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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

 
Ice bucket challenge brings attention to pro-life research center

Fausin Weber, headmaster, left, and Deacon Brian Edwards, chair of the theology department at Pope John Paul II High School in Hendersonville, Tenn., were doused with ice water in the ALS "Ice Bucket Challenge" at half time at the school's Aug. 22 football game. Proceeds were donated to the John Paul II Medical Research Institute in Iowa City, Iowa, which sponsors ALS research without using embryonic stem cells. (CNS photo/Rick Musacchio, Tennessee Register)

By Mark Pattison
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON — Few people think of Iowa City, Iowa, as a hotbed of medical research. But in a roundabout way more Catholics are beginning to take notice of a Catholic, pro-life medical research center.

This summer’s ALS ice bucket challenge craze has netted nearly $100 million in donations for the ALS Association as celebrities and commoners alike are taking to social media, posting videos of themselves getting doused with ice-cold water (and sometimes ice cubes), and challenging four friends to do the same: Get an ice-cold soaking, make a donation, or both, all for the purpose of fighting amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Continue reading

 
Cleveland Diocese’s newspaper to end print publication in 2015

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By Catholic News Service 

CLEVELAND — The Catholic Universe Bulletin, which has served Catholics in the Diocese of Cleveland for 140 years, will cease publication of its print edition at an unspecified date in 2015.

Bishop Richard G. Lennon of Cleveland, in announcing the news Aug. 22, said he would begin exploring an alternative means of reaching Catholics in northeast Ohio. Continue reading

 
Philadelphia’s Thomas named new Bishop of Toledo

The Most Reverend Daniel E. Thomas was named the eighth Bishop of the Diocese of Toledo in America by Pope Francis on Aug. 26. (Courtesy Photo/Diocese of Toledo)

Press Release

TOLEDO — The Holy Father, Pope Francis, today named the Most Reverend Daniel E. Thomas as the eighth Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Toledo in America.

Bishop Thomas has been serving as an Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania since his Episcopal Ordination on July 26, 2006. He fills the office left vacant by the Most Reverend Leonard P. Blair, who was installed as the Archbishop of Hartford, Connecticut in December 2013.  Since that time the Toledo Diocese has been under the direction of the Reverend Charles Ritter, serving as Diocesan Administrator. Continue reading

 
Cardinal George joins cancer drug clinical trial

Cardinal Francis E. George visited the Archdiocese of Cincinnati to deliver the Gardner Lecture on Moral Theology at the Athenaeum of Ohio on Wednesday, April 24 2013. (CT Photo/John Stegeman)

By Catholic News Service

CHICAGO — Chicago Cardinal Francis E. George is participating in a clinical research trial for a new cancer drug, the Archdiocese of Chicago announced Aug. 22.

Cardinal George was first diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2006 and had a recurrence of cancer announced in 2012. Continue reading

 
Pope phones family of slain U.S. journalist

A man walks past a sign outside a shop Aug. 20 put up in memory of James Foley in his hometown of Rochester, N.H. Foley, a freelance war correspondent and a Marquette University alum, was killed at the hands of the Islamic State militant group. (CNS photo/Brian Snyder, Reuters)

Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis phoned the bereaved family of a U.S. journalist killed by Islamic State militants in Syria.

Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said the pope phoned relatives of the late James Foley on Aug. 21 to console them for their loss and assure them of his prayers. Continue reading

 
Seminary rector appointed new bishop of Ukrainian eparchy based in Ohio

By Catholic News Service 

WASHINGTON — Pope Francis has appointed Father Bohdan J. Danylo, a seminary rector in Connecticut, to head the Ukrainian Eparchy of St. Josaphat in Parma, Ohio. Continue reading