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Therapy, Retrouvaille and the sacraments offer hope to failing marriages

By Katie Scott Catholic News Service PORTLAND, Ore. (CNS) — The marriage appeared severed. It was a mess of miscommunication, heartbreak and a broken vow. They’d contacted divorce lawyers and he’d moved out. Her friends encouraged her to dump him. “Our marriage was in a crisis that we couldn’t overcome…



‘Monumental’ FEMA shift opens door to disaster funds for religious groups

By David Karas Catholic News Service TRENTON, N.J. (CNS) — Superstorm Sandy-weary diocesan and parish officials lauded a Federal Emergency Management Agency policy change announced earlier this year that reverses a prior exclusion for religious organizations and houses of worship from applying for federal aid to recover from natural disasters….


Only sin can make one impure, pope says at Angelus

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — No disease makes a person impure; only sin does that, Pope Francis said. While being sick can impact a person’s whole being, “it in no way impairs or impedes one’s relationship with God. In fact, a sick person can be…


USCCB launches new mobile-responsive ForYourMarriage.org website

By Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — On the first day of National Marriage Week Feb. 7-14, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops announced the launch of a new mobile-responsive ForYourMarriage.org website. “I hope this new platform will reach many more people with the message of God’s plan for marriage…


Laughter, tolerance, shared faith seen as crucial for lasting marriage

By Beth Griffin Catholic News Service RYE, N.Y. (CNS) — Laughter, tolerance and shared faith are important ingredients in a loving, lasting marriage, according to a New York couple who will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary at the end of National Marriage Week, which is Feb 7-14. Bess June and…


Two Mexican priests killed in ambush

By David Agren Catholic News Service MEXICO CITY — Two priests were gunned down as they returned from Candlemas celebrations in a corner of Mexico rife with drug cartel violence and increasingly lethal for prelates. Fathers Ivan Anorve Jaimes and Germain Muniz Garcia were killed early Feb. 5 as they…



Letter in case of Chilean bishop raises new questions

By Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Less than a week after the Vatican announced Pope Francis was sending a trusted investigator to Chile to listen to people with information about a bishop accused of covering up clerical sexual abuse, the Associated Press reported the pope was given a…


Parish throws Super Bowl party for homeless displaced by game security

By Matthew Davis Catholic News Service MINNEAPOLIS (CNS) — A woman exclaimed, “Right there, that’s what I thought!” as she watched Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles throw the first touchdown of the Super Bowl Feb. 4. Watching the game on a TV at St. Olaf Church in downtown Minneapolis, she…