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Holy Land bishops criticize 'collective punishment' of Palestinians
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Palestinians run following what police said was an Israeli airstrike on a house in Gaza City July 9. The Israeli army intensified its offensive on the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, striking Hamas sites and killing dozens of people in a military operation it says is aimed at quelling rocket fire against Israel.
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Palestinians run following what police said was an Israeli airstrike on a house in Gaza City July 9. The Israeli army intensified its offensive on the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, striking Hamas sites and killing dozens of people in a military operation it says is aimed at quelling rocket fire against Israel.
JERUSALEM — Catholic leaders in the Holy Land called for an end to the cycle of violence and criticized Israel's occupation of Palestinian territories and its collective punishment of Palestinians.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014

In Peru's Amazon, children learn to embrace grandparents' language
NAUTA, Peru -- On a muddy street in this muggy jungle town, Julia  Ipushima Manihuari has turned an overgrown play area into a classroom.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Seafarers remembered in prayers
VATICAN CITY -- Catholics around the world are asked to remember in their prayers the 1.2 million seafarers around the world working in risky conditions far from their families to bring them goods they consume each day.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Priest convicted of murdering nun dies; diocese plans funeral Mass
TOLEDO, Ohio -- Though he was convicted of murder in 2006, the  late Father Gerald Robinson remained a priest at the time of his death and as such his funeral is to follow "the usual protocol for a diocesan priest's funeral."
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Louisiana Court may compel priest to break confessional seal
BATON ROUGE, La.  -- Louisiana's Supreme Court has ruled that a priest may be compelled to testify as to what he heard in the confessional in 2008 concerning an abuse case.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Minors at border should be thought of as refugees, speakers say
WASHINGTON — From the director of the U.S. agency in charge of the welfare of more than 50,000 Central American children who have been apprehended at the Mexican border, to the Honduran cardinal who heads the international Catholic relief agency, Caritas, the message was clear, those minors are as much refugees as the people fleeing upheaval in Syria or South Sudan.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Catholic owners of Indiana business hail high court ruling as victory
INDIANAPOLIS — Bill Grote jumped out of his chair when he saw a television report the day the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision regarding Burrell v. Hobby Lobby.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Georgia Catholic dioceses ban guns, knives from church facilities
ATLANTA — Guns and other weapons are officially unwelcome at Catholic churches, schools and other buildings owned, leased or operated by the Archdiocese of Atlanta and the Diocese of Savannah in Georgia.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Sister Mary Evelyn Jegen, 86, dies; was Pax Christi USA co-founder
CINCINNATI — Sister Mary Evelyn Jegen, one of the co-founders of Pax Christi USA and the group's first national coordinator, died July 4 after a long illness. She was 86.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Philippine bishops say they cannot keep accused in protective custody
MANILA, Philippines — The Catholic bishops of the Philippines denied a request to help shelter a woman believed to be at the center of the biggest political scandal to hit the Philippines.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
From gangs to coffee rust: Push factors for Central American migrants
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — Giovani Melendez, 31, fled this Central American capital with his family, setting out suddenly on a search for safety in the United States after gangs demanded growing extortion payments he was unable afford. The family — Melendez, his wife, and children, ages 5 and 12 -- only made it to the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, where officials stopped them and sent them back to El Salvador.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
New Florida radio program covers life issues
FORT PIERCE, Fla. — A new radio program launched in the Palm Beach Diocese in June with a focus on shedding light on pro-life issues, and sharing ways to get involved in promoting the culture of life in the not-so-pro-life world.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Abuse crisis is not closed while people still suffer, Martin says
ROME — The crisis of child abuse by clergy is not a thing of the past — it will linger until the church humbly and courageously reaches out to all people still suffering in silence, says Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Iraqi patriarch: Situation perhaps 'darkest and most difficult period'
AMMAN, Jordan — The patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church in Baghdad called the current situation in his country "perhaps the darkest and most difficult period in (the church's) recent history."
Monday, July 7, 2014
Irish abuse victim who met with pope calls it 'huge vindication'
DUBLIN — One of the Irish survivors of clerical sexual abuse who met Pope Francis July 7 described the encounter as a "huge vindication" for her.
Monday, July 7, 2014
Philippine bishops reiterate call to be more like Pope Francis
MANILA, Philippines  — The head of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines reiterated a call to be more like Pope Francis as the Asian country prepares for the pontiff's upcoming visit.
Monday, July 7, 2014
Nienstedt orders internal investigation of abuse claims made against him
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Archbishop John Nienstedt of St. Paul and Minneapolis told priests and staff about recent allegations against him involving events alleged to have occurred a decade ago before he began serving in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, calling them "absolutely and entirely false."
Monday, July 7, 2014
Jerusalem patriarch denounces wave of retaliations after teen murders
JERUSALEM — Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal strongly denounced the increasing wave of violent retaliations following the murders of Israeli and Palestinian teens and called on political and religious leaders to act to calm the situation.
Monday, July 7, 2014
Court grants Christian-run college temporary relief from HHS mandate
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court late July 3 issued an unsigned opinion granting Christian-run Wheaton College in Illinois temporary relief from complying with the Department of Health and Human Services' federal contraceptive mandate that is part of the Affordable Care Act.
Monday, July 7, 2014
Hundreds gather in Washington for Fortnight for Freedom closing Mass
WASHINGTON — A deep appreciation for religious liberty brought Anh Thu Vu of the Binh Thuan province of Vietnam to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for the Fortnight for Freedom closing Mass July 4.
Monday, July 7, 2014
Religious, civic leaders ask for religious exemption in executive order
WASHINGTON — Religious and civic leaders urged President Barack Obama to include a religious exemption in the planned White House executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Monday, July 7, 2014
Summit looks at ways to meet needs of working families
WASHINGTON — White House officials, business owners and parents are working together to redesign the workplace to address the needs of 21st-century families.
