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Fr. Robert Barron, two others, named auxiliaries for Los Angeles

Fr. Robert Barron, two others, named auxiliaries for Los Angeles

Catholic News Service WASHINGTON — Pope Francis has named three auxiliary bishops for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and accepted the resignation of Auxiliary Bishop Gerald E. Wilkerson, 75. The changes were announced July 21 in Washington by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the United States. The pope appointed two priests from Los […]

Court rules against Little Sisters plea to avoid way to bypass mandate

DENVER ­— The Little Sisters of the Poor and other religious entities are not substantially burdened by procedures set out by the federal government by which they can avoid a requirement to provide contraceptive coverage in health insurance, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled July 14. In a lengthy opinion that considered arguments […]

Pope to activists: Defend the earth, demand economic reform

Pope to activists: Defend the earth, demand economic reform

By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia — Meeting with an international gathering of grassroots activists, Pope Francis not only encouraged, but tried to add fuel to their fire for “standing up to an idolatrous (economic) system which excludes, debases and kills.” Addressing the World Meeting of Popular Movements in Santa Cruz July […]

Independence Day Mass closes U.S. bishops’ annual Fortnight for Freedom

Independence Day Mass closes U.S. bishops’ annual Fortnight for Freedom

By Julie Asher, Catholic News Service WASHINGTON — Religious freedom is “the human right that guarantees all other rights,” Miami Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski said July 4 in his homily at the closing Mass of the U.S. bishops’ fourth annual Fortnight for Freedom. That right “has its foundation in the very dignity of the human […]

Pope’s visits to Cuba, U.S. to highlight families, charity, tolerance

Pope’s visits to Cuba, U.S. to highlight families, charity, tolerance

By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — In word and deed, Pope Francis will take his vision of a Catholic’s approach to family life, parish life, charity, economics, immigration and good governance to Cuba and the United States during a Sept. 19-27 visit. Visiting both Cuba and the United States on the same […]

South Carolinians pay tribute to slain pastor-senator

By Amy Wise Taylor, Catholic News Service COLUMBIA, S.C. (CNS) — The crowd that poured onto the Capitol grounds June 24 to mourn a slain state senator and pastor, the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, was a tribute not just to him, but to each of the victims shot a week earlier at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal […]

Court rules same-sex marriage legal nationwide

By Patricia Zapor, Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — In a landmark ruling, a divided Supreme Court June 26 said same-sex marriage is constitutional nationwide. “The nature of marriage is that, through its enduring bond, two persons together can find other freedoms, such as expression, intimacy, and spirituality,” wrote Justice Anthony Kennedy for the 5-4 […]