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Michigan bishops call judge’s ruling on same-sex marriage ban ‘regrettable’

LANSING, Mich. — A U.S. District Court judge’s March 21 ruling that Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional does not change the fact...

Morning homily: Humility and prayer needed to hear the word of...

Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — Anyone who desires to hear the word of God must first be humble and then capable of prayer, Pope...

National shrine a ‘fitting tribute’ to John Paul II, says U.S....

WASHINGTON — The U.S. bishops’ March 19 designation of a center in Washington as the St. John Paul II National Shrine reflects U.S. Catholics’...

N.J. priest laicized by Vatican

NEWARK, N.J. — Vatican officials laicized a New Jersey priest who violated a 2007 court memorandum of understanding that prohibited unsupervised contact with minors. Michael...

Chinese bishop, who was imprisoned 20 years, dies at 96

HONG KONG — Bishop Joseph Fan Zhongliang of Shanghai, a prominent leader of China's underground Catholic Community, died after a brief illness March 16...

Congress invites Pope Francis to address a joint session

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan invitation to Pope Francis to address a joint session of Congress if he comes to the U.S. in 2015 recognizes...

Czech priest wins $1.8 million Templeton Prize for interfaith dialogue

Msgr. Tomas Halik, a Czech priest, has been named the 2014 Templeton Prize winner for his work in promoting interfaith dialogue and understanding throughout...

Archbishop Nienstedt resumes public ministry

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Archbishop John C. Nienstedt of St. Paul and Minneapolis has returned to public ministry following a thorough investigation by police...

U.S. bishops say Pope Francis has ‘added new life’ to the...

WASHINGTON — In his first year as the 265th successor of Peter, Pope Francis “has brought to light new dimensions of the Petrine ministry...

Chicago’s cardinal to begin new round of chemotherapy

CHICAGO — Chicago Cardinal Francis E. George is preparing to undergo a new round of chemotherapy to address “current signs of activity of cancer...

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