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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

 
USCCB releases statement on Hobby Lobby decision

USCCB Report

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision today in favor of Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties means “justice has prevailed,” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty. Continue reading

 
Hobby Lobby ruling: ‘Closely held’ corporations can’t be forced to cover contraceptives

(Updated at 12:44 p.m.)

By Patricia Zapor
Catholic News Service 

 

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WASHINGTON — In a narrowly tailored 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court June 30 said closely held companies may be exempted from a government requirement to include contraceptives in employee health insurance coverage under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Continue reading

 
Hobby Lobby ruling expected this morning
A woman walks toward a Hobby Lobby store in Phoenix March 24. The Hobby Lobby chain and Conestoga Wood Specialties are the plaintiffs in two cases before the Supreme Court. They are suing over a federal requirement that employers cover a range of contraceptives and services in their employees' health plans. The companies' Christian owners object to the mandate on religious rights grounds. (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec) (March 24, 2014) See SCOTUS-MANDATE and MANDATE-PROTEST March 25, 2014.

A woman walks toward a Hobby Lobby store in Phoenix March 24. The Hobby Lobby chain and Conestoga Wood Specialties are the plaintiffs in two cases before the Supreme Court. (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec)

Staff Report

The Supreme Court decision in the cases involving the Department of Health and Human Services’ contraceptive mandate and for-profit employers Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Woods will be handed down this morning, June 30, around 10 a.m. Continue reading