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Harassment investigation surfaces involving former ambassador

DAYTON, Ohio (CNS) -- An investigation into a claim of sexual harassment among faculty members at the University of Dayton concluded it was likely that a former ambassador to the Vatican "created a hostile environment," resulting in a requirement to stay away from the accusers.

Needs for ministry to Hispanics loom as large as their population

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (CNS) --- Training of pastoral leaders and provision of most other resources for Hispanic ministry aren't keeping up with the fast-approaching time when Hispanics will make up the majority of Catholics in the United States, according to a new report.

Supreme Court ruling allows prayers before public meetings

In their 5-4 decision, the judges noted a historical precedent to opening local legislative meetings with a prayer and stressed that the predominantly Christian nature of the prayers in the New York town were not coercive to those in attendance.

Archbishop says botched execution highlights brutality of death penalty

OKLAHOMA CITY (CNS) -- Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City said the botched execution April 29 of an Oklahoma inmate "highlights the brutality of the death penalty" and should bring the nation to "consider whether we should adopt a moratorium on the death penalty or even abolish it altogether."

Deportations bring a bitter rift among immigration reform advocates

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The united front of President Barack Obama and advocates for comprehensive immigration reform has tarnished and taken on an increasingly bitter tinge over deportations.

Cardinal O’Connor’s mother was convert from Judaism, research shows

NEW YORK (CNS) -- Cardinal John J. O'Connor, who as archbishop of New York cultivated and cherished his strong ties with the Jewish community, was born of a mother who was born Jewish.

Catholic Charities agencies helping storm-damaged southern U.S.

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Catholic Charities agencies were on the ground assessing damage after a series of storms with deadly tornadoes and massive floods swept through the southern United States April 27-29.

Suburban Detroit pastor, lay manager indicted on federal fraud charges

DETROIT (CNS) -- The suspended pastor of a parish in the Detroit suburbs was indicted April 23 on federal fraud charges, as was the former parish manager of St. Thomas More Parish in Troy.

Atlanta archbishop to restrict weapons in Catholic institutions

ATLANTA (CNS) -- Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory of Atlanta pledged to restrict the presence of guns in Catholic institutions in response to a new Georgia law that would allow licensed gun owners to carry arms into schools, churches and other locales.

Faith leaders urge support of federal minimum wage legislation

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A group of religious leaders stressed the moral obligation to raise the federal minimum wage in an April 29 letter to Congress, describing increased wages as "indispensable to ensuring that no worker will suffer the indignity of poverty."