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Fortnight observance called advocacy, faith formation for Catholics

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- In the nation's capital and across the country, Catholics gathered to mark the end of the Fortnight for Freedom observance that calls them to celebrate religious freedom and grow in awareness of efforts the Catholic Church sees as threats to that freedom, chief among them the federal government's contraceptive mandate.

Court may compel priest to break confessional seal in abuse case

BATON ROUGE, La. (CNS) -- Louisiana's Supreme Court has ruled that a priest may be compelled to testify as to what he heard in the confessional concerning an abuse case. He could be jailed for refusing to testify, or be excommunicated from the church if he does so.

Minors at border should be thought of as refugees, speakers say

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- From the head of the U.S. agency in charge of the welfare of more than 50,000 Central American children who have been apprehended at the Mexican border, to the Honduran cardinal who heads the international Catholic relief agency, Caritas, the message was clear, those minors are as much refugees as the people fleeing upheaval in Syria or South Sudan.

Catholic owners of Indiana business hail high court ruling as victory

INDIANAPOLIS (CNS) -- Bill Grote jumped out of his chair when he saw a television report the day the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision regarding Burrell v. Hobby Lobby.

New radio program covers life issues, ways to spread culture of life

FORT PIERCE, Fla. (CNS) -- A new radio program launched in the Palm Beach Diocese in June with a focus on shedding light on pro-life issues, and sharing ways to get involved in promoting the culture of life in the not-so-pro-life world.

Why children run from their Central American homes

The reasons for a 92 percent increase in unaccompanied minors coming to the United States from Central America include rising violence from gangs, joblessness from a new coffee blight and the perception that children might be granted asylum in America just because they are children.

Archbishop orders internal investigation of claims made against him

ST. PAUL, Minn. (CNS) -- Archbishop John C. Nienstedt of St. Paul and Minneapolis told priests and staff about recent allegations against him involving events alleged to have occurred a decade ago before he began serving in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, calling them "absolutely and entirely false."

Go and find disciples by following Christ’s example, archbishop says

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (CNS) -- Archbishop Gregory Wilton D. Gregory urged participants at the Atlanta Archdiocese's Eucharistic Congress to find candidates for discipleship by following "the example of Christ himself."

Christian-run college gets temporary relief from HHS mandate

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The U.S. Supreme Court late July 3 granted Christian-run Wheaton College in Illinois temporary relief from complying with the Department of Health and Human Services' federal contraceptive mandate that is part of the Affordable Care Act.

Hundreds gather in Washington for Fortnight for Freedom closing Mass

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A deep appreciation for religious liberty brought people from the U.S. and throughout the world to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for the July 4 closing Mass of the Fortnight for Freedom, two weeks dedicated by the U.S. bishops to prayer, celebration and awareness of religious freedom.