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Teresian Carmelites in India dispatch first group of sisters to U.S.

Sister Amal Grace, second from left, prays alongside other Teresian Carmelite sisters during Mass at the Church of St. Peter in Chains in Fort Yates, N.D., Feb. 22. That day the ministry of the sisters was formally established in Fort Yates. Four Teresian Camelites from Kerala, India, arrived in the Diocese of Bismarck, N.D., and it is the first time members of their congregation have lived and served in the Western Hemisphere. (CNS photo/Derrick Nagel, Dakota Catholic Action)

By Navar Watson
Catholic News Service 

WASHINGTON — A small group of Teresian Carmelites from India are quickly adjusting to their new life in the Diocese of Bismarck, N.D., helping out in the Catholic Indian Mission and teaching at St. Bernard Mission School in Fort Yates. Continue reading

 
USCCB releases resource guide on Girl Scouts for Catholic parishes
Archbishop of Cincinnati Dennis M. Schnurr, left, listens as Girl Scouts of Western Ohio CEO Roni Luckenbill, center, speaks. Archbishop Schnurr and Luckenbill signed a memorandum of understanding May 2 between the archdiocese and the Girl Scouts. Now the USCCB has released materials related to the church's relationship to Girl Scouts. (CT Photo/John Stegeman)

Archbishop of Cincinnati Dennis M. Schnurr, left, listens as Girl Scouts of Western Ohio CEO Roni Luckenbill, center, speaks. Archbishop Schnurr and Luckenbill signed a memorandum of understanding May 2 between the archdiocese and the Girl Scouts. Now the USCCB has released materials related to the church's relationship to Girl Scouts. (CT Photo/John Stegeman)

By Carol Zimmermann
Catholic News Service 

WASHINGTON — Responding to concerns about Catholic involvement with Girl Scouts, a U.S. bishops’ committee released key points from its dialogue with Girl Scout leaders outlining major concerns of church leaders and the national organization’s responses. Continue reading

 
Church audit: Abuse allegations down, spending on training up

By Catholic News Service 

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The number of allegations of sexual abuse by clergy declined in 2013 while diocesan spending on child protection programs increased under the U.S. Catholic Church’s “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People,” according to a church-sponsored audit. Continue reading

 
High court hears oral arguments in companies’ challenge to HHS mandate
A woman prays outside the U.S. Supreme Court building during the March for Life in Washington Jan. 22. Thousands took part in the annual event, which this year marked the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion across the nation. (CNS photo/Leslie Kossoff) (Jan. 22, 2014) See MARCH-SPEAKERS Jan. 22, 2014, and story to come.

A woman prays outside the U.S. Supreme Court building during the March for Life in Washington Jan. 22. (CNS photo/Leslie Kossoff)

By Carol Zimmermann
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON — Oral arguments in two cases before the U.S. Supreme Court March 25 focused on whether for-profit corporations have religious grounds to object to the new health care law’s requirement that most employers provide contraceptive coverage in their employee health plans. Continue reading

 
Vatican medical experts OK reported miracle attributed to Archbishop Sheen

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen is pictured preaching in an undated photo. In the late 1920's, he appeared on "The Catholic Hour" radio program and later became its most popular host. He moved to television in the 1950s with "Life is Worth Living." He was named a bishop in 1951 and became archbishop in 1969. (CNS file photo)

By Catholic News Service

PEORIA, Ill. — A seven-member team of medical experts convoked by the Vatican reported there is no natural explanation for the survival of a child delivered stillborn and whose heart did not start beating until 61 minutes after his birth. Continue reading

 
Pope Francis urges Catholic universities to sustain church teachings, identity

Pope Francis looks on as he leads his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Jan. 22. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY — Catholic universities must give “uncompromising” and “unambiguous” witness to church teaching and defend themselves from all efforts to dilute their Catholic identity, Pope Francis said. Continue reading

 
High Court affirms injunction, temporarily, for Little Sisters of the Poor on HHS mandate

By Patricia Zapor
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The Supreme Court Jan. 24 issued a three-sentence order affirming — for the time being — an injunction blocking enforcement against the Little Sisters of the Poor and the Christian Brothers of a mandate to provide contraceptive coverage in employee health insurance. Continue reading

 
‘No sacrifice too great’ for pro-life cause, says March for Life head

Students from Xavier University were among those that attended the March for Life in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 22, 2014. (Facebook.com)

By Carol Zimmermann
and Katie Talalas
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON — The polar vortex couldn’t chill the ardor of thousands of participants who demonstrated their determination to continue speaking out against abortion at the annual March for Life and rally Jan. 22 in Washington.

Temperatures went briefly into double digits but hovered around 8 degrees. Continue reading

 
Pro-lifers told to stay hopeful to overcome ‘shrine to personal choice’
A young man kneels in prayer during the opening Mass of the National Prayer Vigil for Life at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington Jan. 21. The all-night vigil is held before the annual March for Life, which this year marked the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion across the nation. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn) (Jan. 22, 2014) See VIGIL-OMALLEY Jan. 22, 2014.

A young man kneels in prayer during the opening Mass of the National Prayer Vigil for Life at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington Jan. 21. The all-night vigil is held before the annual March for Life, which this year marked the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion across the nation. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)

By Mark Pattison
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON — The winter storm that dealt a chilly body blow from the Great Plains to the East Coast may have rendered Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia unable to come to Washington to celebrate the Jan. 22 closing Mass of the annual National Prayer Vigil for Life, but the homily he wrote made its way to thousands of hearing ears. Continue reading

 
Nine days of prayer part of Roe v. Wade anniversary events for 2014

Image courtesy of United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

By Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON  — For the second year in a row, the U.S. Catholic bishops are sponsoring “Nine Days for Life: Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage,” planned for Jan. 18-26 this year, as part of several events marking the 41st anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion virtually on demand in the U.S. Continue reading