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Hypoallergenic incense, low-gluten hosts can ease Massgoers’ allergies

Billowing clouds of incense at Mass and the inability to receive Communion can force some Catholics to cover their face or get out of the pew because of allergies and a sensitivity to wheat.

Assisted suicide bill rejects God’s design for life, death, says bishop

The state of New Jersey is "now on the road" to legalizing physician-assisted suicide, but "it is an option and a choice that we should never make," said Trenton Bishop David M. O'Connell.

Cardinal O’Malley says Rome ‘urgently’ needs to look into Bishop Finn

In an interview with "60 Minutes" airing Sunday, Nov. 16, Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston said the Vatican needs to address the situation of Bishop Robert Finn of Missouri, who was convicted in 2012 for failing to report suspected child abuse.

Conference called ‘strong sign’ of importance of traditional marriage

A Southern Baptist leader who will speak at a Vatican-sponsored conference next week on traditional marriage called the gathering "a strong sign that shows that marriage is necessary for human nourishing."

CRS official sees wins in Ebola fight, but there’s ‘a lot more to do’

Catholic organizations and dioceses in the United States have responded to the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa with both generosity and extreme caution. Catholic Relief Services committed $1.5 million to prevent transmission of the virus there.

Bishops OK liturgy items, endorse sainthood cause, hold elections

Though there were no actions on the U.S. bishops' agenda in Baltimore dealing with immigration, poverty and other public policy issues, conference president Archbishop Jooseph Kurtz said he hopes to meet with President Barack Obama and congressional leaders soon on several topics.

Religious liberty ‘continues to be great concern,’ Archbishop Lori says

The ongoing work of the U.S. bishops to defend religious freedom will take a slightly different tone in upcoming years, said its committee chairman.

Encourage more Latino students to attend Catholic schools, bishops told

The church needs to do a better job of encouraging Latino families and underserved populations to send their children to Catholic schools, the bishops were told Nov. 10 during their annual fall assembly in Baltimore.

Redefinition of marriage poses ‘complex challenges,’ says archbishop

The U.S. bishops gathered in Baltimore for their annual fall general assembly were urged not to "shy away" from the Catholic Church's support of traditional marriage even as laws across the country are legalizing same-sex marriage.

U.S. bishops endorse sainthood cause of Father Paul Wattson

The U.S. bishops gave their support to advancing the cause of Father Paul Wattson, a onetime Episcopal priest who joined the Catholic Church more than a century ago along with the members of the Society of the Atonement, which he co-founded.