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Bishops to consider election document, USCCB priorities, sainthood causes

he U.S. bishops will consider whether to approve a new introductory note and a limited revision of their quadrennial statement on political responsibility during their Nov. 16-19 fall general assembly in Baltimore.

Brooklyn church one of latest to attract ‘Mass Mob’ for Sunday Mass

Inspired by the idea of a "flash mob," the NYC Mass Mob organizes people through social media to attend Mass at a set date and time at Catholic churches around New York's five boroughs.

Wisconsin clinic suspends abortions; pro-lifers hope for permanent stop

Planned Parenthood in Grand Chute suspended abortions in mid-October, citing a lack of medical staff. The building, and Planned Parenthood's office in Appleton, remains open.

Catholic schools ‘help us see the world through Jesus’ eyes,’ says bishop

The mood within St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral in Trenton was that of a joyous, faith-filled family reunion during the Trenton Diocese's annual Mass for Catholic schools.

Women CEOs say faith guides their work in bringing Gospel to the needy

"I have to be grounded in the Gospel. I have to pray. I have to start and end my day in prayer. I have to listen to what God, what Jesus is saying to me in the Gospel," said Dominican Sister Donna Markham.

Cause opens for Florida martyrs who proclaimed faith ‘at all cost’

The outdoor Mass and opening of the sainthood cause for 86 Florida martyrs -- known as Antonio Cuipa and Companions -- was celebrated Oct. 12, just east of Tallahassee, the site of what will become the Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Martyrs.

Irish-born actress Maureen O’Hara dies; was icon of golden age of movies

Maureen O'Hara, one of the last icons of the golden age of movies, died Oct. 24 in Boise. She was 95. A lifelong Catholic and native of Ireland, she moved to Boise in 2012 to be close to her grandson.

House bill holds up federal funds for Planned Parenthood for a year

The provision is part of a reconciliation bill -- H.R. 3762 -- that voids some major provisions of the Obama administration's Affordable Care Law.

Energetic Georgia priest wins Catholic Extension’s Lumen Christi Award

The construction of St. Anthony of Padua Church in Ray City, scheduled to be dedicated in March, is a dream come true for Catholics in this area of southern Georgia near Valdosta in the Savannah Diocese.

Hospice patients teach a lot about facing death, doctor says

Dying patients, in the view of a doctor working 40 years in hospices, can teach lessons of trust and gratitude. They offer four gifts: the opportunity to say "I'm sorry," "I love you," "thank you" and "goodbye, I'll be OK."