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Rights of Somali refugees must protected, Kenyan religious leaders say
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A Somali man and his child deported from Kenya arrive at the airport in Somalia's capital Mogadishu April 9. Religious leaders called upon the Kenyan government to ensure that a crackdown on undocumented Somali refugees is done with a
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A Somali man and his child deported from Kenya arrive at the airport in Somalia's capital Mogadishu April 9. Religious leaders called upon the Kenyan government to ensure that a crackdown on undocumented Somali refugees is done with a "human face."
NAIROBI, Kenya — Religious leaders called upon the Kenyan government to ensure that a crackdown on undocumented Somali refugees is done with a "human face."

Mercy sister to lead Resource Center for Religious Institutes
SILVER SPRING, Md. — Mercy Sister Sharon Euart, a former associate general secretary of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has been named executive director of the Resource Center for Religious Institutes, based in Silver Spring.
Philippine bishop seeks Holy Week cease-fire in southern province
BASILAN, Philippines — The bishop in conflict-ridden Basilan province called for a cease-fire April 15 as clashes between government troops and Abu Sayyaf rebels entered its fourth day.
White House Easter breakfast tempers somber events with Christian hope
WASHINGTON — An Easter prayer breakfast at the White House April 14 started on a somber note as President Barack Obama acknowledged the deaths the day before of three people who were killed by a gunman at two Jewish facilities in Overland Park, Kan.
Killings at Jewish community center mourned; Catholic woman among dead
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Outpourings of grief and support came in response to the murder of three people at two Jewish-run facilities in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park April 13, the day before the Jewish feast of Passover was to begin.
South Sudan church leaders urge serious talks to end country's violence
Church leaders in South Sudan have called on their country's warring groups to stop fighting and begin serious peace negotiations.
Promotion of family life, fertility urged as answer to aging population
UNITED NATIONS — An intervention from the Holy See's Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations decried the low birth rates in 80 countries in the world, saying the statistics "should be a great cause for alarm."
Via Crucis recalls migrants who have died, disappeared on way to U.S.
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — There is no way to mistake how Scalabrinian Father Mauro Verzeletti feels about immigration from Latin America to the United States. He does not want it to happen, mostly because he knows the journey most migrants will face is fraught with danger and threats.

