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Obama administration won’t seek to block injunction in HHS mandate case

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The Obama administration told a federal appellate court May 3 that it would not seek to block an injunction the court had granted in November that had allowed a Christian book publisher to not comply with the contraceptive-coverage mandate of the federal Department of Health and Human Services. Tyndale House Publishers, based […]

Increasing number of men pursuing ‘delayed vocation’ to the priesthood

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- In the parable of the vineyard in the Gospel of Matthew, "I'm the guy who was hired at 3 o'clock in the afternoon," said Deacon Michael Fragoso. "The promise ended when my wife died," he said, explaining that her death after 31 years of marriage made him a single man again, allowing him to discern what he called a "delayed vocation" to the priesthood. After working as a pediatrician for 24 years in central New Jersey, this summer he will become a priest of the Diocese of Metuchen, N.J.

Blind singer-pianist says he relies on God to be his eyes

ANNANDALE, Va. (CNS) — Behind all the musical prowess of Carlos Ibay is a young man whose strong connection to the heart of Jesus can be recognized through the many outlets of his ingenuity. It’s evident in his life, his voice and his song. On a recent Sunday, seated high above the congregation in the […]

Blogging Catholic moms share their faith as ‘digital disciples’

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- One of Mary's titles is "Christ's First Disciple," and some of Christ's earliest followers were women. Now some 2,000 years later another special group of women, specifically Catholic moms who blog on the Internet about their faith, the Catholic Church, as well as the joys and challenges of parenthood and everyday family life, can be considered among Christ's newest evangelizers or "digital disciples."

Nun, other activists found guilty of ‘intending to harm’ U.S. security

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (CNS) -- An 83-year-old woman religious and two other peace activists were found guilty May 8 in a federal court for breaking into a nuclear weapon-producing facility and defacing its walls last summer.

Religious life calls Air Force vet who once produced nuclear weapons

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (CNS) — Salesian Sister Jennifer Kane is a living conversion story, who has gone, she said, from “bombs to Bibles.” A 16-year military veteran who at one time was a missile systems engineer working on intercontinental nuclear weapons, Sister Jennifer is preparing to make her first profession of vows with the Salesian Sisters […]

Newark priest resigns after banned contact with minors discovered

NEWARK, N.J. (CNS) -- A priest of the Archdiocese of Newark resigned from active ministry May 2 after reports surfaced of his being with minors in apparent violation of a court's memorandum of understanding that forbids him from contact with underage people. While the Newark archdiocese had said Father Michael Fugee, 53, was working under supervision, it later acknowledged the priest had not asked permission to be part of retreats with teenagers. Photos of him with the teenagers were published by a Newark newspaper.

School-choice movement gains slow but steady momentum

The movement was given a big boost in late March when the Indiana Supreme Court upheld one of the country's most comprehensive school-choice programs. Currently, there are 30 school-choice programs in 17 states and the District of Columbia, serving more than 250,000 students.

Immigration advocates pleased by recent court rulings

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The Supreme Court April 29 let stand a lower-court ruling that tossed out restrictive provisions of an Alabama immigration law. Later in the week, three jurisdictions acted to make it easier for people without legal immigration status to get driver’s licenses. Without comment, the court rejected Alabama’s appeal of an 11th Circuit […]

Immigrants at rally say legislation fight is all about the papers

GEORGETOWN, Del. (CNS) — For the residents of this small town in agriculture-focused Sussex County, the pending immigration reform legislation in Congress is first and foremost about papers. Work permits, Social Security cards, permanent residency or green cards, and driver’s licenses — that’s what the mostly Guatemalan immigrants in Georgetown say they most look forward […]