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Health care subsidy ruling hailed by many, but criticism continues

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WASHINGTON (CNS) — The Supreme Court’s 6-3 ruling that upheld federal subsidies to keep health insurance premiums affordable regardless of whether the state or federal government runs the exchange system was welcomed by the president as well as by several religious organizations and stockholders in health care systems.

The June 25 decision in King v. Burwell said that “Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them,” and upheld the federal tax breaks that have made it possible for an estimated 6.4 million people in the 34 affected states to be able to afford health insurance because of subsidies averaging $272 a month. Read more »

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Bishop Malooly on ‘Laudato Si’’ — God, humanity and nature

June 25th, 2015 Posted in Featured, Uncategorized Tags: ,

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“I like that it talks about the covenant between humanity and the environment,” Bishop Malooly said last week after Pope Francis’ encyclical on ecology, “Laudato Si’, On Care for Our Common Home,” was published June 18 by the Vatican.

“This is what God expects of us,” the bishop said, “much as we have a significant relationship with God the Father through Jesus, we have one in our humanity with the environment because both are God-given.” Read more »

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Viewpoint: Hearing both the cry of the earth and cry of the poor

June 25th, 2015 Posted in Uncategorized Tags: , ,

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The “green” encyclical has arrived. It’s courageous, it’s prophetic, it’s challenging, it’s holistic, it’s wonderful. That’s what I think of Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical “Laudato Si’, On Care for Our Common Home.”

“St. Francis of Assisi reminds us,” writes the pope, “that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us. … Read more »

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Pope tells future Vatican diplomats to set aside judgmental attitudes

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VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Clerics who work in the Vatican’s diplomatic corps are not called to be “senior officials of a state” or “a self-preserving superior caste, welcome in worldly living rooms,” Pope Francis said.

Rather, they must be “authentic pastors,” with the “courage to plow” with their own hands the fields of mission to which they are assigned, he told future Vatican diplomats during an audience at the Vatican June 25.

The pope met with the current class and staff of the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, which provides training to priests for eventual service in the Vatican’s diplomatic corps. Read more »

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Supreme Court upholds health care subsidies in states with federal exchanges

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Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Writing that “Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them,” a 6-3 majority of the Supreme Court June 25 upheld tax subsidies for participants in health care exchanges run by the federal government in states that refused to create them.

In the majority opinion, Chief Justice John Roberts disentangled what he said was “more than a few examples of inartful drafting” in how the 2010 law was written that contributed to the interpretation that federal subsidies for people with lower income should only be available to residents of states that created their own health care exchanges. Read more »

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Pope tells parents to be mindful of children’s suffering

June 24th, 2015 Posted in Featured, Uncategorized

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Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The deep hurts that spouses inflict on each other cause great suffering to their children and, in some cases, lead to a separation that is “morally necessary” to protect spouses and children from more serious forms of violence, Pope Francis said during his general audience in St. Peter’s Square June 24.

Continuing a series of talks about the family, the pope reflected on the hurts family members cause each other, calling this type of behavior “the ugliest thing.” Read more »

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Defining Francis’ terms — Here are explanations of the pope’s concepts in “Laudato Si’”

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VATICAN CITY — In his brief pontificate, Pope Francis has coined some colorful terms to get his points across, for example, using “bat Christians” to describe those who hide their faith. Read more »

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Word for word: Excerpts from Pope Francis’ new encyclical

June 18th, 2015 Posted in Uncategorized

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Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY — The following are selected quotes from Pope Francis’ encyclical letter, “Laudato Si’, On the Care of Our Common Home”: Read more »

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Bishop names new diocesan director of Office of Religious Education

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Bishop Malooly has announced the appointment of Colleen L. Lindsey as the new director of the Office of Religious Education, effective July 1.

Bishop Malooly welcomed Lindsey noting, “Catechetical formation remains one of my four priorities for our diocese. I am grateful to have this position filled by a leader who shares this vision.” Read more »

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‘Vatican Splendors’ exhibit coming to Philadelphia in time for papal visit

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PHILADELPHIA — Works of art including paintings, sculptures and rare artifacts from the Vatican will be on display just in time for the World Meeting of Families and the visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia this September.

More than 200 works of art, 40 percent of which have never been shown publicly anywhere, are part of the “Vatican Splendors” exhibit opening Sept. 19 at Philadelphia’s venerable Franklin Institute and running through February 2016. Read more »

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