Health care must protect 'born and unborn,' say Virginia bishops
RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia's two Catholic bishops have urged the state's lawmakers to enact health care reforms "that cover everyone and protect everyone, born and unborn."
Albany bishop relates well to people, embraces simplicity, says family
BROOKLYN, N.Y. — It is not every day that an altar boy from Ridgewood in the Brooklyn Diocese grows up to be a bishop.
Philadelphia Archdiocese's campaign raises less than $200 million
PHILADELPHIA — In fundraising campaigns, money pledged is not the same as money collected.
Faith, forgiveness marked life, death of young man killed in shooting
INDIANAPOLIS —  The funeral of 24-year-old Nathan Trapuzzano -- shot and killed while taking a morning walk April 1 in his Indianapolis neighborhood -- emphasized a key aspect of the victim's life: forgiveness.
Community unites to pray, seek God's grace, healing after tragedy
MURRYSVILLE, Pa. — Stunned by an early morning tragedy, the Murrysville community gathered at Mother of Sorrows Church April 9 and asked God to send his Holy Spirit into their community to dispel the darkness and fear and lead them into the light.
Dialogue touches on role of religion in society, impact on common good
WASHINGTON — In the first U.S. rendition of a Vatican-sponsored dialogue project at Georgetown University April 10, conversations touched on the role of religion in society, raising questions about when the combination is healthy for the common good and when it is not.
Set to music: Archbishop Romero's story against backdrop of civil war
WASHINGTON —  While many along the Eastern seaboard grumbled about the continuous snow this winter, Uruguayan singer-songwriter Luis Alfredo Diaz Britos saw an opportunity, instead of a reason to complain.
Indian sisters nurture hope, reconciliation in teeming South Sudan camp
JUBA, South Sudan — When South Sudan's fledgling democracy suddenly unraveled in December, what started as political infighting within the country's ruling party quickly ripped along ethnic fault lines, often pitting neighbors against each other according to the tribal markings on their faces.
Mississippi Catholic advocates win victories in legislative session
JACKSON, Miss. — Catholic advocates scored a few victories in Mississippi's 2014 legislative session, including passage of the criminal justice reform bill and a ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
Dioceses raise $24.5 million for Typhoon Haiyan recovery, rebuilding
WASHINGTON — U.S. dioceses raised $24.5 million in the special collection taken for relief, recovery and rebuilding efforts in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan.
Dissatisfaction exhibited with new Missal language
WASHINGTON — A survey of attitudes among priests and lay parish leaders about the revised Roman Missal found just under half dislike the changes to the Mass introduced in the U.S. in 2011, and 75 percent think the language is "awkward and distracting."
Christians concerned about Israeli police actions during Holy Week
JERUSALEM — Palestinian Christian institutions charge that Israeli police security measures during Holy Week and Easter hamper access by Christian pilgrims to holy sites in Jerusalem's Old City.
George resumes chemotherapy
CHICAGO  -- Cardinal Francis  Georgeo has resumed his chemotherapy that had been delayed because of an infection he incurred in late March.
North Carolina bishop says school assembly a 'difficult time' for all
CHARLOTTE, N.C.  -- Charlotte Bishop Peter J. Jugis called the controversy over a recent presentation on human sexuality at Charlotte Catholic High School "a difficult time" that has caused everyone "a great deal of pain."
Myanmar archbishop warns proposed laws would limit religious freedom
YANGON, Myanmar -- Archbishop Charles Bo of Yangon said proposed laws on "the protection of race and religion" are unnecessary, and warned against the state interfering in an individual's right to choose their religion.
USCCB releases resource guide on Girl Scouts for Catholic parishes
WASHINGTON  — Responding to concerns about Catholic involvement with Girl Scouts, a U.S. bishops' committee released key points from its dialogue with Girl Scout leaders outlining major concerns of church leaders and the national organization's responses.
Diocesan tech staffs have concerns about end of Windows XP support
ALLOUEZ, Wis. — On April 8, Microsoft discontinued support and security updates on all computers using its popular Windows XP operating system. Support also ended for Office 2003.
Mass celebrates Manila cathedral reopening after two-year renovation
MANLIA, Philippines — After being shuttered for two years for a $1 million-plus makeover, the Manila Archdiocese's cathedral reopened its doors to the public with a Mass celebrated by Cardinal Luis Tagle.
Catholic leaders in Israel reaffirm identity as Palestinian Arabs
JERUSALEM — Calling Israeli Christians who are trying to distance themselves from their Arab identity a "small marginal minority," the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land and the Justice and Peace Commission of the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem reaffirmed their identity as Palestinian Arabs.
Catholic convent, Maronite village latest targets of vandals in Israel
JERSULALEM — A Catholic convent near Jerusalem and a largely Maronite village in Galilee were damaged in recent weeks as a two-year wave of vandalism directed at Christians and Muslims in Israel and the West Bank continued.
Cardinal Emmanuel-Karim Delly, retired Chaldean patriarch, dies at 86
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis praised the dedication of the retired patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church, Cardinal Emmanuel-Karim Delly, 86, who died April 8 in a hospital in San Diego, according to the California-based Chaldean Catholic Eparchy of St. Peter the Apostle.
Foundation embodies hotelier's admiration for Religious, says grandson
WASHINGTON — One of hotelier Conrad Hilton's wishes in his will was to support Catholic sisters all over the world, and in its 70 years, his foundation has helped accomplish this.
Catholic groups celebrate opening of housing for displaced in Guatemala
BOCA RATON, Fla. — The completion of 17 houses and a chapel in Guatemala represents a new stage in the decades-long relationship between Cross Catholic Outreach and the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, according to the head of the Florida-based ministry group.
Memories of genocide drive Rwandans in rebuilding their nation
