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After college acceptance, next challenge for many is paying tuition

WASHINGTON (CNS) — After finally being accepted into college, the only headaches left for students are how to fit a dorm room into a car for move-in day — and how to afford that tuition. On June 29, Congress voted to keep the interest rate for Stafford federal student loans at 3.4 percent; it would […]

Message from girl’s first Communion balloon returned 11 year later

EDGEWOOD, Iowa (CNS) — In 2001, Abbie Steger, then in second grade, took part in a tradition that has been going on for decades at St. Mark Church in Edgewood. On the Sunday after Easter, the small, tightknit parish’s first Communion class stands on a lawn outside the church and releases balloons. The colorful spheres […]

Chicago Cardinal plans treatment after tests show cancer cells

CHICAGO (CNS) — For the second time in his 75 years, Cardinal Francis E. George of Chicago is facing the cross of cancer. The Archdiocese of Chicago released a statement Aug. 17 announcing that two days earlier, Cardinal George underwent a procedure at Loyola Medical Center during which doctors found cancerous cells in his kidney […]

Colleges look at ways to train students for jobs in tough economy

WASHINGTON (CNS) — When one thinks of Catholic colleges and universities, one typically imagines an institution with a strong liberal arts base and bachelor’s and advanced degrees in white-collar professions. While that remains the case, a few Catholic colleges are looking at the stagnant economy and how they can respond to it. These schools have […]

Oregon judge rules no employer link between abusive priest and Holy See

PORTLAND, Ore. (CNS) — An Oregon federal judge ruled Aug. 20 that the Vatican was not the employer of a priest accused of molestation and dismissed a 10-year-old attempt to hold the Holy See liable for sexual abuse. The lawsuit filed by a Portland-area man attempted to hold the Vatican responsible for him being molested […]

Applicants line up for deferred deportation; benefits vary by state

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The first days for applying for deferred deportation for some young adults under a program to use prosecutorial discretion brought out tens of thousands of applicants to workshops around the country and a first wave of responses from state governments about what privileges they would and would not extend to the recipients. […]

‘In the realm of trauma,’ victim aides help heal the Church, bishop says

OMAHA, Neb. (CNS) — Bishops need help restoring trust and healing wounds felt by the faithful by the clergy sexual abuse scandal, and people who work in the Church to assist victims and create safe environments for children can be key partners, the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on the Protection of Children and […]

In Milwaukee, plan for 203 parishes to become 28, with 72 ‘clusters,’ by 2020

ST. FRANCIS, Wis. (CNS) — Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki is preparing the archdiocese for 2020, particularly as to how the spiritual needs of the Catholic community will best be served. “Parishes and Pastoral Leadership 2020,” approved and issued by Archbishop Listecki Aug. 8, notes “three principal factors” that will have an impact on parishes […]

A man for our times: Film tells story of St. Augustine’s conversion

WASHINGTON (CNS) — St. Augustine’s “Confessions,” the autobiographical account of his sinful youth and eventual conversion to Christianity, may be a centuries-old story but its message still resonates today, according to the head of Ignatius Press. For the first time, a feature film — titled “Restless Heart” — will tell the story of the fifth-century […]

‘Gone With the Wind’ author’s nephew donates book rights to Atlanta Archdiocese

ATLANTA (CNS) — Because of a generous bequest from Joseph Mitchell, the late nephew of celebrated author Margaret Mitchell, the Atlanta Archdiocese now owns 50 percent of the literary rights to her Pulitzer prize-winning, best-selling novel, “Gone With the Wind.” But what does this mean for the Archdiocese of Atlanta? The short answer: continuing revenue […]