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National Vocations Awareness Week takes place Jan. 9-14
Jan 04 2012
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Catholic Church will celebrate National Vocation

MCC hails arrest of abortion doctors
Jan 03 2012
The Maryland Catholic Conference is hailing the late-December arrest of two abortion doctors who were involved in a botched abortion that severely injured a woman at an Elkton clinic in 2010.

Blessed John Paul’s childhood Jewish friend dies in Rome at 90
Jan 03 2012
ROME – Jerzy Kluger, known as Blessed John Paul II’s lifelong Jewish friend and one who had a deep impact on the pope’s commitment to improved Catholic-Jewish relations, died in Rome Dec. 31 at the age of 90.

N.J. nurses don’t have to assist in abortion in new hospital agreement
Jan 03 2012
NEWARK, N.J. – A group of 12 nurses who sued the University Hospital in Newark over a policy requiring them to care for patients before and after abortions can no longer be compelled to assist in these procedures, under an agreement reached in federal court.

Nigerian bishops announce day of prayer, say Boko Haram ‘declared war’
Jan 02 2012
LAGOS, Nigeria – The Nigerian bishops’ conference described the Christmas church bombings as the equivalent of war and declared Dec. 31 a day of fasting and prayer to ask God’s forgiveness for the acts.

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.