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Flu epidemic prompts some churches to stop offering Communion chalice

WASHINGTON (CNS) — This year amid the raging flu epidemic in the United States, several dioceses have issued recommendations for receiving Communion, offering the sign of peace and even attending Mass. According to a report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the flu season started earlier than usual this year. As of […]

Federal court panel dismisses ACLU challenge of USCCB trafficking grant

WASHINGTON (CNS) — A federal appeals court dismissed an American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts legal challenge to a contract between the Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, saying the case had become moot because the contract had expired. In a unanimous ruling Jan. 15, the three-judge panel […]

Women from diverse backgrounds drawn to life of cloistered monastery

TYRINGHAM, Mass. (CNS) -- They come from California, Delaware, Pennsylvania and India. One is a nurse; another was an assistant manager at a Walgreen's. They have different life experiences and span several decades in age. However, the four newest members of the Visitation Monastery in Tyringham have one thing in common: They all feel drawn to the life of a cloistered nun.

‘Youth-friendly’ novena part of ‘Nine Days’ event to mark Roe decision

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The U.S. Catholic bishops have launched “Nine Days of Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage” to take place Jan. 19-27 as part of events marking the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion virtually on demand in the U.S. Jan. 22 is the actual anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 […]

Allowing driver’s licenses for undocumented benefits all, say advocates

CHICAGO (CNS) -- Undocumented immigrants who can prove they have lived in Illinois for at least a year will soon be eligible for temporary driver's licenses, under a bill passed Jan. 8 by the Illinois state House of Representatives.

Catholic doctors oppose call for over-the-counter contraceptive pills

QUINCY, Mass. (CNS) — Some Catholic physicians, including those who do not prescribe contraceptives, are questioning the safety of allowing oral contraceptives to be sold over the counter, as the nation’s largest body of obstetricians and gynecologists recommended in December. Dr. Kathleen Raviele, an obstetrician-gynecologist in Atlanta and former president of the Catholic Medical Association, […]

Franciscan friars pray for intentions via texting

NEW YORK (CNS) — Often, prayer intentions are offered with hands folded, but a new service allows hands and fingers to move freely — provided a cellphone is handy. The New York-based Holy Name Province of the Franciscans has started a service it calls “Text a Prayer Intention to a Franciscan Friar.” Here’s how it […]

People around world pledge to say rosary daily during Year of Faith

EASTON, Mass. (CNS) -- The Family Rosary division of Holy Cross Family Ministries in Easton has gathered more than 80,000 pledges from people around the globe who said they would pray the rosary daily during the 2012-13 Year of Faith. The pledges, which came in response to a program offering free rosaries, were gathered in a book and presented recently to Pope Benedict XVI by Holy Cross Father John Phalen, president of Holy Cross Family Ministries.

Cardinal Dolan urges NY governor to rethink support for ‘radical’ abortion bill

NEW YORK (CNS) -- A New York measure that would prevent state regulations on abortion is a "radical" bill in a state where the abortion rate is already "double the national average," New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan told Gov. Andrew Cuomo Jan. 9. The cardinal made the comments in a letter to the governor after Cuomo delivered his annual State of the State address, which opens the legislative session.

Bishop McFadden issues report on Catholic college ‘Ex Corde’ review

WASHINGTON (CNS) — During the past decade, U.S. Catholic college presidents and local bishops have experienced greater collaboration, according to a review of the Vatican document that clarified the relationship between these leaders. The bishops and college leaders gave a 10-year review of “The Application of ‘Ex Corde Ecclesiae’ for the United States,” a document […]