Monday, July 7, 2014
Ukrainian Catholic Church welcomes plan to add military chaplaincy
The Ukrainian government plans to re-establish military chaplaincies in the country's embattled armed forces, nine months after they were abolished under Soviet rule.
Monday, July 7, 2014
Central African bishops decry 'laxity' of transitional government
Catholic bishops in the Central African Republic criticized their country's transitional government for failing to "revive hopes" and end months of conflict between Islamist and Christian forces despite international backing.
Monday, July 7, 2014
New Jersey auxiliary bishop to head Fall River, Massachusetts, Diocese
WASHINGTON — Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop George W. Coleman of Fall River, Massachusetts, and appointed Auxiliary Bishop Edgar da Cunha of Newark, New Jersey, as his successor.
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Archdiocese of Philadelphia sells nursing homes for $145 million
PHILADELPHIA — The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is selling six nursing homes and one assisted living facility operated by archdiocesan Catholic Health Care Services to a Flushing, New York, health care management company for $145 million.
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Brooklyn bishop ordains 13; says number is 'true abundance of harvest'
BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn ordained 13 new priests during a Mass June 28 at the newly renovated and consecrated Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph.
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Court moves six cases after Hobby Lobby ruling; adds others to docket
WASHINGTON — A day after the Supreme Court said closely held for-profit companies could be exempted from some requirements of the Affordable Care Act because of the owners' religious beliefs, it kicked back to lower courts six related cases involving companies whose Catholic owners have similar objections.
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Director likes stories that 'break open mysteries of life' for people
WASHINGTON — Clergy are too often stereotyped in movies "because writers and directors don't know any pastors or priests," said director Scott Derrickson, who helmed the new crime-horror film "Deliver Us From Evil."
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Federal judge strikes down Kentucky's ban on same-sex marriage
WASHINGTON — A U.S. District Court judge July 1 struck down Kentucky's ban on same-sex marriage, saying that the prohibition violates the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Protect Religious Freedom Restoration Act, faith leaders tell Congress
WASHINGTON — A coalition of leaders representing different U.S. religious faiths said in a June 30 letter to congressional leaders they "are united in staunch support" to protect the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Court won't hear case about war memorial with cross on federal land
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court June 30 declined to intervene in a long-running dispute over the Mount Soledad Cross war memorial located on federal land near San Diego.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Memories of civil rights struggles still fresh in Mississippi town
GREENWOOD, Miss. — A pane of cracked blue glass above the front doors of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Greenwood helps ensure that nobody forgets how their parish, its founding pastor and the religious who staffed it stood up for them during a polarizing, often brutal time.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
National priests' association gathers in St. Louis for annual assembly
ST. LOUIS — Members of a national group of Catholic priests meeting in St. Louis for an annual assembly tackled the issue of immigration and other topics and passed a resolution asking the U.S. bishops to request the Vatican approve ordaining married men as priests.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Leader of Catholic Charities USA, to step down in 2015
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Father Larry Snyder, the president of Catholic Charities USA since 2005, will leave the post in February for a position at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Court gives EWTN relief from HHS contraception mandate
WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court has issued a temporary injunction protecting the Eternal Word Television Network from having to comply with the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive mandate.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Court: Closely held companies can't be required to cover contraceptives
WASHINGTON — In a narrowly tailored 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court June 30 said closely held companies may be exempted from a government requirement to include contraceptives in employee health insurance coverage under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
Monday, June 30, 2014
Media giants take turns going on consolidation buying sprees
WASHINGTON — In the media industry — or, as is the case here, the multimedia industry — the question continues to be asked: How big is too big?
Monday, June 30, 2014
U.S. bishops laud court's Hobby Lobby ruling, but say fight continues
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court's June 30 ruling that certain businesses, based on their religious objections, can be exempted from a government requirement to include contraceptives in their employee health insurance coverage means "justice has prevailed," said two U.S. archbishops.
Monday, June 30, 2014
Chaldean bishop says Iraqis returning home, despite tough conditions
AMMAN, Jordan — Thousands of Iraqi Christians who fled recent shelling by extremist militants and sought refuge in the neighboring autonomous Kurdistan region are now returning home, said a Catholic archbishop responsible for their care.
Monday, June 30, 2014
Sainthood cause opened for Sister of Charity who served on the frontier
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Archdiocese of Santa Fe has received permission from the Vatican to open a sainthood cause for a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati who ministered to people on the frontier in the Southwest in the 1870s and 1880s.
Monday, June 30, 2014
Hundreds gather to honor Mary at annual National Filipino Pilgrimage
WASHINGTON — Hundreds of pilgrims filled the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington June 28 for the 17th annual National Filipino Pilgrimage.
Monday, June 30, 2014
Philadelphia Archdiocese denied mandate relief
PHILADELPHIA — The Archdiocese of Philadelphia June 26 lost its bid to block the Affordable Care Act's regulations on contraceptives, but a new ruling will prevent the church from paying fines of $160,000 a day for noncompliance.
Monday, June 30, 2014
Church faced challenges to undo slavery's legacy, embrace civil rights
WASHINGTON — On Oct. 24, 1963 — a little more than eight months before President Lyndon Johnson signed the landmark Civil Rights Act into law — Bishop Robert E. Tracy of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, urged the Second Vatican Council to take a tough line against racism. Speaking for the American bishops, he said doing that would "greatly help the bishops to teach their people."
Monday, June 30, 2014
Bishop says violence cause of surge at border, implores Congress to act
WASHINGTON — Testifying before the House Judiciary Committee June 25, Bishop Mark Seitz of El Paso, Texas, cited violence as the primary reason for the influx of unaccompanied children immigrating to the United States illegally.
U.S. bishops backed Civil Rights Act, urged people to make it work
WASHINGTON — Catholic leaders supported the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and also urged Catholics to get behind the law to make it work, according to the yellowed pages of typewritten articles in the Catholic News Service's archive folders.
