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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

By Catholic News Service 

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

 
Ohio muralist says inspiration of Holy Spirit drives her creativity
Sister Jane Mary Sorosiak speaks during a video on her work by the Catholic News Service. (Screen Shot)

Sister Jane Mary Sorosiak speaks during a video on her work by the Catholic News Service. (Screen Shot)

By Dennis Sadowski
Catholic News Service

SYLVANIA, Ohio — Looking over her latest work, Sister Jane Mary Sorosiak picked up a piece of hardened clay depicting the face of St. Joseph and began touching up pinkish tones of glaze that will transform into a glossy flesh-colored finish once fired and cooled.

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Toledo Priest convicted of murder dies; funeral Mass planned

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By Laurie Stevens Bertke
Catholic News Service 

TOLEDO — Though he was convicted of murder in 2006, the late Father Gerald Robinson remained a priest at the time of his death and as such his funeral is to follow “the usual protocol for a diocesan priest’s funeral.” Continue reading

 
Hundreds gather in Washington for Fortnight for Freedom closing Mass
A worshipper holding a rosary and crucifix prays during a July 4 Mass celebrated at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington on the final day of the U.S. bishops' Fortnight for Freedom campaign. (CNS photo/Bob Roller) (July 4, 2014) See story to come.

A worshipper holding a rosary and crucifix prays during a July 4 Mass celebrated at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington on the final day of the U.S. bishops' Fortnight for Freedom campaign. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

By Sarah Hinds
Catholic News Service 

WASHINGTON — A deep appreciation for religious liberty brought Anh Thu Vu of the Binh Thuan province of Vietnam to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for the Fortnight for Freedom closing Mass July 4. Continue reading

 
Court gives EWTN last-minute relief from HHS contraception mandate

By Sarah Hinds
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court has issued a temporary injunction protecting the Eternal Word Television Network from having to comply with the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate. Continue reading