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U.S. Supreme Court examines pension plans of religious hospitals

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- When the U.S. Supreme Court looked at the issue of pension benefits for employees at religious hospitals March 27, it seemed uncertain how the justices would decide this case. The ambiguity was perhaps best described by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who said at one point during the oral arguments: "I'm torn. This could be read either way in my mind."

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Supreme Court sends death-row IQ case back to lower courts

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The U.S. Supreme Court sent a Texas death-row case back to lower courts March 28, saying the inmate's intellectual disability should prevent his execution. The court's 5-3 decision reversed a Texas appeals court ruling that said inmate Bobby James Moore was not intellectually disabled based on state criteria and could face execution.

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Vatican official praises Detroit Archdiocese for response to immigrants

DETROIT (CNS) -- Msgr. Anthony Figueiredo's mission to the United States is of the utmost importance to the Vatican: to be the pope's ears on the ground. Visiting the Archdiocese of Detroit for the annual Holy Trinity Apostolate Lenten Symposium March 11, Msgr. Figueiredo's role in the Vatican's Migrants and Refugees Section of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development means he has the task of speaking with local bishops and Catholic leaders about what is being done, and what more can be done, in support of refugees and immigrants seeking safety in the United States.

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