catholic bishops could demand a public apology from the government, following a recent revelation that some of the tested vials of the tetanus vaccine being administered under a nationwide campaign contained a hormone linked to birth control.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Global Catholic climate group debuts as pope visits Philippines
WASHINGTON — A worldwide campaign is emerging among Catholic individuals and organizations concerned about climate change and protecting the environment.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
German Catholics criticize anti-Islam marches, but urge understanding
OXFORD, England — German church leaders have criticized an anti-Islamic movement that staged mass demonstrations in Dresden and other cities, but they also urged a better understanding of public fears.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Hoping location is everything

MANILA, Philippines — Father Matthieu Dauchez knows the children he works with are not the only poor people in the Philippines, but that has not stopped him from lobbying loudly and praying constantly that Pope Francis will stop by.


Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Some Filipinos hope pope supports pact between Muslim group, government

MANILA, Philippines — Some Muslims in the Philippines hope Pope Francis will publicly show support for a peace pact between the country's largest Muslim rebel group and the government during his Jan. 15-19 visit.


Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Catholic media in Manila already planning follow-up to papal visit

MANILA, Philippines — Long before Pope Francis left the Vatican for his January trip to Asia, Jesuit Father Emmanuel "Nono" Alfonso and his colleagues were already working on the "what's next" part of hosting a papal trip.


Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Romero scholars say his role as crusader for poor was slow evolution

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Murdered Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero is held up as a beacon for the poor and oppressed, but scholars who see momentum in his sainthood cause say his conversion to this dogma was a slow process.

 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Bishops see signs of resilience in Gaza, despite destruction

BETHLEHEM, West Bank — Despite the immense destruction still evident in Gaza following the war there last summer, the resilience of the people gave hope to 16 bishops of the Holy Land Coordination during their visit to the Gaza Strip Jan. 11-12.


Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Reconciliation means dialogue, 'pursuit of truth' pope tells Sri Lankans

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Arriving in Sri Lanka, a country recovering from two-and-a-half decades of ethnic and religious civil war, Pope Francis said reconciliation would require its people to explore their painful recent history and accept persistent differences within their multicultural society.


Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Spain's new cardinal-designate is advocate of dialogue, reconciliation

VATICAN CITY — Spain's newest cardinal-designate is known as an outspoken champion of peace and reconciliation -- a common trait among some of the men chosen by Pope Francis to join the College of Cardinals in February.


Monday, January 12, 2015
In Philippines, spirituality includes warfare against forces of darkness

MANILA, Philippines — In the months leading up to Pope Francis' visit to the Philippines Jan. 15-19, church leaders emphasized "spiritual preparation," such as a special prayer for the pope at the end of each Mass and a reminder to carry out small acts of kindness toward the less fortunate.


Monday, January 12, 2015
Omaha Archdiocese's capital campaign tops $52 million

OMAHA, Neb. — A capital campaign in the Archdiocese of Omaha has exceeded its $40 million goal with more than $52 million pledged for three to five years from more than 17,000 pledges.


Monday, January 12, 2015
Panel advising Vatican unanimous that Archbishop Romero is a martyr

VATICAN CITY — A panel of theologians advising the Vatican's Congregation for Saints' Causes voted unanimously to recognize the late Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero as a martyr, according to the newspaper of the Italian bishops' conference.


Monday, January 12, 2015
Catholic official: Funding running out for Iraqi refugees in Jordan

AMMAN, Jordan — A Catholic official warned that funding will soon run out to feed and house thousands of Iraqi Christians sheltering in Jordan after being made homeless by Islamic State militants.


Monday, January 12, 2015
Catholics in Congress: What makes them eager to serve - and electable?

WASHINGTON — The numbers don't lie. Once again, there are more Catholics in Congress than members of any other religious denomination. And the numbers stay strong term after term.


Monday, January 12, 2015
New cardinal-designate's remote diocese mirrors challenges elsewhere
SAO PAULO — Cardinal-designate Arlindo Gomes Furtado, whose diocese is part of an archipelago 400 miles off the coast of West Africa, said the challenges to the church in Cape Verde mirror those found elsewhere.
Monday, January 12, 2015
Franciscan leader in Black Catholic ministry named auxiliary bishop

WASHINGTON — Pope Francis has named Franciscan Father Fernand "Ferd" Cheri III, a New Orleans native who currently is director of campus ministry at Quincy University in Illinois as an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of New Orleans.


Monday, January 12, 2015
Dominican sister chosen to lead Catholic Charities USA

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Dominican Sister Donna Markham has been chosen to succeed Father Larry Snyder as the new president of Catholic Charities USA.


Monday, January 12, 2015
Pope heads to Sri Lanka

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Hours before Pope Francis was to arrive in Sri Lanka, people in Colombo were busy with final preparations.


Monday, January 12, 2015
Pope Francis in Asia to promote reconciliation, recovery

VATICAN CITY — Interreligious reconciliation and recovery from natural disaster will be major themes of Pope Francis' Jan. 13-18 visit to Sri Lanka and the Philippines, according to the Vatican spokesman.


Thursday, January 8, 2015
Bishop Hying installed as fourth bishop of Diocese of Gary, Indiana

GARY, Ind. — Before a packed Holy Angels Cathedral and a television and online audience, Bishop Donald J. Hying was installed as the Diocese of Gary's fourth bishop.


