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North Dakota bishops criticize ruling on 2011 law on abortion drugs

BISMARCK, N.D. (CNS) — North Dakota’s Catholic bishops called a decision by a state judge that a 2011 law prohibiting the use of one of two drugs used in nonsurgical abortions violates the state and U.S. constitutions. North Dakota Judge Wickham Corwin July 15 said the two-year-old law was “simply wrongheaded” and that “no compelling […]

Hobby Lobby wins injunction against HHS mandate

OKLAHOMA CITY (CNS) -- A federal judge in Oklahoma City July 19 granted a temporary injunction to the arts and crafts chain Hobby Lobby, saying it would not have to comply with the federal health care law mandating that employers provide coverage of contraceptives in their health insurance plans.

Man golfs coast-to-coast in epic school fundraiser

INDIANAPOLIS (CNS) -- More than two months into his drive to hit a golf ball across the country -- from California to South Carolina -- Luke Bielawski has experienced an incredible assortment of adventures. His "Tee to Shining Tee" journey hopes to raise $100,000 to help youths receive a Catholic education at Providence Cristo Rey High School in Indianapolis.

Catholic college heads appeal to Catholics in House on immigration

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Nearly 100 current and former heads of Catholic colleges and universities are appealing directly to Catholic members of the House of Representatives to "draw wisdom and moral courage from our shared faith tradition" in supporting comprehensive immigration reform.

After acquittal, attention now on how to heal societal wounds of racism

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Despite weeks of testimony and evidence and 17 months of national debate about what factors led to the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., at the end of the trial July 13, it became apparent that broader issues would not go away with the verdict of acquittal.

Clinic’s closure is ‘an answered prayer’ for pro-life demonstrators

ARLINGTON, Va. (CNS) -- Pro-lifers are celebrating the closure of one of the largest abortion clinics in Virginia. Opened in 2006, NOVA Women's Healthcare in Fairfax City closed its doors in June.

North Carolina pro-life bills move forward; governor pledges limited OK

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (CNS) -- Pro-life supporters are encouraged by the progress of pro-life bills through the North Carolina General Assembly, but they continue to lobby state leaders even as Republican Gov. Pat McCrory has signaled his partial support for the legislation.

Catholic, Pentecostal leaders listen, talk, pray together

BALTIMORE (CNS) -- Seven Catholics and four Pentecostals met in Baltimore to focus on understanding their commonalities and differences. The 11 church leaders, including Bishop Michael Burbidge, attended a session of the international Catholic-Pentecostal dialogue, which began with Mass July 14 at a basilica in Baltimore.

Catholic support for immigration reform called a ‘moral imperative’

TRENTON, N.J. (CNS) -- Catholics need to put aside "any partisan differences" they have on the immigration issue and come together to pray for the welfare of their brother and sister immigrants and for Congress to pass much-hoped-for comprehensive immigration reform, said Bishop David M. O'Connell of Trenton.

New coalition aims to protect right to religious expression in military

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Archbishop Timothy M. Broglio of the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services praised the efforts of a new coalition formed to fight what the organizers see as growing hostility toward service members' religious expression.