WASHINGTON — Every time Nathalie Piraino returns home to Rwanda, she sees a country advancing economically and politically and where the development of people, especially women, is foremost.
'42,' 'Gimme Shelter,' tales of martyred priests win Christopher Awards
NEW YORK — The feature films "42" and "Gimme Shelter" were two of the top winners of this year's Christopher Awards, as were one television documentary and one book about martyred priests from the United States and Poland.
Philippine church official: Court ruling on health law partial victory
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Supreme Court ruled a reproductive health law constitutional April 8 and declared it effective immediately.
Court declines cases eyed over same-sex marriage, campaigns, executions
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of a lower court ruling that said a New Mexico photographer violated the state's human rights law by refusing to photograph a commitment ceremony for a same-sex couple.
Martin Luther's goal not schism but reform of 'church he loved,' says bishop
NEW ORLEANS — It was the seminal event of Western Christianity over the past 500 years.
Philly seminary to sell paintings to pay for renovation
PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia's St. Charles Borromeo Seminary is selling five portraits painted by Thomas Eakins through Christie's in New York.
Atlanta archbishop will sell new residence at center of controversy
ATLANTA — Atlanta Archbishop Wilton  Gregory says he will vacate the archbishop's residence in early May and move into another available archdiocesan property.
Jesuit, who used YouTube to appeal for help for Homs, reportedly killed
ROME — A 75-year-old Dutch Jesuit who refused to leave war-torn Syria, instead staying in Homs to help the poor and homeless, was beaten by armed men and killed with two bullets to the head, according to an email sent by the Jesuits' Middle East province to the Jesuit headquarters in Rome.
College responds to uproar over Dominican's talk on human sexuality
NASHVILLE, Tenn.— Reaction to a Dominican sister's presentation on human sexuality at a North Carolina school has prompted "speculation from many sides," but few among those commenting about it "were actually present to hear the talk," said an April 4 statement from Aquinas College in Nashville, where she is an associate professor.
Border wall Mass was dramatic, but was anyone in D.C. listening?
WASHINGTON — The bishops who trekked through the desert, served dinner to deportees, celebrated Mass at the Mexican border and visited a morgue full of unidentified bodies found in the wilderness were intent on sampling and publicizing the harsh realities of what they repeatedly called the broken immigration system.
Bishop criticize South African president's lack of response on funding
CAPE TOWN, South Africa — South African President Jacob Zuma's decision not to respond promptly and comprehensively to a state watchdog agency report concluding that he inappropriately benefited from state funding undermines both the public protector's office and Parliament, said the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference.
Bishop urges U.S. to take 'clear stance against torture'
WASHINGTON — The chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace said he welcomed the possible release of a Senate intelligence committee report that says the CIA used torture techniques in interrogating some terror suspects after 9/11.
Parents object to North Carolina school's assembly on human sexuality
CHARLOTTE, N.C.— Hundreds of parents packed the gym of Charlotte Catholic High School to criticize a recent student assembly on human sexuality and the school leaders who arranged it.
Probe eyes scam involving church workers in Seattle
SEATTLE — An investigation is still underway to find out how personal information was obtained from current and former employees and volunteers in the Seattle Archdiocese and used to file fraudulent tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service.
Head of U.S. military archdiocese offers prayers for Fort Hood victims
WASHINGTON — Once again, the people at Fort Hood "are at the center of national attention and the focus of our prayers," Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services said in response to the April 2 shooting at the Texas military base.
Social service advocates seek to reframe how Americans view poverty
WASHINGTON — Concerned with widely held negative perceptions about people who live in poverty, advocates attending the National Poverty Summit pledged to reframe how Americans see their poor neighbors and to work to build stronger relationships across economic classes.
Holy Land Catholic leaders: Stop speaking of Christian persecution
JERUSALEM  — Repeated references to persecution of Christians, "usually referring only to what Christians suffer at the hands of criminals claiming to be Muslims, plays into the hands of extremists," said Catholic leaders in the Holy Land.
Atlanta archbishop apologizes, responds to criticism of new residence
ATLANTA — Responding to public and media criticism about his new $2.2 million residence, Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory apologized in his column in the archdiocesan newspaper.
Mexican state files complaints against railways over migrants
MEXICO CITY — The state of Veracruz has filed criminal complaints against two railway operators for failing to keep Central American migrants from stealing rides atop northbound trains.
HHS barred from enforcing mandate on Catholic entities in Georgia
ATLANTA — U.S. District Court Judge William Duffey Jr. has ruled that two organizations affiliated with the Atlanta Archdiocese — Catholic Charities Atlanta and Catholic Education of North Georgia Inc. — cannot be forced to comply with the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive mandate.
Chilean Caritas crews ready to respond after quake
SANTIAGO, Chile — A spokeswoman for Caritas Chile said crews were ready to respond to a massive earthquake in the northern part of the country, but the situation and damage remained uncertain.
Boko Haram could be stopped if Nigeria cared for its youth
LAGOS, Nigeria — The Boko Haram insurgency would be stopped if the Nigerian government took care of young people, said Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Sokoto, Nigeria.
Lebanese students discover a smile is a two-way street
BEIRUT — Bringing the face of Jesus to the poor is an experience a group of Lebanese 10th graders will long remember about this Lent.
High court declines to give groups' HHS appeals preliminary review
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court's March 31 decision not to consider preliminary appeals in lawsuits brought by several Catholic groups against the federal contraceptive mandate "means that the cases will proceed, without prejudice, in the lower federal court," according to Priests for Life.