Reflections on Civil Rights Act: Progress made, work still to do
WASHINGTON — Fifty years ago, when the Civil Rights Act was signed into law July 2 by President Lyndon Johnson, two Louisiana-born men did not feel the earth move, but they knew it was the beginning of a time of change.
Massachusetts pro-life sidewalk counselors applaud court's decision
WORCESTER, Mass. — When the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled June 26 that the buffer zones around abortion clinics in Massachusetts violated First Amendment rights, pro-life advocates outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Worcester were doing what they always do -- praying on the sidewalk.
Chancellor of Lansing Diocese to be bishop of Gaylord, Michigan
WASHINGTON — Pope Francis has named Msgr. Steven Raica, 61, chancellor of the Diocese of Lansing, Michigan, to be the bishop of Gaylord, Michigan.
Supreme Court strikes down 'buffer zones' at abortion clinics
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that 35-foot buffer zones around abortion clinics — meant to keep demonstrators away — violates First Amendment rights.
Finally becoming U.S. citizen an answer to a prayer for Bangladesh man
WASHINGTON — "It took me more than 10 years to become a U.S. citizen," said Mark Rozario. "God is good!"
Archbishop hopes settlement brings victims closure, chance to heal
SEATTLE — Seattle Archbishop Peter Sartain said he hopes the settlement of 30 claims of sexual abuse will bring victims "closure and allow them to continue the process of healing."
British high court rejects challenges to assisted suicide laws
Britain's highest court has thrown out three challenges to laws against assisted suicide.
Virginia parish helps build Haiti village in memory of popular pastor
WASHINGTON  -- The Church of the Nativity in Burke, Virginia, has donated enough money to Food for the Poor to build a village in Haiti in memory of its longtime pastor, Father Richard Martin, who died in May.
EWTN appeals judge's ruling denying network protection from HHS mandate
WASHINGTON — The Eternal Word Television Network has appealed a court ruling against the network in its challenge to the federal mandate requiring most employers, including religious employers, to provide coverage of contraceptives, sterilizations and some abortion-inducing drugs in employee health care plans.
Bishop condemns kidnappings, asks Israel to keep response proportionate
JERUSALEM — The chancellor of the Latin Patriarchate asked anyone with information about the kidnapping of three Israeli teens to come forward and help return the youths to their families. At the same time, he called on the Israeli army to keep its reaction and its search methods proportionate.
Kenyan bishops blame corruption, ethnic tensions for insecurity
NAIROBI, Kenya — Kenya's Catholic bishops blamed "inherent corruption" and ethnic tensions for the country's recent insecurity.
Irish government finalizes terms of inquiry into mother-baby homes
DUBLIN — The Irish government is finalizing the parameters of a judicial inquiry into church-run state-funded mother and baby homes.
Tanzanian archbishop calls attention to plight of albino children
TOLEDO, Ohio — Don and Gisela Stiles are on a mission to raise awareness of the plight of albino children who have been targeted in Tanzania by witch doctors for their body parts and subject to mutilation and slaughter in a wave of violent attacks.
Catholic leaders skeptical about Mexican president's security remarks
MEXICO CITY  -- Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto went the Vatican in early June, where he spoke with Pope Francis about "very encouraging information in the reduction of violence."
The Mexican leader later said that homicide had dropped 24 percent over the first three months of 2014, when compared to the same period two years ago.

Leader says Life Teen's goal to 'completely transform' youth ministry
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.  -- The goal of Life Teen "is to completely transform the idea of what youth ministry is in our church and what it can be," says the director of events for the Mesa-based organization.
Vatican denies Boston parishioners' final appeal to keep churches open
WASHINGTON — Parishioners who have occupied a closed Massachusetts Catholic church for nearly a decade said they plan one final petition to Pope Francis to prevent the building from being sold by the Boston Archdiocese.
Tijuana suspends seven priests for abuse; one had been sued in L.A.
MEXICO CITY — The Archdiocese of Tijuana, Mexico, has suspended seven priests -- including one sued for abuse in Los Angeles -- over allegations of sexual abuse.
Supreme Court declines cases on abortion doctors, juvenile sentencing
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court declined June 23 to get involved in a case over a Wisconsin law that requires abortion clinic doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.
Malaysian court upholds ruling that Catholic newspaper may not use 'Allah'
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysia's highest court upheld a lower-court ruling that a Catholic newspaper may not use the word "Allah" to refer to God in its Malay-language edition.
U.S. official discourages Central Americans from sending children north
WASHINGTON — Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has written an open letter to parents of children crossing the U.S. border, addressing some of the myths circulating in Central America and discouraging families from considering sending their children.
Retired cardinal supports call for democratic reforms in Hong Kong
MANILA, Philippines — Voter turnout in an unofficial referendum on democratic reforms swelled June 23 in Hong Kong, where a cardinal vowed to support efforts to keep the Chinese-run special autonomous region independent.
Sudanese Catholic woman convicted of apostasy is released from prison
KHARTOUM, Sudan — Meriam Ibrahim, 26, a Catholic woman convicted of apostasy for marrying a Christian, was released from prison June 23, her lawyer said.
Texas diocese responds to immigrants' need in surge of children
McALLEN, Texas — Scared, tired and hungry, immigrants, mostly mothers with their children, have been arriving at the McAllen and Brownsville bus stations at odd hours.
University of Dayton divests from fossil fuel
WASHINGTON — Ohio's Marianist-run University of Dayton plans to divest from fossil fuel companies in an effort to more closely follow the order's charism and church teaching on the environment.
Administration announces steps to handle surge of kids at border
WASHINGTON —As Vice President Joe Biden was conferring with Central American presidents about a surge of children arriving at the U.S. border without a parent, other administration officials were  outlining steps to try to keep more people from attempting the dangerous, illegal trek.
Maronite bishops: Mideast turmoil threatens to change regional map
BEIRUT — Maronite Catholic bishops expressed their concern about the war in Syria and Iraq and warned that Lebanon's presidential vacuum poses a dangerous risk to the country, particularly amid the escalating regional turmoil that they said threatens to change the map of the Middle East.
