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Abortion bill opponents called ‘extreme’ dies in Colorado Senate

DENVER (CNS) -- A day after more than 1,000 pro-lifers joined Denver's archbishop in a prayer rally to oppose a bill that would have established abortion as a "fundamental right" in Colorado, senators in the state Legislature April 16 tabled a vote on the measure indefinitely.

Jesus ‘knows what you are going through,’ Cardinal Dolan tells inmates

FALLSBURG, N.Y. (CNS) -- At an upbeat Mass in a maximum security prison, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan said Holy Week resonates with inmates, who can relate to Jesus' arrest, captivity and trial.

Colorado bishops urge state lawmakers to oppose ‘radical’ abortion bill

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CNS) -- The three Catholic bishops of Colorado sent letters April 14 to state legislators urging opposition to a bill aimed at defining abortion as a fundamental right in the state of Colorado.

Killings at Jewish community center mourned; Catholic woman among dead

UPDATED - OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (CNS) -- Outpourings of grief and support came in response to the murder of three people at two Jewish-run facilities in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park April 13, the day before the Jewish feast of Passover was to begin.

Dioceses raise $24.5 million for Typhoon Haiyan recovery, rebuilding

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- U.S. dioceses raised $24.5 million in the special collection taken for relief, recovery and rebuilding efforts in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan.

Faith leads young man with cancer to resolve to live life to the utmost

INDIANAPOLIS (CNS) -- The moment touched Father Rick Nagel as he visited Macklin Swinney in the hospital and listened to the young man share the remarkable resolution of what he was giving up for Lent.

Survey finds ongoing dissatisfaction with new Missal language

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A survey of attitudes among priests and lay parish leaders about the revised Roman Missal found just under half dislike the changes to the Mass introduced in the U.S. in 2011, and 75 percent think the language is "awkward and distracting."

USCCB releases resource guide on Girl Scouts for Catholic parishes

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Responding to concerns about Catholic involvement with Girl Scouts, a U.S. bishops' committee released key points from its dialogue with Girl Scout leaders outlining major concerns of church leaders and the national organization's responses.

Diocesan tech staffs have concerns about end of Windows XP support

ALLOUEZ, Wis. (CNS) -- On April 8, Microsoft discontinued support and security updates on all computers using its popular Windows XP operating system. Support also ended for Office 2003.

Diplomacy, peacebuilding head off violence before mass atrocities arise

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Healing and reconciliation continue 20 years after Rwanda's 100 days of genocide, making the central African nation a strong example for troubled states to emulate, international observers said.