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December 15, 2011

Serendipitous visit to Bon Secours in West Baltimore

On this job, every day is a religious experience. I’ve got an article in the Dec. 15 issue of The Catholic Review on Bon Secours Baltimore Health System.  In late September, the health care provider in West Baltimore launched a new branding and mission with an ecumenical prayer service at 31 W. Fulton St., at the Cathedral...
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Bereavement counselor promotes ways to cope with pain of loss

Beth L. Hewett understands the pain and anguish of grief all too well. A facilitator and facilitator trainer for the National Catholic Ministry to the Bereaved (NCMB) and active in the grief ministry of her parish, St. Ignatius, Hickory, she has in recent years lost her brother, sister and father.
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Archdiocese mailing 400,000 marriage DVDs not considered lobbying

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota’s Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board has dismissed a complaint stemming from a DVD on marriage mailed to 400,000 Catholics in the state by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis in September 2010.
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Advocates say reproductive services ‘important’ for trafficking victims

WASHINGTON – Longtime advocates for victims of human trafficking told a House committee that the government must ensure that females who are trafficked can access all reproductive health services including contraception and abortion.
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Archbishop Kelly, retired Louisville archbishop, dead at 80

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Archbishop Thomas C. Kelly, who led the Archdiocese of Louisville from 1982 until his retirement in 2007, died peacefully in his sleep on the morning of Dec. 14 at his home on the campus of Holy Trinity Church. He was 80.
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After vandalism on mosque, scholars call for respect for sacred sites

ROME – The day after an ancient mosque in Jerusalem was vandalized and burned, allegedly by Jewish extremists, participants at a Rome conference on “sacred space” called for absolute respect for all places of worship.
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Bishop Libasci installed as 10th bishop of New Hampshire’s only diocese

MANCHESTER, N.H.– On the feast of the Immaculate Conception, the day when he said the “whole church recalls God’s invitation to life,” Bishop Peter A. Libasci was installed as the 10th bishop of Manchester.
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Israeli separation wall features women’s powerful stories

BETHLEHEM, West Bank – Sylvana Giacaman, 54, is giving herself a different kind of gift for Christmas: She is allowing her photo and a personal story to be posted on the Israeli separation wall.
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Audio of Sister Deirdre Mullan speech to Mercy High students

Foundation Day is one in which Mercy Sisters reflection upon their origins with Mother Catherine McAuley, their present mission and their future work. Sister Deirdre Mullan spoke to Mercy High School students about the global outreach of the Sisters of Mercy Dec. 12. It was a captivating glimpse into the life of the Sisters of...
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A life-changing event

The National Catholic Youth Conference also known as NCYC was held in Indianapolis, Ind. The National Catholic Youth Conference is an exciting, three-day experience of prayer, community and empowerment for Catholic teenagers and adult chaperones. NCYC is open to high school age young people and the chaperones. Most participants are Catholic. Many youth participants are...
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