In Bethlehem, a street festival with a touch of faith, justice, culture
BETHLEHEM, West Bank — Sitting outside their childhood home on Star Street, three sisters and their cousin chatted as they watched a small parade of children dance past, following a variety of clowns and jugglers and two giant dancing puppets.
Mexico lifts restrictions on politicking from pulpit
MEXICO CITY — The Mexican congress removed restrictions on preaching about politics from the pulpit, a move some priests say increases religious liberty in a country with a history of state-sponsored anti-clericalism.
Marchers feel encouraged in their stance for traditional marriage
WASHINGTON — Father Rick Kosisko found a lot to be thankful for during the March for Marriage.
Sisters join lawsuit to force neighboring 'gentlemen's club' to close
CHICAGO — The Missionary Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo are not pleased by having a "gentlemen's club" operating in their backyard, and they are not going to be quiet about it.
Catholic media urged to bring fresh energy, compassion to their work
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Pope Francis' dream for the Catholic Church is to not only be a teacher but also a mother "caressing her children with compassion," the president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications told members of the Catholic media.
Presidential speechwriters encourage young Catholics in policy work
WASHINGTON — Two former presidential speechwriters -- one Democrat, one Republican -- encouraged young Catholics who work in public policy to keep the faith and hold onto optimism about using their positions to improve the world.
South African police arrest man accused of murdering Idaho-born nun, 82
MTHATHA, South Africa — A man accused of murdering an 82-year-old Idaho-born nun in South Africa, where she had worked among the poor for about 60 years, was arrested June 19.
Catholic country singer's memoir describes his life's ups and downs
ORANGE, Calif. — Every life is filled with highs and lows, but for country singer Collin Raye, the peaks and valleys have been particularly dramatic.
Caritas official from Sierra Leone seeks prayers for nations with Ebola
WASHINGTON — A Catholic priest from Sierra Leone asked for prayers for West African countries affected by Ebola.
Speakers urge Americans to promote love and truth at March for Marriage
WASHINGTON — Political and religious leaders encouraged Americans to promote traditional marriage with truth and love at the second annual March for Marriage.
Bishop Pates, Pax Christi USA call for diplomacy to resolve Iraq crisis
WASHINGTON — Saying the United States has a special responsibility to the people of Iraq, the chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace called for diplomatic measures rather than a military response to the crisis facing the country.
Priest pilots association to mark 50th anniversary
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — With the 50th anniversary of the National Association of Priest Pilots just around the corner, Father Mel Hemann of Cedar Falls and Father Phil Schmitt of Mt. Vernon, two charter  members, reflected on the unique role they and other Iowans have played in the history of "aviation evangelization."
Khartoum Archdiocese urges government to reconsider case against Catholic woman
KHARTOUM, Sudan — The Archdiocese of Khartoum has urged the judiciary to review the case against a Catholic woman who refused to renounce her faith and has been sentenced to death by hanging.
Media urged to stay focused on God, be friends of Jesus and one another
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Stay focused on God and be friends of Jesus and one another, Catholic communicators were told here.
Moral questions come into play in push for higher federal minimum wage
WASHINGTON — While Congress has stalled on adopting an increase in the federal minimum wage, steps are being taken across the country to boost the income of low-wage workers.
Baltimore auxiliary bishop to head Massachusetts diocese
WASHINGTON — Pope Francis has appointed Auxiliary Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski of Baltimore as bishop of the Diocese of Springfield, Massachusetts.
Catholics respond with labor, prayers for Nebraska tornado survivors
WISNER, Nebraska — Catholics were quick to respond to deadly tornadoes that shredded homes, farms, buildings and power lines in northeast Nebraska June 16.
Relic of St. Anthony of Padua to visit Massachusetts parish
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — A relic of St. Anthony of Padua will be on display at St. Anthony Maronite Church in Springfield in September, the only scheduled visit to the U.S. this year.
Catholic-Shiite dialogue brings agreement on weapons of mass destruction
WASHINGTON — A joint declaration by two U.S. Catholic bishops and two Shiite Islam religious leaders from Iran decries the use, and the threat of use, of weapons of mass destruction.
After massacre, Kenyan bishops ask, 'Where was the security?'
NAIROBI, Kenya — The Kenyan bishops' justice and peace commission criticized the five-hour-long massacre in the coastal town of Mpeketoni and asked: "Where was the security? Where was the intelligence? Where were the police? What happened to the various roadblocks?"
Federal judge halts same-sex marriages in Wisconsin during appeal
MADISON, Wis. — A federal judge halted same-sex marriages in Wisconsin while an appeal of her decision to strike down as unconstitutional the state's ban on such marriages is pending.
Syrian patriarch says Middle East Christians feel abandoned by West
BEIRUT — Syrian Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan said Christians in the Middle East feel "abandoned, even betrayed" by the West as a militant Islamic force occupied large areas of Syria and Iraq.
Omaha prayer effort during College World Series targets sex trafficking
OMAHA, Neb. — There's a dark, little-discussed side to large groups of people gathering for big sporting and other events — from the Olympics to the Super Bowl to the annual College World Series in Omaha.
Colorado Catholic Charities CEO to head bishops' domestic policy office
WASHINGTON — Mark Rohlena, president and CEO of Catholic Charities of Central Colorado, has been named director of the Office of Domestic Social Development of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, effective in August.
Institute trains parish, diocesan leaders in financial development
OMAHA, Neb. — More than 2,000 Catholic leaders from schools, parishes, dioceses, seminaries, agencies and religious communities have graduated financial development programs offered over the years by the Omaha Development Institute.
Liguori Publications buys Franciscan Media's parish resources
LIGUORI, Mo. — Liguori Publications, a leading Catholic publisher operated by the Redemptorist order, has purchased "Catholic Update" and many other parish resources from Franciscan Media.
Community says farewell to murdered priest; suspect in attack arrested
PHOENIX — Clergy, religious and laity jammed into St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Phoenix for a standing-room-only funeral Mass for Father Kenneth Walker June 16.
