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Respect, don’t just tolerate other religions, Vatican officials say

By Matthew Fowler Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Peace and harmony will not result from members of different religions simply tolerating each other; respect and appreciation of customs and cultural diversity is required, top Vatican officials said in a message to the world’s Hindus. “Respect creates space for…


Senate confirms Callista Gingrich as U.S. ambassador to the Holy See

By Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — The Senate confirmed Callista Gingrich as the new U.S. ambassador to the Holy See. Voting late Oct. 16, senators approved her nomination 70-23. More than 20 Democrats joined Republicans in supporting Gingrich, the wife of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a vocal ally…


Groups settle in lawsuit against HHS contraceptive mandate

By Carol Zimmermann Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Dozens of Catholic groups that challenged the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act have reached a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department, they announced late Oct. 16. The groups, including the Archdiocese of Washington and the Pennsylvania dioceses of Greensburg,…


Neglected works of mercy: burying, praying for forgotten dead

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — When a friend’s beloved dog died, Adrian Cruz dug a grave, prepared a box, cleaned the dog and helped bury the animal in a way that helped his grieving friend mourn the loss of her pet. Earlier the same day,…




Catholic group will accept Scouts’ decision to allow girls to join

By Catholic News Service IRVING, Texas (CNS) — The leaders of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting, which has its headquarters in the Dallas suburb of Irving, said they “accept and work with the new membership policy of the Boy Scouts of America” to admit girls. “We were informed this…


Planned giving called ‘key part’ of future of parishes, schools, ministry

By Catholic News Service LOS ANGELES (CNS) — Colleges, hospitals and universities “are well-established” in the area of planned giving, but such programs are just as applicable to Catholic parishes, schools, dioceses and many other institutions, said one of the organizers of an upcoming national seminar in Los Angeles. “It…


Sessions’ memo praised for reaffirming laws protecting religious liberty

By Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ memo on religious freedom issued for all federal agencies and departments to follow “helpfully reaffirms that the law protects the freedom of faith-based organizations to conduct their operations in accordance with their religious mission,” a U.S. archbishop said….