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$28.8 million FEMA grant to help rebuild schools destroyed in tornado

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (CNS) -- A $28.8 million Federal Emergency Management Administration grant will allow the Diocese of Springfield to rebuild three schools destroyed in a 2011 tornado.

Cardinal, panelists: Pope Francis’ celebrity should turn eyes to Jesus

BALTIMORE (CNS) -- "Like Pope Francis? You'll love Jesus."

Boys’ choir from centuries-old monastery in Spain makes U.S. debut

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Since the 13th century, the Escolania de Montserrat has sung daily for pilgrims at Escolania de Montserrat in Catalonia, Spain.

Bahrain cathedral will be ‘symbol of Christianity’ in ‘heart of Islam’

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Bishop Camillo Ballin, apostolic vicar of Northern Arabia, knows full well what it is like to minister to Catholics in a Muslim region because he has been doing that for more than four decades.

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.