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Church leaders welcome leaked HHS draft lifting contraceptive mandate

By Carol Zimmermann Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — A leaked draft rule from the Department of Health and Human Services exempting religious groups from the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act was welcomed by church officials and attorneys representing the Little Sisters of the Poor, one of the…


Federal appeals court upholds injunction against Trump’s travel ban

By Catholic News Service RICHMOND, Va. (CNS) — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, based in Richmond, issued a 10-3 ruling May 25 to uphold a Maryland federal court’s injunction against President Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban. Writing for the majority, Chief Judge Roger L. Gregory said:…




Pope, Trudeau talk about reconciliation with Canada’s indigenous people

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he asked Pope Francis to help Canadians “move forward on a real reconciliation” with the country’s indigenous people “by issuing an apology” on behalf of the Catholic Church for its role in harming their…


Spiritual writings of Canada’s first bishop available in English

By Philippe Vaillancourt Catholic News Service QUEBEC CITY (CNS) — It took three centuries, but the writings of Canada’s first bishop are now available in English. The book, “The Spiritual Writings of Francois de Laval,” responds to an Anglophone demand that now exceeds French demand for writings by the man…


Prayer, memory, mission create a joy no one can take away, pope says

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Christian road map for life’s journey is to keep Jesus in one’s heart, one’s eyes on heaven and one’s feet on the ground, spreading the Gospel, Pope Francis said. “Christian life will be beautiful and will also be joyful”…


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Pastoral appointments announced

From the Diocese of Syracuse:   Bishop Cunningham is pleased to announce the following appointments: Rev. Mr. Matthew E. Rawson, seminarian, was ordained into the transitional diaconate on May 20, 2017. Rev. Mr. Matthew T. Lyons, is to be ordained into the priesthood on June 3, 2017. Rev. John P….


Attack on Christians in southern Egypt leaves at least 26 dead

By Catholic News Service CAIRO (CNS) — Masked assailants attacked a bus carrying Coptic Orthodox Christians on the way to St. Samuel Monastery in southern Egypt, killing at least 26 people, many of them children, according to the country’s Interior Ministry. “It is too early to say who is behind…


Catholic leaders find proposed federal budget largely fails the moral test

By Dennis Sadowski Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — President Donald Trump’s proposed fiscal year 2018 budget sent shivers through social service, education and environmental communities, prompting church leaders and advocates to question the administration’s commitment to people in need. The leaders repeated in interviews with Catholic News Service that…