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Religious leaders ask Obama to move faster on normalizing Cuba ties

A letter to President Barack Obama called for a three-point plan to normalize relations between the United States and Cuba, including initiating high-level dialogue with the Cuban government; removing Cuba from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism; and lifting all restrictions on "people-to-people" travel between the U.S. and Cuba.

World War II vet says time as POW of Nazis deepened his Catholic faith

DUNDALK, Md. (CNS) -- U.S. Army Air Corps Cpl. Leo Wojciechowski had just unloaded bombs targeting the Blechhammer synthetic oil refinery on the Nazi-occupied Czech-Polish border when he felt his B-24 shudder. Anti-aircraft fire had struck the nose gunner's plane during the Aug. 7, 1944, mission, causing it to lose speed and altitude as gasoline flooded the rear of the compromised aircraft.

First U.S. edition of missal in Spanish may be on the horizon

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Anyone who’s familiar with the arduous, years-long process of getting English-language liturgical texts into use might be a bit surprised to learn that there is no comparable system for single-source Spanish translations of missals and other liturgical books. In the United States, priests celebrating daily or weekly Mass, a wedding or other […]

Catholic college mourns death of alumna slain at her school

WORCESTER, Mass. (CNS) -- Assumption College planned to hold a noon prayer service Oct. 25 in the school's Chapel of the Holy Spirit to remember Colleen Ritzer, a 2011 graduate found dead early in the morning Oct. 23.

Biotechnology must consider ethics, compassion, says Cardinal Turkson

DES MOINES, Iowa (CNS) -- He came to engage in conversations about hunger. Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, came to Des Moines for the World Food Prize. He talked with scientists, researchers, policymakers and students. He also made time to talk with those who have concerns about genetically modified food and family farms.

Growing Hispanic presence in U.S. church seen as blessing and challenge

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (CNS) -- The fact that Spanish-speaking and Latino Catholics are fast becoming a major segment -- already about one-third -- of the Catholic population in the U.S. wasn't lost on a range of Catholic Hispanic leadership gathered Oct. 17-20 for a regional encounter.

Cardinal Maida dedicates mosaic of late pope at national shrine

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Polish-Americans, including Cornell University senior Adrian Poniatowski, filled the Chapel of Our Lady of Czestochowa to honor the Catholic Church's first Polish pontiff, who encouraged people throughout the world to be active members of the church.

Thomas Foley dies at 84; was House speaker for nearly six years

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The nation lost "a true American statesman" with the passing of Thomas S. Foley, former speaker of the House, said the president of his alma mater, Jesuit-run Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash.

NFL execs, alumnus give $10 million to Catholic school in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (CNS) -- Walking out of the Catholic High School locker rooms en route to practice, three freshmen football players turned a corner and came face to face with a white-haired man briskly descending the stairs in a well-cut navy suit. As they stopped to let the man pass, their eyes widened in recognition of Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys.

Elections, marriage and confirmation texts among bishops’ agenda items

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Elections for a new president and vice president, a discussion and vote on a Spanish-language book of prayers at Mass, and a proposal to develop a statement on pornography are among the items awaiting the U.S. bishops when they gather in Baltimore for their annual fall assembly.