December 13, 2011

Philadelphia leader: ‘Painful’ year may bring school, parish closings

PHILADELPHIA – Three months after his installation, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia warned Catholics that the archdiocese faces “very serious financial and organizational issues that cannot be delayed.”
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St. Luke honors longtime pastor at his retirement

EDGEMERE – Standing at the back of St. Luke Church following a Dec. 11 Mass marking his retirement, Monsignor Joseph S. Lizor Jr. extended both arms to shake hands with the many parishioners who wanted to greet him. Several children gave the 79-year-old pastor homemade cards, while hugs seemed to engulf the vested clergyman faster...
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Our Lady of Guadalupe has home in Highlandtown

Father Robert Wojtek is getting used to overflowing crowds at Sacred Heart of Jesus in Highlandtown during Spanish Masses.
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‘You are not alone,’ Hispanic bishops tell undocumented immigrants

WASHINGTON – An emotional pastoral letter to immigrants from the U.S. Hispanic and Latino Catholic bishops offers love, encouragement, welcome, sympathy and assurance that “you are not alone or forgotten.”
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A year after late-term abortionists’ arrival, 600 march for life

Under a full moon on a cold, dark evening, they walked and prayed together, an estimated crowd of 600 people, holding candles and praying the rosary as they marched Dec. 10 from Mother Seton Church in Germantown to a nearby late-term abortion clinic.
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Lawsuit challenging HHS contract with USCCB awaits judge’s decision

WASHINGTON – A lawsuit pending in a Massachusetts federal court may determine if the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services can allow religiously based restrictions on reproductive health services in agreements with private agencies to provide social services.
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