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Pope names New Jersey auxiliary bishop to head Fall River Diocese

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop George W. Coleman of Fall River, Massachusetts, and appointed Auxiliary Bishop Edgar Moreira da Cunha of Newark, New Jersey, as his successor.

Religious, civic leaders ask for religious exemption in executive order

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Religious and civic leaders urged President Barack Obama to include a religious exemption in the planned White House executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Brooklyn bishop ordains 13; says number is ‘true abundance of harvest’

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (CNS) -- Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn ordained 13 new priests during a Mass June 28 at the newly renovated and consecrated Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph.

Supreme Court moves six cases after Hobby Lobby ruling

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A day after the Supreme Court said closely held for-profit companies could be exempted from some requirements of the Affordable Care Act because of the owners' religious beliefs, it kicked back to lower courts six related cases involving companies whose Catholic owners have similar objections.

Federal judge strikes down Kentucky’s ban on same-sex marriage

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A U.S. District Court judge July 1 struck down Kentucky's ban on same-sex marriage, saying that the prohibition violates the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

Activists on both sides gather at court on day of Hobby Lobby ruling

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Dozens of activists gathered at the steps of the Supreme Court June 30, awaiting the court's much-anticipated decision on the constitutionality of the federal contraceptive mandate as it applies to for-profit businesses whose owners' object to it on religious grounds.

Protect Religious Freedom Restoration Act, faith leaders tell Congress

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A coalition of leaders representing different U.S. religious faiths said in a June 30 letter to congressional leaders they "are united in staunch support" to protect the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Court won’t hear case about war memorial with cross on federal land

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The U.S. Supreme Court June 30 declined to intervene in a long-running dispute over the Mount Soledad Cross war memorial located on federal land near San Diego.

Appeals court upholds legality of same-sex marriage in Utah

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A federal appeals court upheld a lower court ruling that struck down Utah's same-sex marriage ban, opening the door for the issue to make its way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

U.S. bishops laud court’s Hobby Lobby ruling, but say fight continues

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The Supreme Court's June 30 ruling that certain businesses, based on their religious objections, can be exempted from a government requirement to include contraceptives in their employee health insurance coverage means "justice has prevailed," said two U.S. archbishops.