Thursday, January 8, 2015
Court rules Michigan firm exempt from providing contraceptive coverage

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A federal court has ruled that a Michigan-based medical supply company does not have to provide contraception coverage in its employee health insurance plan because of faith-based objections.


Thursday, January 8, 2015
Holy Cross Brother Andrews dies; he had headed Catholic Rural Life

VALATIE, N.Y. — A funeral Mass was scheduled for Jan. 10 in Valatie for Holy Cross Brother David Andrews, who died Jan. 5.


Thursday, January 8, 2015
Indian Franciscan accused of showing child pornography to minor

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — An Indian priest faced an obscenity charge after asking a teenage boy to help him delete images of child pornography from his cellphone.


Thursday, January 8, 2015
Indiana poet seeks healing from clergy sexual abuse through his works

INDIANAPOLIS — Norbert Krapf, 71, still loves the wooded hills of his southern Indiana boyhood home near Jasper and the Catholic faith that formed his beliefs from infancy.


Thursday, January 8, 2015
In Philippines, spirituality includes warfare against forces of darkness

MANILA, Philippines — In the months leading up to Pope Francis' visit to the Philippines Jan. 15-19, church leaders emphasized "spiritual preparation," such as a special prayer for the pope at the end of each Mass and a reminder to carry out small acts of kindness toward the less fortunate.


Thursday, January 8, 2015
Migrants take lead in Honduran church's immigration ministries

GOASCORAN, Honduras — This is where immigrants come from, a place where decades of war, corruption, hurricanes and drought have combined to make life untenable for many. And so they have gone away.


Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Mothers band together to search for sons in Mexico, recover their bodies

EL PROGRESO, Honduras — Some of those who set off from Central America's troubled communities and wind their way north toward the American dream get lost along the way. Their family members back home often never learn what happened to them.


Wednesday, January 7, 2015
At Honduran airport, church workers welcome migrants deported from U.S.

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras — Several times a week, Sister Valdete Wilemann watches scores of deported Hondurans walk down the stairs of a U.S. government airplane onto the tarmac of the international airport here.


Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Christian clergy visit Jordanian family of captured Muslim pilot

AY, Jordan — Christian clergy led by the Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem visited the family of the Muslim Jordanian pilot captured by Islamic State and expressed support and continued prayers.


Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Haiti medical missions guide California doctor to life of service

ORANGE, Calif. — Soon after entering medical school, Nicole Shirilla visited Passionist Father Rick Frechette's St. Luke programs in Haiti for the first time.


Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Sister Carol Hoverman retiring from dual posts in Dubuque Archdiocese

DUBUQUE, Iowa — Sister Carol Hoverman, editor of The Witness, newspaper of the Archdiocese of Dubuque since 2002, and archdiocesan communications director since 1980, has retired from her positions.


Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Bishop McLaughlin, retired Buffalo, N.Y., auxiliary bishop, dies at 102

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Retired Auxiliary Bishop Bernard J. McLaughlin of Buffalo, died Jan. 5, at his home in Kenmore at age 102 and the day before the 46th anniversary of his ordination as a bishop.


Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Blaze damages New York church serving Hispanic immigrant community

NEW YORK — The people of Corona in the Queens borough of the city kept coming to look at what had happened to their parish church, Our Lady of Sorrows.


Tuesday, January 6, 2015
'About time,' says Philadelphia Cuban immigrant of new diplomacy

PHILADELPHIA — Jorge Ignacio Fernandez was 9 years old in 1966 when his family fled Cuba incognito with three suitcases, three kids and $3, winding up in Miami by way of Jamaica. Ultimately, he settled in the Philadelphia area.


Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Mario Cuomo, politician with complicated relationship with church, dies

WASHINGTON — While many tributes to former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo reference the impact of his 1984 keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention, for many Catholics, it was a different speech the same year that defined his political legacy.


Monday, January 5, 2015
Florida bishops disappointed with court rulings on same-sex marriage

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida's Catholic bishops said they were disappointed by a federal judge's ruling striking down the state's ban of same-sex marriage as well as with higher courts that denied a stay of the decision.


Monday, January 5, 2015
Reflection on U.S. 'racial divide' is personal for Illinois bishop

BELLEVILLE, Ill. — In a 19-page reflection on the "racial divide" in the United States, Bishop Edward K. Braxton of Belleville, who is African-American, said he twice had been the victim of what he considered to be unjust police attitudes.


Monday, January 5, 2015
New Zealand cardinal-designate asked for pastoral approach on Eucharist

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Cardinal-designate John Dew of Wellington has appealed for a more pastoral approach for some of the family issues facing New Zealand Catholics.


Monday, January 5, 2015
Cardinal George dropped from clinical drug trial for cancer

CHICAGO — Cardinal Francis George, retired archbishop of Chicago, has been dropped from the clinical drug trial to treat his cancer after scans showed the experimental treatment was not working for him, the Archdiocese of Chicago said.


Monday, January 5, 2015
Vineyards blend beauty, savings for a California diocese

OAKLAND, Calif. — A decision several years ago to plant vineyards to beautify vacant cemetery land and produce wine for Mass has proven to be a win-win for the Diocese of Oakland and its parishes and schools.