Faith compels Cordileone to go to march, tell 'whole truth' of marriage
WASHINGTON — Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco said June 16 that his Catholic faith requires him to "proclaim ... the whole truth" in support of traditional marriage.
Pope's words give inmates hope, say advocates for fair sentencing
WASHINGTON — More than 2,000 people across the United States are currently serving life sentences without parole for crimes they committed as children.
Catholic bishop to lead retreat, preach at Anglican deacon ordinations
CHESTER, England — A retired English Catholic bishop will lead an Anglican diocese's retreat for those to be ordained as deacons.
European church leaders welcome court ruling on religious rights
OXFORD, England — Catholic Church representatives have welcomed a European Court judgment reaffirming the autonomy of religious communities, but warned that pressure could continue to restrict religious rights.
Members of Mexican-founded order minister, teach on U.S. side of border
NOGALES, Arizona — When the Minim Daughters of Mary Immaculate congregation was established in Mexico in 1886, the founder named it such because he felt Mary would watch closely over her youngest of daughters.
Kino Teens bring youthful zeal to immigration reform efforts
NOGALES, Mexico — In a soup kitchen just across the U.S. border, Nicole Davison sat down at a table lined with men.
Speakers urge bishops to continue mission to families, those in need
NEW ORLEANS — Speakers addressing the U.S. bishops during their spring general assembly here urged them to continue their ministry of caring for those in need — even as they face obstacles — and to reach out in a special way to couples and families.
Guns and the mentally ill: a lethal combination, but inevitable?
WASHINGTON — The spate of shooting incidents in America continued unabated into June: Oregon, Las Vegas, California.
Brazilian churches offer Masses in multiple languages for World Cup
SAO PAULO — Catholic churches in cities hosting the World Cup have scheduled Masses in different languages to better welcome international fans and players.
Christians from Mosul say they have been targeted for months
AMMAN, Jordan — The fall of Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, to Islamist militants in early June sent half a million residents scurrying for safety, but Christians from the city say they were targeted long before Iraqi security forces abandoned the major political and economic hub.
$500,000 grant to boost MRS trafficking services in maritime industry
WASHINGTON — The loose worldwide network of Catholic charitable agencies assisting human trafficking victims is expecting a boost from the U.S. State Department to the tune of $500,000.
Global Rosary Relay for Priests to foster prayer for priestly ministry
NEW YORK — The Shrine of Our Lady of Magadan in Siberia will lead off the fifth annual Global Rosary Relay for Priests, which begins at midnight June 27 and involves 85 shrines in 46 countries.
English cardinal calls sexual violence 'most gross breach' of rights
LONDON — Sexual violence "is always a crime, an immoral act" and the Catholic Church is committed to prevent such offenses being perpetrated "against anyone, anywhere and under any circumstances," an English cardinal says.
Agencies scrambling to care for unaccompanied minor migrants
WASHINGTON — As the federal government struggles to care for an unexpected influx of children caught trying to cross the border without a parent or guardian, dioceses and social service agencies where the minors are passing through are trying to provide assistance.
Priests' Association criticizes doctrinal congregation leader for rebuke of LCWR
SEATTLE — The Association of U.S. Catholic Priests, in a letter to Pope Francis, criticized the head of the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith for his recent comments chastising the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.
Court rules against temporary injunction on mandate for Catholic groups
LANSING, Mich. — The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals lifted a temporary injunction that had stopped enforcement of the federal contraceptive mandate against several Catholic entities in Michigan and Tennessee while they pursued further appeals of the mandate.
Court says law barring false election ads can be challenged
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court June 16 said the Susan B. Anthony List, a pro-life political advocacy group, can sue the state of Ohio over a law that bars false statements about candidates during election campaigns.
Phoenix police arrest suspect in fatal attack on two Catholic priests
PHOENIX — Police in Phoenix have arrested a suspect in the violent assault on a downtown church that took the life of one priest and left a second priest critically injured.
Three new auxiliary bishops named for New York Archdiocese
WASHINGTON — Pope Francis has appointed three priests of the Archdiocese of New York to be auxiliary bishops of the archdiocese.
Three new auxiliary bishops for New York Archdiocese
WASHINGTON — Pope Francis has appointed three priests of the Archdiocese of New York to be auxiliary bishops of the archdiocese. They are Msgr. John Jenik, 70, pastor of Our Lady of Refuge Parish in the Bronx and vicar for Northwest Bronx; Father John O'Hara, 68, vicar for planning; and Father Peter Byrne, 62, pastor of St. Elizabeth Church in New York City.
Bishops focus on religious liberty, election document, upcoming synod
NEW ORLEANS — During their spring general assembly here, the nation's Catholic bishops voted to extend their Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty and to approve work on a limited revision of their quadrennial document aimed at guiding Catholics in election decisions.
Video from deposition said to distort Carlson's testimony
ST. LOUIS — A videotaped deposition of St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson in a lawsuit involving alleged abuse by a Minnesota priest some 35 years ago was covered extensively by media outlets after a  video clip of it was highlighted at a news conference June 9 by the plaintiff's lawyer.
Let the World Cup be a celebration of solidarity and peace, pope says
VATICAN CITY — As the World Cup was about to kick off, Pope Francis called on fans and competitors to celebrate the event as an opportunity to promote dialogue, respect and peace.
At Christ the Redeemer, a light and sound display welcome World Cup
SAO PAULO — Hours before the kickoff of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the statue of Christ the Redeemer, one of the main symbols of Brazil, welcomed the 32 teams competing in the event with a special light and sound program.
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Ecumenical challenges, possibilities vary by region, speakers say
FAIRFIELD, Conn. — Just as the divisions among Christians have a different history and have provoked different levels of tension in various parts of the world, the steps toward Christian unity will have geographical differences, said speakers at a conference promoting "receptive ecumenism."
