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Bishop lays out detailed policies for ‘morally acceptable’ tax reform

By Dennis Sadowski Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — In a new letter to members of Congress, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, outlined a sweeping package of changes in pending tax reform legislation to ensure the final bill is “morally acceptable.” Bishop Dewane, chairman of the U.S. bishops’…


Prelates ask prayers for families, firefighters facing devastating blaze

By Catholic News Service LOS ANGELES (CNS) — Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez on Dec. 5 called for prayers for the well-being of families, firefighters and rescue workers “facing devastating fires and high winds” in Ventura and Los Angeles counties in Southern California. “May God keep them all safe…


Lego kit brings mystery of the Mass into homes of families around world

By Kateri Schmidt Catholic News Service ST. PAUL, Minn. (CNS) — Stephen and Jennifer Maas’ family business, Domestic Church Supply Co., carries one product: a Lego kit that brings the mystery of the Mass into the living rooms of families around the world. “Father Leopold Celebrates Mass” began as a…




Court seems divided in cake case examining religious rights, expression

By Carol Zimmermann Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — The U.S. Supreme Court seemed equally divided in the long-anticipated oral arguments Dec. 5 about the baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple because of his religious beliefs. Even Justice Anthony Kennedy’s comments went right down…


No dispensation for this year’s Christmas Mass on Monday

By Carol Zimmermann Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Although Christmas this year is the day after the fourth Sunday of Advent, Catholics looking to count a Sunday evening Mass Dec. 24 for both that Sunday obligation and Monday’s Christmas Mass obligation will have to think again. The U.S. bishops…