December 23, 2011

Midnight Masses canceled in Iraq because of growing security concerns

LONDON - Chaldean Catholic officials have canceled traditional Christmas Eve midnight Masses because of security risks.
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US bishops to study 50-state approach to immigration at Utah conference

SALT LAKE CITY - A three-day conference on issues faced by Catholic advocates of comprehensive immigration reform is scheduled for Jan. 11-13 in Salt Lake City. The conference is sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Catholic Legal Immigration Network.
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Mexican bishops declare tour of Blessed John Paul II relics a success

MEXICO CITY - The Mexican bishops’ conference declared a nationwide tour of relics of Blessed John Paul II a “total success” as an estimated 27 million Catholics came to venerate the items - including a vial of the late pontiff’s blood - and pray for peace in Mexico.
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Year brings health care reform law and a ‘wound to church’s unity’

WASHINGTON – 2010 will be known in many circles as the year of health reform. Among Catholics, it might also be known as the year that caused, as Chicago Cardinal Francis E. George said in his final talk as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, a “wound to the church’s unity.”
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New missal translation introduced in 2011 also an evangelization tool

WASHINGTON – Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl doesn’t have a problem with the fact that there will be some missteps and some wrong words spoken during the first weeks of using the new English translation of the Roman Missal at Mass.
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Bishops’ concerns rise over growing infringements on religious liberty

WASHINGTON – Concerns that religious liberty is being eroded by government action and policymaking prompted the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to open a campaign in 2011 to head off what they consider dangers to the rights of people of faith and conscience.
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New homes help tsunami survivors adjust to changed circumstances

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia – Squatting inside his small home in the fishing hamlet of Alua Naga near the city of Banda Aceh, Hussein Sweid knitted together a fishing net, preparing for his next venture out to sea.
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Immigration action in 2011 came in the states and courts

WASHINGTON – With a politically divided Congress putting immigration on the don’t-even-bother list of stagnate legislation, action on the subject in 2011 fell to state legislatures and federal courts – where challenges focused on whether states have the right to act on immigration.
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Bishops join others in lauding new EPA toxins rule

WASHINGTON - The head of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development joined with others in praising a new federal rule to cut down on the amount of toxins emitted from coal- and oil-fired plants.
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