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Donations, volunteers stream in to help tightknit enclave in Brooklyn

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (CNS) — A steady stream of volunteers and donations of goods arriving from around the country for victims of Hurricane Sandy in Gerritsen Beach are meeting the short-term needs of many residents, but there is still a long road of recovery ahead. “What we’re doing here is not even a fraction of the […]

Gift of $20 million helps launch Georgetown Environment Initiative

WASHINGTON (CNS) — A $20 million gift is expected to help boost Georgetown University’s profile as a major center for environmental education and research. The gift from an anonymous donor affiliated with the school launches the Georgetown Environment Initiative, which university officials said will advance the interdisciplinary study of the environment in relation to society […]

Maryland passes in-state tuition law for undocumented immigrants

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The immigration status of Maryland students will no longer be an obstacle to them receiving lower tuition rates available to other in-state residents, after 59 percent of voters approved a referendum Nov. 6. The Maryland Catholic Conference and other church leaders were among supporters of the law, likened to the federal DREAM […]

New Jersey couple says Sandy didn’t destroy their faith in God, mankind

LITTLE EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CNS) — When Michael Santo returned to his Hurricane Sandy-ravaged neighborhood in Tuckerton, he was horrified by what he saw, and then thanked God he and his wife, Barbara, were still alive. “It really looked like it was bombed,” Santo told Catholic News Service as he looked at the storm […]

Mass offers ‘spark of fire’ for those coping with mess left by Sandy

BELMAR, N.J. (CNS) — Catholics from around the greater Belmar area and way beyond braved highways barren of traffic lights and a landscape badly mangled by Hurricane Sandy to attend Mass Nov. 4 at St. Rose Church with Bishop David M. O’Connell of Trenton. They came, despite gas rationing and hard-to-navigate roadways realigned by the […]

States approve laws permitting same-sex marriage

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Voters in Maine, Washington state and Maryland approved ballot measures legalizing same-sex marriage Nov. 6. In Minnesota, voters rejected a state constitutional amendment to define marriage as only a union between a man and woman. The Catholic bishops in each state had urged voters to uphold the traditional definition of marriage between […]

Massachusetts defeats assisted suicide; California keeps death penalty

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Massachusetts voters narrowly defeated a "death with dignity" measure, rejecting attempts to legalize assisted suicide. In California, an initiative to end the use of the death penalty was defeated as well in another close vote.

Welcoming immigrants at ‘heart of Christian discipleship,’ priest says

By Michelle Martin Catholic News Service

Message of Pope Benedict XVI to President Obama

Vatican City, 7 November 2012 (VIS) – Benedict XVI, through the apostolic nunciature in Washington, U.S.A., has sent a message to Barack Obama, congratulating him on his re-election as president of the United States of America. In his message the Holy Father expresses his best wishes to the president on his new mandate, and gives […]

Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s letter on President Obama’s re-election

Dear President Obama, In my capacity as President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, I write to express my congratulations on your re-election as President of the United States. The people of our country have again entrusted you with a great responsibility. The Catholic Bishops of the United States offer our prayers that […]