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Two archdioceses lose $1 million each in thefts

Employees of the New York and Philadelphia archdioceses are accused of stealing $1 million each in church funds over the past decade. In New York,...

Abortion leading to less respect for lives of disabled, archbishop says

PHILADELPHIA — A Philadelphia hospital's alleged refusal to provide a kidney transplant to a mentally disabled 3-year-old is yet another example of the harm...

Calif. bishops back initiatives on death penalty, abortion

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Catholic bishops of California are backing proposed ballot measures to require parental notification before a minor's abortion and to end...

Vatican wants China to release imprisoned clergy

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican's highest-ranking Chinese official called on Beijing to release nine arrested Catholic bishops and priests, saying their continued detention "damages...

Rev. King’s message of action and service lives on, say speakers

Two priests and one mayor recalled the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in two words: action and service. Speaking Jan. 8 at Holy Angels...

Spiritual practices get a fresh look

“Flunking Sainthood: A Year of Breaking the Sabbath, Forgetting to Pray, and Still Loving My Neighbor”by Jana Riess. Paraclete Press (Orleans, Mass., 2011). 179...

Texas bishops applaud decision to uphold sonogram law

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Catholic bishops applauded the Jan. 11 decision of the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals allowing the state to enforce...

It’s National Vocations Awareness Week

The U.S. Catholic Church is celebrating National Vocation Awareness Week to promote vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life through prayer and education. This...

‘The Devil Inside,’ is cheap, grotesque and bigoted

“The Devil Inside,” so we're told, is a film the Vatican doesn't want you to see. If so, perhaps there's a “Da Vinci Code”-like...

Phila. closing 45 parish grade schools, four high schools

PHILADELPHIA — Jan. 6, traditionally celebrated as Epiphany, represented a true epiphany for thousands of Catholic school parents and students in the Archdiocese of...

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