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U.S. Catholic Church helped rebuild church in Ukraine after communism

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- When the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, the winds of change were in the air. One particularly strong breeze was the effort by the Catholic Church in the United States to revitalize the church in the Warsaw Pact nations and former Soviet republics.

Catholic organization files class-action lawsuit to block HHS mandate

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A coalition of nearly 200 Catholic dioceses, agencies and businesses has asked a federal court in Oklahoma to block enforcement of a Department of Health and Human Services mandate that it says would force its members to violate their religious beliefs.

College students take journey to Catholic Church through RCIA on campus

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- It's Thursday evening, and Georgetown University's small Copley Crypt Chapel is filling up with students from every corner of campus.

SAT changes: Some colleges will not feel impact in application process

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- When major changes to the SAT college admissions test were recently announced, some college admissions officers didn't give the news much thought.

Peace walk, Stations of Cross procession call for end to gang violence

EAST PALO ALTO, Calif. (CNS) -- Josue Barbosa Zamora died in a drive-by shooting Jan. 13, 300 feet from his front door, the latest young man to die violently in East Palo Alto.

Green Bay’s mayor invites Pope Francis to visit Wisconsin city in 2015

GREEN BAY, Wis. (CNS) -- If the National Football League's smallest city can be home to the four-time Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers, why can't it host a visit from Pope Francis?

Atheist group says 9/11 museum shouldn’t display cross-shaped beams

NEW YORK (CNS) -- A 17-foot-tall cross-shaped steel beam that was found in the wreckage two days after 9/11 became an indelible image in the months following the terrorist attacks on New York in 2001.

Pope Francis has ‘added new life’ to office he holds, U.S. bishops say

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- In his first year as the 265th successor of Peter, Pope Francis "has brought to light new dimensions of the Petrine ministry and added new life to the office he holds," the U.S. bishops' Administrative Committee said March 11.

U.N. official lauds church support of migrants, asks for continued help

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The role of the Catholic Church is invaluable in keeping refugees safe, said the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres, but his agency and others working with migrants need much, much more.

‘Great love of Jesus’ is best treasure anyone can have, inmates told

SALEM, Ore. (CNS) -- Portland Archbishop Alexander K. Sample told 55 inmates at the walled maximum security prison in Salem that they "are loved." "You have nothing to fear because God loves all of us," the archbishop told the inmates, clad in prison blues and wearing picture-ID cards, at Oregon State Penitentiary out State Street from the state Capitol.