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MP3 players loaded with spiritual material reach thousands of soldiers

WASHINGTON (CNS) — American troops have a strong presence around the globe, serving in 75 percent of the world’s countries, yet “one soldier told me they are starving for spiritual support,” said Cheri Lomonte, founder of Frontline Faith. The Catholic nonprofit organization gives MP3 players loaded with the Mass, stories and prayers to active-duty members […]

Supreme Court clears path for health care lawsuit

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way Nov. 26 for a federal appeals court to take up a Christian college's challenge to the Affordable Care Act, reopening one of several lawsuits filed by religious and other groups who oppose elements of the law. The court ordered the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to hear the argument of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., that the health care law infringes on the Christian school's religious freedom.

Archbishop says church won’t see much change under China’s new leaders

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (CNS) — A high-ranking Vatican official from China says he doesn’t expect much to change in church-state relations with the new Chinese government. “I don’t think there will be a big change in the immediate future for the religious policy in China. It’s not one of the immediate priorities of the new government. […]

Pope names US archbishop, Benedictine abbot to advise Vatican offices

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI named U.S. Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles a member of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications and U.S. Benedictine Abbot Christopher M. Zielinski to help manage the staff of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments. The Vatican announced the appointments Nov. 24. Archbishop Gomez, […]

‘Grateful tweets,’ thankful posts make social media a font of gratitude

ARLINGTON, Va. (CNS) -- A little bird says gratitude is making a comeback. With Thanksgiving in November, the days of the month are popular ones for calling to mind all for which we are grateful. And now, thanks to social media, those thankful thoughts can be read, commented on and shared by family, friends and, yes, even total strangers.

Bible publisher wins temporary injunction against HHS mandate

WASHINGTON (CNS) — A Washington-based federal judge made the right decision in granting a temporary injunction against enforcement of a federal contraceptive mandate in a suit brought by an Illinois-based Christian publisher, according to the lawyer representing the company. U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton ruled Nov. 16 that Tyndale House Publishers, which produces Bibles and […]

March for Life directors elect successor to late Nellie Gray

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Jeanne Monahan is the new full-time president of the March for Life Education & Defense Fund, which organizes and runs the March for Life in Washington each January. She succeeds the late Nellie Gray, founder and president, who died in August at age 86. Monahan, a former board member, had been serving as interim president since Gray's death.

New social media tools can help tell age-old Gospel story, speakers say

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (CNS) — Modern social media tools can make the centuries-old Gospel message new again for Catholics as they renew their faith and for those who have been baptized but have never embraced the faith. That was the view of a group of workshop presenters, most of them Catholic bloggers, who examined the role […]

Trenton Diocese coping with historic storm’s impact

TRENTON, N.J. (CNS) — In the weeks since Hurricane Sandy waged a relentless 48-hour assault along the mid-Atlantic shoreline, carving a swath of devastation throughout and beyond the four-county Diocese of Trenton, the Catholic community has answered back in faith and solidarity. “Priests and parishioners, first responders and volunteers, community leaders and ordinary citizens, old […]

In Boston, 288 parishes to share limited resources in 135 ‘collaboratives’

BRAINTREE, Mass. (CNS) -- A pastoral plan approved by Boston Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley calls for the Boston Archdiocese to organize its 288 parishes into approximately 135 groups called "parish collaboratives." Led by one pastor, a group of priests, deacons and lay ecclesial ministers, called a pastoral team, would provide pastoral services to parishes in the collaborative. Under the plan, each parish in the collaborative group will maintain its separate identity and retain control of its own property and assets.