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Archbishop asks for Ash Wednesday prayers for Ukraine

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- U.S. Catholics stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine as their country struggles with political tensions, said a statement from the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Mid-Atlantic congress helps form Catholics for ‘faith-filled service’

BALTIMORE (CNS) -- What Dawn Sirface has learned at the Mid-Atlantic Congress for Pastoral Leaders enriches her ministry as the parish formation coordinator at St. Ann in Hagerstown.

Supreme Court upholds lower courts’ block of immigrant housing laws

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Two municipalities -- including Hazleton, Pa. -- that tried to make it illegal for people who lack legal immigration status to rent housing were rebuffed March 3 by the Supreme Court.

Marriage needs to be ‘preserved,’ not ‘redefined,’ says archbishop

San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone urged the U.S. Senate to pass the State Marriage Defense Act of 2014, saying it is necessary to keep the federal government from circumventing state laws defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Survey shows major shift in U.S. Catholics’ view of same-sex marriage

A new survey indicated 58 percent of white Catholics and 56 percent of Hispanic Catholics now favor same-sex marriage. This is up 22 percentage points from 2003, when only 35 percent of Catholics overall supported same-sex marriage.

Catholic leaders join in asking Obama to protect U.S. religious freedom

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Two Catholics joined with eight evangelical leaders in asking President Barack Obama to defend religious liberty in the United States as he has defended it in other countries.

Catholics, evangelicals team up in pressing for immigration reform

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- In a joint letter to members of Congress, Catholic bishops and evangelical leaders pleaded for "common sense fixes to our immigration policies" by passing legislation this year.

Arizona governor vetoes bill, says it could have divided the state

PHOENIX (CNS) -- Concerns about the need to protect religious liberty are not unfounded but a bill allowing businesses and others to refuse to serve same-sex couples on religious grounds was "broadly worded and could result in unintended consequences" said Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer Feb. 26.

Judge: Any state law involving marriage must comply with Constitution

SAN ANTONIO (CNS) -- A U.S. District Court judge Feb. 26 struck down a Texas constitutional amendment that defined marriage as being only between one man and one woman. Judge Orlando Garcia also said it was unconstitutional for the state not to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples performed in other states.

First married man ordained priest for U.S. Maronite Catholic Church

ST. LOUIS (CNS) -- Father Wissam Akiki is the first married man to be ordained a priest for the U.S. Maronite Catholic Church.