Couples from different churches say they are models for Christian unity
FAIRFIELD, Conn. — A husband and wife each active in their own Christian community can be models of an important step in the movement toward Christian unity: not just recognizing their diversity, but loving it despite the pain it sometimes can bring, said couples at a conference on ecumenism.
At spring assembly, U.S. bishops urged to promote, support families
NEW ORLEANS — The U.S. bishops, gathered in New Orleans for their spring general assembly June 11-13, were urged to promote and support Catholic families.
Founder of Philadelphia community center recipient of annual CCHD award
WASHINGTON — Long before she became a Catholic in 2005, Bethany Welch demonstrated a commitment to serving others and living out the Gospel.
Brazilian bishops give government, World Cup organizers 'red card'
SAO PAULO — The Brazilian bishops' conference has given the government and 2014 FIFA World Cup organizers a "red card" for putting the competition above the Brazilian people's basic needs.
Eritrean bishops: Numbers imprisoned, fleeing leave country desolate
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Eritrea's four Catholic bishops said the vast numbers of people fleeing the country, as well as those in prison or the army, had left the African country desolate.
Two priests shot, one killed in Phoenix
PHOENIX, Ariz. — A priest was killed and another critically wounded in an attack at Mother of Mercy Catholic church here.
Nigerian cardinal supports offer of amnesty to Boko Haram insurgents
ABUJA, Nigeria — Cardinal John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan of Abuja supported Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan's proposal to offer amnesty for any Boko Haram militants who stop fighting and embrace peace.
New Cuban church is planned from stage built for pope
WASHINGTON — The president of the Cuban bishops' conference told a group of Cuban emigrants and other Americans of plans to build one of the country's first new churches in 50 years in his archdiocese, using materials salvaged from the stage built for a Mass there celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI two years ago.
Cardinal says invocation for peace an example of pope's openness to all
WASHINGTON — Inviting the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to the Vatican and praying alongside them for peace in the Holy Land does not insert Pope Francis into the political process but is another example of his efforts to help all people, said Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick.
'Cathedral of the Plains' celebrated as first minor basilica in Kansas
VICTORIA, Kan. — The naming of St. Fidelis Church as a minor basilica links it to Rome's four historic churches and helps the faithful come in contact with the divine, Bishop Edward J. Weisenburger of Salina told nearly 900 worshippers at a Mass celebrating the church's new status.
Cardinal Bernard Agre, retired archbishop of Abidjan, dies at 88
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis praised the generous and faithful service of the retired archbishop of Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Cardinal Bernard Agre, who died at age 88.
Cleveland Diocese ends fees for marriage annulments, dispensations
WASHINGTON — Couples seeking a marriage annulment in the Diocese of Cleveland no longer have to pay a fee for the service. Under a plan announced by Bishop Richard Lennon June 4, all fees in annulment cases were eliminated. Cases already filed as well as marriage dispensations and marriage permissions also are covered by the policy change.
No ruling can change nature of marriage between man, woman, says bishop
MADISON, Wis. — Marriage is -- "and can only ever be" -- a relationship "solely between one man and one woman, regardless of the decision of a judge or any vote," said Bishop Robert C. Morlino of Madison.
Mexico City Archdiocese: President endangers economy by raising taxes
MEXICO CITY — The Archdiocese of Mexico City has criticized President Enrique Pena Nieto's economic reforms, saying he was endangering the economy by raising taxes.
High court upholds 'back of the line' policy for some visa applicants
WASHINGTON — Children of immigrants who "age out" while waiting with their parents for a visa to be admitted to the U.S. will have to start over again in a new line when they turn 21, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled June 9.
Advocates pressing Congress on immigration as time runs out
WASHINGTON — Advocates for comprehensive immigration reform are reminding members of Congress that they will be held accountable at the polls if they fail before their summer recess to pass a bill that fixes the system.
Jubilee campaign for debt relief gains momentum, allies in the Vatican
WASHINGTON — A Washington-based organization and its worldwide partners working to carry on the biblical principle of jubilee have gained the attention of the Vatican.
Groups vow to fight Quebec's newly passed euthanasia law
OTTAWA, Ontario — A Catholic leader joined several organizations opposed to euthanasia in condemning Quebec's "dying with dignity" law that brings Belgium-style euthanasia to the province.
Church leaders urge governments to better protect migrating minors
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — Catholic leaders have raised concerns that Latin American migrants are increasingly in danger of human rights violations, particularly the ballooning number of minors trying to make the trip from Central America to the United States alone.
Franciscan, only priest killed in D-Day invasion, recalled for heroism
GUETTEVILLE, France — Franciscan Father Ignatius Maternowski was remembered for his bravery and commitment to serving soldiers in the battlefield during a ceremony in Normandy marking the 70th anniversary of the Allied-led D-Day invasion, a major turning point in World War II.
For one regional school district, Good Friday no longer a day off
MATTAPOISETT, Mass. — Despite several residents' vocal opposition to removing Good Friday as a day off from next year's public school calendar, Massachusetts school and union officials voted June 2 to uphold a previous decision to treat April 3, 2015, as a regular school day.
Group urges allowing Eastern Catholic married priests in North America
WASHINGTON — The North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation voted in early June to encourage the "lifting of the restrictions regarding the ordination of married men to the priesthood in the Eastern Catholic Churches of North America."
Ukrainian Catholic bishops thank world for prayers during transition
KIEV, Ukraine — Ukrainian Catholic bishops thanked people around the world for their prayers over the last six months and asked for continued prayers for peace in their country.
Members of Neocatechumenal Way take Gospel to the public square
ORANGE, Calif.— For the five Sundays of Easter this year, members of the Neocatechumenal Way from all across the Los Angeles Archdiocese and the San Bernardino and Orange dioceses took the good news of the Gospel to the public squares of Southern California.
Roundup of new programs, honors, appointments in Catholic academia
NEW YORK — Holy Cross Father Timothy Scully, co-founder of the University of Notre Dame's Alliance for Catholic Education, or ACE, received a Medal of Honor from the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations May 10 at a ceremony on Ellis Island.
