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Former Catholic Review columnist dies at 81
Jan 02 2012
Paulist Father James McCabe, former director of the Family Life Center in Baltimore and a longtime columnist for The Catholic Review, died Dec. 25, 2011 in Toronto. He was 81 and had been battling cancer.

New bishop named for U.S. ordinariate for former Anglicans
Jan 02 2012
WASHINGTON – Pope Benedict XVI has established a U.S. ordinariate for former Anglicans who wish to become Catholics and named a married former Episcopal bishop to head it.

Year brings health care reform law and a ‘wound to church’s unity’
Jan 01 2012
WASHINGTON – 2010 will be known in many circles as the year of health reform. Among Catholics, it might also be known as the year that caused, as Chicago Cardinal Francis E. George said in his final talk as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, a “wound to the church’s unity.”

Bishops’ concerns rise over growing infringements on religious liberty
Dec 28 2011
WASHINGTON – Concerns that religious liberty is being eroded by government action and policymaking prompted the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to open a campaign in 2011 to head off what they consider dangers to the rights of people of faith and conscience.

New homes help tsunami survivors adjust to changed circumstances
Dec 26 2011
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia – Squatting inside his small home in the fishing hamlet of Alua Naga near the city of Banda Aceh, Hussein Sweid knitted together a fishing net, preparing for his next venture out to sea.

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.