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Federal court orders preliminary relief from HHS mandate for FOCUS

DENVER (CNS) -- The U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado issued an order April 23 granting a preliminary injunction on enforcement of the federal contraceptive mandate against the Fellowship of Catholic University Students.

Archbishop says pastoral visit to troops in Afghanistan ‘deeply moving’

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- After returning from a Holy Week pastoral visit to U.S. troops in Afghanistan, the head of the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services said it was "deeply moving" to spend time "with that portion of my flock which is serving the cause of peace and development" in that country.

New Hampshire priest gets four years in prison for felony theft

Msgr. Edward Arsenault pleaded guilty to stealing from his diocese, a Catholic hospital and the estate of a dead priest. He was sentenced to prison and ordered to repay the $185,000 he stole and to pay restitution, totaling about $300,000.

Catholic education is everybody’s ‘task,’ cardinal says in NCEA keynote

PITTSBURGH (CNS) -- Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington told Catholic educators in Pittsburgh for the National Catholic Educational Association's annual convention that "education is the task of all of us."

Dialogue examines Catholic, Anglican ecclesiology and moral discernment

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Understanding the differences in how the Catholic Church and member churches of the Anglican Communion structure authority and exercise it are key to understanding how each body arrives at its teaching and practices on critical issues in ethics and moral theology.

Deportation order seen as justice ‘finally’ served for atrocities

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CNS) -- A deportation order for El Salvador's former defense minister who lives in Florida but presided over an era of atrocities and torture in his own country underscores a new era of U.S. foreign policy, according to one of the lead attorneys who sued the official, retired Gen. Jose Guillermo Garcia, in U.S. District Court in 2002.

Homeless San Francisco man among thousands joining church through RCIA

SAN FRANCISCO (CNS) -- A homeless San Francisco man was among the thousands of Americans who joined the Catholic Church over the Easter weekend through their participation in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.

Teresian Carmelites in India dispatch first group of sisters to U.S.

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A small group of Teresian Carmelites from India are quickly adjusting to their new life in the Diocese of Bismarck, N.D., helping out in the Catholic Indian Mission and teaching at St. Bernard Mission School in Fort Yates.

Students learn about poverty in mountaintop removal mining communities

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The terms "poverty" and "America" did not seem to fit together for Philippine native Mar-Rex Lindawan, a nursing student at Mercy College of Health Sciences in Des Moines, Iowa.

‘American Bible Challenge’ game show revs up for third season

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- America still loves a good TV game show, as "The American Bible Challenge" has demonstrated. It's the highest-rated program on cable's Game Show Network, which specializes in this kind of thing.