At border Mass, bishops call for compassion, immigration reform
NOGALES, Ariz. — With the backdrop a few feet away of the rusted iron slats of the 30-foot wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley and a dozen other bishops from three countries prayed April 1 for compassion and for a return to ideals that welcome immigrants.
Neocatechumenal Way to send mission teams to Philadelphia parishes
PHILADELPHIA — Two teams of missionary families with the Neocatechumenal Way -- a parish-based faith formation program -- will work in Philadelphia parishes starting in June at the request of Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput.
Portraying saint a chance to share message of God's mercy, says actress
SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Besides the challenge of portraying St. Faustina, actress Maria Vargo said she also was drawn to the role by the opportunity to share "the message of God's mercy for every soul."
Jeremiah Denton, Navy officer who survived torture as Vietnam POW, dies
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Retired Rear Adm. Jeremiah Denton, who as a young Navy flight captain was captured in 1965 during the Vietnam War and held prisoner for more than seven-and-a-half years, died March 28. He was 89.
Two church leaders urge Senate to pass Smarter Sentencing Act
WASHINGTON — Two Catholic leaders called on the U.S. Senate to pass the Smarter Sentencing Act, which would reform rigid sentencing policies for certain nonviolent drug offenders.
West Virginia governor's veto of abortion bill called 'bitter news'
WHEELING, W.Va. — Bishop Michael Bransfield of Wheeling-Charleston said he was surprised at West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's veto of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would have prohibited nonmedical crisis abortions after 20 weeks post-fertilization.
Church audit: Abuse allegations down, spending on training up in 2013
WASHINGTON — The number of allegations of sexual abuse by clergy declined in 2013 while diocesan spending on child protection programs increased under the U.S. Catholic Church's "Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People," according to a church-sponsored audit.
Streaming TV for pre-teens: Fraught with peril or promise?
WASHINGTON — Do you want your children to be in charge of your TV?
Some Israeli Christians see army service as way to fit into society
NAZARETH ILLIT, Israel — At the end of a recent unofficial pre-induction briefing for about 30 young men preparing to join the Israeli army, the participants stood and, led by Greek Orthodox Father Gabriel Nadaf, recited the Our Father in Arabic with hands outstretched. They finished by making the sign of the cross.
Ruling on Texas abortion restrictions called 'great victory' for life
AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Right to Life said the March 27 decision by a federal appeals court upholding Texas abortion restrictions has given the state another "historic pro-life victory."
Movie execs find 'big challenge' in taking 'fresh' look at 'Noah' story
NEW YORK — It's not every day that you get to make a biblical epic. "Noah," which debuted in theaters March 28, could be just such a movie, provided people go to see it.
Noah, the film
NEW YORK — "Noah" (Paramount), which begins as a fairly straightforward recounting of the biblical story of the flood, eventually veers off into a grim, scripturally unfounded drama about a family dispute.
Catholic schools can provide forum for evolution, creation debate
SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Blogs, Facebook and Twitter were all a buzz before, during and after a debate earlier this year at the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Ky., between Bill Nye, the science guy, and Ken Nam, founder of Answers in Genesis on the topic of evolution vs. creation.
Jordan transfers desert patch into new refugee camp for Syrians
AZRAQ, Jordan — This desolate dusty patch of desert near Jordan's borders with Syria and Iraq is soon to be home to the latest victims of Syria's three-year civil war.
Priest's study of universe's origins still guides modern-day cosmology
WASHINGTON — The work of researchers who reported detecting the signal left behind by the rapid expansion of space billions of years ago is rooted in the efforts of a Belgian priest whose mathematical computations in the 1920s laid the groundwork for the Big Bang theory.
Central African religious leaders hope to mend relations among citizens
WASHINGTON — The Quran, Islam's holy book, indicates that when a Muslim is in trouble, he should go to Christians, because they are also children of God, so Imam Omar Kobine Layama fled to the house of a Catholic archbishop.
Mudslide takes couple's home, but they worry more about others' losses
ARLINGTON, Wash. — On a sunny Saturday morning, Ron and Gail Thompson headed off to Costco for a shopping trip with Gail's elderly mother. It was the last time they would see their home along the Stillaguamish River.
Philippine cardinal praises both sides in peace deal for 'wisdom'
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines' newest cardinal was among 1,000 guests who witnessed the peace agreement between the government and the country's largest Muslim rebel group.
Father Willy Raymond new president of Holy Cross Family Ministries
EASTON, Mass. — Holy Cross Father Wilfred "Willy" Raymond, who has led Family Theater Productions in Hollywood for nearly 14 years, has been named the new president of Holy Cross Family Ministries, which encompasses Family Theater Productions.
Lebanese bishop says he was target of failed kidnapping
BEIRUT — Maronite Bishop Simon Atallah of Baalbek-Der El-Ahmar said he was the target of a failed kidnapping attempt.
Ukrainian Catholics flee Crimea to escape threats of arrest
Members of the Ukrainian Catholic Church are fleeing Crimea to escape threats of arrest and property seizures, a priest told Catholic News Service just four days after Russia finalized the region's annexation.
British government bans burning of fetuses
MANCHESTER, England — The British government has imposed an immediate ban on the incineration of miscarried and aborted babies after journalists found cases of hospitals burning fetuses to generate heat.
Ugandan priest witnesses great suffering among South Sudanese refugees
ADJUMANI, Uganda — It has been two months since Father Raphael Ayiga Lebu has had a good night, or a good day, of sleep.
Missionaries of Poor brother serving in North Carolina to head order

