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Amid Iraqi suffering, Chaldean Catholics urged to keep focus on Jesus

Posted by Kyle Eller

By Mike Stechschulte / Catholic News Service — Standing in the sanctuary of Mother of God Chaldean Cathedral, flanked by an empty cross and two ominous red symbols, Chaldean Bishop Francis Kalabat led more than 1,000 people Aug. 1 in an earnest prayer for peace and a plea for help.

The bright red symbols were the Arabic letter that stands for “Nassara” or “Nazarene” — meaning Christian, and they were ominous because Islamic militants have used the symbol to identify some 200,000 Iraqis singled out for an ultimatum: Convert to Islam, pay a tax or be ... Read More »

CRS official: Gaza a ‘complete catastrophe’ on ‘brink of collapse’

Posted by Kyle Eller

By Dale Gavlak / Catholic News Service — A top Catholic charity official described Gaza as a “complete catastrophe” after nearly four weeks of fighting between Israel and the Palestinian militant Hamas.

“Gaza is on the brink of collapse at this point,” said Matthew McGarry, who directs the Catholic ... Read More »

Vatican seeks more restrained sign of peace at Mass

Posted by Kyle Eller

Catholic News Agency/EWTN News—The Congregation for Divine Worship, in a recent circular letter, announced that the placement of the sign of peace within Mass will not change, though it suggested several ways the rite could be performed with greater dignity.

“The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of ... Read More »

USCCB officials respond to executive order

Posted by Kyle Eller

The bishop-Chairmen of two USCCB Committees responded with great concern to President Obama’s July 21 executive order to prohibit federal government contractors from what the Administration deems “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” discrimination and to forbid “gender identity” discrimination in the employment of federal employees. The problems the bishops ... Read More »

Archbishop calls slated black mass offensive, horrendous

Posted by Kyle Eller

By Carl Bunderson / Catholic News Agency-EWTN News—Archbishop of Oklahoma City Paul Coakley called a black mass scheduled to take place in the city’s civic center an “obviously horrendous” act meant to offend much of the state’s community.

“There are common standards of decency that civic-minded people uphold that ... Read More »

La. diocese: priest cannot break seal of confession

Posted by Kyle Eller

Catholic News Agency—After the Louisiana Supreme Court ruled that a priest may have to testify about an alleged confession, the Diocese of Baton Rouge said that this demand “assaults” church teaching and is unconstitutional.

“The issue before the District Court, the First Circuit Court of Appeals and the Louisiana ... Read More »

Hobby Lobby wins at Supreme Court

Posted by Kyle Eller

In an important ruling touching on religious liberty issues, the U.S. Supreme Court today ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby, which was challenging part of the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act. The court ruled 5-4 that the company cannot be forced to pay for employees' contraceptives.

Coverage ... Read More »

Supreme Court strikes down ‘buffer zones’ at abortion clinics

Posted by Kyle Eller

By Carol Zimmermann/Catholic News Service—In a June 26 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that 35-foot buffer zones around abortion clinics — meant to keep demonstrators away — violates First Amendment rights.The decision, a victory for pro-life groups, reversed an appellate court decision upholding a 2007 Massachusetts law ... Read More »

IRS ordered to pay $50,000 to marriage defense group

Posted by Kyle Eller

Catholic News Agency/EWTN News—A federal court has ordered the IRS to pay $50,000 to the National Organization for Marriage due to the leak of confidential tax documents, but the organization has called for further investigation to determine the extent of the wrongdoing.“Thanks to a lot of hard work, we’ve ... Read More »

Community says farewell to murdered priest; suspect in attack arrested

Posted by Kyle Eller

By Joyce Coronel/Catholic News Service—Clergy, religious and laity jammed into St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Phoenix for a standing-room-only funeral Mass for Father Kenneth Walker June 16.

The 28-year-old priest was fatally injured June 11 in an attack at a different church, one that stands in the shadows ... Read More »