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Bishop Coyne of Indianapolis picked to head Vermont diocese

Pope Francis has named Auxiliary Bishop Christopher J. Coyne of Indianapolis to head the Diocese of Burlington, Vermont. (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec)

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Auxiliary Bishop Christopher J. Coyne of Indianapolis has been chosen by Pope Francis to be the next bishop of Burlington, Vermont, announced the Vatican Dec. 22.

In a Dec. 22 statement, Bishop Coyne voiced joy and thanked the Holy Father for his trust.

He told the people of Burlington: “I come to you ready to commit myself completely to the work of announcing the good news of Jesus Christ: He who is ‘the way, the truth, and the life.’” Continue reading

 
Vatican report calls U.S. women religious to continued dialogue

Mother Mary Clare Millea, superior general of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, speaks at a Dec. 16 Vatican press conference for release of the final report of a Vatican-ordered investigation of U.S. communities of women religious. Mother Millea was the Vatican-appointed director of the visitation. At right is Archbishop Jose Rodriguez Carballo, secretary of the Vatican's Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service 

VATICAN CITY — A massive, detailed Vatican-ordered investigation of U.S. communities of women religious ended with a call to the women themselves to continue discerning how best to live the Gospel in fidelity to their orders’ founding ideals while facing steeply declining numbers and a rapidly aging membership.

Although initially seen by many religious and lay Catholics as a punitive measure, the apostolic visitation concluded with the publication Dec. 16 of a 5,000-word final report summarizing the problems and challenges the women themselves see in their communities and thanking them for their service to the church and to society, especially the poor. Continue reading

 
Little Sisters in court: Don’t stop our ministry of serving the dying poor

The Little Sisters of the Poor's Mullen Home in Denver, CO. For 175 years, the Little Sisters of the Poor have provided physical, spiritual and emotional care for the low-income elderly and dying in communities throughout the U.S. (El Pueblo Catolico/James Baca)

By Mary Rezac
CNA/EWTN News 

DENVER, Colo. — The Little Sisters of the Poor asked an appeals court Monday to shield them from the federal contraception mandate, saying that it threatens their 175 years of service to the poor and dying.

“As Little Sisters of the Poor, we offer the neediest elderly of every race and religion a home where they will be welcomed as Christ, cared for as family and accompanied with dignity until God calls them to Himself,” Mother Loraine Marie Maguire told members of the press. Continue reading

 
Vatican to release findings of investigation of U.S. women religious Dec. 16
Religious sisters participate in morning prayer Aug. 8 during the 2012 Leadership Conference of Women Religious assembly in St. Louis. (CNS photo/Sid Hastings)

Religious sisters participate in morning prayer Aug. 8 during the 2012 Leadership Conference of Women Religious assembly in St. Louis. (CNS photo/Sid Hastings)

By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service 

VATICAN CITY — The final report of a five-year, Vatican-ordered study of communities of women religious in the United States will be released by the Vatican Dec. 16.

The top two officials of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life and three leaders of women’s congregations were to take part in the presentation, according to Basilian Father Thomas Rosica, head of Canada’s Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation and assistant to the Vatican spokesman. Continue reading

 
Priest sees Ferguson as ground zero where change can be made in society
Father Robert Rosebrough, pastor of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish in Ferguson, Mo., prays in the rain during a Aug. 16 service at the site of the death of Michael Brown. The unarmed teen was shot and killed Aug. 9 by a police officer. (CNS photo/Lisa Johnston, St. Louis Review) See SHOOTING-PRAYER Aug. 13, 2014.

Father Robert Rosebrough, pastor of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish in Ferguson, Mo., prays in the rain during a Aug. 16 service at the site of the death of Michael Brown. The unarmed teen was shot and killed Aug. 9 by a police officer. (CNS photo/Lisa Johnston, St. Louis Review)

By Dave Luecking
Catholic News Service

ST. LOUIS — The destruction throughout Ferguson left Blessed Teresa of Calcutta parishioner and former mayor Brian Fletcher speechless.

“My heart is broken,” he wrote in an email. “Words can’t describe the near destruction of our beloved city of Ferguson.”