Monday, January 5, 2015
Maryland governor commutes sentences of last four men on death row

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland's outgoing Gov. Martin O'Malley announced Dec. 31 he would commute the death sentences of the last four inmates on the state's death row to life imprisonment without possibility of parole.


Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Filmmaker houses archival footage in former Catholic Church

PHILLIPSBURG, N.J. — Lou Reda, a television documentary filmmaker who has produced several hundred hours of programs for cable television networks that include the History Channel, A&E and Biography, stores and archives his massive film collection in an unlikely location: a former Catholic Church.

 

Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Hundreds attend Omaha Mass celebrating Archbishop Cupich's new role

OMAHA, Neb. — More than 600 people, including three bishops, an abbot, priests, seminarians, friends and family attended a Dec. 27 Mass at St. Margaret Mary Church in Omaha to celebrate native son Archbishop Blase J. Cupich's new appointment to lead the archdiocese of Chicago.


Wednesday, December 31, 2014
New Mount St. Mary's head has had success on both sides of the Atlantic

EMMITSBURG, Md. — The new president of Mount St. Mary's University, Simon Newman, told the executive search committee that after nearly three decades of "making very rich people richer," he was looking for a change.


Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Priest: Help for rebels part of peace work in Central African Republic

OXFORD, England — Catholic leaders in the Central African Republic said their help for Muslim rebels is part of an effort to promote interreligious reconciliation in the war-torn country.


Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Indiana diocese to appeal $1.9 million verdict in teacher's firing

WASHINGTON — The Diocese of Fort-Wayne-South Bend, Indiana, plans to appeal a $1.9 million judgment against it in a lawsuit over the firing of an elementary school teacher who it claimed violated the morals clause of her contract.


Tuesday, December 30, 2014
German bishops' report: Sacraments should be OK for divorced, remarried

OXFORD, England — Germany's Catholic bishops have published a report detailing their views on marriage and family; it suggests most bishops now believe sacraments should be available to divorced and remarried Catholics who do not have an annulment.


Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Israeli president cites Pope Francis in address to Christian leaders

JERUSALEM — In his first public address to Christian religious leaders, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said he was particularly encouraged "by the strong and clear voice of Pope Francis that the corruption of the spiritual position is a desecration of God's name."


Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Santa Fe church works to spread faith and uphold native spirituality

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Archdiocese of Santa Fe has placed new emphasis on reaching out to Pueblo communities, continuing evangelization efforts while upholding a traditional Indian way of life that is unique to New Mexico.


Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Study suggests faith influences opinion about space exploration

WASHINGTON — How people value space exploration may just depend on someone's particular faith. An analysis of the results of several national surveys by a University of Dayton political science professor found that Catholics are more supportive of the U.S. maintaining a leading role in probing the depths of space and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence than people of other faiths.


Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Pastor remains Seahawks fan after long ministry to team's Catholics

SEATTLE — When the Seattle Seahawks step onto CenturyLink Field, the fervor of the "12th Man" may cause small earthquakes. But for 12 years, Father Tom Belleque made sure the team's Catholic members also had the force of their faith with them on the field.


Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Indian priest, 'miracle son,' eager for canonization of Blessed Vaz

PILAR, India — Sri Lankan Catholics are looking forward to Pope Francis' canonization of Blessed Joseph Vaz Jan. 14, but the enthusiasm and eagerness of Father Cosme Jose Costa stands apart.


Tuesday, December 30, 2014
New Jersey Bishop David O'Connell has surgery to amputate lower leg

TRENTON, N.J. — Trenton Bishop David M. O'Connell underwent surgery Dec. 29 to remove his left foot, ankle and part of his lower left leg because of infections aggravated by diabetes.


Tuesday, December 30, 2014
'Biggest human rights rally' returns for March for Life

WASHINGTON — "The biggest human rights rally in the world," as one regular participant described it, will return to the nation's capital for the annual March for Life Jan. 22.


Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Nebraska native named next president of Creighton University

OMAHA, Neb. — Jesuit Father Daniel Hendrickson, an associate provost of academic initiatives at Marquette University in Milwaukee and a member of Creighton University's board of trustees, will be the 25th president of Creighton in Omaha.


Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Islamist threats fail to deter Nigerians' Christmas celebrations

LAGOS, Nigeria — Catholic Nigerians displaced by violence and the threat of suicide bomb attacks by Islamist insurgents celebrated Christmas not knowing when they might return home.


Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Indian cardinal criticizes forced 'reconversions' to Hinduism

NEW DELHI — The president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India criticized forced conversions of Christians to Hinduism.


Tuesday, December 30, 2014
As remote Peruvian town changes, so do Christmas celebrations

SANTA RITA DE CASTILLA, Peru — It took all morning to build Bethlehem on Christmas Eve. To the right of the altar in the simple but airy wooden chapel in this steamy Amazonian town, two men draped blue plastic over a frame and filled it with water, while another cut houses out of cardboard.


Tuesday, December 30, 2014
In Christmas messages, patriarchs lament peoples' suffering, offer hope

BEIRUT — Catholic patriarchs of the Middle East lamented the suffering of their people in violence-wracked areas and offered words of hope while calling for prayers for their safety.


Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Kidnapped priest found dead on Christmas in southern Mexico

MEXICO CITY — A Catholic priest was kidnapped from a seminary and found murdered in Guerrero, the same state in southern Mexico where 43 students were kidnapped and probably killed in September.


