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Religious liberty ‘continues to be great concern,’ Archbishop Lori says

Religious liberty ‘continues to be great concern,’ Archbishop Lori says

| Carol Zimmermann | November 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, told the bishops the committee — extended for another three years — planned to focus more on teaching and expanding networks with Catholic lay groups and interfaith and ecumenical partners.

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‘Tale of two synods’ emerged from Vatican, says USCCB president

‘Tale of two synods’ emerged from Vatican, says USCCB president

| Mark Pattison | November 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

October’s extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family was just one event, but “a tale of two synods” emerged from it, according to the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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German church commemorates 25th anniversary of fall of Berlin Wall

German church commemorates 25th anniversary of fall of Berlin Wall

| Jonathan Luxmoore | November 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

The president of the German bishops’ conference praised Catholics who helped bring down the Berlin Wall, but also urged the church to look ahead to its future mission.

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Pope hails role of St. John Paul in Berlin Wall’s fall

Pope hails role of St. John Paul in Berlin Wall’s fall

| Cindy Wooden | November 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

“Where there is a wall,” he said, “there is a closed heart. We need bridges, not walls!”

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New Vatican financial rules increase transparency, centralization

New Vatican financial rules increase transparency, centralization

| Francis X. Rocca | November 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Vatican’s new rules for budgeting and financial reporting, which will go into effect Jan. 1, call for heightened transparency and consistency in the church’s central administration and underscore the oversight powers of two economic bodies Pope Francis established in February.

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Pope removes Cardinal Burke from Vatican post

Pope removes Cardinal Burke from Vatican post

| Francis X. Rocca | November 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis removed U.S. Cardinal Raymond L. Burke, 66, as head of the Vatican’s highest court and named him to a largely ceremonial post for a chivalric religious order.

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Liturgical items top agenda at USCCB general meeting

Liturgical items top agenda at USCCB general meeting

| Mark Pattison | November 7, 2014 | 4 Comments

Liturgical matters will take center stage on the agenda of action items at the fall general meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, to be held Nov. 10-13 in Baltimore.

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Pope says annulment process should be cheaper and more efficient

Pope says annulment process should be cheaper and more efficient

| Francis X. Rocca | November 5, 2014 | 2 Comments

Pope Francis said the church’s marriage annulment process should be more efficient and perhaps even free of charge, and he decried any attempts to exploit it for profit.

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Pope will visit Shroud of Turin, commemorate birth of St. John Bosco

Pope will visit Shroud of Turin, commemorate birth of St. John Bosco

| Carol Glatz | November 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis will visit the Shroud of Turin during its public display in Turin’s cathedral April 19-June 24, 2015, as well as commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of St. John Bosco.

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Pope: Bishops must be servants, not vain careerists after power, honor

Pope: Bishops must be servants, not vain careerists after power, honor

| Carol Glatz | November 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

The world’s bishops are called to be servants and shepherds who use their position to care for people and the faith, not to seek power and boost their pride, Pope Francis said.

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U.S. & World News briefs – November 6, 2014

U.S. & World News briefs – November 6, 2014

| November 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

- Companies criticized for offering to pay to freeze female workers’ eggs
– Three Cincinnati priests on leave for misconduct have been laicized
– Creighton criticized for giving benefits to same-sex spouses of workers
– Bright lights, cool air protect Sistine Chapel from visiting hordes

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Experts outline alternatives for infertile couples

Experts outline alternatives for infertile couples

| Lindsay Steele | November 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

For couples struggling to conceive a child, in vitro fertilization has been a medical standard for the past 30 years.

The Catholic Church has long opposed the process because it separates contraception from the marital act, and it destroys embryos.

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