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People lost ‘stuff’ in storm but still have each other, priest says

ISLAND PARK, N.Y. (CNS) — Sacred Heart Church in Island Park is in an area of the Diocese of Rockville Centre among the most devastated by Hurricane Sandy, but the pastor urged parishioners not to fret about the material goods they have lost. “Don’t be angry. We lost stuff. We will get other stuff,” Msgr. […]

Catholic Charities USA accepting donations to help storm victims

In the aftermath of superstorm Sandy, Catholic Charities USA's Disaster Response office is working to help the millions of families and individuals without basic necessities such as food and shelter. The organization is still assessing the situation, but “ultimately we expect nearly 50 of our local agencies will be providing direct relief to the people who need it most,” said Father Larry Snyder, executive director, in a letter Nov. 2.

Panel: Understanding role of faith in society essential to US diplomacy

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Understanding a country’s culture has always been a key part of diplomatic training, but for decades, the religious community has pushed the State Department to pay more and better attention to the role of faith in society. “In many places around the world, understanding religion is imperative to understanding the local civil […]

After Sandy, parishes will try to go forward step by step, priest says

ROCKAWAY BEACH, N.Y. (CNS) -- After Hurricane Sandy swept through the East Coast, leaving untold destruction behind, cleaning efforts were under way at St. Rose of Lima Church in Rockaway Beach. "Step by step, we will try to go forward," said Father Wladyslaw Kubrak, parochial vicar, as he shoveled leaves and branches off the church driveway.

Catholic-owned Michigan company wins injunction against HHS mandate

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (CNS) -- A federal district court judge in Ann Arbor granted a Michigan business, Weingartz Supply Co., a temporary injunction from the Health and Human Services' contraceptive mandate. In the Oct. 31 ruling, Judge Robert Cleland of the Eastern District of Michigan said the "loss of First Amendment freedoms, for even minimal periods of time, unquestionably constitutes irreparable injury." He did not rule on the mandate's constitutionality, but his decision keeps the company from having to comply with the mandate until the constitutional claims are resolved.

November a month to remember the dead, also celebrate life, says priest

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (CNS) — Death does not mean the end. “Life is changed, not ended,” said Father Gregory Labus, coordinator of the Office of Liturgy and Worship for the Diocese of Brownsville. November, he pointed out, is the month dedicated to remembering the dead. On All Saints’ Day, Nov. 1, Catholics honor the saints, and […]

Catholic hospital systems, including Catholic Health East, mulling merger

Two of the United States' largest Catholic hospital systems, Pennsylvania-based Catholic Health East and Michigan-based Trinity Health, are exploring a consolidation that one spokesman said benefits from "mission overlap." In the Philadelphia area, CHE operates St. Mary Medical Center, Langhorne; and Mercy Health System, which runs Mercy Hospital of Philadelphia and Nazareth Hospital in Philadelphia, Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, Mercy Suburban Hospital in Norristown and Mercy Home Health Services in Springfield, Delaware County.

After Sandy, ‘people need everything,’ says Catholic Charities official

NEW YORK (CNS) -- The damage from the wind, rain and flooding brought by Hurricane Sandy "is almost overwhelming," said Msgr. Kevin Sullivan, executive director of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York. "We're reaching out to parishes and getting them to directly assist those in critical need -- they know their own people and their neighborhoods," he said Oct. 31. Several Catholic agencies and religious communities have stepped forward to address the greatest needs of victims of the super storm.

Curriculum aims to help students understand range of pro-life issues

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The pro-life issue “is one of most important issues our culture faces” and “we thought the time had come for someone to take it as serious as math or science or English,” said one of the developers of a new curriculum with that aim. Camille Pauley is co-founder and president of Healing […]

Internal matters top agenda of bishops’ fall assembly in Baltimore

Statements on preaching and ways that bishops can respond using new technologies to modern-day challenges to their teaching authority are among the items the U.S. bishops will consider when they gather in Baltimore for their annual fall assembly. Set for Nov. 12-15, the assembly also will consider a statement on work and the economy proposed by the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development as a way to raise the profile of growing poverty and the struggles that unemployed people are experiencing.