Tuesday, December 30, 2014
As some Mideast countries empty of Christians, Lebanese numbers swell

SED EL BOUSHRIEH, Lebanon — Aramaic, Syriac and different Arabic dialects from Iraq and eastern Syria can be heard on the narrow hilly streets of Sed El Boushrieh. Strings of Christmas lights adorn neighborhood churches and hang from balconies of apartments, whose residents many never return to their own homes in Iraq and Syria.


Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Papal visit a 'healing balm' to long-suffering Filipinos, says Canadian

TORONTO — Faith is second nature "to most, if not all Filipinos," especially those who were raised in the Philippines and grew up in a Catholic home, said Faye Arellano.


Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Latin patriarch reminds faithful of suffering of Christians, Gazans

JERUSALEM — Latin Patriarchate Fouad Twal of Jerusalem reminded the faithful of the importance of spiritual and moral salvation, which, he said, "are the basis of human progress."


Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Jesus' message resonates with Palestinians who seek justice, Abbas says

JERUSALEM — Jesus' message of love and peace resonates among Palestinians seeking justice, said Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in his Christmas message.


Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Mexican's devotion to 'Nino Dios' evolves into colorful tradition

MEXICO CITY — From a series of stores on a single street in central Mexico City, Saul Uribe sells everything to do with "Nino Dios," as Baby Jesus is known in this heavily Catholic country.


Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Demographic changes affecting church now an emerging reality for nation

WASHINGTON — Catholics in the United States have been told frequently over the past decade or more about the demographic changes coming to the makeup of their church — especially with the growing number of Hispanics now living in the U.S.


Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Vatican takes notice of Iowa ecumenical efforts on human trafficking

DAVENPORT, Iowa — An ecumenical effort in the Davenport area to raise awareness of human trafficking and to assist its victims has captured the attention of the Vatican.


Tuesday, December 23, 2014
In Christmas message, Jerusalem patriarch criticizes all violence

JERUSALEM — Ending a year that saw the papal visit, a war in Gaza and a resumption of violence in Jerusalem, Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal's Christmas message condemned all instances of violence.


Monday, December 22, 2014
Ever-increasing cyberattacks prompt new cybersecurity degree programs

MIAMI — The year 2014 has seen jaw-dropping news of banks, businesses and governments reporting organized cyberattacks and breached data networks compromising millions of private data files, financial accounts and consumer information.


Sunday, December 21, 2014
Fair-trade commerce supports just wages, safe conditions for workers

MARYKNOLL, N.Y. — Fair-trade chocolate tastes better than its commercially produced counterparts, "because you can't taste the blood of the worker," Cara Weidinger said.


Saturday, December 20, 2014
Fair-trade commerce supports just wages, safe conditions for workers

MARYKNOLL, N.Y. — Fair-trade chocolate tastes better than its commercially produced counterparts, "because you can't taste the blood of the worker," Cara Weidinger said.


Saturday, December 20, 2014
Moral theologian William E. May dies at age 86

WASHINGTON — Moral theologian William E. May, who taught theology for decades and wrote numerous books and scholarly articles, died Dec. 13 at age 86 surrounded by members of his family in a Maryland suburb of Washington.


Friday, December 19, 2014
Syrian refugee children get taste of normalcy at Good Shepherd center

DEIR AL-AHMAR, Lebanon — It could be the scene of an ordinary school day anywhere. Just a few days before Christmas, the younger students were making decorations and singing carols downstairs, while the older ones were taking their final exams upstairs.


Friday, December 19, 2014
At Christmas, Korean cardinal prays for reunification, ferry victims

SEOUL, South Korea — A South Korean cardinal prayed for reunification with the North so that, "through trust and reconciliation, may we become one big family again."


Friday, December 19, 2014
Haitian seminarians abandon tent dorms, move into provisional center

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Jean Moise Zetrenne still remembers the horrible afternoon of Jan. 12, 2010, when life radically changed for the Catholic seminarians of Haiti.


Friday, December 19, 2014
Creches on public property part of free exercise of faith, says lawyer

MADISON, Wis. — This year a group of families from the Diocese of Madison decided to sponsor a Nativity display at the Wisconsin Capitol, and it turns out it's one of just a handful of creches on state capitol grounds around the country.


Friday, December 19, 2014
Pope will bring hope

WASHINGTON — Filipino Catholics living in the United States say the pope's upcoming visit to the Philippines will be a big boost for their homeland that has experienced so much suffering.


Friday, December 19, 2014
Sant'Egidio Christmas lunch with Havana's poor rooted in faith, respect

HAVANA — Christmas lunch just wouldn't be the same without a few friends. And the Community of Sant'Egidio in Havana is planning a celebration Dec. 25 for the people -- whom they have come to know -- living on the streets of Habana Vieja (Old Havana).


Friday, December 19, 2014
Some exiles 'cautiously hopeful' about change; others feel betrayed

MIAMI — Cubans in South Florida reacted with both joy and skepticism to the news that Cuba and the United States would start working toward normalizing relations and ending the economic embargo imposed by the U.S. 54 years ago.


Friday, December 19, 2014
In eastern Ukraine, church has 'returned to catacombs,' spokesman says

WARSAW, Poland — Ukrainian Catholic leaders have warned their church is being driven underground again, a quarter-century after it was re-legalized with the end of communist rule.


