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Bishops hail repeal of capital punishment in Maryland

WASHINGTON (CNS) — One U.S. Catholic bishop hailed the repeal of the death penalty in Maryland as “a courageous step toward a culture of life.” The comment, by Bishop Stephen E. Blaire of Stockton, Calif., chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, was issued May 2, the day Maryland Gov. […]

Detroit Archdiocese to sell 4 buildings, move administrative offices

DETROIT (CNS) -- The Archdiocese of Detroit announced it has sold four buildings in or close to downtown Detroit and will relocate its administrative offices sometime next year to another building downtown where it will be the anchor tenant. Proceeds from the sales will net the archdiocese $3.2 million, the archdiocese said in an April 30 press release. The archdiocese added the funds will be used for repairs and maintenance on other properties.

Emergency contraceptive OK’d for 15-year-old girls; bishops call FDA irresponsible

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The Food and Drug Administration "acted irresponsibly" with its decision to lower the age limit from 17 to 15 for purchasing an over-the-counter emergency contraceptive, said an official of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Explosion-shattered Texas town buries victims, picks up pieces

WEST, Texas (CNS) -- The town of West all but shut down April 25 as most of its 2,800 residents headed to Baylor University in Waco, 20 miles south, for a memorial service for the first responder victims of an April 17 factory explosion. As the town's public works agencies struggled to restore water, gas and electrical service to the damaged areas, the St. Vincent de Paul Society was overseeing assistance from Catholic organizations. Austin Bishop Joe S. Vasquez had asked parishes in the diocese to hold special collections to aid in the relief efforts.

New magazine for women set for May debut

Five young Catholic women living in New York learned that women overall were experiencing a decline in happiness. So the five decided to develop a magazine that would offer something different. Verily magazine, unveiled April 17 at its website, will feature articles of hope to "lift women up," a founding editor said.

Four wounded in church stabbing in Albuquerque; suspect held

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (CNS) — A suspect was being held on $75,000 bond after being arrested following the stabbing of four worshipers at an Albuquerque parish near the end of Mass April 28. The suspect, Lawrence Capener, 24, also had his hand lacerated in the scuffle following the initial attack. Two stabbing victims remained hospitalized the […]

Education key to globalization, says Christian Brothers’ superior

MORAGA, Calif. (CNS) -- Brother Alvaro Rodriguez Echeverria, superior general of the Christian Brothers, stressed the need for all people to have access to education during an April 24 gathering at St. Mary's College of California. "Tomorrow's dilemma will not be between the haves and the have-nots but rather between those who know and those who do not," he said.

Archbishop at Red Mass: Traditional marriage is ‘best for children’

MIAMI (CNS) -- Traditional marriage is "best for children" and efforts to legalize same-sex marriage will "open a Pandora's Box of unforeseen and, to be sure, unintended consequences," Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski said during the annual Red Mass. Delivering the homily at the April 23 Mass, Archbishop Wenski said the growing movement in support of same-sex marriage would "redefine marriage for all as existing solely for the gratification of two consenting adults" rather than for the creation of life.

Laity key to Irish church’s renewal, Dublin archbishop says

NEW YORK (CNS) -- Renewal of the Catholic Church in a "post-Catholic" Ireland depends on a homegrown effort by the laity to overcome clericalism and witness the Christian message in a secular society, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin told a New York audience. Once considered "one of the world's most deeply and stably Catholic countries," Ireland, like other parts of Europe, can now be classified as post-Catholic because of sociological changes and lingering fallout from the child sexual abuse scandals that swept the country in recent years, he said.

U.N. speeches recognize reality of global migration

NEW YORK (CNS) - Addresses on migration by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Archbishop Francis A. Chullikatt, permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, struck similar chords about the reasons for and problems of migration, while disagreeing about some solutions.