MONROE, N.C. — Members of the Missionaries of the Poor have elected a brother of the community who has been serving in North Carolina as superior general of the religious community, effective March 25.

Church depends on 'zeal of her sons,' archbishop tells men's conference

PHILADELPHIA — It's becoming something of a habit. The Man Up Philly Men's Spirituality Conference, in its sixth year and for the first time held at St. Joseph's University, easily surpassed previous numbers this time.

Probe recovers funds stolen from U.S. Pontifical Mission Societies

NEW YORK — Following an 18-month investigation, the Pontifical Mission Societies announced March 25, in a joint statement with the Office of the New York State Attorney General, the recovery of about $1.4 million in funds stolen by a now-deceased official of the organization.

Vatican accepts resignation of Germany's 'Bishop Bling'

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican has accepted the resignation of a German bishop who was at the center of controversy over expenditures for his residence and a diocesan center.

High court hears oral arguments in companies' challenge to HHS mandate

WASHINGTON — Oral arguments in two cases before the U.S. Supreme Court March 25 focused on whether for-profit corporations have religious grounds to object to the new health care law's requirement that most employers provide contraceptive coverage in their employee health plans.

Longtime Denver pastor dies
DENVER — Theatine Father Tomas Fraile, a longtime Denver pastor and a former official for his religious order, died March 19. He was 76 years old.
Ruling to allow same-sex marriage 'regrettable,' say Michigan bishops
LANSING, Mich. — A U.S. District Court judge's ruling that Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional does not change the fact "marriage is and can only ever be a unique relationship solely between one man and one woman," said the state's Catholic bishops.
Wenski describes call to be a bishop as 'a dying to self'
MIAMI — The call to the episcopacy "is a complete abandonment to the mystery of the cross -- to the mystery of love," said Miami Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski in his homily at the ordination Mass March 19 for Miami's new auxiliary, Bishop Peter Baldacchino.
Catholic college remembers legacy of long-serving Religious sister
WASHINGTON — Sister Mary George O'Reilly, alumna and former president of Rosemont College in Pennsylvania, always wanted to help her school, even in hospice.
Harrisburg bishop holds up St. Joseph as 'challenging example' for all
HARRISBURG, Pa. — Prayerfully and joyously welcomed into St. Patrick Cathedral for his installation Mass as the 11th bishop of the Diocese of Harrisburg March 19, Bishop Ronald W. Gainer held up St. Joseph -- whose feast the church celebrated that day -- as "a challenging example" for the members of the church.
Religious rights concerns being raised over beards and turbans
WASHINGTON — It might appear as though the Supreme Court, the departments of Defense and Justice and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission are paying attention to the current popularity of beards.
$28.8 million FEMA grant to help rebuild schools destroyed in tornado
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — A $28.8 million Federal Emergency Management Administration grant will allow the Diocese of Springfield to rebuild three schools destroyed in a 2011 tornado.
Sister's dream of Guadalupe shrine to be realized in South Philly
PHILADELPHIA — Religious shrines or art in the public places are relatively rare in the United States but quite common in Europe, South America and other areas that have a predominantly Catholic culture.
Central African bishops seek Western help
WASHINGTON — African countries that make up peacekeeping forces in the Central African Republic seem to be defending their own borders instead of keeping the peace, said Catholic bishops from the country.
Boys' choir from centuries-old monastery in Spain makes U.S. debut
WASHINGTON — Since the 13th century, the Escolania de Montserrat has sung daily for pilgrims at Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey in Catalonia, Spain.
For Peru's Kukama people, water is more than a drink, missionary finds
DOS DE MAYO, Peru — It was a day Father Miguel Angel Cadenas did not expect to see. One after another, government officials stood before several hundred Kukama Indians packed into a sweltering wood-frame room in this tiny riverside village, describing the results of a study of pollution in their communities.
English bishop says uncharitable use of social media a 'grave matter'
MANCHESTER, England — An English bishop asked Catholics to use Lent as a time to repent of sins committed on social media.
Bahrain cathedral will be 'symbol of Christianity' in 'heart of Islam'
WASHINGTON  — Bishop Camillo Ballin, apostolic vicar of Northern Arabia, knows full well what it is like to minister to Catholics in a Muslim region because he has been doing that for more than four decades.
Police release Sri Lankan Catholic activists held under terrorism act
NEW DELHI — Police in Sri Lanka released two outspoken Catholic human rights activists whose arrests were decried internationally.
California bishop urges Catholics to sign up for health insurance
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — Bishop Gerald Barnes of San Bernardino urged Catholics in his diocese to comply with federal law and sign up for health insurance if they have not already done so.
St. Patrick's Day Parade celebrates faith, family and friendship
NEW YORK — New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan watched from the steps of St. Patrick's Cathedral as the city's St. Patrick's Day Parade made its way along Fifth Avenue for the 253rd year in a row.
Northern Ireland peace process lagging, say witnesses at hearing
WASHINGTON — Peace progress in Northern Ireland has stalled because of government secrecy and lingering injustice, according to witnesses at a congressional hearing.
Archdiocese of Seattle victim of info breach; Archdiocese of Portland's info safe says statement