Friday, December 19, 2014
A year of upheaval, suffering

WASHINGTON — The story of the Middle East in 2014 is one of war and displacement, broken families and tireless aid workers, and the rise of a new group one scholar referred to as "al-Qaida on steroids."


Friday, December 19, 2014
Lawsuits on health care law's mandate, subsidies wind through courts

LEVITTOWN, Pa. — Despite the positive experiences many have had with the Affordable Care Act, it has not been without controversy. Most directly affecting Catholic institutions is the requirement that all employee health insurance policies cover contraceptives, sterilization and abortion-causing drugs, even if employers morally oppose such coverage.


Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Pope Francis credited for urging U.S., Cuba to normalize relations

WASHINGTON — Pope Francis personally appealed to President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro this year to encourage both leaders to normalize diplomatic relations, a senior Obama administration official said.


Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Retired Auxiliary Bishop Pevec of Cleveland dies at age 89

CLEVELAND — Retired Bishop A. Edward Pevec of Cleveland, the son of Slovenian immigrants who was a priest for 64 years and a bishop for 20 of those years, died Dec. 14 in Cleveland. He was 89.


Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Juba archbishop says yearlong war created 'miserable situation'

JUBA, South Sudan — Marking a year since South Sudan's latest war began, Archbishop Paulino Lukudu Loro of Juba said the fighting has had a bitter impact on the nation, with communities sharply divided along ethnic lines.


Wednesday, December 17, 2014
U.S. women religious find Vatican report affirms their ministry

WASHINGTON — U.S. women religious welcomed the conciliatory tone of a Vatican report on religious life and appreciated acknowledgement of the important ministry that they practice day in and day out in the life of the church.


Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Pope to ride in open vehicles during trip to Philippines

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine church officials said the pope will be riding in open vehicles during his five-day visit in January.


Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Indiana man's handcrafted Nativity stables reflect stories of faith

OLDENBURG, Ind. — Ed Kirschner knows there's one thing he can count on when people visit his small shop where he creates Nativity stables.


Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Lebanese parish reaches out to Christian Iraqi refugees for Christmas

RABIEH, Lebanon — The sadness behind their polite smiles was evident when they arrived on two buses for a Mass and luncheon in their honor.


Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Climate pact fails to protect poor countries, say Catholic observers

LIMA, Peru — The agreement reached at the end of the most recent round of international negotiations for a new climate-change treaty fails to protect the poorest and most vulnerable countries, Catholic observers said.


Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Sioux City bishop designates famed Iowa grotto as a shrine

SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Bishop R. Walker Nickless of Sioux City may have signed the decree making the Grotto of the Redemption in West Bend a diocesan shrine, but Father Thomas Hart credited the Holy Spirit with the idea.


Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Immigrants must be treated with mercy, justice, says Archbishop Chaput

PHILADELPHIA — Americans must treat all those in this country illegally "with the mercy and justice we expect for ourselves," said Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput.


Tuesday, December 16, 2014
West Bank town takes pride in links to St. Nicholas, celebrates Dec. 19

BEIT JALLA, West Bank — Bethlehem might have the Church of the Nativity, but residents of this largely Christian town adjacent to Bethlehem say they have St. Nicholas.


Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Despite year-end budget deal, future spending trends less certain

WASHINGTON — The $1.1 trillion federal spending bill approved by Congress avoided a repeat of last year's government shutdown and largely kept in place social services spending, especially programs benefiting low-income families.


Tuesday, December 16, 2014
New Pontifical Mission Societies' official says 'mission is everywhere'

WASHINGTON — Sister Madge Karecki, the newly named assistant national director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in the United States, knows a lot about missionary work.


Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Lithuanian archbishop worried Russian will move against Baltic states

WARSAW, Poland — A top Baltic church leader voiced concern about possible Russian aggression against Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, and appealed to Western Catholics to be better informed about the situation.


Tuesday, December 16, 2014
'God moment' leads Iowa teen to compose music for Sandy Hook effort

DUBUQUE, Iowa — On Dec. 14, 2012, the day a lone gunman killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, Kylie DeWees was badly shaken by the news.


Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Markets in Vienna offer taste of Old World Christmas

VIENNA — Tucked behind the Austrian capital's well known Museumsquartier -- a complex of art, natural history and cultural museums -- is a little side street Christmas market called Spittelberg.


Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Kerry asks Vatican for help in relocating Guantanamo detainees

VATICAN CITY — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with his Vatican counterpart Dec. 15, and asked him to support the Obama administration's efforts to close the U.S. detention camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.


Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Five years after quake, Haiti makes slow but noticeable progress

WASHINGTON — Nearly five years after one of the most devastating earthquakes ever to rock the Western Hemisphere, more than 85,000 people still live in dozens of tent camps across Haiti's expansive earthquake zone.


Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Sydney archbishop: Despite reports, no link between celibacy, abuse

SYDNEY — Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney said there is no link between celibacy and child sexual abuse after the body charged with responding to a national inquiry on behalf of Australia's bishops appeared to link the two.


Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Residents' extra rooms needed for millions coming to Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA — Thousands of people have already registered for next year's World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, according to the event's organizers, so the approximately 11,000 hotel rooms in Philadelphia, Southeastern Pennsylvania, the Lehigh Valley, South Jersey and Delaware are going fast.


