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October 5, 2012 Catholic News Service SHANGHAI — Priests and nuns in the Shanghai Diocese were forced to attend compulsory “study classes,” which observers believe were imposed by Chinese authorities in response to the new Shanghai auxiliary’s renunciation of the Catholic Patriotic Association.  

October 5, 2012 Catholic News Service NEW ORLEANS — It has been more than 12 years since Blessed John Paul II promulgated Ex Corde Ecclesiae, an apostolic constitution that clarified the relationship between the diocesan bishop and the Catholic colleges and universities within his diocese.  

October 5, 2012 Catholic News Service BALTIMORE — Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori and other religious leaders Sept. 26 asked supporters of traditional marriage to join efforts to overturn Maryland’s new law legalizing same-sex marriage.  

October 3, 2012 Catholic News Service ST. LOUIS — A federal court ruling that rejected a Catholic St. Louis business owner’s challenge to the federal mandate that employee health insurance cover contraceptives will be appealed to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.  

October 1, 2012 Catholic News Service WASHINGTON — Lawmakers and those who serve justice must make decisions based on their strong faith and moral convictions, and not on popular cultural trends, Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio said Sept. 30 at the 60th annual Red Mass in Washington.  

Read more Catholic entertainment stories HERE. WASHINGTON (CNS) – He doesn’t exactly advertise it, but the “king of Queens” is a Catholic family man.  

September 26, 2012 Catholic News Service WASHINGTON — The increase of restrictions on religion are up worldwide — and, for the first time, those restrictions increased markedly in the United States, according to a new Pew report.  

September 26, 2012 Catholic News Service CHICAGO — The Scripture readings at a Chicago Mass celebrated to mark the 10th anniversary of the U.S. bishops’ “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People” offered the despair and isolation felt by an exile in the Book of Lamentations and the

September 26, 2012 Catholic News Service ST. LOUIS — St. Louis will host a National Day of Prayer in Honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary Oct. 6.  

September 24, 2012 Catholic News Service BETHLEHEM, West Bank — Thirty-five years after the first class graduated from Bethlehem University, one of its members became the first woman and Palestinian to hold the Catholic school’s highest academic position.