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  • Justice Department holds on to Affordable Care Act's contraceptive mandate

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Groups that legally challenged the Affordable Care Act's contraception requirement for employers still do not have clear direction on how to move forward because nearly a year after the U.S. Supreme Court sent their cases back to the lower courts, the Justice Department still is appealing some of them.

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  • Catholic chaplain accompanies anguished circus workers on final tour

    WORCESTER, Mass. (CNS) -- The congregation, numbering about 50, gathered for their last Easter Mass together on the DCU Center's arena floor. The chaplain, Father George "Jerry" Hogan, borrowed one of their colorful boxes to use as an altar. The altar cloths and his chasuble sported circus images. Costume designers had sewn pieces of old elephant blankets together to make his stole.

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  • Judge John Noonan remembered for recognizing common humanity of all people

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Senior Judge John T. Noonan Jr., a member of the U.S Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit for 31 years who died April 17 at age 90, grew up in a world of privilege but always took into account the common humanity that binds people together when he decided cases, said a Boston College professor who worked as a law clerk for him.

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  • Catholic church touts solar panels, says it's powered by the Son and sun

    TUCSON, Ariz. (CNS) -- The sign outside Our Mother of Sorrows Parish office reads: "OMOS gets its Power from the sun/Son." And it means exactly what it says, said pastor Msgr. Thomas F. Cahalane. "The reality is that God in creation is all around us. Creation is God's gift, and it is given in great abundance," he told Catholic Outlook, the newspaper of the Tucson Diocese. "The Gospel calls us to share it with the community and to be a conveyor of God's love."

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  • Two Arkansas executions called off, but five remain planned

    Little Rock, Ark., Apr 18, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- Catholics in Arkansas and around the country continue to pray for death row inmates in the state, after courts on Monday blocked two executions in an eight inmate, 10 day flurry of executions planned by the governor.

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  • Georgetown University, Jesuits apologize for roles in sale of slaves

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Georgetown University and the Society of Jesus' Maryland province apologized April 18 for their roles in the 1838 sale of 272 enslaved individuals for the university's benefit. More than 100 descendants attended a morning "Liturgy of Remembrance, Contrition and Hope" that the university created in partnership with descendants, the Archdiocese of Washington and the Society of Jesus in the United States.

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  • Lent is over. Now what?

    Washington D.C., Apr 18, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- Chocolate bunnies and marshmallow Peeps have graced the shelves of U.S. stores for weeks in anticipation of Easter, but now that the actual Easter Season has begun, how should Catholics observe it?

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  • Catholic leaders praise rulings granting stays to Arkansas death-row inmates

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Catholic leaders praised the federal and state rulings that granted stays of executions for a group of Arkansas death-row inmates during the week of April 17. "After the darkness of Good Friday has come a great light," Karen Clifton, executive director of the Catholic Mobilizing Network against the Death Penalty, said in an April 16 statement. She said the plan to execute these men in such a short period of time brought about "an extraordinary response from so many people calling for a culture of life and an end to this practice of retribution."

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  • Vermont bishop to convene first synod for Burlington Diocese since 1962

    BURLINGTON, Vt. (CNS) -- Burlington Bishop Christopher J. Coyne has announced plans to convene the first diocesan synod since 1962. Its purpose is to establish a pastoral plan for the immediate future of the Catholic Church in Vermont and to establish particular laws and policies to do so. This will be at least a yearlong project and is "a serious undertaking by the church," he said at the chrism Mass April 11. "It is not a simple convening of meetings."

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  • Panelists on both sides of abortion debate if pro-lifers can be feminists

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Convened for a panel discussion on whether pro-life advocates can be feminists, three speakers from each side of the abortion issue debated the topic for an hour and ultimately agreed on one thing: the need for both sides to build more coalitions to improve conditions for women, including better overall access to health care.

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  • An empty tomb and a bodily resurrection: why it matters

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Catholics and other Christians have grown up believing in the Resurrection, but the Apostles themselves were among the first who were skeptical that Jesus arose from the dead. They didn't believe it at first when they were told by the women who had come to anoint the crucified Jesus' body but instead found an empty tomb.

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  • Iowa House passes measure to ban almost all abortions after 20 weeks

    SIOUX CITY, Iowa. (CNS) -- Pro-life supporters are praising the Iowa House of Representatives on passing legislation that bans almost all abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. By a vote of 55-41, the ban passed the House April 5. The legislation also enacted a 72-hour waiting period before an abortion could be performed.

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  • Proposed Texas budget would defund abortion providers

    Austin, Texas, Apr 10, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- The Texas House passed a budget on Friday that strips Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers of funding through any state program. “Rather than chasing, kind of reactively, after Planned Parenthood, this is a comprehensive budget policy and ethic that pro-life Texans don’t want to subsidize abortion providers,” Emily Horne, legislative associate with Texas Right to Life, explained to CNA.

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  • Age, ethnicity examined in survey on U.S. Catholics' views of Muslims

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A new update to a 2016 study on Catholic perceptions of Islam finds little difference in answers from a variety of age groups and ethnicities. The initial survey, "Danger and Dialogue: American Catholic Opinion and Portrayals of Islam," was conducted by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University for the university's Bridge Initiative, which studies Islamophobia. The study, released last September, revealed that Catholics often have negative or limited views about Islam.

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  • After rules change, Senate confirms court nominee Gorsuch in 54-45 vote

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The U.S. Senate April 7 confirmed Judge Neil Gorsuch for the seat on the Supreme Court left vacant by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia last year. The vote was 54-45 and came after lawmakers in a 52-48 party line vote a day earlier approved a rules change introduced by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, to cut off debate and allow confirmation of President Donald Trump's nominee by a simple majority, rather than the 60 votes needed.

