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Lawsuits on health care law’s mandate, subsidies wind through courts

Lawsuits on health care law’s mandate, subsidies wind through courts

| Liz O'Connor | December 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

Despite the positive experiences many have had with the Affordable Care Act, it has not been without controversy.

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Millions of those previously uninsured now have some kind of coverage

Millions of those previously uninsured now have some kind of coverage

| Liz O'Connor | December 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

The figures vary slightly from one study to another, but it’s clear that millions of Americans who had no health insurance in 2013 now have at least some coverage.

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Despite year-end budget deal, future spending trends less certain

Despite year-end budget deal, future spending trends less certain

| Dennis Sadowski | December 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

The $1.1 trillion federal spending bill approved by Congress avoided a repeat of last year’s government shutdown and largely kept in place social services spending, especially programs benefiting low-income families.

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Pope Francis continues to take ‘the world by storm’

Pope Francis continues to take ‘the world by storm’

| Carol Zimmermann | December 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

During the second year of his pontificate, Pope Francis was still feeling the love, and not just from Catholics or those from his homeland of Argentina.

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Immigration reform effort is being waged on multiple fronts

Immigration reform effort is being waged on multiple fronts

| Patricia Zapor | December 31, 2014 | 6 Comments

A year ago, fresh off the November general election in which Hispanic voters were widely credited with tipping the vote to President Barack Obama, advocates were abuzz about the prospects for passing a comprehensive immigration reform bill in the 113th session of Congress.

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Church heightens profile in its work on environment, climate change

Church heightens profile in its work on environment, climate change

| Dennis Sadowski | December 31, 2014 | 1 Comment

When a Vatican official suggested that Pope Francis was contemplating an encyclical on the environment a year ago, he signaled that climate change and environmental degradation were such pressing concerns that the pope wanted to address them in a teaching document.

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Vatican news highlights of 2014

Vatican news highlights of 2014

| Francis X. Rocca | December 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

Controversy over family issues and the ongoing search for peace in the Middle East dominated Vatican news in 2014. Here are the highlights at a glance:

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Pope: True charity takes compassion that does not demand conversion

Pope: True charity takes compassion that does not demand conversion

| Carol Glatz | December 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

“Quality of life” proponents who think the gravely ill lead lives not worth living are peddling a great lie, Pope Francis said in a message for the 2015 World Day of the Sick.

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Number of states legalizing same-sex marriage doubles in 2014

Number of states legalizing same-sex marriage doubles in 2014

| Tom Tracy | December 29, 2014 | 16 Comments

The year 2014 saw the number of U.S. states recognizing same-sex marriages nearly double over the previous year — an expansion so profound it had some clergy wondering if they should perform any civil marriages at all.

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On Christmas, pope urges people to hear the cry of suffering children

On Christmas, pope urges people to hear the cry of suffering children

| Cindy Wooden | December 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

The crying of Baby Jesus is not the only cry people should hear on Christmas; many children around the world are crying because of war, maltreatment and abuse, Pope Francis said.

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Pope warns Vatican officials of ‘spiritual Alzheimer’s,’ other ills

Pope warns Vatican officials of ‘spiritual Alzheimer’s,’ other ills

| December 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis’ Christmas greeting to the Vatican bureaucracy this year was an extended warning against a host of spiritual ills to which he said Vatican officials are prone, including “spiritual Alzheimer’s,” “existential schizophrenia,” publicity-seeking, the “terrorism of gossip” and even a poor sense of humor.

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Religious leaders condemn U.S. torture practices as report is released

Religious leaders condemn U.S. torture practices as report is released

| December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace said acts of torture outlined in a Senate Intelligence Committee report “violated the God-given human dignity inherent in all people and were unequivocally wrong.”

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