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Benedictine archabbot was at golf legend's bedside when he died


WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Benedictine Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki of St. Vincent's Archabbey in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, was with Arnold Palmer when the golfing great died Sept. 25 in Pittsburgh. It wasn't the first time Archabbot Nowicki had visited Palmer that day. Palmer, 87, was in a hospital awaiting a heart operation scheduled for Sept. 26. "I went to say a prayer and give him a blessing. About an hour after I'd departed, I got a call" that Palmer's health was failing rapidly, the archabbot told Catholic News Service in a Sept. 26 telephone interview.

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Catholic University's president urges 'zeal' in defending religious liberty


ROCHESTER, N.Y. (CNS) -- A pharmacy in Olympia, Washington, loses its court challenge to a state law requiring the owners to violate their religious beliefs by supplying emergency contraceptives. A Colorado court cites discrimination in ruling against a baker who refused on religious grounds to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.

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