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Jesuit scholar recalled for sharing love of Gospels as teacher, priest

WESTON, Mass. (CNS) -- Jesuit Father Daniel J. Harrington, one of the world's leading New Testament scholars, who died Feb. 7 after a four-year battle with cancer, "changed my life," recalled Jesuit Father James Martin.

Organizations weigh in on how Supreme Court should handle HHS mandate

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- After ruling in 2012 that certain aspects of the Affordable Care Act stand up to constitutional scrutiny, the Supreme Court's next dip into legal challenges to the law focuses on whether for-profit secular employers can claim religious rights protections from some provisions.

Bishops: Ruling on Virginia ban ‘strips marriage of intrinsic meaning’

RICHMOND, Va. (CNS) -- A federal judge's decision to strike down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional has dealt "a severe blow to the citizens of our commonwealth," two Catholic bishops said in a Feb. 14 statement.

New York bishops urge ‘love, respect’ for people with mental illness

ALBANY, N.Y. (CNS) -- The Catholic bishops of New York urged compassion and acceptance for people suffering from mental illness in a new pastoral statement, and the state Catholic conference, their public policy arm, issued specific policy recommendations related to those with mental illness.

Washington state’s bishops back governor’s moratorium on death penalty

SEATTLE (CNS) -- Washington state's Catholic bishops praised Gov. Jay Inslee for declaring a moratorium on the use of the death penalty in the state and applauded him for urging there be "a public conversation on capital punishment."

Milwaukee Archdiocese files reorganization plan with bankruptcy court

MILWAUKEE (CNS) -- Attorneys for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee filed the archdiocese's reorganization plan Feb. 12, with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

Miami archbishop joins other bikers in ‘Ride With God’ fundraiser

PARKLAND, Fla. (CNS) -- Local computer systems engineer Pierre Victor's Italian-made MV Agusta F4 motorcycle was evidence that almost any hobby or special interest can be an intersection for faith-sharing and awareness raising for a good cause.

Community house members embrace ‘radical Christian discipleship’

Will, Jon and Natasha -- and infant Eloise -- are part of a new experiment in Christian community living, sponsored by Christ the King Church in Nashville, where they are members. They have made a one-year commitment to live together, share resources and volunteer at the parish.

Persecution of Christians ‘widespread, flagrant,’ archbishop says

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The Vatican's apostolic nuncio to the United Nations told a congressional hearing Feb. 11 that "flagrant and widespread persecution of Christians rages in the Middle East even as we meet."

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.