Tuesday, December 16, 2014
'The whole church is in mission,' says Maryknoll superior general

MARYKNOLL, N.Y. — For Father Raymond J. Finch, the new superior general of Maryknoll, "nothing is more rewarding than to go out and help people deepen their faith."


Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Students assist those in need of heat in winter, help the environment

WARWICK, R.I. — Not everyone is fortunate enough to enjoy the Christmas season inside a cozy home while the bitter winter wind whips outside.


Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Filipinos in Lebanon work, sacrifice to support families at home

BEIRUT — She wakes up before the rest of the family, prepares their breakfast and begins a long day of cleaning the house, washing clothes, cooking and taking care of the children.


Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Mexicans observe Our Lady of Guadalupe feast amid dire challenges

MEXICO CITY — Dressed in green T-shirts and clutching statues of Our Lady of Guadalupe covered in plastic, a group of pilgrims from Guerrero prayed, posed for photos in front of the basilica dedicated to the national patroness, set out on a march to their hometown in the hills south of Mexico City.


Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Pakistani Catholic official calls attack on school 'barbaric, inhuman'

NEW DELHI — The Catholic church in Pakistan has joined the chorus of condemnation of the deadly attack by Taliban on an army school in Peshawar that has left at least 126 children and others dead and 250 injured.


Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Horseback riders make pilgrimage to Our Lady of Guadalupe shrine

CHICAGO — In a tradition that hails from Mexico, more than 250 people rode their horses on a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines Dec. 7 to pay homage to Mary.


Thursday, December 11, 2014
Norbertine priest writes text of World Meeting of Families official hymn

DE PERE, Wis. — Norbertine Father Andrew Ciferni normally tries to avoid large crowds, but he may be willing to endure them next fall in Philadelphia when Pope Francis makes his first visit to the United States.


Thursday, December 11, 2014
Latin American church leaders call for church with 'Amazonian face'

LIMA, Peru — Latin American church leaders apologized for historical complicity with colonial atrocities in the Amazon and called for a church with an "Amazonian face" in a pastoral letter issued as negotiators from around the world met for a climate summit here.


Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Gaza war dashed hopes for Palestinian tourism windfall, says official

BETHLEHEM, West Bank — Palestinian hopes for a tourism windfall following Pope Francis' spring pilgrimage did not pan out because the Gaza war broke out shortly after his visit, Palestinian Tourism Minister Rula Ma'ay'a told journalists.


Wednesday, December 10, 2014
On mountain road, church accompanies Guatemalans protesting gold mine

LA PUYA, Guatemala — For more than a year, Modesta Hernandez and some of her neighbors clung tenaciously to a small stretch of dirt road in the mountains of Guatemala, preventing vehicles from entering the site of a proposed gold mine. In May, hundreds of riot police pushed them out of the way. Today, the mine is under construction and vehicles come and go, yet Hernandez still keeps vigil at its entrance.


Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Chinese, West Virginian educational leaders share ideas, best practices

WHEELING, W.Va. — Educational leaders from China visited the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston to meet with officials in the Department of Catholic Schools as well as principals and teachers to learn more about the diocesan Catholic school system.


Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Theologians decry 'pervasive sin of racism,' pledge to work for justice

WASHINGTON — This year the "hope for a just peace" that is Advent "must face the flagrant failures of a nation still bound by sin, our bondage to and complicity in racial injustice," said a group of Catholic theologians.


Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Church heightens profile in its work on environment, climate change

WASHINGTON — When a Vatican official suggested that Pope Francis was contemplating an encyclical on the environment a year ago, he signaled that climate change and environmental degradation were such pressing concerns that the pope wanted to address them in a teaching document.


Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Student says many welcomed church's 'safe space' amid Ferguson turmoil

ST. LOUIS — People are seeking an understanding of why race is such a contentious subject in St. Louis, wanting to get to the "underlying issue" of why it is "so embedded" in its history, said Laura Downing, a student at St. Louis University.


Wednesday, December 10, 2014
With donation, diocese sends prayers for Ebola victims in Sierra Leone

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Some have lived in the United States for upward of 25 years and established successful lives as nurses, health care administrators and home day care providers, but expatriates from Sierra Leone in Rhode Island still care deeply about their homeland and its current struggle against the spread of Ebola.


Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Knights send $2.2 million to assist Christian refugees in Iraq, Syria

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The Knights of Columbus announced its Christian Refugee Relief Fund has donated $2.2 million to help displaced Iraqi and Syrian Christians and other religious minorities who continue to face violent persecution "and the very real prospect of extinction."


Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Groups form 90 Million Strong coalition to end death penalty in U.S.

WASHINGTON — A new coalition has been formed to bring about the end of the death penalty in the United States.


Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Religious leaders condemn U.S. torture practices as report is released

WASHINGTON — The chairman of the U.S bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace said acts of torture outlined in a Senate Intelligence Committee report "violated the God-given human dignity inherent in all people and were unequivocally wrong."


Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Cardinal Mejia, pioneer of Catholic-Jewish dialogue, dies at 91

VATICAN CITY — Argentine Cardinal Jorge Maria Mejia, an expert at the Second Vatican Council, a longtime leader of Catholic-Jewish dialogue and the former Vatican archivist, died in Rome Dec. 8 at the age of 91.


