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Vatican denies report Pope Benedict has degenerative disease

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Vatican denied that retired Pope Benedict XVI has a degenerative neurological disease or paralyzing condition after his brother, 94-year-old Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, told a magazine that Pope Benedict had a debilitating disease. In an interview published Feb. 13…



Diocese begins Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program for those abused by clergy

By Katherine Long, Editor The Diocese of Syracuse has launched an Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program “designed to offer reparation, promote reconciliation, and further healing to those individuals who, in the past, have been sexually abused by members of our diocesan clergy,” Bishop Robert J. Cunningham announced at a press conference…



U.S. Olympic women’s hockey team includes five Boston College players

By Carol Zimmermann Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Boston College is paying close attention to women’s ice hockey at the Olympic Games. That’s because five players on the team’s roster of 23 are from the Jesuit-run school — two are recent graduates and three are current students taking a…


‘Lean on each other,’ advises couple married 75 years

By Jessica L. Marsala Catholic News Service SAVANNAH, Ga. (CNS) — Married for 75 years, Joseph Farr and his wife, Ann, say that they believe they’ve found the secret to making a marriage last. “What it takes to really make a marriage last is to not think everything should be…



Sisters from Minnesota Catholic schools play on separate Olympic teams

By Matthew Davis Catholic News Service ST. PAUL, Minn. (CNS) — Few schools can claim an Olympic athlete among their alumni base. Even fewer schools have more than one, especially from the same family. But Hill-Murray High School in Maplewood and St. Odilia School in Shoreview — both Catholic schools…