Afther discovering the Archdiocese of Seattle was dealing with the aftermath of an information security breach where false tax returns were filed in the names of archdiocesan, school and parish employees and volunteers, the Archdiocese of Portland released a statement noting that there had been no indication that they too were vicitimized. 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Energy, God's presence permeate Catholic men's gathering, say attendees
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. -- Nearly 3,000 men from throughout the Archdiocese of Newark and other parts of New Jersey filled Seton Hall University's recreation complex March 15 for a robust spiritual workout.
Gay couple claims Worcester diocese refused to sell them commercial property
WORCESTER, Mass. -- Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley March 13 filed a brief in support of a married gay couple who have sued the Diocese of Worcester and its realtor for allegedly refusing to sell a commercial property to them.

North Dakota bishops welcome abortion clinic's move to drop lawsuit
BISMARCK, N.D.  -- The North Dakota Catholic Conference welcomed the dismissal of a lawsuit challenging a 2013 law requiring doctors at the state's only abortion clinic to have admitting privileges at a local hospital.
Ugandan bishops silent on country's anti-gay law
CAIRO  --Weeks after a controversial bill against homosexuality became law in their country, there was still no official word from Ugandan Catholic bishops on how they perceived it, said a senior Catholic spokesman.
Priest laicized after violating order prohibiting contact with minors
NEWARK, N.J. -- Vatican officials laicized a New Jersey priest who violated a 2007 court memorandum of understanding that prohibited unsupervised contact with minors.

Sri Lankans protest arrest of Catholic activists under terrorism act
NEW DELHI  -- Protests are growing in Sri Lanka over the security forces' arrest of two outspoken Catholic human rights activists under stringent terrorism laws.
Artists, aid agencies work to help vulnerable Syrian refugee children
ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan  -- As Syria's civil war hurtles into its fourth year, hopes of returning home soon seem far off for the 2.5 million refugees sheltering in neighboring countries, like Jordan. Syrians are soon expected to overtake Afghans as the largest refugee population in the world, according to the United Nations.
Kansas church, dubbed 'Cathedral of the Plains,' named minor basilica
VICTORIA, Kan.  -- Capuchin Father Jeff Ernst's voice leapt with emotion when he heard the news: St. Fidelis Church in Victoria would be named a minor basilica.
Two courts, border agency weigh in on detention, use of force
WASHINGTON  -- In early March, federal judges ruled in two cases in ways that may ease detention for some immigrants, and a federal agency's new directive clarifies Border Patrol policies for use of force at the border.
Underground bishop of Shanghai who spent decades in prison dies at 96
HONG KONG — Bishop Joseph Fan Zhongliang of Shanghai, a prominent leader of China's underground Catholic Community, died after a brief illness March 16 at his home. He was 96.

Immigration reform needed, say bishops
WASHINGTON — As frustration grows over the lack of progress on immigration reform and protests about the high number of deportations become more widespread and dramatic, President Barack Obama March 13 and 14 told activists he would consider ways to ease the effects of strict enforcement.
Some Australian bishops suggest restoring year-round Friday abstinence
PERTH, Australia — Several Australian bishops said they would support re-establishment of year-round Friday abstinence in Australia, following the lead of England and Wales.
Salvadoran bishops ask new leader to govern with 'attitude of dialogue'
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — El Salvador's Catholic bishops called for the incoming president to govern with an "attitude of dialogue and consultation" after a former guerrilla commander was pronounced the winner of a bitterly contested election.
Bill would continue programs that help inmates after prison
WASHINGTON — Clevelander Alease Fleming is no stranger to prison. Having served three sentences totaling six years plus for theft, robbery and burglary by the time she was 34, she got to know what life is like on the inside and harbored plenty of anger at the world on the outside.

Nun raped in India in 2008 finds victory in court's conviction of three
NEW DELHI — A trial court in Cuttack has convicted three men for an August 2008 incident in which a nun was raped and paraded around semi-naked.
Olympian one of many athletes to come from California Catholic school
WASHINGTON — Polina Edmunds entered Archbishop Mitty High School the morning of Feb. 25 "with a big smile on her face" and a "cool" USA jacket -- not one full day after her 23-hour flight home from Sochi, Russia.
Buddhists donate funds to rebuild typhoon-damaged Philippine church
TACLOBAN, Philippines — On a recent Sunday morning, the congregation at Santo Nino Parish in Tacloban crammed into a space one-third the true size of the church. The crowd spilled out onto the courtyard, which had two big gray tents bearing the logo of a Buddhist foundation.
Friday, March 14, 2014
Syria's bishops call for cease-fire, urge Catholics to fast
BEIRUT — Catholic bishops of Syria called for a cease-fire in Syria and for the pursuit of the Geneva peace talks to end the crisis in the war-torn country.
Czech priest wins Templeton Prize for advancing dialogue, understanding
WASHINGTON — Msgr. Tomas Halik, a Czech priest, has been named the 2014 Templeton Prize winner for his work in promoting interfaith dialogue and understanding throughout the world.
Social media, smartphones give young people a new look at Lent
WASHINGTON -- This is not your parents' Lent.
Nienstedt resumes public ministry; police close investigation
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Archbishop John Nienstedt of St. Paul and Minneapolis has returned to public ministry following a thorough investigation by police of an allegation that he had inappropriately touched a male minor in 2009.
Portuguese Cardinal Policarpo, 78, dies while on retreat
VATICAN CITY — Portuguese Cardinal Jose da Cruz Policarpo, the retired archbishop of Lisbon, died March 12 at the age of 78, apparently of a ruptured aortic aneurysm. He had been on retreat in Fatima when he experienced chest pains and was taken to a hospital in Lisbon, where he died.
Lenten observance becoming more widespread in Protestant churches
WASHINGTON — A growing interest in the tradition of Lent is giving Protestants something in common with the Catholic Church, where the Lenten season goes back to its beginnings.
Passage urged for tax credit to help New York students, schools
NEW YORK — Labor, business and religious leaders assembled March 10 in New York to urge state lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo to approve an investment tax credit that would benefit schools and students.
Catholic coalition files class-action lawsuit to block HHS mandate
WASHINGTON — A coalition of nearly 200 Catholic dioceses, agencies and businesses has asked a federal court in Oklahoma to block enforcement of a Department of Health and Human Services mandate that it says would force its members to violate their religious beliefs.
Ukrainian Catholics fear 'new oppression' after Russian takeover
A Ukrainian Catholic priest in Crimea said church members are alarmed and frightened by the Russian military occupation and fear their communities might be outlawed again if Russian rule becomes permanent.

