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Five former Catholic school buildings to be used for education
Jan 03 2012
Five former Catholic school buildings in the Archdiocese of Baltimore will gain renewed life as educational facilities after Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien announced Dec. 29 that the archdiocese has signed leases with educational organizations.

New bishop named for U.S. ordinariate for former Anglicans
Jan 02 2012
WASHINGTON – Pope Benedict XVI has established a U.S. ordinariate for former Anglicans who wish to become Catholics and named a married former Episcopal bishop to head it.

Immigration action in 2011 came in the states and courts
Dec 26 2011
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.

US bishops to study 50-state approach to immigration at Utah conference
Dec 25 2011
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.

Archbishop Kelly, retired Louisville archbishop, dead at 80
Dec 16 2011
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Archbishop Thomas C. Kelly, who led the Archdiocese of Louisville from 1982 until his retirement in 2007, died peacefully in his sleep on the morning of Dec. 14 at his home on the campus of Holy Trinity Church. He was 80.

Israeli separation wall features women’s powerful stories
Dec 15 2011
BETHLEHEM, West Bank – Sylvana Giacaman, 54, is giving herself a different kind of gift for Christmas: She is allowing her photo and a personal story to be posted on the Israeli separation wall.

Advocates say reproductive services ‘important’ for trafficking victims
Dec 15 2011
WASHINGTON – Longtime advocates for victims of human trafficking told a House committee that the government must ensure that females who are trafficked can access all reproductive health services including contraception and abortion.

Changes in parishes coming for Detroit Archdiocese beginning 2012
Dec 05 2011
DETROIT – Nine metro Detroit parishes will close over the next five years if Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron accepts the recommendations a mostly lay advisory board approved Nov. 30.

HHS defends decision on funding trafficking victims program to Congress
Dec 02 2011
WASHINGTON – A U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops program aiding victims of human trafficking was denied funding after its administrators declined to propose alternatives to a government requirement that female victims receive “the full range of legally permissible gynecological and obstetric care,” a Department of Health and Human Services official told a congressional committee.

St. Vincent de Paul’s Beans and Bread kicks off expansion
Dec 01 2011
As a line formed Nov. 18 at mealtime outside Beans and Bread, St. Vincent de Paul’s day resource center in Fells Point for the homeless, the thermometer struggled to reach the low 40s.