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Cardinal says pope wants to ‘stir things up,’ let people ask questions

BALTIMORE (CNS) -- U.S. Cardinal Edwin F. O'Brien doesn't know what will come out of the Synod on the Family set for October, but the former archbishop of Baltimore believes it will be significant.

New study on abortion rate doesn’t tie drop to new state restrictions

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Almost two weeks after the national March for Life rally in Washington, the Guttmacher Institute reported a 13 percent drop in national abortion rates from 2008 to 2011 -- making for the lowest rate since 1973 when abortion on demand was legalized in the U.S.

USCCB initiative fosters young leaders for church’s social justice work

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Nearly 70 students from Catholic colleges worldwide came to Washington for the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering's Youth Leaders Initiative. Both the annual gathering, held this year Feb. 2-5, and the initiative are projects of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Six agencies of the USCCB sponsor the gathering with 15 other Catholic organizations.

College leaders urged to learn from students’ social media use

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- It's probably no surprise to anyone in academia that their students are very comfortable navigating their way around social media. What they may not have seriously considered is taking a page, online of course, from their students' use of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Archbishop warns against any ‘affiliation, support’ for abortion clinic

NEW ORLEANS (CNS) -- Faced with the looming construction of a multimillion-dollar, regional abortion facility by Planned Parenthood Gulf South, New Orleans Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond has cautioned local Catholics and businesses they would be "cooperating with the evil that will take place" at the clinic if they participated in its preparation or construction.

Senate OKs farm bill; Obama pledges to sign it

In addition to nutrition programs, the farm bill's provisions cover crop insurance, conservation, subsidies to farmers and overseas food aid. The $800 million cut to the food stamp program in the bill will result in $90 less per month for 850,000 Americans.

‘Troublemaker’ pope reshaping church, but drawing some skepticism

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The pontificate of Pope Francis is still young, but his statements and actions already have given guidance for how simple changes can improve the world, said panelists at Georgetown University.

Cardinal Wuerl dedicates new mosaic at national shrine in Washington

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington Feb. 2 dedicated a newly installed mosaic at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and the work is the "the second to the last step" in completing the artistic vision of the shrine's original designers.

Fighting poverty begins with grass-roots organizing, say panelists

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- What can Catholics do to combat poverty? Pope Francis' desire for a "church that is poor and for the poor" has them asking that question anew.

Ukrainian Catholics pray, worry as unrest unfolds in homeland

ST. LOUIS (CNS) -- The ongoing crisis in Ukraine is drawing support from Ukrainian Catholics in St. Louis and Philadelphia, where Archbishop Chaput called for prayer and action by the U.S. federal government to support civil liberties in that country.