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Bishops’ pro-life official hails House passage of ‘Protect Life Act’

WASHINGTON — The Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) welcomed passage in the House of the ‘Protect Life Act’ (H.R. 358). Sponsored by Rep. Joseph Pitts (R-PA) and Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL) and 144 co-sponsors, the Protect Life Act would apply longstanding federal policies on abortion funding, and conscience […]

US bishops’ agency denied federal grant to help trafficking victims

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Since 2006, the U.S. Catholic bishops’  Migration and Refugee Services has helped more than 2,700 victims of human trafficking obtain food, clothing and access to medical care. That service has come to a halt because the agency recently learned it did not receive a new grant award for this work from the […]

Response to bishops’ document gives glimpse of coming political season

WASHINGTON (CNS) — It didn't take long for a number of different perspectives to come to light after the U.S. bishops reissued their 2007 document, "Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship," with a new introductory note signed by the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the chairmen of nine USCCB committees.

Jesuit says Steve Jobs knew the value of communication

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Like Pope Pius XI, who founded Vatican Radio and built the Vatican train station, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs recognized the importance of expanding communication, a Jesuit told Vatican Radio. Jobs, 56, died Oct. 5 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Father Antonio Spadaro, the new editor of the influential Jesuit […]

Healing of Springfield man key to Italian priest’s canonization

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Thanks to the healing of a young man from the United States, who was severely injured in a rollerblading accident, Italian Blessed Louis Guanella will be among three new saints proclaimed by Pope Benedict XVI in late October. William Glisson, now 30 and married, was 21 years old when he and […]

New Jersey bishop discloses he will soon begin kidney dialysis

CAMDEN, N.J. (CNS) — Bishop Joseph A. Galante of Camden told Catholics of his diocese that he would soon begin dialysis treatment to combat worsening kidney disease. He said that despite the near-daily treatments, “this should enable me to be able to continue an active work schedule both in the office and for the celebration […]

18 Catholic colleges appeal parts of federal health care law mandate

Eighteen Catholic colleges have asked the Obama administration to exempt all religious individuals and institutions from being forced to participate in the federal mandate that health insurance plans cover contraceptives and sterilization.

Pro-life, family, justice workers urged to ‘give up turf’ to partner

Bishop Joseph A. Galante challenged leaders of Catholic pro-life, family life and social justice offices around the country to "tear down our cubicles" and "give up our turf" in order to model collaboration for the rest of the Church. The bishop of Camden, N.J., spoke July 25 at the close of the first day of a national conference in his diocese called "Life, Justice & Family: Partners in the New Evangelization."

Adult stem cells making news in courts, Congress and on football field

Stem-cell research is once again making news in Congress and the courts. But this time, it's on the sports pages too. And instead of the embryonic stem-cell research that was once all the rage, the news is in the field of adult stem-cell research, which does not involve the destruction of human embryos.

Archbishop Chaput asks Catholics to make opposition to HHS mandate known

"The HHS mandate is not simply 'bad' social policy, but precedent-setting in its disregard for conscience rights. There is no reasonable defense for a coercive approach to contraception in health insurance coverage, and Catholics need to make their opposition known firmly and immediately to the Department of Health and Human Services." -- Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Philadelphia and Chairman of the PCC