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By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service  ROME (CNS) — The Catholic Church’s efforts to prevent clerical sexual abuse and protect children around the world will be “a long-term effort,” said Father Robert W. Oliver, a Boston priest who began work Feb. 1 as the promoter of justice in the Congregation for the Doctrine

By Patricia Zapor Catholic News Service  WASHINGTON (CNS) — Catholic institutions were still analyzing the effect of a new set of proposed rules on insurance coverage of contraceptives issued by the Department of Health and Human Services. The 80-page document released Feb. 1 by HHS attempts to address objections that

Pope Benedict XVI
By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service  VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI asked nuns, brothers and priests not to listen to the “prophets of doom” who say that consecrated life has no future or that it has no meaning in today’s world. “Do not join the prophets of doom

By CT Staff WASHINGTON—The  Obama administration today issued proposed rules for public comment regarding contraceptive coverage with no cost sharing under the health care law. The new rules would also adapt the administrations previous definition of what institutions could be defined as a religious employer. According to a release by

By Carol Zimmermann Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — The tens of thousands of participants at the annual March for Life in Washington Jan. 25 demonstrated just how determined they are not only by showing up in such large numbers on a bitter cold day but by continuing a 40-year

The National Prayer Vigil for Life is an all-night pro-life prayer vigil held on the eve of the March for Life each January. Over 20,000 pilgrims from across the nation pray through the night for an end to abortion and a greater respect for all human life. It is held

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service  VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Vatican launched a new “Pope App” on the eve of the release of the pope’s World Communications Day message, which is dedicated to social networks as important spaces for evangelization. The new app provides live streaming of papal events

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — While applauding the European Court of Human Rights’ recognition of the right of a British airline employee to wear a cross on her uniform, the Vatican lamented the court’s denial of the full right of conscientious objection in other cases claiming religious discrimination in the United

LOS ANGELES (CNS) — As the Archdiocese of Los Angeles released church records on clergy sexual abuse, Cardinal Roger M. Mahony again apologized to abuse victims, saying he was naive about its impact on their lives. The cardinal, who retired as archbishop of Los Angeles in 2011, also said in

By Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI will ordain his longtime secretary an archbishop Jan. 6, the feast of the Epiphany. The pope named his closest aide to be prefect of the papal household, a job that involves organizing the pope’s daily round of audiences and