Tuesday, December 9, 2014
In Philippines, lessons from Haiyan helped lessen Hagupit's impact

MANILA, Philippines — Initial assessments by Catholic emergency responders showed significant damage to coastal areas of an island province in the east-central Philippines, where a powerful typhoon first made landfall Dec. 5, but church officials said in some parts, chapels that were used as shelters held their own.


Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Jesuit superior sets date for 2016 congregation to elect his successor

ROME — The general congregation to elect a new superior general for the Jesuits will begin with a Mass the evening of Oct. 2, 2016, the order announced.


Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Nuclear summit stirs new religious expectations from Vatican, activists

VIENNA — While Vatican officials are busy working with other religious groups in formulating a collective message on nuclear disarmament, no-nukes activists are looking for ways to influence the actions of their faith leaders.


Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Nigerian bishop says diocese increases security after mosque attack

LAGOS, Nigeria — After a bomb attack on a mosque in Kano, northern Nigeria, that left more than 100 people dead, the local bishop said his diocese has increased security in an effort to forestall attacks on its parishes.


Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Cyberslums where online abusers prowl need pastoral care, say speakers

VATICAN CITY — A new kind of ghetto needs the church's presence and people's solidarity: the "digital slum" where cyberbullying and online pornography and abuse run rampant, said speakers at a Vatican news conference.


Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Iowa Catholic school students help peers in Africa one sole at a time

GRANVILLE, Iowa — Students at Spalding Catholic School in Granville traced, cut and put fabric pieces in sets, but they weren't busy with some elaborate art project.


Tuesday, December 9, 2014
In simulcast, Holy Land, Washington leaders call for peace

BETHLEHEM, West Bank — The traditional message of Christmas is peace to all, but it will not be achieved fully if there is no justice first, Jerusalem Auxiliary Bishop William Shomali said at a Christmas simulcast from Bethlehem.


Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Church representatives vow to defend Latin American areas with mines

SAO PAULO — Christian leaders from 14 Latin American countries gathered in Brasilia in early December to discuss ways to reduce the impact of mining activities in their communities, especially the contamination of rivers and lakes.


Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Mass, exhibit honor winners of national Christmas art contest

WASHINGTON — A special Mass Dec. 5 and an exhibit at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington celebrated the winners of the annual Christmas artwork contest sponsored by the Missionary Childhood Association.


Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Court hears arguments in Little Sisters of the Poor appeal, two others

DENVER — The Little Sisters of the Poor aren't seeking special privileges -- they just want the same exemption from the federal contraceptive mandate offered to others, the order's mother provincial said Dec. 8.


Tuesday, December 9, 2014
As Hagupit slows, flooding becomes concern in Philippines

MANILA, Philippines — Tropical Storm Hagupit dumped heavy rain as it slunk its way to the Manila area Dec. 8, after passing across the northern half of the central Philippines at typhoon strength.


Monday, December 8, 2014
Knights send $2.2 million to assist Christian refugees in Iraq, Syria

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The Knights of Columbus announced its Christian Refugee Relief Fund has donated $2.2 million to help displaced Iraqi and Syrian Christians and other religious minorities who continue to face violent persecution "and the very real prospect of extinction."


Monday, December 8, 2014
2014 brought a chance at change for millions of immigrants

WASHINGTON — The year 2014 brought potentially significant changes for millions of people who are in the United States illegally and either arrived here as minors or who have U.S. citizen or legal-resident children.


Monday, December 8, 2014
English cardinal: Young Africans being seduced into modern slavery

MANCHESTER, England — Young Africans are being seduced into modern slavery by the promise of a dream that never comes true, an English cardinal told a conference on human trafficking.


Monday, December 8, 2014
N.Y. religious leaders ask that protests of jury decision be peaceful

NEW YORK — The day after a grand jury decided it would not indict a New York police officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner on Staten Island, the New York City Commission of Religious Leaders asked that any protests arising from the matter be peaceful.


Monday, December 8, 2014
Marketing campaign tells story of Catholic schools' academics, values

OMAHA, Neb. — It's just four words, designed to carry a powerful message: "Catholic School. Awaken Greatness."


Monday, December 8, 2014
Catholics recall the winds of change brought by Mass in the vernacular

INDIANAPOLIS — The Second Vatican Council brought about renewal to many aspects of the life of the church.


Friday, December 5, 2014
For Benedictine, football coaching about passing on mission, values too

WASHINGTON — Sister Lisa Maurer is a Benedictine nun who lives at the St. Scholastica Monastery, which shares a campus of the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota. She works at the Benedictine Health Center next to the monastery, serving senior members of the community. She prays, studies and ministers at local parishes.


Friday, December 5, 2014
Donor says helping her pastor an easy decision: 'He needed a kidney'

WEST SIMSBURY, Conn. — A parishioner walks up to her pastor and says, "I want to give you my kidney." Pastor smiles and says, "OK." Don't expect a punchline. It's no joke.


Friday, December 5, 2014
Kenya's Christians 'living in fear' after latest attack, says bishop

CAPE TOWN, South Africa — Since Somali militants killed 36 non-Muslim quarry workers in early December, Christians in Kenya "are living in fear, wondering where the next attack will be," said Bishop Emanuel Barbara of Malindi, Kenya.


