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Evidence collected for Father Tolton’s sainthood cause heads to Vatican

Auxiliary Bishop Joseph N. Perry, left, and Archbishop of Chicago Cardinal Francis George sign documents at a ceremony that marked the sealing of a dossier of local research aimed at making Father Tolton, the first African-American diocesan priest, a saint. (Courtesy Photo/Deacon Royce Winters)

By Michelle Martin
Catholic News Service 

CHICAGO — With prayers, songs and sealing wax, Cardinal Francis E. George of Chicago formally closed the investigation into the life and virtues of Father Augustus Tolton Sept. 29 in a ceremony in the St. James Chapel at the Archbishop Quigley Center.

The prayer service marked the binding and sealing of the dossier local research aimed at making Father Tolton, the first African-American diocesan priest, a saint. Cardinal George opened the cause in 2010. Continue reading

 
Pew looks at perceptions of discrimination against people of faith

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By Patricia Zapor
Catholic News Service 

WASHINGTON — People of various religious groups tend to think followers of their faith are more apt to face discrimination than the general public thinks, but majorities of all backgrounds agree that Muslims, gays/lesbians, blacks and Hispanics face discrimination.

According to a Pew Research Center report released Sept. 22, 19 percent of the general public said there is a lot of discrimination against Catholics, while 33 percent of Catholics hold that view, for example. Continue reading

 
On 30th anniversary, Project Rachel looks to a global future

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By Kate Veik
CNA/EWTN News 

Milwaukee, Wis. — After 30 years of providing post-abortion healing and support across the United States, Project Rachel is hoping to take its ministry abroad.

“The aftermath of abortion is a universal phenomenon,” founder Vicki Thorn said in a recent interview with CNA. “The symptoms are basically the same across cultures; this is a woman who has lost her child in a traumatic and unnatural fashion.”
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US bishops invite faithful to pray for family synod

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, addresses journalists at the annual Catholic Media Conference June 18. (CNS photo/Jim Stipe, courtesy Catholic Relief Services)

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. bishops have asked Catholics to take part in a worldwide day of prayer on Sept. 28 for the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the Family.

“The Extraordinary Synod on the Family is an important moment for the Church and for families,” Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., the president of the U.S. bishops’ conference, said Sept 19. Continue reading

 
Studies confirm religion increases longevity, and marriage does too

A couple kiss after renewing their wedding vows at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles Feb. 12, 2012. (CNS photo/CNS photo/Victor Aleman, Vida Nueva)

By Nancy Frazier
O’Brien Catholic News Service 

WASHINGTON — Study after study has confirmed that those who are involved in religion and those who are married are healthier, physically and mentally happier and live longer than those who are not.

“The health benefits of marriage are so strong that a married man with heart disease can be expected to live, on average, 1,400 days (nearly four years) longer than an unmarried man with a healthy heart,” said Dr. Scott Haltzman, a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and human behavior at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Continue reading

 
Cupich tapped to succeed Cardinal George as Archbishop of Chicago

Archbishop-designate of Chicago Blase Cupich. (CNS Photo))

By Kevin Jones
CNA/EWTN News 

Chicago’s Archbishop-designate Blase Cupich introduced himself to his new city on Saturday, downplaying political interpretations of his appointment and stressing the need to be attentive to God’s voice. Continue reading

 
Cardinal O’Malley: Congress must remedy taxpayer abortion funding
Cardinal Seán O'Malley and Cardinal Marc Oullet are seen at the Ecclesia in America Conference Dec 12, 2012. Cardinal O'Malley has spoken out about federal funding for abortion in the new healthcare law. (CNA Photo/Alan Holdren)

Cardinal Seán O'Malley and Cardinal Marc Oullet are seen at the Ecclesia in America Conference Dec 12, 2012. Cardinal O'Malley has spoken out about federal funding for abortion in the new healthcare law. (CNA Photo/Alan Holdren)

By Adelaide Mena & Matt Hadro
Catholic News Agency 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The head of the U.S. bishops’ pro-life committee has renewed a call for Congressional action after a new report verified the bishops’ repeated warnings of taxpayer-funded abortion in the Affordable Care Act.

“This report confirms the U.S. bishops’ longstanding concern about abortion coverage that we raised both before and after enactment of the Affordable Care Act by Congress,” said Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston, chairman of U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities. Continue reading

 
U.S. denominations, key Catholic bishop advocate for open Internet
Bishop John C. Wester of Salt Lake City responds to a question during a 2013 press conference at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' headquarters in Washington.(CNS photo /Bob Roller)

Bishop John C. Wester of Salt Lake City responds to a question during a 2013 press conference at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' headquarters in Washington.(CNS photo /Bob Roller)

By Mark Pattison
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON — More than a dozen religious bodies, including the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, argued in a joint letter to the Federal Communications Commission that the Internet must remain available to all without “fast lanes” and other devices meant to speed up traffic for extra revenue while keeping nonpaying traffic in a slow lane.

“We are concerned about paid prioritization and other policies that will increase costs and limit opportunities for our organizations and the communities we serve,” said the Sept. 15 letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and the other four FCC commissioners. Continue reading

 
Growing secularization seen weakening place of religion in U.S. society

A small group of agnostics, atheists and freethinkers gather for a streetside demonstration in Laguna Beach, Calif., in May last year. A small minority of Americans -- 5 percent -- say they do not believe in God or any universal spirit. About a quarter of those define themselves as atheist. (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec) (March 19, 2010)

By Beth Griffin
Catholic News Service 

NEW YORK — Religious liberty is under aggressive assault on many fronts in a culture increasingly insensitive to rights guaranteed by the First Amendment to U.S. Constitution, according to speakers at a Sept. 15 forum in New York. Continue reading

 
Ordination of man facing death ‘reflects Pascal Mystery,’ says bishop

Bishop David R. Choby of Nashville, Tenn., anoints William Carmona's hands as part of the ordination rite at Christus Santa Rosa Medical Center in San Antonio Sept. 8. Carmona, gravely ill with cancer, was ordained for the Diocese of Nashville. (CNS photo/Rick Musacchio, Tennessee Register)

By Rick Musacchio
Catholic News Service

SAN ANTONIO — As William Carmona lay gravely ill in a San Antonio hospital bed, he repeatedly questioned his classmates from nearby Assumption Seminary: “Where is Bishop Choby?” “When will he get here?” And finally: “How many more hours until he ordains me?”

Carmona, a fourth-year theology seminarian who was entering his final year of preparation for ordination as a transitional deacon this fall and as a priest of the Diocese of Nashville, Tennessee, next summer, was dying of cancer. Continue reading