January 25, 2007

IRS change sparks few changes in tithing at parishes

On Jan. 1 the Internal Revenue Service made it mandatory that all charitable donations come with a paper trail to claim them on next year’s tax return, but pastors at some Baltimore area Catholic churches have seen little change in parishioners’ tithing practices. “The new rules haven’t been in place long enough for us to...
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St. Margaret School dedicates gymnasium

After Sunday Mass Jan. 28 and to kick off Catholic Schools Week, St. Margaret School, Bel Air, will dedicate its middle school gymnasium in front of parishioners and school families with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, a blessing by Monsignor G. Michael Schleupner, pastor, and performances by the school chorus and cheerleading squad.
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Pope hosts Vietnamese prime minister

VATICAN CITY – Signaling continued improvement in Vatican-Vietnamese relations, Pope Benedict XVI hosted the first ever visit of a prime minister from Vietnam’s communist government. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and a nine-member government delegation, including the head of the government Commission for Religious Affairs, arrived at the Vatican Jan. 25. The Vatican said the...
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