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Efforts to promote religious liberty will not end, archbishop says

BALTIMORE (CNS) — The work of defending religious liberty will continue more robustly and without end in the face of growing challenges, said the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty. Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, told his fellow bishops during the fall general assembly of the U.S. Conference of […]

Proposed text ties sacrament of penance to new evangelization effort

BALTIMORE (CNS) — The U.S. bishops Nov. 12 began consideration of an exhortation that would be issued in their name encouraging Catholics to take advantage of the sacrament of penance, also known as reconciliation. The text — presented on the first day of their annual fall general assembly in Baltimore — was prepared by the […]

Document developing on bishops’ use of new technologies

BALTIMORE (CNS) — The chairmen of four U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ committees will begin work soon on drafting a document that reiterates the teaching authority of local bishops while urging them to use new technologies to share Catholic theology. The end result is expected to complement a 20-year-old document on the teaching authority of […]

Bishop says West Virginia’s poverty causing ‘anguish,’ urges outreach

WHEELING, W.Va. (CNS) — Bishop Michael J. Bransfield of Wheeling-Charleston in a new pastoral letter called attention to poverty in West Virginia and its devastating effects on the state’s children, and urged outreach to the poor as part of the Catholic Church’s new evangelization efforts. “It is my hope to speak to the grief and […]

Tree from devastated New Jersey heading to Rock Center

An 80-foot-tall Norway Spruce, selected to be the 2012 Christmas tree at New York’s Rockefeller Center, is raised by a crane above spectators after being cut down at the home of Joseph Balku in Flanders, N.J., Nov. 13.

Bishops OK first new preaching document in 30 years

BALTIMORE (CNS) — The U.S. bishops approved their first new document in 30 years on preaching Nov. 13, the second day of their annual fall general assembly in Baltimore. The document, “Preaching the Mystery of Faith: The Sunday Homily,” encourages preachers to connect the Sunday homily with people’s daily lives. The vote was 227-11, with […]

Pro-lifers closely watching Nevada pregnancy case

RENO, Nev. (CNS) — Pro-lifers are paying close attention to a Nevada court case involving a mentally incapacitated pregnant woman. The Nevada Supreme Court Nov. 6 allowed a lower-court judge to continue to conduct a hearing about the pregnancy. After the court’s OK, Washoe County District Judge Egan Walker continued hearings begun Nov. 2 into […]

US bishops discuss penance, preaching, religious liberty, economy

BALTIMORE (CNS) — The U.S. bishops’ fall general assembly in Baltimore began with an emphasis on conversion and a return to the sacrament of penance. New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. bishops’ conference, told the bishops at the start of the Nov. 12-15 meeting that he could imagine […]

Bishops urged to make proposed statement on economy more substantive

BALTIMORE (CNS) — A new statement on the economy, intended as a pastoral message of hope, came in for some sharp criticism as the document was formally introduced for consideration Nov. 12 at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ annual fall general assembly in Baltimore. During discussion, “The Hope of the Gospel in Difficult Economic […]

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 […]