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  • Fri, 29 Apr 2016 11:00:00 +0000: Ordinations give reason for hope, but need for priests still great - Top Catholic News | AmericanCatholic.org

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- It's ordination season and Catholics have reason to be pleased with the numbers of priests who will serve the church well into the future.

    In recent years, the numbers of priestly ordinations have given Catholic Church observers reason to believe there is not a global vocations crisis, but they ...

  • Thu, 28 Apr 2016 17:00:00 +0000: Bishop supports medical marijuana in letter to lawmakers - Top Catholic News | AmericanCatholic.org

    DES MOINES, Iowa (CNS) -- Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines urged state lawmakers to pass legislation that would legalize medical marijuana.

    In a letter April 26 to House and Senate members, Bishop Pates said a comprehensive bill was needed to "give Iowans the ability to produce a safe and consistent ...

  • Thu, 28 Apr 2016 01:00:00 +0000: Pope advances sainthood causes of Irish Jesuit, Albanian martyrs - Top Catholic News | AmericanCatholic.org

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis advanced the sainthood cause of an Irish Jesuit, who was raised Anglican, and dedicated his life to the sick and the dying as well as the cause of 38 Albanian martyrs killed during the communist persecution of Christians.

    During an April 26 meeting with Cardinal ...

  • Wed, 27 Apr 2016 21:00:00 +0000: Kelly McCracken chosen first president of Franciscan Media - Top Catholic News | AmericanCatholic.org

    CINCINNATI (CNS) -- Kelly McCracken has been promoted to the position of president of Franciscan Media, publisher of St. Anthony Messenger magazine, Servant Books and the AmericanCatholic.org website.

    There had been no position of president prior to McCracken's appointment.

    She, in effect, succeeds Tom Shumate, who had been chief operating officer, said Franciscan ...

  • Wed, 27 Apr 2016 01:00:00 +0000: U.S., Mideast Christian leaders vow to work for peace - Top Catholic News | AmericanCatholic.org

    ATLANTA (CNS) -- Christian churches have a responsibility to work to bring the chronic conflict in the Middle East to a just peace, and more effective advocacy is needed in the United States, said church leaders meeting in Atlanta.

    Nearly 40 heads of Christian churches and church-related organizations in the U.S. and ...

  • Wed, 27 Apr 2016 01:00:00 +0000: Austrian bishop says 'no' to border fence on church property - Top Catholic News | AmericanCatholic.org

    VIENNA (CNS) -- An Austrian bishop said the government may not use church property to build a border fence to keep out refugees.

    "A border fence contradicts both the Gospel and the clear appeal of Pope Francis to Europe," said Bishop Agidius Zsfikovics of Eisenstadt.

    "This is especially true in our diocese, which ...

  • Tue, 26 Apr 2016 01:00:00 +0000: Friends of Dorothy Day commend step toward sainthood - Top Catholic News | AmericanCatholic.org

    WASHINGTON -- The recent update in the sainthood cause for American Catholic icon Dorothy Day is welcome news to many of her friends and associates who believe her understanding of Catholic social teaching should be held up as a church value.

    The Archdiocese of New York announced April 19 an important next ...

  • Tue, 26 Apr 2016 01:00:00 +0000: U.S. teens say faith strengthened at youth celebration in Rome - Top Catholic News | AmericanCatholic.org

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Sharing and celebrating the joy of faith with thousands of Catholic teenagers from around the globe was a rare moment that not many people are able to experience, a U.S. teen said.

    "It was a different atmosphere than what I'm used to, but it's good because it ...

  • Mon, 25 Apr 2016 01:00:00 +0000: Planned Parenthood CEO at Georgetown said dismissive of pro-life views - Top Catholic News | AmericanCatholic.org

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The controversy over the appearance by the head of Planned Parenthood at Jesuit-run Georgetown University April 20 became the background to a standing ovation.

    Cecile Richards was greeted warmly by more than 400 students, most of them women, at Lohrfink Auditorium. She was introduced by Helen Brosnan, a senior ...

  • Mon, 25 Apr 2016 01:00:00 +0000: New nuncio to U.S. says he's ready to listen and learn - Top Catholic News | AmericanCatholic.org

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the new nuncio to the United States, said he is ready to learn about the Catholic Church in the country and will try his best to be Pope Francis' emissary, particularly in promoting a church that is close to those who suffer.

    The archbishop, who ...

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