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Bishops applaud HHS rule change that aids adoption, foster care providers

WASHINGTON (CNS) — A Department of Health and Human Services modified rule that helps ensure that faith-based social service providers will not be excluded from certain federally funded programs was […]

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Popes Francis, Benedict receive first doses of COVID-19 vaccine

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Both Pope Francis and retired Pope Benedict XVI have received the first dose of the vaccine against COVID-19 after the Vatican started vaccinating its employees and […]

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Heavy security in D.C., ongoing pandemic mean March for Life will be virtual

By Kurt Jensen WASHINGTON (CNS) — For the first time since 1974, when it first began, the message of the national March for Life to participants is: Stay home. Like […]

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Initially cut off by war, Ethiopian bishop appeals for humanitarian aid

By Frederick Nzwili NAIROBI, Kenya (CNS) — After intense fighting cut off his ability to communicate with people outside his region, Bishop Tefaselassie Medhin of Adigrat, Ethiopia, called for urgent […]

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For Ash Wednesday, Vatican asks priests to ‘sprinkle’ ashes on heads

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments asked priests to take special anti-COVID-19 precautions this year when distributing ashes on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 17, […]

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Authors find spiritual lessons amid pandemic’s restrictions

Reviewed by Kurt Jensen WASHINGTON (CNS) — Under COVID-19 pandemic isolation and its steadily escalating death toll, managing the anxiety of ordinarily stressful life passages has become exponentially unbearable. Michael […]

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News Briefs: January 17, 2021

Pope amends canon law so women can be installed as lectors, acolytes VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Recognizing “the gifts of each baptized person” — women and men — Pope Francis […]

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Evictions, homelessness could rise if lawmakers override governor’s veto

Advocates for the poor fear that an already dire housing crisis in the state could worsen dramatically if lawmakers override the governor’s veto of a landlord-tenant bill that was rushed […]

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Federal appeals court blocks Trump order on refugee resettlement

WASHINGTON (CNS) — A federal circuit court of appeals said a Trump administration executive order that would allow state and local government officials to reject refugees in their jurisdiction violated […]

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Washington pastors reflect on Capitol attack that hit close to home

By Mark Zimmermann WASHINGTON (CNS) — Like many across the country, Father William Gurnee and Father Gary Studniewski watched in horror as a rioting mob stormed and ransacked the U.S. […]

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For World Day of the Sick, pope calls for health care for all

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Praising those who help the sick and praying for those who are sick, Pope Francis called on Christians to practice what they preach, including by guaranteeing […]

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CHA letter to Biden reveals extensive list of health care priorities

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The Catholic Health Association issued an extensive list of priorities it would like President-elect Joe Biden’s administration to pursue. Those priorities include strengthening the Affordable Care Act, […]