College students take journey to Catholic Church through RCIA on campus
WASHINGTON — It's Thursday evening, and Georgetown University's small Copley Crypt Chapel is filling up with students from every corner of campus.
Ukrainian Catholics say Americans helped rebuild church leadership
WASHINGTON — After the fall of communism, the U.S. Catholic Church helped rebuild the people, not just the structures, of the Ukrainian Catholic Church.
Procession call for end to gang violence in East Palo Alto
EAST PALO ALTO, Calif. — Josue Barbosa Zamora died in a drive-by shooting Jan. 13, 300 feet from his front door, the latest young man to die violently in East Palo Alto.
U.N. official lauds church support of migrants, asks for continued help
WASHINGTON — The role of the Catholic Church is invaluable in keeping refugees safe, said the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres, but his agency and others working with migrants need much, much more.
Catholic officials: Release of kidnapped nuns is answer to prayers
BEIRUIT — The release of at least 12 Greek Orthodox nuns who were abducted in Syria in December was an answer to prayers, said regional Catholic officials.
Economic woes, violence leave Venezuelan charities short of food, meds
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — Deep economic problems and violent demonstrations in Venezuela have left Catholic charities struggling to supply food and medical supplies amid an increase in demand for services, said a top Catholic aid official.

Atheist group says 9/11 museum shouldn't display cross-shaped beams
NEW YORK — A 17-foot-tall cross-shaped steel beam that was found in the wreckage two days after 9/11 became an indelible image in the months following the terrorist attacks on New York in 2001.
Blaze destroys historic buildings at Wisconsin Catholic high school seminary
MOUNT CALVARY, Wis. — An early morning fire March 8 in the Milwaukee Archdiocese destroyed historic buildings at St. Lawrence High School Seminary in Mount Calvary, one of the few remaining high school seminaries in the country.
Woman who saved dozens wants to stay in Tacloban community she loves
TACLOBAN, Philippines — Mention the name of Maria Rosevilla Margate and many of the residents of the community known as Barangay 54A  nod approvingly. They know exactly where to find her.
Archbishop says 2015 meeting can help transform families, communities
PHILADELPHIA — Religious, civic and business leaders will travel to Rome to plan for the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia next year.
Roundup of new programs, honors, appointments in Catholic academia
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — Legal scholar and moral theologian Cathleen Kaveny is the new Darald and Juliet Libby professor at Boston College. She is also the first person to hold a faculty appointment in two divisions at the university, the Law School and the Department of Theology.
Chicago's Cardinal George to undergo new round of chemotherapy
CHICAGO — Chicago Cardinal Francis George is preparing to undergo a new round of chemotherapy to address "current signs of activity of cancer cells surrounding his right kidney," according to a March 7 announcement by the Chicago Archdiocese.
Omaha Newman Center planned to meet growing campus ministry needs
OMAHA, Neb. — With backing from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and surveys of parents and youths indicating solid support, the archdiocese has purchased land near the college campus in hopes of building a Newman Center to open in the fall of 2016 with a student residence, a prayer garden, rectory and chapel.
Nun says repair of Hebrew scroll helped deepen Jewish-Catholic ties
LONDON — A British Jewish scribe has restored an ancient Hebrew scroll for an order of London-based nuns in a project hailed as an advance in "ever-deepening" Jewish-Catholic relations.
Concerns raised about pace of U.S. response to global religious rights
WASHINGTON — The role of an ambassador-level position in bringing attention to abuses of religious freedom internationally is being emphasized by those who want a vacancy filled quickly or another position created to focus on specific regions -- or both.
New Syro-Malabar Catholic eparchy in Australia to 'start from zero'
COCHIN, India — The bishop appointed to head the newly erected Syro-Malabar Catholic Eparchy of St. Thomas the Apostle of Melbourne, Australia, said he has "a tough task ahead."
Lenten Fast for Families draws attention to immigration reform efforts
WASHINGTON — The traditional Lenten practice of fasting is being paired this year with the latest round of an ongoing campaign called Fast for Families, intended to bring attention to the campaign for immigration reform.
Vatican medical experts OK reported miracle attributed to archbishop
PEORIA, Ill. — A seven-member team of medical experts convoked by the Vatican reported there is no natural explanation for the survival of a child delivered stillborn and whose heart did not start beating until 61 minutes after his birth.
FDA weighs possibility of allowing research into three-parent babies
WASHINGTON — Fertilization techniques that would create babies from the DNA of three or four people to prevent the transmission of inheritable genetic diseases are being questioned by ethicists and others who say the procedures fail basic ethical and moral standards.
Are Egypt's Christians persecuted? Copts' answers vary
CAIRO — Egypt's minority Christians have various opinions regarding claims that they are being persecuted in their predominantly Muslim country.
Hunger, not religion, root cause of conflict in Africa, says professor
WASHINGTON — Hunger, not religion, is the root cause of conflict in sub-Saharan Africa, said professor Charles Steinmetz of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.
Archdiocese announces dates for 2015 public display of Shroud of Turin
VATICAN CITY — The Archdiocese of Turin, custodian of the Shroud of Turin, has announced that the shroud, venerated by many as the burial cloth of Christ, will be on public display April 19-June 24, 2015.
Spiritual approach to aging marks Little Sisters of the Poor ministry
ST. LOUIS — Katie Hoormann stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded. She waved the bat around and got set.
Uganda's bishops reviewing country's anti-gay law, says church official
CAIRO — Uganda's Catholic bishops have begun reviewing a text of the country's new anti-gay law in order to come up with "an educated" response, said a senior church official.
Visually impaired Paralympian says slopes give her a sense of freedom
BROOKLYN, N.Y. — For Caitlin Sarubbi, "seeing" is certainly not "believing."
Court lets block of immigrant housing laws stand; takes inmate's case
WASHINGTON — Two municipalities that tried to make it illegal for people who lack legal immigration status to rent housing were rebuffed March 3 by the Supreme Court.
Marriage needs to be 'preserved,' not 'redefined,' says Cordileone
WASHINGTON — Marriage needs "to be preserved and strengthened, not redefined," San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone said Feb. 28 in support of the State Marriage Defense Act of 2014, introduced into the U.S. Senate by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.
Lenten film series to be part of 'The INNdustry' online TV program
CHICAGO — The Chicago-Detroit Jesuit province is teaming up with Loyola Productions' online IN Network for a seven-part Lenten film series to make its debut on seven Wednesdays in Lent, starting with Ash Wednesday.
New bishop of Pueblo urged to help faithful accept teachings of Christ
PUEBLO, Colo. — Citing the words of Pope Francis, Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver told the Diocese of Pueblo's newly ordained Bishop Stephen Berg that bishops and priests are shepherds who "should take on the smell of the sheep."
'Life-changing' Jerusalem trip was cornerstone for new 'Jesus' book
WASHINGTON — Jesuit Father James Martin today has a hard time believing that he initially turned down a suggestion to go to Jerusalem as source material for his newest book, "Jesus: A Pilgrimage."
Crisis in Ukraine 'replay' of what led up to World War II, says priest
PHOENIX — Russia's aggression against Ukraine is an extremely dangerous situation that should be of concern to all Americans, said a prominent Ukrainian Catholic priest.
Catholic clergy in Crimea defend Ukraine's right to self-determination
Catholic clergy in Crimea have defended Ukraine's right to self-determination.
Mid-Atlantic congress helps form Catholics for 'faith-filled service'
BALTIMORE  — What Dawn Sirface has learned at the Mid-Atlantic Congress for Pastoral Leaders enriches her ministry as the parish formation coordinator at St. Ann in Hagerstown.
Archbishop Kurtz asks for prayers for Ukraine
WASHINGTON — U.S. Catholics stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine as their country struggles with political tensions, said a statement from the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