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  • Roman Missal calls Easter Vigil 'mother of all vigils' for a reason

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The Catholic Church pulls out all the stops for the Easter Vigil, the Mass celebrated on Holy Saturday. The Roman Missal, which spells out specifics of how the vigil is to be celebrated, describes it as the "mother of all vigils" and says it is the "greatest and most noble of all solemnities and it is to be unique in every single church."

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  • Philadelphia priest overseeing retirement home faces embezzlement charges

    PHILADELPHIA (CNS) -- A priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia responsible for a retirement home for priests faces federal charges of embezzling more than $535,000 from that same home. Msgr. William A. Dombrow, 77, was charged by the U.S. District Attorney's Office in Philadelphia April 5 with four counts of wire fraud in a scheme he is alleged to have devised to siphon off funds intended for care of retired archdiocesan priests at Villa St. Joseph, Darby, where he has served as the rector since 2005.

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  • Cardinal, other pro-life leaders praise decision to defund U.N. agency

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The chairman of the U.S. bishops' pro-life committee and other prominent pro-life leaders cheered the U.S. State Department's April 3 announcement that it would no longer contribute to the U.N. Population Fund because of the agency's involvement in China's Population and Family Planning Law, long known as the "one-child policy."

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  • New Jersey man pleads guilty to plotting attack on pope during 2015 visit

    PHILADELPHIA (CNS) -- A New Jersey man pleaded guilty April 3 of plotting an attack on Pope Francis during the pontiff's visit to Philadelphia in 2015 during the World Meeting of Families. Santos Colon Jr., 17, of Lindenwold in Camden County, pleaded guilty in a New Jersey federal court to one count of attempting to provide material support to terrorists.

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  • Priest will travel with St. Jude's relic to any parish requesting a visit

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (CNS) -- Have you ever wanted to get up close and personal with one of the 12 Apostles? Well, all you have to do is ask and St. Jude -- or part of him anyway -- will come to you. That's exactly what St. Jude the Apostle Parish in Oshkosh did. They contacted the Dominican Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus in Chicago, and the arm relic of St. Jude the Apostle came to them March 21, brought by Dominican Father Michail Ford, the shrine's director. Just as he did for Blessed Sacrament Parish in Madison last July.

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  • Agency's gift boxes provided by donors bring joy to children in Haiti

    LES CAYES, Haiti (CNS) -- Teenager Syndia Joseph said she had never received a gift in her life. Nor had most of the children in remote Camp Perrin. So when Cross Catholic Outreach's Box of Joy program visited to deliver thousands of gift boxes provided by people across the United States, many children literally didn't know what to do.

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  • From Yale to the seminary: a neuroscientist's story

    Washington D.C., Apr 4, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- Jaime Maldonado-Aviles thought that he would be spending his life behind microscopes at Yale as a neuroscientist. But his life has taken a dramatic turn, and he is now discerning the priesthood at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

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  • Committee in vote along party lines sends Gorsuch nomination to Senate

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The Senate Judiciary Committee April 3 voted to send the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the full Senate for a confirmation vote. Just before the 11-9 committee vote, which was cast along party lines, Democrats in the Senate determined they have enough votes to block confirmation by the full body.

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  • Art exhibit puts Botticelli's spiritual journey in historical framework

    WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (CNS) -- The culture wars of today have nothing on those from Renaissance times. In Florence, Italy, in 1497 -- after people had been repeatedly warned that some instruments, books, sculptures, paintings and clothes could lead them away from their faith -- thousands of these items were thrown into a huge pile in the center of the city and burned in the famous Bonfire of the Vanities.

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  • Syrian religious sister among women honored by U.S. State Department

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A religious sister from Syria was one of 13 women honored March 29 by the U.S. Department of State with the Secretary of State's International Women of Courage Award. First lady Melania Trump presented the awards, which recognize women around the globe "who have shown exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for women's rights, empowerment and justice, often at great personal risk," said a news release.

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  • Little clinic run by Order of Malta close to serving its 25,000th patient

    OAKLAND, Calif. (CNS) -- The Order of Malta Clinic of Northern California is expecting to receive its 25,000th patient visit sometime in this spring. What the clinic didn't expect this year was a visit from the patron of the Order of Malta. U.S. Cardinal Raymond L. Burke came by on a Sunday afternoon to offer his blessing, and get a glimpse of how the uninsured are treated at the clinic at the Cathedral of Christ the Light.

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  • Bishops urge Congress to take bipartisan approach on health care reform

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Now that lawmakers have withdrawn the American Health Care Act, Congress must "seize this moment to create a new spirit of bipartisanship" and make "necessary reforms" in existing health care law to address access, affordability, life and conscience, said three U.S. bishops' committee chairmen.

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  • Panel: Archives of religious orders tell history of U.S. church

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The history of women and men religious in the United States is the history of American Catholicism and their archives reflect the rich role many played in weaving the fabric of the U.S. church, said a group of historians, scholars and archivists at a March 29 gathering in Washington to discuss religious order archives.

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  • Bishop concerned U.S. won't meet carbon emission goals after Trump order

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- President Donald Trump's executive order calling for a review of the Clean Power Plan jeopardizes environmental protections and moves the country away from a national carbon standard to help meet domestic and international goals to ease greenhouse gas emissions, said the chairman of a U.S. bishops' committee.

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