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  • Panelists outline best practices for building bridges in faith communities

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- In a politically charged election year, Catholic parishes aren't immune to the animus in the air. But it's important to remind people in Catholic communities of their faith, the shared belief in a loving Christ, and that is more important than any political party they may belong to, said church workers sharing best practices for building bridges in faith communities.

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  • Bryant relied on Catholic faith to see him through tough personal times

    CALABASAS, Calif. (CNS) -- As the world mourned the loss of basketball great Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others killed in a tragic helicopter crash Jan. 26, many recalled how Bryant gave much credit to his Catholic faith for seeing him through the bad times and strengthening his marriage and family.

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  • Equality for all women must include the unborn, says pro-life marcher

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- When Hannah Miller thinks of what it means to be a pro-life woman, the iconic image of the kerchief-clad Rosie the Riveter flexing her muscles immediately comes to mind. "It's like 'Yes, We Can.' Yes, we can be a mother, get a college degree and have a career," the 23-year-old Miller, a parishioner at Ss. Phillips and James Church in Baltimore, said as she attended the National March for Life Jan. 24. "I think that those are things that women are capable of doing. What's more empowering than that?"

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  • Trump tells March for Life crowd he welcomes their commitment

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- President Donald Trump credited attendees at the 47th annual March for Life for their commitment to protect the life of unborn and born children. "Together we are the voice for the voiceless," Trump told tens of thousands of people gathered at a noontime rally Jan. 24 on the National Mall.

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  • Archbishop Chaput retires; pope names Bishop Perez successor

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia and has appointed Bishop Nelson J. Perez of Cleveland as his successor. Archbishop Chaput, who has headed the Philadelphia Archdiocese since 2011, turned 75 last September, the age at which canon law requires bishops to turn in their resignation to the pope. Archbishop Perez, 58, was installed as the 11th bishop of Cleveland Sept. 5, 2017.

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  • Annual poll finds 70% of adults continue to support abortion restrictions

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Seven in 10 American adults support "significant" restrictions on abortion, according to a new poll released in advance of the annual March for Life. Conducted by the Marist Poll at Marist College under the sponsorship of the Knights of Columbus, the survey of 1,237 adults Jan. 7-12 showed that the respondents would welcome limits on abortions so that it can be performed only during the first three months of pregnancy.

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  • After probe is announced, bishop says he wants his 'good name cleared'

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The Archdiocese of New York has confirmed it has begun an investigation of an abuse claim against Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn, New York, who was threatened with a lawsuit by an attorney in November, alleging the prelate had abused a child decades ago while serving as a priest in New Jersey.

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  • Bishops welcome guidance on school prayer, Trump's proposed rules

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The chairmen of the U.S. bishops' religious liberty and Catholic education committees Jan. 20 praised the Trump administration for issuing guidance on prayer in public schools. The chairmen also welcome the administration's nine proposed rules to ensure the nation's faith-based service providers and organizations are not discriminated against by federal agencies' regulations or in their grant-making processes because of religion.

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  • Supreme Court to reexamine contraceptive mandate for religious employers

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The Little Sisters of the Poor are once again going to the Supreme Court. The order of women religious who care for the elderly poor have been down this road before, twice defending their right to not comply with the government's health law requiring employers to provide contraceptive coverage in their health plans.

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  • CARA study finds bishops are satisfied with their life and ministry

    MINNEAPOLIS (CNS) -- Catholics may be surprised to learn that many U.S. bishops describe their lives as both all-consuming and satisfying, a priest-researcher said. "These are guys who generally get up very, very early in the morning, pray about two hours every day and work about 10 hours a day," Father Stephen Fichter, a research associate at the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate in Washington, which conducted the survey. "(They) just really do some interesting things and there are a lot of difficulties that they're dealing with all the time."

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  • Response to court's upcoming abortion case reflects sharp divides

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Strong opinions on both sides of the abortion debate are front and center in the paperwork currently filed with the Supreme Court for its upcoming abortion case. The case challenges a Louisiana law that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a local hospital. The court also will examine a separate petition by the state that questions if the abortion providers have the legal standing to challenge the state law on behalf of their patients.

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  • President Trump issues new guidance on prayer in public schools

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- President Donald Trump announced his administration's new guidance on prayer in public schools during a Jan. 16 event in the Oval Office on National Religious Freedom Day. Primarily, it will require states to report cases where public school students have been denied their right to pray.

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  • Trebek cites 'power of prayer' in accepting Fordham Founders' Award

    LOS ANGELES (CNS) -- "Jeopardy" host Alex Trebek and his wife, Jean, received Fordham University's Founders' Award at a Jan. 7 reception in Los Angeles. According to Tom Stoelker writing in Fordham News, this was the first time the award -- which he described as "weighty statuette" of Fordham founder Archbishop John Hughes -- has been presented outside of New York City.

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  • School's employment program boosts students' skills, confidence

    PORTLAND, Ore. (CNS) -- On a weekday morning in Southeast Portland, high school sophomore Gabriela Flores sits at a desk, picks up a pencil and concentrates on the work before her. Her task is not to find the value of "x" in a trigonometry equation, nail a history quiz or craft an elegant sentence for an English essay. It's to measure, mark and cut fabric for her job at Looptworks, a company that repurposes and "upcycles" materials into handbags, pillows, luggage and other products.

