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  • Vatican takes key step forward for Father Flanagan's sainthood cause

    OMAHA, Neb. (CNS) -- The Vatican has taken a key step forward in the sainthood cause of Father Edward J. Flanagan, the founder of Boys Town, local officials said May 15. The Congregation for Saints' Causes found that the Archdiocese of Omaha's three-year investigation into Father Flanagan's life was thorough and without error, and includes evidence of a reputation for sanctity, said Steven Wolf, president of the Father Flanagan League Society of Devotion, which has helped lead the sainthood effort.

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  • State Department implements Trump's reinstated 'Mexico City Policy'

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Reinstatement of the "Mexico City Policy," as provided for in President Donald Trump's Jan. 23 executive memorandum, took effect May 15. "(It) ensures that U.S. taxpayers will no longer subsidize foreign nongovernmental organizations that perform or promote abortion on demand," said the co-chair of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus.

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  • Archdiocese speaks ahead of Netflix series on murdered nun

    Baltimore, Md., May 17, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- No one knows who killed Sister Catherine Ann Cesnik. A young nun who was on a year’s leave of absence, Sister Cathy, as friends called her, was murdered sometime while running an errand on the evening of November 7, 1969. She was 26 years-old.  

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  • Remains of priest exhumed, verified as part of beatification process

    OKARCHE, Okla. (CNS) -- Early on the morning of May 10, the remains of Father Stanley F. Rother were exhumed from Holy Trinity Cemetery in Okarche and transported to Oklahoma City. As required by the Catholic Church for the beatification process, his remains were examined by medical professionals and re-interred in the chapel at Resurrection Cemetery in northwest Oklahoma City.

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  • Reports say Callista Gingrich will be nominated as Vatican ambassador

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Callista Gingrich, wife of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, will be Donald Trump's nominee for U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, two U.S. news outlets are reporting. The New York Times and CNN reported May 14 that the official announcement of the nomination is waiting to be approved by the Office of Government Ethics. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer in a May 15 news briefing wouldn't confirm Gingrich's nomination and said "nothing's official until it's announced," when asked about the matter.

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  • Deacon's son ordained to permanent diaconate for Baltimore Archdiocese

    BALTIMORE (CNS) -- Deacon Kevin Hostutler, ordained to the permanent diaconate May 6 for the Baltimore Archdiocese, says his path to a religious vocation was shaped by two fathers. These two men were present at his ordination Mass at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Homeland: Msgr. Joseph L. Luca, his pastor at St. Louis Parish in Clarksville, who has led several men and women to religious vocations; and his father, Jim, a permanent deacon in Scottsdale, Arizona, for the Diocese of Phoenix.

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  • Vermont priest's 160-square-foot house has all the comforts of home

    SPRINGFIELD, Vt. (CNS) -- Father Peter Williams built himself a house that has all the comforts of home: a full kitchen, a bathroom with a flushable toilet and shower, a dining area, a living area with a drop-down television, a propane furnace and even electric radiant heat under the laminate wood flooring.

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  • Anthony Esolen accepts post at Thomas More College of Liberal Arts

    Merrimack, N.H., May 5, 2017 National Catholic Register.- Anthony Esolen, the prolific Catholic scholar and author known for his distinctly Catholic worldview and translation of Dante’s The Divine Comedy, has accepted a teaching position at Thomas More College of Liberal Arts, severing his ties with Providence College, where he held a tenured professorship and waged a long battle for its Catholic identity.

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  • Science, compassion, adoption -- why Mike Pence says 'life is winning' in America

    Washington D.C., May 4, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- “Life is winning in America,” U.S. Vice President Mike Pence told attendees at a pro-life gala on Wednesday evening in Washington, D.C. “Life is winning through the steady advance of so many areas of science” that provide a glimpse at the unborn baby in the womb, the vice president said, “through the generosity of millions of adoptive families,” and “through the compassionate caregivers and volunteers at crisis pregnancy centers and faith-based organizations, who minister to women in cities and towns across America.”

