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Hobby Lobby files brief with Supreme Court in HHS mandate case

ST. LOUIS (CNS) -- Arts-and-crafts retailer Hobby Lobby has filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court seeking protection from a federal mandate that requires coverage of contraceptives in workers' health insurance plans.

Massgoer says society needs to see importance of sacrament of marriage

LOS ANGELES (CNS) -- The octogenarian lovebirds come every year to celebrate World Marriage Day at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. Married at La Placita Church in Los Angeles Nov. 25, 1951, 85-year-old Ralph Guerrero and his wife, Mary, 84, were the longest-married couple among 81 couples at the World Marriage Day Mass.

New stem-cell method offers another alternative to embryonic research

BALTIMORE (CNS) -- A new method of creating versatile stem cells from a relatively simple manipulation of existing cells could further reduce the need for any stem-cell research involving human embryos, according to leading ethicists.

Babe Ruth’s first baseball field to be preserved in Baltimore

BALTIMORE (CNS) -- The baseball field where legendary slugger Babe Ruth learned to play the game is being preserved. It took a turn of events more circuitous than the drives Ruth used to pull into the stands with astonishing regularity during his 22-year career in the major leagues.

Pope names bishop for Albany Diocese; Rockville Centre to get auxiliary

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Howard J. Hubbard of Albany, N.Y., and named Msgr. Edward B. Scharfenberger, a priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn, N.Y., to succeed him.

Ukrainian church leader asks for prayers to resolve national crisis

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of Kiev-Halych, Ukraine, head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, capped a weeklong visit to the United States by asking all people of goodwill to join Ukrainian Catholics in prayer to resolve the ongoing political crisis in Ukraine.

Puerto Rican sainthood candidate known for piety, drive to teach poor

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (CNS) -- To the average Puerto Rican, born and raised in the country, the figure of "el maestro Rafael" (Rafael the teacher) was a fleeting reference in a grade school lesson.

Miami Catholic hopes app will help people ‘fall in love with the Mass’

As a young man, Dan Gonzalez drifted from the church and stopped attending Mass. As he learned about the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist, his life's work caught fire: explaining the meaning and value of the Catholic Mass to the young.

Massachusetts abbey now producing only Trappist ale outside Europe

The new Belgian-style ale, brewed by Trappist monks in Massachusetts, sold out in liquor stores in two hours, and demand for more is heavy. After covering living expenses of the monks and maintenance of the grounds, all profits from the sale of the ale will be donated to charity.

Think globally, act locally: Strategies emerge to help the poor help themselves

Participants at a social ministry gathering learned how Texas parishioners combated predatory "payday lending" by setting up their own credit union for poor people to bank safely. Also, a housecleaning co-op lets poor working mothers spend time with sick children.