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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.

State proposes tighter regulations on abortion clinics
Dec 06 2011
The Maryland Catholic Conference is heartened by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s publication of proposed tighter regulations on abortion clinics.

Changes in parishes coming for Detroit Archdiocese beginning 2012
Dec 05 2011
DETROIT – Nine metro Detroit parishes will close over the next five years if Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron accepts the recommendations a mostly lay advisory board approved Nov. 30.

Religious advocacy measured less in dollars than in effectiveness
Dec 04 2011
WASHINGTON – The degree to which religiously based organizations push for change in Washington will likely always be open to debate and differing interpretations, but the truer measure may be their effectiveness, even in the midst of a cranky Congress dealing with cash-short coffers.

Black Catholics’ survey finds strong ties, strong engagement in church
Dec 04 2011
WASHINGTON – African-American Catholics are much more engaged in their church on a variety of levels than are white Catholics, concludes the first National Black Catholic Survey.

Vatican exhibit displays inspirational elements of Gaudi church
Dec 03 2011
VATICAN CITY – Without leaving the Vatican, visitors exiting St. Peter’s Basilica can gain firsthand exposure to another impressive church, Antoni Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia.