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Salvadoran bishop says he expects Romero beatification in three years

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- At a March 15 Mass in Washington marking the 34th anniversary of the killing of Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, Auxiliary Bishop Gregorio Rosa Chavez of San Salvador said there's strong hope and signals from the Vatican that beatification for the man many consider a modern-day saint will come in three years.

National shrine ‘fitting tribute’ to late pope, says USCCB president

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The U.S. bishops' March 19 designation of a center in Washington as the St. John Paul II National Shrine reflects U.S. Catholics' love for the late pope, said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky.

Energy, God’s presence permeate Catholic men’s gathering, say attendees

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. (CNS) -- Nearly 3,000 men from throughout the Archdiocese of Newark and other parts of New Jersey filled Seton Hall University's recreation complex March 15 for a robust spiritual workout.

North Dakota bishops welcome abortion clinic’s move to drop lawsuit

BISMARCK, N.D. (CNS) -- The North Dakota Catholic Conference welcomed the dismissal of a lawsuit challenging a 2013 law requiring doctors at the state's only abortion clinic to have admitting privileges at a local hospital.

Cardinal George hospitalized to receive treatment for dehydration

CHICAGO (CNS) -- Chicago Cardinal Francis E. George was admitted to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood March 14 to be treated for dehydration.

Gay couple claims diocese refused to sell commercial property to them

Potential buyers failed to meet the asking price for a former conference center of the Diocese of Worcester, Mass. But they say an internal email indicated the realtor was instructed to reject the offer because of the potential for gay marriages at the site.

Priest laicized after violating order prohibiting contact with minors

NEWARK, N.J. (CNS) -- Vatican officials laicized a New Jersey priest who violated a 2007 court memorandum of understanding that prohibited unsupervised contact with minors.

Federal courts, Homeland Security weigh in on immigration issues

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- In early March, federal judges ruled in two cases in ways that may ease detention for some immigrants, and a federal agency's new directive clarifies Border Patrol policies for use of force at the border.

Pope’s first year marked by ‘real call’ for church to be more pastoral

NEW YORK (CNS) -- Pope Francis "has taken the world by storm" in the year since his election, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz said March 13. He and Cardinal Timothy Dolan appeared on "CBS This Morning" to talk about the pope, saying he "does it the way Jesus said: 'Don't just tell people to do something but do it yourself.'"

Bill would continue programs that help inmates with life after prison

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Clevelander Alease Fleming is no stranger to prison.