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Four petitions on high court docket ask intervention on health law

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The Supreme Court now has petitions asking it to review lower court rulings in three different lawsuits that challenge the federal government’s requirement for employer-sponsored health insurance to include contraceptive coverage. Three petitions filed in the last six weeks involve private, for-profit companies owned by Christians who object to their employee insurance […]

Special Mass remembers Sandy’s victims, celebrates parish’s resilience

BELLE HARBOR, N.Y. (CNS) -- Joyful prayers, songs and conversation could be heard along the street as the parish community of St. Francis de Sales in Belle Harbor gathered to observe the first anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio was the main celebrant of a special evening Mass of remembrance and thanksgiving Oct. 26.

Federal judge strikes down part of new Texas abortion law

AUSTIN, Texas (CNS) — A federal judge voided one section of Texas’ new abortion law that was scheduled to take effect Oct. 29. Judge Lee Yeakel of the U.S. District Court in Austin ruled Oct. 28 that the admitting-privileges provision of the new law was unconstitutional. The law required abortion providers to have admitting privileges […]

EWTN files second lawsuit against HHS mandate; Alabama is co-plaintiff

MOBILE, Ala. (CNS) — The Eternal Word Television Network, joined by the state of Alabama, has filed another lawsuit challenging the federal mandate requiring most employers to provide coverage of contraceptives, sterilizations and some abortion-inducing drugs free of charge. The suit was filed Oct. 28 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of […]

Washington cathedral, site of Kennedy funeral in ’63, is ‘holy ground’

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- On Nov. 25, 1963, a television audience of millions of people around the world prayerfully bid farewell to President John F. Kennedy, as his flag-draped coffin was placed before the sanctuary of the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington, during the funeral Mass for the slain president.

New Hampshire bishop supports state bill to repeal death penalty

CONCORD, N.H. (CNS) — Bishop Peter A. Libasci of Manchester declared his support of a bill in the state Legislature that would repeal the death penalty in New Hampshire. “What we must call for in a civilized society is not retribution but restitution,” Bishop Libasci said at an Oct. 24 press conference in Concord, the […]

Five Catholics acquitted of disorderly conduct at N.Y. drone base

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Five Catholics protesting U.S. drone warfare policies said they were stunned but relieved to be found not guilty of disorderly conduct for their roles in an Ash Wednesday demonstration at an upstate New York air base. "We were like, really?" said defendant Ellen Grady, a Catholic Worker from Ithaca, N.Y.

Religious leaders ask Obama to move faster on normalizing Cuba ties

A letter to President Barack Obama called for a three-point plan to normalize relations between the United States and Cuba, including initiating high-level dialogue with the Cuban government; removing Cuba from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism; and lifting all restrictions on "people-to-people" travel between the U.S. and Cuba.

World War II vet says time as POW of Nazis deepened his Catholic faith

DUNDALK, Md. (CNS) -- U.S. Army Air Corps Cpl. Leo Wojciechowski had just unloaded bombs targeting the Blechhammer synthetic oil refinery on the Nazi-occupied Czech-Polish border when he felt his B-24 shudder. Anti-aircraft fire had struck the nose gunner's plane during the Aug. 7, 1944, mission, causing it to lose speed and altitude as gasoline flooded the rear of the compromised aircraft.

First U.S. edition of missal in Spanish may be on the horizon

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Anyone who’s familiar with the arduous, years-long process of getting English-language liturgical texts into use might be a bit surprised to learn that there is no comparable system for single-source Spanish translations of missals and other liturgical books. In the United States, priests celebrating daily or weekly Mass, a wedding or other […]