In unusual step, Mexican priest accused of abuse faces criminal charges
MEXICO CITY — A priest in north central Mexico has been stripped of his position by the Vatican and faces criminal charges in connection with alleged sexual abuse of a teenage boy.
Thursday, June 5, 2014
World financial system built as 'new idolatry,' cardinal says
WASHINGTON — The world financial system "has been built as a new idolatry," charged Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, at a June 3 forum in Washington sponsored by Catholic University.
'Fortnight' emphasizes connection between religious freedom, service
WASHINGTON — For Archbishop William  Lori of Baltimore, the third annual Fortnight for Freedom is an opportunity to consider the link between religious liberty and service to the poor.
Ireland investigates report of babies buried at former religious home
DUBLIN — The Irish government established a working group to address details emerging about Catholic-run, state-funded mother-and-baby homes and the burial of deceased children.
Afghan security arrests man in connection with Jesuit kidnapping
Security forces in Afghanistan arrested a man in connection with the kidnapping of a Jesuit priest from India.
Detroit-area parishes get high marks; church's future biggest concern
DETROIT — Parishioners generally like their parish and their pastor, and for the most part think the Archdiocese of Detroit is fulfilling its mission, but could be doing more in a few key areas, according to the results of a widely distributed survey.
Brazil's religious lead trafficking awareness campaign during World Cup
SAO PAULO — Days from the start of the World Cup in Brazil, an interreligious campaign is bringing awareness to sexual exploitation and human trafficking.
Faith is strongest when it is 'educated faith,' says insurance exec
NEW YORK — New York made history and broke its own record — to the tune of $2.1 million in scholarships — when it hosted the 25th American Cardinals Dinner on behalf of Catholic University in Washington.
U.K. moves a step closer to allowing three-parent babies
MANCHESTER, England — Great Britain moved a step closer to becoming the first country in the world to legalize technologies that would lead to the creation of "designer babies" after a state regulatory agency declared that controversial procedures were not "unsafe."
Lawsuit 'disputes government's power' to require contraceptive coverage
PHILADELPHIA — The Archdiocese of Philadelphia and its Catholic Charities affiliates sued three agencies of the U.S. federal government June 2 seeking relief from the federal mandate that most employers cover contraceptives in their employee health plans.
Conference examines church's need for new generation of lay ministers
CHICAGO — The need for more Catholics to become involved in lay ministry — particularly younger Catholics — was on the minds of many at the National Association of Lay Ministry's annual conference held May 27-31 at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.
Ignatian Volunteer Corps offers way to serve others, grow in faith
NEW YORK — For Mary Ashcroft, work "is a prayer." "As far as I'm concerned, every time a child comes through the door, I'm experiencing God," she said.
Jesuit priest working with former refugees kidnapped in Afghanistan
ROME — A Jesuit priest from India was kidnapped June 2 as he was leaving a school serving children who were recently returned to Afghanistan after living as refugees in Iran or Pakistan.
Diocese, bishop sue over HHS rule for violating 'core Catholic beliefs'
GREENSBURG, Pa. — Claiming it infringes on the Catholic Church's religious liberty, the Diocese of Greensburg and Bishop Lawrence Brandt have filed suit against the federal requirement that most employers cover contraceptives in their employee health plans.
American-born nuncio sees new enthusiasm among young Irish Catholics
DUBLIN — Young people are helping lead a rebirth of the Catholic Church in Ireland, said the American-born papal nuncio serving in the country.
Boston cardinal says sainthood candidate's ministry a 'great blessing'
BRAINTREE, Mass. — It was a "great blessing" for the Boston Archdiocese that Father Joseph Muzquiz, an Opus Dei priest who is a candidate for sainthood, touched "the lives of so many people" with his ministry, said Cardinal Sean O'Malley.
Sponsor says aim of bill on 'wrongful birth' suits to protect disabled
WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo, R-Miss., has introduced the Every Child Is a Blessing Act to combat "wrongful birth" lawsuits and prevent discrimination against children born with disabilities.
Chilean cardinal gets police protection from potential demonstrators
SANTIAGO, Chile — Safety concerns have prompted Chile's national police force to provide a security detail to guard Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati Andrello of Santiago during public appearances.
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Growing number of unaccompanied minors entering U.S. causes concern
SEATTLE — While Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio Elizondo of Seattle was in El Salvador recently, an immigration-reform advocate shared his view on the topic that was the focus of the bishop's trip: the increase in unaccompanied minors making the often dangerous journey from Central America and Mexico into the United States.
"Lent at Ephesus," various dates, PBS
NEW YORK — Though we can't know for certain, St. Augustine is often credited as the source of the quotation, "He who sings, prays twice."
End campus shootings by changing public opinion, school leader says
WASHINGTON — Franciscan Sister Margaret Carney, president of St. Bonaventure University in Allegany, New York, wanted to believe a victim's father's outrage could make a difference after the May 23 shooting rampage near the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Head of National Conference for Catechetical Leadership dies at age 66
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Lee Nagel, executive director of the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership for the past eight years, died in his sleep May 26. He was 66.
Mass on Capitol Hill sends bishops off to lobby on immigration
WASHINGTON — As a half-dozen bishops celebrated Mass at a church on Capitol Hill before beginning a day of lobbying members of Congress on immigration reform, the event itself gave a sense of the many layers of effort they were undertaking.
Church in CAR wants more protection from peacekeepers after attack
The Catholic Church in the Central African Republic pleaded for firmer action by United Nations-backed peacekeepers after an attack on a Bangui church left the parish priest and at least 14 worshipers dead.
Natural family planners cautious about new fertility monitoring apps
WASHINGTON — As new fertility monitoring apps such as Clue and Glow make news, specialists in natural family planning caution that any technological application is only as good as the expertise behind it and the comfort level of its users.