Friday, December 5, 2014
Restorative justice aimed at ending the streets-to-prison loop

WASHINGTON — “Damn, Father, I knew you were comin'." That was the starting point to one story of restorative justice. The concept has been slow to catch on in a legal system that features capital punishment, life sentences without parole, mandatory minimum sentences, "three strikes" laws, private prisons and the abolition in some places of time off for good behavior. But it may be the next big thing in criminal justice.


Friday, December 5, 2014
Typhoon Hagupit is coming

MANILA, Philippines — Manila Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle told churches to pray for safety and forgiveness for not taking care of the environment ahead of a powerful typhoon approaching the Philippines.


Friday, December 5, 2014
Conventual Franciscan priest who was leading U.S. catechist dies at 87

LANHAM, Md. — Conventual Franciscan Father Berard Marthaler, who played a major role in the church's catechetical renewal in the 20th century, died Nov. 30 in Lanham. He was 87.


Thursday, December 4, 2014
Vatican conference to show Haiti 'not forgotten' after quake

VATICAN CITY — Nearly five years after a massive earthquake struck Haiti, the small Caribbean country and its people still are only limping along. In an effort to reactivate interest and commitment to reconstruction efforts there, the Vatican is organizing a one-day international conference in Rome Jan. 10.


Thursday, December 4, 2014
America magazine, Yale chapel create new $25,000 literary prize

NEW YORK — America, the national Catholic weekly magazine run by the Jesuits, and the St. Thomas More Chapel at Yale University, have announced the creation of the George W. Hunt Prize.


Thursday, December 4, 2014
Agencies prepare response as powerful typhoon takes aim on Philippines

MANILA, Philippines — Catholic and other humanitarian agencies prepared for another potentially devastating storm in the central Philippines as Typhoon Hagupit continued to gain strength and approached the same region devastated 13 months ago.


Thursday, December 4, 2014
El Paso project helps farmworkers recover 'dignity of their lives'

EL PASO, Texas — Carlos Marentes was warned he would have only seconds, not even a minute, to greet Pope Francis.


Thursday, December 4, 2014
Vatican Museums get 3-D treatment in theatrical feature

WASHINGTON — For those who have never been inside any of the Vatican Museums, seeing a documentary about them done with a 3-D effect on the big screen could be a real treat.


Thursday, December 4, 2014
Priest sees Ferguson as ground zero where change can be made in society

ST. LOUIS — The destruction throughout Ferguson left Blessed Teresa of Calcutta parishioner and former mayor Brian Fletcher speechless.


Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Irish bishops: Marriage between man, woman is matter of justice

DUBLIN — Irish bishops have warned that presenting same sex-partnerships as equivalent to marriage would be akin to saying that the union of man and woman is no longer the foundation of society.


Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Faith groups 'key' to fighting Ebola, says U.N.

VATICAN CITY — More cooperation is needed between the international community and faith leaders in stemming the ongoing Ebola epidemic, said a joint communique issued by the United Nations and the World Council of Churches.


Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Feiler's 'Sacred Journeys' series kicks off with Lourdes pilgrimage

WASHINGTON — Even though it came third on his itinerary, Bruce Feiler's pilgrimage to Lourdes, France, leads off the six-episode series "Sacred Journeys With Bruce Feiler."


Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Hong Kong cardinal surrenders to police to help end street protests

HONG KONG — Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, retired bishop of Hong Kong, joined the civil disobedience movement organizers who surrendered to police Dec. 3, with a hope to end the present occupation campaign that has lasted more than two months.


Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Success of English-language program for immigrants 'a gift from God'

ST. ANN, Mo. — William Nieto waited impatiently to catch the attention of his teacher, Sister Joyce Schramm. As soon as he did, the kindergartner rushed to her to demonstrate his ability to pronounce sounds of the letters and say the words matched to the symbols on an alphabet chart.


Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Court stays execution of Texas inmate argued to be too mentally ill

AUSTIN, Texas — The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Dec. 3 stayed the execution of Scott Louis Panetti to "fully consider the late arriving and complex legal questions at issue" in response to appeals citing his severe mental illness.


Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Police officer leans on Catholic faith during Ferguson crisis

ST. LOUIS — Among the iconic images of the 9/11 tragedy, photographs of policemen and firefighters stand out: The first responders were entering the doomed World Trade Center as most everyone else was filing out.


Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Aceh Catholics say Shariah expansion has had little impact on them

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia — An expansion of Islamic law, Shariah, to include non-Muslims has had little impact on Catholics in Indonesia's conservative Aceh province.


Tuesday, December 2, 2014
New evangelization needed to counter lukewarm faith, says speaker

SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Ralph Martin, a leader in the Catholic renewal ministries movement, told an audience at an evangelization summit in Sioux City that he sees a danger in lukewarm faith and a de-Christianized spirit in society today.


Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Obama, Archbishop Cupich meet in Chicago, talk immigration

CHICAGO — Less than a week after he was installed in his new position, Chicago Archbishop Blase J. Cupich had a brief private meeting with President Barack Obama when the president visited the city to promote his executive actions on immigration.


Monday, December 1, 2014
Better music at Mass means closer encounter with Christ, composer says

SIOUX CITY, Iowa — During his two-day mission in Sioux City, contemporary Christian musician John Michael Talbot was by turns a comedian, a guitarist and a theologian.


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