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Veteran Vatican reporter Allen calls Pope Francis ‘pope of mercy’

In a talk, Catholic journalist John Allen outlined three areas where he believes Pope Francis will have the most impact -- leadership as service, the social Gospel and mercy as the core Christian message in this era.

Advocates sponsor rally in nation’s capital to celebrate school choice

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Educational advocates from across the political divide came together in Washington Jan. 29 for the Put Kids First rally, part of National School Choice Week.

Court extends protection of Little Sisters from HHS mandate

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The Supreme Court Jan. 24 issued a three-sentence order affirming -- for the time being -- an injunction blocking enforcement against the Little Sisters of the Poor and the Christian Brothers of a mandate to provide contraceptive coverage in employee health insurance.

The end is near — possibly — for Internet communication as we know it

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- When a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled in Verizon's favor Jan. 14 on its suit against the Federal Communications Commission, observers in the tech field suggested this could signal the end of the Internet as we know it.

‘Safety first’ plan urged to protect West Virginia workers, residents

WHEELING, W.Va. (CNS) -- In a letter to West Virginia Catholics about the recent chemical spill in their state, Bishop Michael J. Bransfield of Wheeling-Charleston said "safety first" must be "a lived reality" within West Virginia's coal mining and chemical industries.

Millennials at march say age group most aware of costs of abortion

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Despite single-digit temperatures, thousands descended on Washington Jan. 22 to declare their opposition to abortion.

Nebraska Lifeboat Coffee company aims to boost U.S. pro-life groups

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CNS) -- John Lillis, a graduate of the Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio, had seen God's intervention for life play out in more than one way long before starting a new coffee company with a mission to help pro-life groups earn money.

Youths must help world see God has plan for ‘each life,’ priest says

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Braving near-record low temperatures and Arctic-type wind chills, thousands of young people from across the Archdiocese of Washington and the United States gathered in Washington for a rally and Mass prior to the annual Jan. 22 March for Life.

‘No sacrifice too great’ for pro-life cause, says March for Life head

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The polar vortex couldn't chill the ardor of thousands of participants who demonstrated their determination to continue speaking out against abortion at the annual March for Life and rally Jan. 22 in Washington.

Gov. Cuomo to right-to-life conservatives: Get out of New York

NEW YORK (CNS) -- Pro-life supporters and members of two Republican organizations Jan. 21 urged New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to issue a formal apology for saying that "extreme conservatives," including those who oppose abortion and same-sex marriage, have "no place in the state of New York."