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Head of U.S. military archdiocese offers prayers for Fort Hood victims

Head of U.S. military archdiocese offers prayers for Fort Hood victims

| April 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Once again, the people at Fort Hood “are at the center of national attention and the focus of our prayers,” Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services said in response to the April 2 shooting at the Texas military base.

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Bishop Pates urges U.S. to take ‘clear stance against torture’

Bishop Pates urges U.S. to take ‘clear stance against torture’

| April 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

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.

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Survey shows Pope Francis has influenced giving by U.S. Catholics

Survey shows Pope Francis has influenced giving by U.S. Catholics

| Navar Watson | March 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

While any increase in church attendance prompted by the pope’s appeal isn’t quite yet measurable, a new survey shows Pope Francis has made an impact on Catholic giving in the year since his papacy began.

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Pope and Obama discuss religious freedom, life issues, immigration

Pope and Obama discuss religious freedom, life issues, immigration

| March 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis received U.S. President Barack Obama at the Vatican March 27. In what was their first encounter, the two leaders spoke in private for more than 50 minutes, an extraordinarily long time for such a meeting.

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Minnesota business owners opposing HHS mandate await Supreme Court decision

Minnesota business owners opposing HHS mandate await Supreme Court decision

| Susan Klemond | March 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Owners of eight Minnesota for-profit companies who have filed lawsuits against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services over its contraception mandate have much at stake as the U.S. Supreme Court deliberates on the issue and prepares to rule on two similar cases, expected this summer.

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Bahrain cathedral will be ‘symbol of Christianity’ in ‘heart of Islam’

Bahrain cathedral will be ‘symbol of Christianity’ in ‘heart of Islam’

| Carol Zimmermann | March 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

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.

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Boston cardinal, abuse survivor among members of Vatican commission

Boston cardinal, abuse survivor among members of Vatican commission

| Cindy Wooden | March 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston, four women — including a survivor of clerical sex abuse — two Jesuit priests and an Italian lawyer are the first eight members of the new Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.

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Vatican, Rome gear up for canonizations of John XXIII, John Paul II

Vatican, Rome gear up for canonizations of John XXIII, John Paul II

| Cindy Wooden | March 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

Just over five weeks before the canonizations of Blesseds John XXIII and John Paul II, Rome hotels are reporting they are almost fully booked and the Vatican has confirmed the Mass will take place in St. Peter’s Square, despite knowing that hundreds of thousands of people will have to watch the ceremony on large video screens.

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

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

| Carol Zimmermann | March 25, 2014 | 1 Comment

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. Crowds on both sides of the issue gathered outside the Supreme Court on a cold, […]

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As tensions continue with Russia, Ukrainian Catholic leader meets pope

As tensions continue with Russia, Ukrainian Catholic leader meets pope

| March 17, 2014 | 3 Comments

Pope Francis met privately at the Vatican with the head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church March 17, the day after pro-Russian voters on the Crimean peninsula voted to secede from Ukraine in a referendum the United States and European Union called illegal. While Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of Kiev-Halych, head of the Eastern-rite church in Ukraine, […]

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News briefs

News briefs

| March 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

Medical experts OK reported miracle attributed to Sheen
Cardinal George to undergo new round of chemotherapy
Archbishop: 2015 meeting can help transform families
Kidnapped nuns released in Syria

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Boston cardinal: Pope’s impact on Church, world ‘amazing’

Boston cardinal: Pope’s impact on Church, world ‘amazing’

| Antonio Enrique | March 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Cardinal Sean O’Malley recently spoke to The Pilot, the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Boston, about the impact Pope Francis has had on the Catholic Church and the world since his March 13, 2013, election. Cardinal O’Malley is the only U.S. member of Pope Francis’ international Council of Cardinals, an eight-member group advising him on the reform of the Vatican bureaucracy and other issues. Here are excerpts from the interview.

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