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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)

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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

 
Bishop hopes Hawaii cathedral will be ‘spiritual destination’
This exterior view taken July 24 shows Honolulu's Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace. Honolulu Bishop Larry Silva announced July 18 that the Vatican has designated the cathedral as a minor basilica in recognition of its historic and spiritual significance. (CNS photo/Darlene Dela Cruz, Hawaii Catholic Herald)

This exterior view taken July 24 shows Honolulu's Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace. Honolulu Bishop Larry Silva announced July 18 that the Vatican has designated the cathedral as a minor basilica in recognition of its historic and spiritual significance. (CNS photo/Darlene Dela Cruz, Hawaii Catholic Herald)

By Patrick Downes
Catholic News Service 

HONOLULU — The Vatican has designated Honolulu’s Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace as a minor basilica in recognition of its historic and spiritual significance. Continue reading

 
Former major league player shares baseball skills, deep faith at camp
Retired professional baseball player Mike Sweeney addresses campers July 24 during his Catholic Baseball Camp at Russell Road Sports Complex in Kent, Wash. (CNS photo/Stephen Brashear) See BASEBALL-CAMP July 30, 2014.

Retired professional baseball player Mike Sweeney addresses campers July 24 during his Catholic Baseball Camp at Russell Road Sports Complex in Kent, Wash. (CNS photo/Stephen Brashear)

By Jean Parietti
Catholic News Service 

KENT, Wash. — After Anthony Adams received a baseball-bead rosary at Mike Sweeney Catholic Baseball Camp, he posted a photo of it on Instagram. “Like it if you love God and you like my baseball rosary,” the 12-year-old wrote. Continue reading

 
Holy Land still safe for pilgrimages, says head of U.S. tour group

Activists hold flags in Tel Aviv, Israel, July 29 to show support for Israel's offensive in the Gaza Strip. Tour operators interview by Catholic News Service say the ongoing violence in Middle East has not affected pilgrimages to the Holy Land. (CNS photo/Ronen Zvulun, Reuters)

By Winston Pierre
Catholic News Service 

WASHINGTON — The head of a Michigan-based tour company that leads trips to the Holy Land said the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas so far has not had an impact on pilgrimages he and his associates lead.

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Bishops: End border crisis by addressing reasons people flee

The international border fence snakes along hills in this July 16 view from east of Nogales, Ariz. Nogales in Sonora, Mexico, is more densely populated than that of its U.S. sister city. (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec)

By Catholic News Service 

WASHINGTON — To end the U.S.-Mexico border crisis, the United States must address the flow of illegal drugs and arms and the harmful economic policies forcing children and families to leave Central America for the U.S., said the chairman of the U.S. bishops‘ Committee on International Justice and Peace. Continue reading

 
Confirmed: Pope Francis to visit United States
Pope Francis greets Archbishop Chaput during general audience in St. Peter's Square at Vatican

Pope Francis greets Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia, right, during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican March 26. Archbishop Chaput has confirmed Pope Francis will attend the World Meeting of Families in September 2015. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) (March 26, 2014) See POPE-AUDIENCE March 26, 2014.

By Nancy Wiechec
Catholic News Service 

UPDATE: Despite Chaput’s confirmation, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia published the following tweet on July 25.

 

 

FARGO, N.D. — Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said Pope Francis has accepted his invitation to attend the World Meeting of Families in the U.S. next year.

Archbishop Chaput made the announcement July 24 before giving his homily during the opening Mass of the Tekakwitha Conference in Fargo. Continue reading

 
Obama administration says it plans opt-out alternative on mandate

U.S. President Barack Obama waits to address graduates during the commencement ceremony at the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Ind., May 17, 2009. (CNS photo/Christopher Smith)

By Catholic News Service 

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has filed a brief with the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver indicating it plans to develop an alternative for Catholic and other religious nonprofit employers to opt out of providing federally mandated contraceptives they object to including in their employee health care coverage. Continue reading

 
Mayor says it would be ‘extraordinary moment’ if pope visited New York

New York mayor Bill de Blasio attends a St. Patrick's Day Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York March 17, 2014. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)

By Catholic News Service

NEW YORK — New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said it would be an “extraordinary moment for our city and an extraordinary honor” if Pope Francis visited the Big Apple in September 2015, when the World Meeting of Families takes place in Philadelphia. Continue reading

 
Votes fall short to move Senate bill forward in response to Hobby Lobby

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate July 16 voted to block consideration of a bill aimed at reversing the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby and forcing businesses to provide contraceptive coverage for employees even if they object to it on religious grounds. Continue reading