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Archbishop Kelly, retired Louisville leader, dead at 80

December 14th, 2011 Posted in National News Tags: , , ,

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Archbishop Thomas C. Kelly, who led the Archdiocese of Louisville from 1982 until his retirement in 2007, died peacefully in his sleep on the morning of Dec. 14 at his home on the campus of Holy Trinity Church. He was 80.

Funeral arrangements were not announced immediately.

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Evidence of miracle credited to late Archbishop Sheen heads to Rome

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PEORIA, Ill. — Boxes wrapped in ribbon and a happy little boy are Christmas images, but the combination had another joyful meaning Dec. 11 during ceremonies closing the Diocese of Peoria’s inquiry into an alleged miraculous healing through the intercession of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen.

“May God, who has begun this great work, bring it to fulfillment,” said Peoria Bishop Daniel R. Jenky after affixing a wax seal on a box containing evidence gathered in the past three months by an investigative tribunal. The assembly gathered for the special Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral responded with sustained applause.

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Bishop urges Congress to help jobless and their families

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WASHINGTON — With the median length of unemployment reaching 10 months and more than four job seekers for every opening, Congress must find ways to continue unemployment compensation to protect jobless workers and their families, said the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development.

“For millions of American workers and their families, economic hardship continues and grows,” said Bishop Stephen E. Blaire of Stockton, Calif., in a Dec. 12 letter to House members.

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Phila. archbishop foresees school and parish closings

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PHILADELPHIA — Three months after his installation, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia warned Catholics that the archdiocese faces “very serious financial and organizational issues that cannot be delayed.”

In a pastoral letter dated Dec. 8, the archbishop called Advent “a season of self-examination in the light of God’s word” and said there was “no better time to speak frankly about the conditions we now face as a community of believers.”

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‘Morning- after’ pill won’t be available to girls under 17

December 12th, 2011 Posted in National News Tags: , , , ,

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Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON — The U.S. bishops’ pro-life spokeswoman said she was relieved that the Obama administration has decided not to allow the Plan B One-Step “morning-after pill” to be sold without a prescription to those under 17.

“Luckily, things did not go from bad to even worse,” Deirdre McQuade, assistant director for policy and communications at the USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, told Catholic News Service Dec. 8. “We’re pleased that they did not expand access to this very powerful drug.”

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Cardinal Foley dies; U.S. Catholic press leader held two Vatican posts

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DARBY, Pa. — U.S. Cardinal John P. Foley, who spent more than two decades leading the church’s social communications council and later worked for the church in the Middle East, died Dec. 11 after a battle with leukemia. The cardinal, who had been residing at Villa St. Joseph, the home for retired Philadelphia archdiocesan priests, was 76.

Cardinal Foley’s media-friendly style and quick sense of humor shone in person and throughout the numerous speeches and homilies he delivered around the world. He often spoke of the joys of working for the church, telling his audiences that while the pay often is not great “the benefits are out of this world.”

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Arizona Mercy nun reinstated with the church

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PHOENIX — A Mercy sister who was automatically excommunicated because of her role on the ethics committee that allowed an abortion to be performed at a Catholic hospital in Phoenix in 2009 is back in good standing in the Catholic Church.

In May 2010, officials at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center publicly acknowledged that an abortion had occurred at the hospital in late 2009. Officials said the woman was 11 weeks pregnant and suffered from pulmonary hypertension, a condition that the hospital said carried a near-certain risk of death for the mother if the pregnancy continued.

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Molokai sister’s miracle OK’d, reports on Tekakwitha

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The path to sainthood for Blessed Marianne Cope of Molokai has been cleared after a Vatican congregation Dec. 6 confirmed a second miracle attributed to her intercession.

The final step for her canonization is approval by Pope Benedict XVI.

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Chaplain sees high morale as U.S. troops leave Iraq

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Over the past nine years in Iraq, the sacrifice of the U.S. military “and our nation as a whole has been tremendous,” Army chaplain Father Joel Panzer said, and soldiers in general feel “it’s time for us to leave” to give the nation the impetus “to function independently.”

As the troops prepare to leave and turn bases over to Iraqi forces by Dec. 31, he said, “morale is quite high” among members of his own Army unit, the 25th Infantry Division Headquarters, which is ending a 13-month deployment.

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Two U.S. evangelists to advise Vatican group

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI named two Catholic evangelists from the United States to help advise the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization.

Curtis Martin, founder and president of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, and Ralph Martin, director of graduate theology programs in evangelization at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in the Archdiocese of Detroit, were among 15 people appointed as consultors to the newly created council. The Vatican released the names of the papal appointees Dec. 7.

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