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Number of permanent deacons grows, but many reaching retirement age

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- While the number of permanent deacons keeps growing, those ordained to the permanent diaconate are steadily reaching retirement age, with a need to replenish their ranks, according to a study released Aug. 6 on the diaconate.

Bishop says joblessness, exploitation denying millions ‘honor, respect’

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Millions of workers are being denied the honor and respect they deserve because of a lack of jobs, underemployment, low wages and exploitation, according to the bishop who heads the U.S. bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development.

‘Love of neighbor’ called motivation for Knights’ commitment to charity

SAN ANTONIO (CNS) -- Saying "our order is stronger today than ever before, and the best is yet to come," Supreme Knight Carl Anderson delivered an annual report Aug. 6 that chronicled the record-setting activity of the Knights of Columbus at the organization's 131st annual convention.

Newtown pastor, parish Knights of Columbus council receive recognition

SAN ANTONIO (CNS) -- The pastor of St. Rose of Lima Church in Newtown, Conn., and the parish's Knights of Columbus Council were honored Aug. 6 with a new award from the Knights of Columbus at the order's 131st supreme convention in San Antonio.

Several Nashville Dominicans mark transitions along vocational path

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (CNS) -- The Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation celebrated a series of transitions in their Nashville-based community as several women made their final profession of vows or their first profession of vows, and still others entered the novitiate.

Basilica decree for church a ‘proud moment’ for Diocese of Raleigh

WILMINGTON, N.C. (CNS) -- The Vatican has recognized the history of St. Mary Catholic Church in Wilmington and its prominent place in the Catholic community and the wider community by designating it a basilica.

Suspended priest sentenced to eight years in prison for molesting teen

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CNS) -- A suspended Sacramento priest was sentenced Aug 2 to eight years in a California state prison for pleading no contest a month earlier to charges that he molested a girl when she was 13.

Madagascar archbishops confirm no contraceptives in CRS programs

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Two Madagascar archbishops confirmed in talks with leading U.S. church leaders that Catholic Relief Services is not providing or facilitating access to contraceptives and abortifacients in its health care programs in their archdioceses.

Senate confirms Hackett, retired CRS leader, as ambassador to Vatican

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Ken Hackett, retired president of Catholic Relief Services, received Senate confirmation Aug. 1 as U.S. ambassador to the Vatican.

Pro-lifers hope North Carolina law leads to day when all choose life

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (CNS) -- A new law that tightens regulations on North Carolina's 16 abortion clinics, bans abortions based on the child's gender, and expands conscience protections for health care providers is to go into effect Oct. 1. Signed into law by Republican Gov. Pat McCrory July 29, the legislation requires the state's Department of Health and Human Services to adopt procedures making abortion clinics conform to similar safety standards as outpatient surgery centers -- the first regulatory overhaul for abortion clinics since 1994.