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  • Father Solanus Casey recalled as beloved friar who showed mercy to others

    DETROIT (CNS) -- Sixty years after his death, Capuchin Father Solanus Casey is on his way to sainthood. Pope Francis announced May 4 that Detroit's beloved friar, who earlier had been named venerable, met the requirements for beatification and will be named "blessed" -- the second U.S.-born man to achieve such a designation and the first person from Michigan.

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  • House narrowly OKs Affordable Care Act repeal-replace bill

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The House passed a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act by a four-vote margin May 4. The final vote was 217-213. Assuming that all Democrats voted against the bill -- which they did -- the Republicans needed to avoid having 22 of its own House members defect to the "no" camp. In the finally tally, 20 Republicans voted against the measure.

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  • Pope Francis to meet Trump at Vatican May 24

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- President Donald Trump will visit the Vatican and meet with Pope Francis May 24 as part of his first foreign trip as president. White House officials said the visit will be part of a trip that will include stops in Israel and Saudi Arabia before Trump attends a NATO meeting in Brussels May 25 and the G7 summit in Taormina on the island of Sicily May 26-27.

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  • Retired Archbishop George Niederauer of San Francisco dies at 80

    SAN FRANCISCO (CNS) -- Retired Archbishop George H. Niederauer of San Francisco, a longtime English professor and 11-year bishop of Salt Lake City, died May 2 at 80. He had been living at Nazareth House in San Rafael, California, for several months following a diagnosis of interstitial lung disease.

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  • Dozens of lawmakers press Trump for religious freedom protection

    Washington D.C., May 1, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- More than 50 members of Congress have written President Donald Trump asking for a broad executive order that protects religious freedom. “Freedom to follow one’s conscience, faith and deeply held moral convictions is at the heart of our country’s identity,” said Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-Ill.), one of the letter’s signatories.

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  • Jim Caviezel takes on wide slate of topics in fascinating new interview

    Warsaw, Poland, Apr 30, 2017 CNA.- Actor Jim Caviezel has starred in Hollywood hits from “The Count of Monte Cristo” to “The Thin Red Line.” But he is best known for playing Jesus in Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ,” an experience that he says affected him very deeply and spiritually. In a new interview, Caviezel talks about the importance of his Catholic faith, the lasting impact that “The Passion” has had on his life, and his special devotion to the Virgin Mary.

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  • 45 people saved from tornado's fury in hallway of Texas church

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- In the insurance world, extreme weather events such as tornadoes are often referred to as "acts of God." But in the small Texas town of Emory, about 50 miles northwest of Tyler and 70 miles east of Dallas, some 45 people are considering it an act of God that they survived a twister that took out all of their church except for the hallway in which they were huddled.

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  • In Trump's first 100 days, Catholics find a mixed bag

    Washington D.C., Apr 29, 2017 CNA/EWTN News.- Catholic leaders have found cause for both praise and concern after the first 100 days of Donald Trump’s presidency. “Catholics have reason for optimism. But like the first 100 days, the road ahead remains difficult,” Brian Burch, president of CatholicVote.org, said on the organization’s scorecard for the first 100 days of the Trump presidency.

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  • Justice Department holds on to Affordable Care Act's contraceptive mandate

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Groups that legally challenged the Affordable Care Act's contraception requirement for employers still do not have clear direction on how to move forward because nearly a year after the U.S. Supreme Court sent their cases back to the lower courts, the Justice Department still is appealing some of them.

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  • Catholic chaplain accompanies anguished circus workers on final tour

    WORCESTER, Mass. (CNS) -- The congregation, numbering about 50, gathered for their last Easter Mass together on the DCU Center's arena floor. The chaplain, Father George "Jerry" Hogan, borrowed one of their colorful boxes to use as an altar. The altar cloths and his chasuble sported circus images. Costume designers had sewn pieces of old elephant blankets together to make his stole.

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