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Archdiocese drops subpoena for White House records in HHS case

NEW YORK (CNS) — The Archdiocese of New York has dropped its legal demand that the Obama administration provide documents from the White House staff related to the church’s lawsuit against the government’s insurance mandate for birth control coverage. Reuters reported that the archdiocese filed a notice with the U.S. District Court April 22 dropping […]

Archbishop at Red Mass: Traditional marriage is ‘best for children’

MIAMI (CNS) -- Traditional marriage is "best for children" and efforts to legalize same-sex marriage will "open a Pandora's Box of unforeseen and, to be sure, unintended consequences," Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski said during the annual Red Mass. Delivering the homily at the April 23 Mass, Archbishop Wenski said the growing movement in support of same-sex marriage would "redefine marriage for all as existing solely for the gratification of two consenting adults" rather than for the creation of life.

Rev. Bob Edgar, former NCC head, ecumenical activist, dies

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The Rev. Bob Edgar, a former member of Congress who headed the National Council of Churches for two terms, died April 23 at the age of 69. Rev. Edgar, a United Methodist minister, had a heart attack while exercising at his home in Burke, Va., according to Mary Boyle, a spokeswoman for Common Cause, the advocacy group he had headed since 2007.

Bishops say health, retirement reforms should not contribute to poverty

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Reforms in health and retirement programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security must not increase poverty or economic hardship among the people they are designed to help, the chairman of two U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops committees said in a letter to Congress. Bishop Stephen E. Blaire of Stockton, Calif., chairman […]

Student pro-life leader says she ‘won’t be bystander’ on abortion issue

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CNS) — Reagan Nielsen isn’t afraid of being screamed at, threatened or despised for her beliefs. The college junior, who grew up in Monument and is receiving national attention for her pro-life work, said she is used to it. “It helps when you know that you are on the right side of […]

President of Assumption College named chair of National Review Board

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Francesco C. Cesareo, president of Assumption College in Worcester, Mass., will become the next chair of the National Review Board in June. He succeeds Al Notzon III, whose term ends after the U.S. bishops' spring assembly June 10-14 in San Diego.

Bishops: Immigration bill on right track, some changes sought

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Without getting into specifics, a panel of bishops said April 22 that a comprehensive immigration bill introduced the week before is on the right track, though they alluded to some aspects they would like changed. In a teleconference about the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013, or S. […]

Build ‘civilization of love’ in response to bombings, cardinal urges

BOSTON (CNS) -- Even though "the culture of death looms large" today, the light of Christ the Good Shepherd "can expel the darkness and illuminate for us a path that leads to life, to a civilization of solidarity and love," said Boston Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley.

Damaged Texas town swarmed with assistance, prayers, reporters

WEST, Texas (CNS) — The small town of West has been flooded with donations, disaster response teams, volunteers, news media and, perhaps most importantly, prayers since an explosion at a fertilizer plant the evening of April 17. The explosion killed 14 people and destroyed many of the homes within five blocks of the fertilizer plant. […]

Army begins investigation of training briefing that had labeled “Catholicism” an extremist group

WASHINGTON (CNS) — An informational slide that listed Catholicism, evangelical Christianity and other religious groups under the heading of “Religious Extremism” and was recently used in a training briefing for a group of about 100 Army Reserve soldiers has been removed from the presentation. But the fact these groups were ever put on a list […]