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Mexican bishops declare tour of Blessed John Paul II relics a success
Dec 24 2011
MEXICO CITY - The Mexican bishops’ conference declared a nationwide tour of relics of Blessed John Paul II a “total success” as an estimated 27 million Catholics came to venerate the items - including a vial of the late pontiff’s blood - and pray for peace in Mexico.

Bishops join others in lauding new EPA toxins rule
Dec 23 2011
WASHINGTON - The head of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development joined with others in praising a new federal rule to cut down on the amount of toxins emitted from coal- and oil-fired plants.

Country star wanted newest album to sound ‘like you were in church’
Dec 21 2011
WASHINGTON – Collin Raye, the Catholic country singer who had a string of hits in the 1990s, said he wanted to make his latest album “feel like you were in church for an hour or so.”

Number of Catholic marriages down nearly 60 percent since 1972
Dec 21 2011
WASHINGTON – Like the number of marriages among Americans in general, the number of marriages performed in the Catholic Church has been in decline over the past few decades.

Pope advances sainthood causes of Marianne Cope, Kateri Tekakwitha
Dec 19 2011
VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI advanced the sainthood causes of Blessed Marianne Cope of Molokai and Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha.

Bishop Libasci installed as 10th bishop of New Hampshire’s only diocese
Dec 18 2011
MANCHESTER, N.H.– On the feast of the Immaculate Conception, the day when he said the “whole church recalls God’s invitation to life,” Bishop Peter A. Libasci was installed as the 10th bishop of Manchester.

Lawyer among those serving as missionaries
Dec 16 2011
WASHINGTON – In the sparse chapel of a house tucked in a Washington neighborhood, a 62-year-old New York trial lawyer pledged to devote the next two years of her life to serving those in need in Nairobi, Kenya.

Archbishop Kelly, retired Louisville archbishop, dead at 80
Dec 16 2011
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Archbishop Thomas C. Kelly, who led the Archdiocese of Louisville from 1982 until his retirement in 2007, died peacefully in his sleep on the morning of Dec. 14 at his home on the campus of Holy Trinity Church. He was 80.

Israeli separation wall features women’s powerful stories
Dec 15 2011
BETHLEHEM, West Bank – Sylvana Giacaman, 54, is giving herself a different kind of gift for Christmas: She is allowing her photo and a personal story to be posted on the Israeli separation wall.

Advocates say reproductive services ‘important’ for trafficking victims
Dec 15 2011
WASHINGTON – Longtime advocates for victims of human trafficking told a House committee that the government must ensure that females who are trafficked can access all reproductive health services including contraception and abortion.

Catholics doubt British review that says no mental health-abortion link
Dec 14 2011
MANCHESTER, England – Catholic medical professionals have questioned the reliability of a British review concluding that women who have abortions have no increased risk of developing mental health problems.

‘You are not alone,’ Hispanic bishops tell undocumented immigrants
Dec 13 2011
WASHINGTON – An emotional pastoral letter to immigrants from the U.S. Hispanic and Latino Catholic bishops offers love, encouragement, welcome, sympathy and assurance that “you are not alone or forgotten.”

Hundreds rally in Dominican Republic for recognition as citizens
Dec 10 2011
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – Hundreds of Haitian descendants born and raised in the Dominican Republic rallied in front of government offices, demanding to be recognized as Dominican citizens.

HHS secretary says girls under 17 must consult doctors to get Plan B
Dec 09 2011
WASHINGTON – The U.S. bishops’ pro-life spokeswoman said she was relieved that the Obama administration has decided not to allow the Plan B One-Step “morning-after pill” to be sold without a prescription to those under 17.

Irish priests struggle, feeling tarred by sins of the minority
Dec 07 2011
DUBLIN – Father Damien McGroarty, 29, is one of the youngest diocesan priests in Ireland. Ordained just over a year ago, he should still be at the honeymoon stage of his vocation.