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January 19, 2012

Bishops and religious leaders sign letter

After death penalty abolitionists were stymied in their recent bid to ban the death penalty in Maryland, Catholic bishops of Maryland joined dozens of religious leaders throughout the state in signing an April 5 letter urging lawmakers to pass a ban next legislative session. Gov. Martin J. O’Malley had promised to sign a bill that...
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Controversy averted at St. Dominic School site

About 200 concerned Hamilton-area residents breathed a collective sigh of relief as developers abandoned a plan to convert the vacant St. Dominic School into a low-income apartment building – instead constructing a mostly senior housing project. Residents of the Hamilton, Arcadia, Lauraville and Beverly Hills neighborhoods were prepared for a slugfest with developers, representatives of...
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Limited child protection audits find compliance

WASHINGTON – Twenty-seven of 29 Catholic dioceses and eparchies audited in 2006 complied with the church's national standards for child protection programs and the prevention of and response to sexual abuse, says a report released April 11. However, four dioceses that were not found in compliance in 2005 refused to participate in the 2006 audit.
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For Africa’s future, educate women

UNITED NATIONS – The best and cheapest way to prepare Africa for a better future is to educate all its youths, especially girls and young women, Archbishop Celestino Migliore, Vatican nuncio to the United Nations, said April 10. Addressing the 40th session of the U.N. Commission on Population and Development, the archbishop said that according...
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Pontifical university in Peru caught in dispute

LIMA, Peru – The Pontifical Catholic University of Peru has been caught up in a legal dispute over who controls it. The university, widely accepted as the leading academic institution in Lima, has built a reputation of liberalism and activism for human rights. It is built on property bequeathed by Jose de la Riva Aguero,...
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Cardinals, archbishop honor Baltimore Catechism

Like thousands of other American Catholics of his generation, Cardinal William H. Keeler knows why God made him. “To know, love and serve him," Cardinal Keeler told The Catholic Review, paraphrasing the often-repeated answer he memorized as a child from the famous Baltimore Catechism. The familiar passage from the catechism is just one of many...
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Pope Benedict at 80: Blowing on the coals of faith

VATICAN CITY – When Pope John Paul II turned 80 in 2000, it fueled yet another round of speculation about whether the ailing pontiff might break with tradition and resign. In contrast, Pope Benedict XVI’s 80th birthday April 16 finds him with the wind in his sails. The pope’s new book on Jesus was being...
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Ghanaian describes how climate change affects farmers

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – When Hippolyt Pul was a young boy, farmers in his home country of Ghana often referred to the feast of the Ascension as “the feast of the bean leaf.” Rain came like clockwork each year right after Easter, so farmers planted their first seeds no more than two weeks after the holy...
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Parishioner wants 103rd birthday to benefit her church

When Anne Morrissey celebrates her 103rd birthday May 13th she wants family, friends and well-wishers to take the money they would have spent on gifts and donate it to the restoration fund of St. Peter the Apostle, Libertytown – her beloved parish of 71 years. The feisty Libertytown centenarian with the slight Irish brogue said...
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Fire that destroyed Indiana church is ruled arson

NEW CASTLE, Ind. – Law enforcement officials said April 10 that an early morning fire that destroyed historic St. Anne Church in New Castle three days earlier was arson. Firefighters battled the blaze for five hours on Holy Saturday in windy and unseasonably cold weather. Parishioners who had planned to celebrate the Easter Vigil there...
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Cardinal urges Catholics to follow Christianity in election

LYON, France – A French cardinal has urged Catholics to follow Christian principles in the April 22 presidential election. “I’d like Christians to be Christians and speak out more,” said Cardinal Philippe Barbarin of Lyon. He said that meant “defending what, in the view of Christians, is right for everyone.” Twelve candidates are vying to...
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Military bases are like missionary diocese for archbishop

FRIEDBERG, Germany – Like spring in many dioceses, spring in the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services is confirmation season. Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien packed his bags in late March and was to spend the next two months confirming the children of military personnel – and a few soldiers and sailors – stationed in Germany,...
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