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Women from diverse backgrounds drawn to life of cloistered monastery

TYRINGHAM, Mass. (CNS) -- They come from California, Delaware, Pennsylvania and India. One is a nurse; another was an assistant manager at a Walgreen's. They have different life experiences and span several decades in age. However, the four newest members of the Visitation Monastery in Tyringham have one thing in common: They all feel drawn to the life of a cloistered nun.

‘Youth-friendly’ novena part of ‘Nine Days’ event to mark Roe decision

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The U.S. Catholic bishops have launched “Nine Days of Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage” to take place Jan. 19-27 as part of events marking the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion virtually on demand in the U.S. Jan. 22 is the actual anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 […]

Allowing driver’s licenses for undocumented benefits all, say advocates

CHICAGO (CNS) -- Undocumented immigrants who can prove they have lived in Illinois for at least a year will soon be eligible for temporary driver's licenses, under a bill passed Jan. 8 by the Illinois state House of Representatives.

Catholic doctors oppose call for over-the-counter contraceptive pills

QUINCY, Mass. (CNS) — Some Catholic physicians, including those who do not prescribe contraceptives, are questioning the safety of allowing oral contraceptives to be sold over the counter, as the nation’s largest body of obstetricians and gynecologists recommended in December. Dr. Kathleen Raviele, an obstetrician-gynecologist in Atlanta and former president of the Catholic Medical Association, […]

Franciscan friars pray for intentions via texting

NEW YORK (CNS) — Often, prayer intentions are offered with hands folded, but a new service allows hands and fingers to move freely — provided a cellphone is handy. The New York-based Holy Name Province of the Franciscans has started a service it calls “Text a Prayer Intention to a Franciscan Friar.” Here’s how it […]

People around world pledge to say rosary daily during Year of Faith

EASTON, Mass. (CNS) -- The Family Rosary division of Holy Cross Family Ministries in Easton has gathered more than 80,000 pledges from people around the globe who said they would pray the rosary daily during the 2012-13 Year of Faith. The pledges, which came in response to a program offering free rosaries, were gathered in a book and presented recently to Pope Benedict XVI by Holy Cross Father John Phalen, president of Holy Cross Family Ministries.

Cardinal Dolan urges NY governor to rethink support for ‘radical’ abortion bill

NEW YORK (CNS) -- A New York measure that would prevent state regulations on abortion is a "radical" bill in a state where the abortion rate is already "double the national average," New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan told Gov. Andrew Cuomo Jan. 9. The cardinal made the comments in a letter to the governor after Cuomo delivered his annual State of the State address, which opens the legislative session.

Bishop McFadden issues report on Catholic college ‘Ex Corde’ review

WASHINGTON (CNS) — During the past decade, U.S. Catholic college presidents and local bishops have experienced greater collaboration, according to a review of the Vatican document that clarified the relationship between these leaders. The bishops and college leaders gave a 10-year review of “The Application of ‘Ex Corde Ecclesiae’ for the United States,” a document […]

Ethics part of all courses in Catholic University’s new business school

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The Catholic University of America in Washington is spinning off its current economics and business curriculum from its School of Arts and Sciences and fashioning a new business school with the idea of infusing ethics into all course offerings. In 2014, graduates will receive their degrees from the new School of Business […]

Supreme Court lets stand policy on embryonic stem-cell research funds

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The Supreme Court Jan. 7 upheld a lower court order allowing government funding of research involving certain embryonic stem-cell lines. Without comment, the court let stand an August ruling by the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia which dismissed a lawsuit by two scientists who said the funding policy inhibits their chance of getting government grants for their research on adult stem cells, and argued that violates another law.