Hours after the Nov. 24 announcement that a grand jury wouldn’t indict Police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, vandals hijacked protests and violence exploded in Ferguson, overwhelming law enforcement and firefighters. Continue reading

 
Obama, Archbishop Cupich meet in Chicago, talk immigration

Archbishop Blase J. Cupich speaks at a news conference Nov. 13 after arriving at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. Archbishop Cupich will be installed Nov. 18 to succeed Cardinal Francis E. George. (CNS photo/Karen Callaway, Catholic New World)

By Catholic News Service 

CHICAGO — Less than a week after he was installed in his new position, Chicago Archbishop Blase J. Cupich had a brief private meeting with President Barack Obama when the president visited the city to promote his executive actions on immigration.  Continue reading

 
Archbishop Dimino, retired military archbishop, dies at 91

Coat of arms for the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services. (Screenshot)

By Catholic News Service 

WASHINGTON — Retired Archbishop Joseph T. Dimino, who headed the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services for six years, died Nov. 25 in Washington. He was 91.

The native of New York, who was ordained for the Archdiocese of New York in 1949, served in the military chaplaincy for most of his priesthood, before retiring in 1997. Continue reading

 
Reject ‘false hope’ of violence, archbishop implores after Ferguson ruling
St. Louis Archbishop Robert J. Carlson prays with the St. Louis police Nov. 24, a few hours before the announcement that a St. Louis County grand jury determined there was not enough evidence to indict Ferguson, Mo., Police Officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown. (CNS photo/Lisa Johnston, St. Louis Review) See STLOUIS-RACE and FERGUSON-REACT Nov. 25, 2014.

St. Louis Archbishop Robert J. Carlson prays with the St. Louis police Nov. 24, a few hours before the announcement that a St. Louis County grand jury determined there was not enough evidence to indict Ferguson, Mo., Police Officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown. (CNS photo/Lisa Johnston, St. Louis Review)

By Matt Hadro
CNA/EWTN News 

FERGUSON, MO. — The Archbishop of St. Louis rejected violent responses to a grand jury’s decision not to indict a Ferguson police officer who killed a teenager, asking instead for prayer and action to solve underlying community problems.

“Since the grand jury received the case in August, we have seen offensive and violent outbursts by protesters, and acts of civil disobedience. Despite our calls for peace, which Michael Brown’s family have echoed, we continue to see that segments of our community have not fully renounced the tendency to lash out with antagonistic behavior and violence,” Archbishop Robert Carlson of St. Louis said in a response to the grand jury’s decision. Continue reading

 
As Obama unveils program, other efforts aim to help Central Americans

U.S. President Barack Obama addresses reporters in the East Room of the White House Nov. 5 in Washington. The president held the news conference one day after after Republicans won enough seats to give them them a majority in the U.S. Senate and captured their biggest majority in the House of Representatives in more than 60 years. The president said he is still prepared to sign executive orders to deal with the country's "broken" immigration system by the end of 2014 if Congress doesn't pass meaningful reforms. (CNS photo/Kevin Lamarque, Reuters)

By Patricia Zapor
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON — As millions of immigrants celebrate the possibility of protection from deportation under a new Obama administration plan, among those who cannot take advantage of it will be the 68,445 families and 68,541 unaccompanied minors who were apprehended at the border in the last fiscal year.

The children and families, most from Central America, drew international attention last summer as their numbers overwhelmed governmental and private agencies that process their legal cases, and provide housing, social services and foster care. The record-setting number of apprehensions has declined significantly because of efforts on both ends of the migrant pipeline. And steps are being taken to address problems in their home countries that cause people to leave. Continue reading

 
Rally with Thanksgiving theme last-minute plea for immigration order

U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Illinois, speaks at an immigration rally in front of the White House Nov. 19. Gutierrez was joined by immigrant farm, food and commercial workers from across the country to remind Americans of the people behind their Thanksgiving meal and to urge President Barack Obama to take the broadest executive action possible on immigration. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)

By Patricia Zapor
Catholic News Service 

WASHINGTON — A table spread with the components of Thanksgiving dinner, with the White House as a backdrop, set the scene Nov. 19 for what would turn out to be a last-minute pitch to the president to protect some of the nation’s 11 million immigrants who are in the country illegally.

Shortly before the White House said President Barack Obama would announce executive actions on immigration Nov. 20, advocates for immigration reform set a folding table in the middle of Pennsylvania Avenue and covered it with vegetables, fruit, bread and two frozen turkeys. Continue reading