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By Mark Pattison Catholic News Service  WASHINGTON (CNS) — It took the combined clout of an actress best known for playing an angel and her big-ratings executive-producer husband, but Roma Downey and Mark Burnett have pulled off the making of a 10-hour miniseries, “The Bible,” that gets its premiere Sunday,

  USCCB Release WASHINGTON — The Feb. 1 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services related to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) shows some movement by the Administration but falls short of addressing U.S. bishops’ concerns. “Throughout the past year, we have

Young people watch a concert sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Culture in Rome Feb. 7. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service  VATICAN CITY (CNS) — When the head of the Pontifical Council for Culture said he wanted to listen to what today’s young people had to

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service  ROME (CNS) — The Catholic Church’s efforts to prevent clerical sexual abuse and protect children around the world will be “a long-term effort,” said Father Robert W. Oliver, a Boston priest who began work Feb. 1 as the promoter of justice in the Congregation for the Doctrine

By Patricia Zapor Catholic News Service  WASHINGTON (CNS) — Catholic institutions were still analyzing the effect of a new set of proposed rules on insurance coverage of contraceptives issued by the Department of Health and Human Services. The 80-page document released Feb. 1 by HHS attempts to address objections that

Pope Benedict XVI
By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service  VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI asked nuns, brothers and priests not to listen to the “prophets of doom” who say that consecrated life has no future or that it has no meaning in today’s world. “Do not join the prophets of doom

By CT Staff WASHINGTON—The  Obama administration today issued proposed rules for public comment regarding contraceptive coverage with no cost sharing under the health care law. The new rules would also adapt the administrations previous definition of what institutions could be defined as a religious employer. According to a release by

By Carol Zimmermann Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — The tens of thousands of participants at the annual March for Life in Washington Jan. 25 demonstrated just how determined they are not only by showing up in such large numbers on a bitter cold day but by continuing a 40-year

The National Prayer Vigil for Life is an all-night pro-life prayer vigil held on the eve of the March for Life each January. Over 20,000 pilgrims from across the nation pray through the night for an end to abortion and a greater respect for all human life. It is held

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service  VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Vatican launched a new “Pope App” on the eve of the release of the pope’s World Communications Day message, which is dedicated to social networks as important spaces for evangelization. The new app provides live streaming of papal events