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Daughters of Charity to withdraw from Nashville, eight other dioceses

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (CNS) -- The Daughters of Charity, who first came to the Diocese of Nashville in 1898 to establish St. Thomas Hospital, announced they will withdraw from the diocese in the fall of 2014. Although no Daughters of Charity will be serving at St. Thomas and its clinics, the nearly 60 members of the province will be deployed to other missions.

Goal of rally is to inspire youths to ‘do something positive for life’

CARSON, Calif. (CNS) -- Walking around the stage at the StubHub Center's tennis stadium in Carson Oct. 9, Mexican singer, actor and keynote speaker Eduardo Verastegui addressed more than 6,000 Catholic school junior high and high school students gathered for the "Christian Service 4LIFE" rally.

Pilgrimage, global rosary connects Catholics with Mary, one another

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Carmen Dupuy, a native of Venezuela, waved the American flag with excitement along with more than a thousand other pilgrims to honor Mary and the universal church.

Suit challenges government’s lockout of contracted military chaplains

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- While a bill asking the U.S. defense secretary to address the situation worked its way through Congress, contracted military chaplains were being prevented from offering Catholic religious services during the government shutdown, argued a lawsuit filed in District Court in Washington Oct. 14.

Vatican II continues to mark ecclesial life today, says archbishop

ERIE, Pa. (CNS) -- Archbishop Piero Marini, a Vatican official, recalls watching bishops day after day pour out of the Vatican hall where they gathered 50 years ago to formulate the constitutions, decrees and declarations that brought historic change to the Catholic Church.

Some chaplains returning to ministry despite federal shutdown

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Some civilian Catholic chaplains, unable to perform religious duties at U.S. military bases during the first weekend of the federal government shutdown, were getting back on the job as the shutdown continued into its second week. "We're now being told priests can return to work," John Schlageter, general counsel for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, said Oct. 9.

Most Catholics aren’t searching for spirituality online, study says

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Most U.S. Catholics are not looking for spirituality online, in fact, half of them are unaware the church even has an online presence, according to researchers at Georgetown University’s Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate. The most widely used communication tool in Catholic Church is the parish bulletin, followed by a […]

The economic and moral dimensions in debt-ceiling debate

Economics professors from Villanova and other universities consider one of the biggest economic decisions the United States has ever faced: Do we increase the national debt ceiling, or allow the federal government's borrowing power to run out Oct. 17? And what are the moral implications of either choice?

New California laws mean big jump in number of abortions, says bishop

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CNS) -- New California laws allowing non-physicians to perform abortions and repealing some building regulations that govern abortion clinics "dramatically increase the availability of abortion" in the state, said the president of the California Catholic Conference.

Ambassador, priest pay tribute to Jesuits who perished in Holocaust

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (CNS) — Israel’s ambassador to the Holy See joined Oblate Father Thomas B. Curran, president of Jesuit-run Rockhurst University in Kansas City, in laying a wreath Oct. 9 at a plaque on campus that pays tribute to the more than 150 Jesuits who died at the hands of the Nazis. “It is […]