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U.S. & World news briefs – July 3, 2014

U.S. & World news briefs – July 3, 2014

Court gives EWTN last-minute relief from HHS contraception mandate
Synod document cites cultural and economic threats to family
Founders of Korean church among martyrs Pope Francis will beatify
British high court rejects challenges to assisted suicide laws

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A win for religious freedom

A win for religious freedom

| Carol Zimmermann | July 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

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.

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Church faced challenges to undo slavery’s legacy, embrace civil rights

Church faced challenges to undo slavery’s legacy, embrace civil rights

| Russ Shaw | July 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

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.”

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Texas diocese responds to immigrants’ need in surge of children

Texas diocese responds to immigrants’ need in surge of children

| Brenda Nettles Riojas | July 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

Scared, tired and hungry, immigrants, mostly mothers with their children, have been arriving at the McAllen and Brownsville bus stations at odd hours.

Most hope to travel farther to connect with waiting family members.

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Pope offers condolences to families of three Israeli teens found dead

Pope offers condolences to families of three Israeli teens found dead

| Cindy Wooden | July 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis expressed his participation in the “unspeakable suffering” of the families of three kidnapped Israeli teens whose bodies were found June 30 in Hebron, West Bank.

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Court: Closely held companies can’t be required to cover contraceptives

Court: Closely held companies can’t be required to cover contraceptives

| Patricia Zapor | June 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

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.

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Supreme Court strikes down ‘buffer zones’ at abortion clinics

Supreme Court strikes down ‘buffer zones’ at abortion clinics

| Carol Zimmermann | June 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

In a June 26 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that 35-foot buffer zones around abortion clinics — meant to keep demonstrators away — violates First Amendment rights.

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Iraqi Christians say they are targeted by extremists

Iraqi Christians say they are targeted by extremists

| June 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

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.

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Partners for peace

Partners for peace

| June 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Israeli President Shimon Peres and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople embrace as Pope Francis and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas look on during an “invocation for peace” in the Holy Land.

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Pope reflects on global economy, war, his leadership style

Pope reflects on global economy, war, his leadership style

| Francis X. Rocca | June 18, 2014 | 2 Comments

Pope Francis said the world economic system inevitably promotes military conflict as a way to enrich the most powerful nations.

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Abuse a ‘moral offense and crime,’ says Archbishop Carlson

Abuse a ‘moral offense and crime,’ says Archbishop Carlson

| June 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Archbishop Robert Carlson said June 13 he wanted to “set the record straight” and “respond to certain misconceptions” about a deposition he gave in a lawsuit involving alleged abuse by a Minnesota priest some 35 years ago.

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No ruling can change nature of marriage, says bishop

No ruling can change nature of marriage, says bishop

| June 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

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 Morlino of Madison.

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