EPA urged to protect people's welfare in new rules to limit pollution
WASHINGTON — Citing concern that power plants are a major contributor to climate change through carbon emissions, Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami called upon the head of the Environmental Protection Agency to craft rules limiting pollution that respect human life and dignity.
Spain's 'Camino': Walking it takes a month, making a film five years
WASHINGTON — The famed 500-mile "Camino" trek from southern France to Santiago de Compostela, Spain, takes pilgrims about a month or a bit more, depending on the pace, the pilgrim's fitness, any hurts sustained along the way, sightseeing and the like.
Bishops to gather June 11 in New Orleans
WASHINGTON — The Spring General Assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will be broadcast via satellite from New Orleans, June 11-12, to Catholic television outlets.
Eastern Ukraine bishop: Catholics stay home amid fighting, kidnapping
WARSAW, Poland — A Catholic bishop in eastern Ukraine said church members are afraid to attend Mass in Donetsk and other towns after a priest from Poland was abducted by pro-Russia separatists.
Fire in Philippines tent claims kills 7 in family
TACLOBAN, Philippines  — A mother and her six children who survived the floods and winds of Typhoon Haiyan died May 28 when their tent in a camp near the city's airport went up in flames.
Court says rule too rigid for execution exemption over mental ability
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court May 27 tossed out Florida's standard for determining when someone's intelligence level renders them exempt from execution.
Dog bred by North Carolina Catholic brings new life to wounded Marine
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A fox red Labrador retriever named Festus has given Marine Staff Sgt. Nick Bennett something he hasn't had since he heard a whistling noise from a rocket attack in Anbar Province in Iraq in 2004.
Mass, eucharistic procession mark anniversary of first U.S. bishop
BOWIE, Md. — On May 18, 1789, about two dozen priests then serving in the new United States of America met at a chapel in White Marsh and had an election at which they nominated Father John Carroll to be the first Catholic bishop of the United States.
Archbishop asks Filipinos to pray rosary to offset political scandal
MANILA, Philippines — The head of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines implored Catholics to pray an "extra rosary" for a three-month period over a major political scandal that has rocked the country for almost a year.
Memorial Day doesn't stand out for those who never forget the fallen
WASHINGTON  — Memorial Day, the traditional kickoff of summer marked by family getaways, cookouts, picnics and parades, also includes somber events the day was created for such as wreath-laying ceremonies, prayer services and visits to war memorials.
Woman says victims of trafficking brought so low, they 'pray for death'
ST. LOUIS — Christine McDonald was 15 when she was sold for $2,500 to the owner of a strip club.
Helping victims of trafficking a calling for women Religious, others
ST. LOUIS — At 15 years old, she lived in a loving household, home-schooled by her family. Young and curious, she decided to study abroad.
Death penalty opponents urge pharmacists not to help in executions
WASHINGTON — Dozens of Catholic organizations have joined in calling on a national pharmacists organization to bar its members from assisting in state-sponsored executions.

Sudanese churches condemn death sentence for pregnant Christian
KHARTOUM, Sudan — Churches in Sudan, including the Sudan Catholic  Bishops' Conference, have condemned the death sentence handed to a pregnant Christian who refused to renounce her faith.
Ukrainian Catholic bishop: Election was 'fruit of the revolution
The Ukrainian Catholic Church has welcomed the  victory of a billionaire candy tycoon in presidential election and praised the previous interim government for holding the country together in "dramatic circumstances."
Don't judge, Polish archbishops say as former communist general dies
WARSAW, Poland — Retired Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski, Poland's former military ruler who crushed the Solidarity movement with martial law in 1981 but also presided over the peaceful ending of communist rule in 1989, died May 25 in Warsaw. He was 90.
Faith leaders, immigrant groups urge Cubans to back immigration reform
MIAMI — In the debate over immigration reform, one set of voices is noticeably missing -- Cuban exiles -- believes one advocate for reform.
U.S. urged to use provisions of federal law to promote religious rights
WASHINGTON  -- The chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom called on Congress and the White House to boost defense of religious rights worldwide by stepping up actions designated under federal law.
Struggle for rights at Cenacle shows issues with Jerusalem's holy sites
JERUSALEM  — The attention drawn to the Cenacle by extremist Jewish groups has put a damper on the hopes for negotiations over the site, said Franciscan Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa, custos of the Holy Land.
Bishops: Some gay Catholics oppose making civil unions into marriage
MANCHESTER, England — Gay and lesbian Catholics are opposed to the automatic conversion of civil partnerships into same-sex marriages, said the Catholic bishops of England and Wales.
New Jersey catechist takes on challenge to visit 1,000 churches in U.S.
TRENTON, N.J. — When Robert Seaman's fourth-grade religious education students challenged him to visit 500 churches, he responded, "Why not make it 1,000?"
Rulings on same-sex marriage called 'mistake,' 'travesty of justice'
PHILADELPHIA — The 1996 Pennsylvania law that recognizes marriage between one man and one woman is unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled May 20, clearing the way for same-sex marriage in the state.
Author focuses on Bible texts
Some book titles are thought-provoking in and of themselves. "How the Bible Became Holy" is that kind of title. Was there a time in history when the prestige of what we call Scripture was not what it is today, when Scripture was not considered holy?
Jackie Kennedy letters to Irish priest withdrawn from planned auction
DUBLIN — A Catholic college will no longer auction letters sent by former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy to an Irish priest.
Chilean cardinal expresses concern about plan to decriminalize abortion
SANTIAGO, Chile — Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati Andrello of Santiago, president of the Chilean bishops' conference, expressed his concern about a presidential plan to decriminalize abortion in Chile.
For Peruvian-born artist, Holy Spirit source of all her inspiration
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Some artists rely on muses for creativity. Then there is Clorinda Chavez Galdos Bell, who receives inspiration from the source of all inspiration — the Holy Spirit.
Austrian cardinal backs excommunication of We Are Church leader
VIENNA — The head of the Austrian bishops' conference backed the excommunication of members of the dissident "We Are Church" movement for "celebrating" Masses without a priest.

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