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Stockton, Calif., diocese files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

STOCKTON, Calif. — The decision to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection was difficult for the Diocese of Stockton but will allow it to...

Vatican officials address U.N. panel looking at abuse of children

VATICAN CITY — Testifying before the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child, a Vatican representative acknowledged the horror of clerical sexual abuse...

Prayers urged for victims of chemical spill in W.Va.

WHEELING, W.Va. — Bishop Michael J. Bransfield of Wheeling-Charleston asked the state's Catholics to join him in praying for the 300,000 people affected by...

Jesuit, a nationally known peace activist, dismissed from order

TOWSON, Md. — Jesuit Father John Dear, a nationally known peace activist who also is a popular author, retreat leader and lecturer on peace...

Jerusalem’s patriarch hopes pope’s Holy Land visit is ‘cry for peace’

AMMAN, Jordan — Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem welcomed the announcement of Pope Francis’ May visit to the Holy Land and said he...

Philly priest released from prison after court reversed conviction

PHILADELPHIA -- A Philadelphia archdiocesan priest was released from a Pennsylvania state prison Jan. 2 after an appeals court reversed his conviction for endangering...

Suspect arrested in death of Eureka, Calif., priest

EUREKA, Calif. -- The Eureka Police Department was investigating as murder the death of Father Eric Freed, the pastor of St. Bernard Catholic Church,...

U.S. bishops’ president asks Obama for exemption from fines over ACA...

WASHINGTON — The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops asked President Barack Obama to exempt religious institutions from fines related to health...

Courts provide Catholic groups last-minute relief from Affordable Care Act’s birth...

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — In the midst of their New Year’s Eve celebration with low-income elderly residents, the Baltimore-based Little Sisters of the...

Milwaukee project makes, markets soaps to help former prostitutes

MILWAUKEE — Soothing aromas of peppermint, lavender, gingerbread and lemon verbena waft through the hallways of the Franciscan Peacemakers headquarters in Milwaukee. The comforting, inviting...

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