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L.A. group out to ask pope to urge Obama to push for immigration reform

LOS ANGELES (CNS) -- Seventeen people from the Los Angeles Archdiocese were in Rome March 25 hoping to ask Pope Francis to urge President Barack Obama to strengthen efforts to enact comprehensive immigration reform legislation.

Probe recovers funds stolen from U.S. Pontifical Mission Societies

NEW YORK (CNS) -- Following an 18-month investigation, the Pontifical Mission Societies announced March 25, in a joint statement with the Office of the New York State Attorney General, the recovery of some $1.1 million in funds stolen by a now-deceased official of the organization.

Ruling to allow same-sex marriage ‘regrettable,’ say Michigan bishops

LANSING, Mich. (CNS) -- A U.S. District Court judge's March 21 ruling that Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional does not change the fact "marriage is and can only ever be a unique relationship solely between one man and one woman," said the state's Catholic bishops.

Cardinal George out of hospital, is receiving antibiotics for infection

CHICAGO (CNS) -- Chicago Cardinal Francis E. George was released from Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood the afternoon of March 21, according to a press release from the archdiocese.

Harrisburg bishop holds up St. Joseph as ‘challenging example’ for all

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CNS) -- Prayerfully and joyously welcomed into St. Patrick Cathedral for his installation Mass as the 11th bishop of the Diocese of Harrisburg March 19, Bishop Ronald W. Gainer held up St. Joseph -- whose feast the church celebrated that day -- as "a challenging example" for the members of the church.

Pope wants people to be ‘on fire with love for Christ,’ cardinal says

NEW YORK (CNS) -- Boston Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley said Pope Francis is a quintessential Ignatian Jesuit who has melded Jesuit and Franciscan spirituality into his approach to the papacy.

Central African bishops seek Western help to solve nation’s insecurity

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- African countries that make up peacekeeping forces in the Central African Republic seem to be defending their own borders instead of keeping the peace, said Catholic bishops from the country.

$28.8 million FEMA grant to help rebuild schools destroyed in tornado

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (CNS) -- A $28.8 million Federal Emergency Management Administration grant will allow the Diocese of Springfield to rebuild three schools destroyed in a 2011 tornado.

Cardinal, panelists: Pope Francis’ celebrity should turn eyes to Jesus

BALTIMORE (CNS) -- "Like Pope Francis? You'll love Jesus."

Boys’ choir from centuries-old monastery in Spain makes U.S. debut

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Since the 13th century, the Escolania de Montserrat has sung daily for pilgrims at Escolania de Montserrat in Catalonia, Spain.