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Mississippi abortion clinic stays open; Indy abortion law overturned

JACKSON, Miss. (CNS) — A federal judge allowed Mississippi’s only abortion clinic to remain open while it continued to work toward compliance with a new state law permitting only certain doctors to perform abortions there. District Court Judge Daniel P. Jordan III of Jackson partially lifted the injunction on a law that had been scheduled […]

Cleveland Poles celebrate parish’s reopening with joyful Mass

CLEVELAND (CNS) -- A congregation of more than 1,000 packed into the historic 94-year-old St. Casimir Church on Cleveland's east side stood, made the sign of the cross in Polish and began reciting a decade of the rosary. The unified voice of prayer July 15 was the first offered in the ornately decorated church in more than two-and-a-half years. The prayers served as a prelude to the first Mass in St. Casimir since Nov. 8, 2009, when the parish was suppressed under a diocesan reconfiguration plan that saw 27 parishes close and another 41 merge to form 18 new parishes.

New profession of faith seen as ‘public way of witnessing’ to beliefs

ARLINGTON, Va. (CNS) — In a move that will go into effect Sept. 16, Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde has directed that a “profession of faith” declaring assent to all church teachings be made by all teachers of the faith, including catechists, youth ministers and religion teachers in the diocese. The policy, announced in a […]

Some military chaplains feel religious freedom challenged, says bishop

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (CNS) — While they work to defend the U.S. Constitution, some Catholic military chaplains feel that their First Amendment right to the “free exercise” of religion has been called into question. “Many have sacrificed their lives for our freedoms, and of course among the first and the founding freedoms of our country was […]

Congressional plan to cut $16B in food aid called ‘unjustified and wrong’

WASHINGTON (CNS) — A proposed $16 billion cut in the nation’s Supplemental Nutritional and Assistance Program is “unjustified and wrong,” said a joint letter from the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ domestic and international justice committees, leaders of Catholic Relief Services and the National Catholic Rural Life Conference. The cuts in SNAP, once known as […]

Masses, devotions, rallies mark U.S. Church’s ‘fortnight for freedom’

WASHINGTON (CNS) — When the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops asked Catholics to dedicate 14 days to the preservation of religious freedom through prayer, education and public action, they listened. Catholics in dioceses across the United States participated in Masses, devotions, holy hours, educational presentations and rallies during the June 21 to July 4 campaign […]

Appeals panel overturns language mandate for pro-life pregnancy centers

RICHMOND, Va. (CNS) — In a ruling hailed by Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori as “a major victory for the First Amendment,” a federal appeals court in Richmond said two Maryland pregnancy centers cannot be compelled to post notices that they do not have licensed medical professionals on staff. In separate decisions, a three-judge panel […]

Lawsuits over HHS mandate keep health reform law in court

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Although legal scholars and political observers will likely spend days parsing each line of the 193 pages of U.S. Supreme Court opinions and dissents on the health reform law, the court’s June 28 decision is not likely to be its final word on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. “It seems […]

Communicators hear how blogging helps Church to evangelize

INDIANAPOLIS (CNS) -- Blogging offers the Catholic Church one more way to evangelize for the faith while reaching new audiences, especially young people, a panel of Catholic bloggers told a packed room during the Catholic Media Conference in Indianapolis. The panelists, which included Bishop Christopher J. Coyne, apostolic administrator of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, a frequent user of Twitter, agreed that while not all bloggers are official Church representatives, the relatively new but quickly growing form of communication has influenced how the Church spreads its message.

Archbishop Lori takes Fortnight for Freedom to Rome

ROME (CNS) — On the same day that the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Obama administration’s health care law, Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore warned an audience in Rome about what he characterized as the law’s threat to religious freedom. The archbishop, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Freedom, addressed […]