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Texas nurse with Ebola supported by prayers from her home parish
Members of a hazardous material team prepare to enter the apartment Oct. 13  of the health worker who was infected with the Ebola virus at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. Nina Pham, a Vietnamese Catholic nurse, contracted the deadly virus while treating a patient at the hospital. A prayer service was held Oct. 12 for Pham at Our Lady of Fatima Church in Fort Worth, where she and her family are active members. (CNS photo/Jaime R. Carrero, Reuters) See EBOLA-NURSE Oct. 14, 2014.

Members of a hazardous material team prepare to enter the apartment Oct. 13 of the health worker who was infected with the Ebola virus at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. Nina Pham, a Vietnamese Catholic nurse, contracted the deadly virus while treating a patient at the hospital. A prayer service was held Oct. 12 for Pham at Our Lady of Fatima Church in Fort Worth, where she and her family are active members. (CNS photo/Jaime R. Carrero, Reuters)

By Catholic News Service 

DALLAS — During an Oct. 13 Mass at Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Fort Worth, the pastor, Father Jim Khoi asked for prayers for Nina Pham, a Dallas nurse who grew up in the parish and is now in the news as the first person known to have contracted the Ebola virus in the United States.

“She’s very comfortable. She’s very supported now. She knows that everybody knew to pray for her, especially in this difficult time,” the priest told The Dallas Morning News daily paper. Continue reading

 
New rules to opt out of HHS mandate still unsatisfactory, says USCCB

By Catholic News Service 

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Oct. 8 urged the federal government “to reconsider” its new rules to allow religious institutions — and potentially some for-profit companies — to opt out of the contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act.

On Aug. 22, the Obama administration issued rules it described as a “work around” to offer religious employers who are not exempt from the mandate a new way to opt out of coverage they find morally objectionable. Continue reading

 
U.S. couple at synod calls for ‘robust, creative’ family programs
Alice and Jeff Heinzen of Menomonie, Wis., pose for a photo as they arrive for the morning session of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican Oct. 7. The couple are auditors at the synod. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Alice and Jeff Heinzen of Menomonie, Wis., pose for a photo as they arrive for the morning session of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican Oct. 7. The couple are auditors at the synod. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY — Existing diocesan programs and Catholic organizations aimed at helping Catholic families fulfill their vocation clearly are not strong enough to meet modern needs, a Wisconsin couple told the Synod of Bishops.

“We must develop more robust and creative methods to share the fundamental truth that marriage is a divine gift from God, rather than merely a man-made institution,” Alice Heinzen told the synod Oct. 7, reading a speech she and her husband, Jeff, wrote. Continue reading

 
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