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  • Scholar says religious expression faces 'open hostility' on some campuses

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Free religious expression in American higher education is under constant threat from the tyranny of secular progressivism, a leading scholar of religious liberty said Jan. 12. Robert P. George, Princeton University's McCormick professor of jurisprudence and a former chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, spoke at a forum on the religious formation of "America's rising generation" with Orthodox Rabbi Meir Soloveichik, one of his former students. The event was sponsored by the Tikvah Foundation in partnership with the Museum of the Bible.

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  • Love of baking, culinary skills and prayer make religious brother a winner

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The oven timer dings, alerting Capuchin Franciscan Brother Andrew Corriente the chocolate layer cake he is baking needs to be checked. A quick test with a toothpick tells him the cake needs about five more minutes in the oven, more than enough time for him to soften the butter that will eventually become the buttercream icing that will top the confection.

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  • Former cardinal moves from Kansas friary to new location

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Theodore McCarrick, the former cardinal who was laicized by the Vatican in 2019 after numerous claims of abuse by him were substantiated, moved Jan. 3 from the Capuchin Franciscan friary in Kansas where he had been living since late 2018.

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  • Soleimani air strike could mean new danger for Iraqi Christians

    Washington D.C. (CNA) -- Christian communities in the Middle East are likely to suffer renewed persecution amid the instability following recent U.S. airstrikes, experts have warned. Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force, was killed in a Jan. 3 airstrike at Baghdad International Airport, ordered by President Donald Trump. Also killed in the strike was Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the leader of the Popular Mobilization Forces, an Iraqi militia which has fought against ISIS.

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  • Iowa priest-photographer surprised by appeal of viral cattle cross image

    BANKSTON, Iowa (CNS) -- It wasn't a miracle, but the scene that unfolded on Dan and Judy Gotto's farm in Bankston shortly before Christmas became a beautiful testament to faith. On Dec. 23, 2019, members of the family had carefully laid out many small piles of cattle feed in the shape of a giant cross on one of their fields, attracting 171 hungry cows into planned position. In the distance, the steeple of St. Clement Church in Bankston reached upward toward a clear sky.

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  • 'Embrace peace rather than violence,' USCCB head says of Iran tensions

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The president of the U.S. bishops urged the United States and Iran to "embrace peace rather than violence" in the wake of escalating tensions between the two countries. "May the Lord help all parties in this time of growing belligerence to peer through one another's transgressions and appreciate the legitimate fears that lie behind them," said the Jan. 8 statement from Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles. He was joined in the statement by Bishop David J. Malloy of Rockford, Illinois, chairman of the bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace.

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  • Planned Parenthood annual report: More government money, more abortions

    Washington D.C., Jan 6, 2020 CNA.- Planned Parenthood released its latest annual report on Monday, showing a continued increase in the number of abortions performed. The nation’s largest abortion provider released its 2018-19 annual report on Jan. 6, showing significant increases both in the number of abortions performed and in the amount of government funding it receives.

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  • USCCB president urges world leaders to pursue dialogue, seek peace

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Hours after Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles at two Iraqi bases, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued a statement calling for urgent prayers "that our world's leaders will pursue dialogue and seek peace."

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  • Puerto Rico reels under successive earthquakes; Catholic church damaged

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- At least one person has died and one Catholic church was destroyed by the latest of a series of earthquakes to rock Puerto Rico. A magnitude 6.4 quake shook people awake at 4:24 a.m. local time Jan. 7, less than 24 hours after a magnitude 5.8 temblor shook the island in the predawn hours of Jan. 6.

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  • Morality of drone warfare questioned after attack on Iranian general

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The tweet early Jan. 3 from Bishop Richard F. Stika of Knoxville, Tennessee, asked for prayers. It wasn't an unusual request from a church leader. Still, its significance stems from its context and its timing: a few hours after the overnight killing of Iran's top military leader, Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, in a U.S. drone strike in Baghdad.

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  • Miami man met his future kidney donor at Catholic retreat

    MIAMI (CNS) -- After a routine exam 16 years ago, Dr. Shawn Fibkins discovered that he had inherited polycystic kidney disease from his father. "It was devastating for me because now I was in the medical field and I knew what that disease meant for people: trips to the hospital with ruptured brain aneurysms and kidney failure," he said.

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  • Migrants benefit from Mercy Sisters' ministry of presence

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Mercy Sister Rosemary Welsh is a nurse and for the past 44 years she has immersed her ministry in the Latino culture. Through the lives of thousands of migrants from Mexico and Central America as well as Texans of Hispanic descent, Sister Welsh has seen in her work in Laredo, Texas, and for a decade in Guatemala, that the needs of poor people remain much the same today as they did in 1976 when she arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border.

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  • Diocese of Providence challenges RI statute of limitations expansion

    Providence, R.I., Dec 31, 2019 CNA.- The Diocese of Providence has challenged a new Rhode Island law that greatly expands the time window for filing childhood sexual abuse lawsuits. In July, a bill was signed into law by Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) extending the statute of limitations for childhood sexual abuse cases from seven to 35 years in Rhode Island. The 35-year window would commence from the victim’s 18th birthday. The law also includes a “seven year discovery” provision allowing victims to file lawsuits up to seven years after they have re-discovered childhood abuse as an adult, such as through therapy sessions.

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