For Buenos Aires' working class, Carnival makes a comeback
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina  — Paula Zanarini has not worked for two years. She blames her age, 38, for an inability to find or keep the jobs she had as a customer service representative for several telecom companies in Argentina.
NFL coaches, team officials gather for Mass, dinner and fellowship
INDIANAPOLIS — Coaches, scouts and front office personnel from all 32 National Football League teams have gathered in mid-February in Indianapolis for years for several intensive days of analyzing hundreds of top college football players who are eligible for the NFL draft, which starts May 8 this year.
'Philomena' story spurs Catholic alums' effort to help mom know her son
ROCKFORD, Ill. — Several Boylan Central Catholic High School alums are seeking "to help a mom know her son."
Survey shows major shift in U.S. Catholics' view of same-sex marriage
WASHINGTON — American Catholics' opinions on same-sex marriage have changed dramatically in the last decade, according to the results of a survey conducted by the Public Religion and Research Institute in Washington.
Ukrainian churches urge peace as war clouds gather over Crimea
Church leaders in Ukraine appealed for peace in their country's Crimea peninsula as its government accused Russia of "carrying out an armed invasion."
Beyond law reform: Helping immigrants integrate into church and society
WASHINGTON  — Regardless of the success or timing of immigration reform efforts, American society and the Catholic Church in particular should be thinking about how to do a better job of helping immigrants to integrate — the underlying philosophy of a Washington conference in late February.
Syrian activists urged to use nonviolence to bring peace to homeland
AMMAN, Jordan — A Franciscan priest who led reconciliation efforts in the midst of violent, sectarian conflict in his native Bosnia-Herzegovina urged Syrian activists to work harder to end the civil war ripping apart their country, saying they hold untapped power.
Boomers can have a good Lent even when not needing to fast
WASHINGTON — The Catholic rules for fasting during Lent no longer apply when you turn 59. This applies not only to senior citizens, but a growing number of baby boomers as well. And there's still nearly a decade's worth of baby boomers closing in on age 59.
Catholic leaders join in asking Obama to protect U.S. religious freedom
WASHINGTON — Two Catholics joined with eight evangelical leaders in asking President Barack Obama to defend religious liberty in the United States as he has defended it in other countries.
First married man ordained priest for U.S. Maronite Catholic Church
ST. LOUIS — Father Wissam Akiki is the first married man to be ordained a priest for the U.S. Maronite Catholic Church.
Priest's ministry helps kids overcome trauma of living on the streets
BUSTOS, Philippines — A group of young boys scurried about their cottage completing household chores, all part of the normal daily routine at the House and Treasure of St. Martin de Porres.
Nuns in Central African Republic reported safe as armed militia retreat
Catholic church leaders in the Central African Republic said they believe European nuns working in the country are "generally safe," after reports of rape by retreating armed groups.
Judge: Any state law involving marriage must comply with Constitution
SAN ANTONIO — A U.S. District Court judge Feb. 26 struck down a Texas constitutional amendment that defined marriage as being only between one man and one woman.
Little Sisters of Poor brief asks court to extend injunction on mandate
DENVER — The Little Sisters of the Poor religious order has asked the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to extend an injunction blocking enforcement of a federal mandate to provide contraceptive coverage in employee health insurance.
Christian leaders pledge action on high rate of incarceration in U.S.
NEWARK, N.J. — Leaders of Christian Churches Together in the U.S.A., of which the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is a member, issued a pledge to engage the American public on the issue of mass incarceration in the United States.
Tacloban recovery slow as residents confront questions about the future
TACLOBAN, Philippines — A small sign — a sheet of paper printed from a computer — announces "We're now open" on the front door of Matthew's Meat Shop on Real Street, across from some of the most devastated communities in this typhoon-ravaged city.
West Virginia bishop urges prayers for passage of abortion bill
WHEELING, W.Va. — The proposed Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is "a wonderful opportunity to protect life," said Bishop Michael  Bransfield of Wheeling-Charleston, who asked Catholics in the statewide diocese to join him in praying that become state law.
Arizona Catholic Conference backed vetoed bill, saying it protected religious freedom
PHOENIX — Protecting religious liberty was the intent of the governor-vetoed measure that would allow "any individual, association, partnership, corporation, church or other business entity" to refuse service to anyone if doing so violates one's religious beliefs, the Arizona Catholic Conference argued.
High rate of Bible illiteracy among general population 'no surprise'
WASHINGTON  — In a recent class at Wheaton College, English professor Leland Ryken asked his students what John Milton was referring to when he mentioned "the broad way" in one of his sonnets.
Schools test 'cyber days' to keep school 'open' during severe weather
LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— Catholic schools in Arkansas have been using a pilot program that, if endorsed by its accrediting body, will dramatically change the way inclement weather days are handled in the future.
Church law not clear-cut on offering second-class relics for donation
WASHINGTON — Of the 1,752 canons that make up the "Code of Canon Law," just one refers to the sale of sacred relics.
Coptic Orthodox condemn killings of Egyptians in Libya
CAIRO — The Coptic Orthodox Church has condemned the killing of seven Egyptian Christians in neighboring Libya.
Venezuela's Catholic leaders urge dialogue, respect for demonstrators
LIMA, Peru — As protests in Venezuela continued, with flare-ups of violence, the country's Catholic leaders urged dialogue and respect for the demonstrators' human rights.
Ukrainian archbishop sees lingering threat of war, but signs of hope
VATICAN CITY — The three months of protests in Ukraine that ended with government snipers killing dozens of people strengthened the commitment to democracy of many Ukrainians, but also left the country vulnerable to further violence and division, said the head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church.
Church rebuilding after storm will take time, Philippine priests told
PALO, Philippines — Since November, any time it rains the interior of the Archdiocese of Palo's Cathedral of the Transfiguration of Our Lord gets good and wet.
Appeals court denies University of Notre Dame injunction on HHS mandate
CHICAGO — The University of Notre Dame must provide free coverage of contraceptives as required by the federal health care law despite its moral objections to doing so, said a panel of the 7th U.S Circuit Court of Appeals in a late Feb. 21 ruling that denied the university an injunction against enforcement of the mandate.
Brooklyn bishop calls church to unite in faith with immigrants
WASHINGTON — Catholic parishes are called to build communion with immigrants and newcomers so people unite in faith rather than solely because of their cultural backgrounds, said the bishop of Brooklyn, N.Y., who has worked for 38 years to improve immigrant relations.
Ordination as priest for Iowa diocese brings man's vocation full circle
DAVENPORT, Iowa — Chris Young will become a pioneer in the Diocese of Davenport this summer when he is ordained to the Catholic priesthood by Bishop Martin J. Amos.
Bishops in southern Congo denounce increasing violence, child soldiers
LUBUMBASHI, Congo — Bishops in southern Congo have denounced growing separatist violence in Katanga province and criticized the national government for ignoring it.
Holy Family University keeps focus on Christ, says outgoing president
PHILADELPHIA  — Sister Francesca Onley, who has been at the helm of Holy Family University for 32 years, is easily the longest tenured university president in the Philadelphia area.
Archbishop prays for peace in Ukraine, God's protection of its people
PHILADELPHIA — Ukrainian Catholic Archbishop Stefan Soroka of Philadelphia called for "fervent prayers" that God would keep the people of Ukraine strong as they mourn the loss of life in the ongoing strife in that country and that Mary "would extend her protective mantle" over them.
New bishop sees 'great joy' in helping diocese write its 'next chapter'
WICHITA, Kan. — When someone told Bishop-designate Carl A. Kemme that he would be a bishop someday, he would always reply with: "That won't happen because God is good."
Newly named Miami auxiliary bishop called 'good fit' for South Florida
MIAMI — He speaks English, Spanish, Creole, Italian and Maltese. He laughs easily and loves soccer. He was born on an island and has ministered on another one for the past 15 years.
Addressing income inequality: A higher minimum wage is just the start
WASHINGTON  — President Barack Obama late last year pledged for the rest of his time in office he would make it a priority to address income inequality.
Egyptians react to increased insecurity in tourist areas
CAIRO — Sacred Heart Sister Jeanette Fahmy said she is praying for those behind a suicide bomb that killed her first cousin and three South Koreans.
Bishop Pates urges White House to sign treaty to ban land mines
WASHINGTON — The chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace urged the United States to sign and ratify a treaty to ban the use of land mines.
Pope asks cardinals to send message of support to suffering Ukrainians
VATICAN CITY — A day after at least 75 people were reported killed in clashes between police and protesters in Ukraine's capital, Pope Francis asked the College of Cardinals to send a message of support to the two Ukrainian cardinals who are suffering because their people are.
Amendment to U.S. Constitution urged to protect traditional marriage
WASHINGTON — A marriage amendment to the U.S. Constitution "would secure in law throughout the country the basic truth known to reason that marriage is the union of one man and one woman," said San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone.
Restorative justice,' not death penalty, urged for Boston bomber
WASHINGTON — In light of the proposed death penalty for 20-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, "Jesus weeps ... again" at the injustice, the Conference of Major Superiors of Men said.
Actor's addictions, lifestyle raise questions about Catholic funeral
SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Talented. Troubled. Tragic. An alliteration of adjectives that could be used to describe Philip Seymour Hoffman's life, addiction and demise.

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