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  • Long-awaited a la carte programming is coming -- just not to cable

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- For years, there has been a low, rumbling clamor for a la carte cable television offerings. One reason initially was the appearance on various cable tiers of channels viewers found lacking in taste or morality. MTV has long been a prime culprit to this core of viewers, first for salacious music videos but in recent years for its stream of reality-TV shows with blurred faces and other body parts, not to mention bleeped (and bleepable) language.

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  • Grandson's needs prompt Flynn's advocacy for adult stem-cell research

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A former Boston mayor and U.S. ambassador to the Vatican said his life's work now is being an advocate for the use of adult stem cells in research and treatment of diseases. Raymond Flynn, who was ambassador from 1993 to 1997, spoke with Catholic News Service about adult stem cells and bioethical issues in medical research as well as his own struggles on the issue.

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  • Survey: 133 percent increase in attacks on religion in past three years

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A new report from the Liberty Institute in Plano, Texas, shows that incidents of "religious hostility" have more than doubled in the United States over the past three years. The report, "Undeniable: The Survey of Hostility to Religion in America, 2014 Edition," chronicles a series of more than 1,300 court cases recently handled or monitored by the institute, a nonprofit legal group that represents plaintiffs who feel their religious liberty has been violated.

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  • Catholics urged to remember 'common good' in vaccine debate

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A nationwide measles outbreak that began at an amusement park in Southern California has fostered an ongoing debate about people's social obligation to have themselves and their children vaccinated against measles, mumps and rubella and other diseases.

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  • Cardinal Dolan: ISIS threatens whole civilization -- no one can be silent

    New York City, N.Y., Feb 19, 2015 CNA.- With ISIS threatening all of human civilization, no one of any background or religion can remain silent, said Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York. The ISIS militants who are perpetrating these acts of violence in the name of Islam “threaten civilization, everything that is decent and noble about humanity,” Cardinal Dolan warned, saying that their vicious acts are creating a worldwide crisis that cannot – and must not – be ignored.

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  • Poll shows majority support for religious freedom in marriage debate

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A recent Associated Press poll shows that while a plurality of Americans support the legalization of same-sex marriage, a majority believe that the religious liberty of those who object to such marriages, including owners of wedding-related businesses, should still be respected.

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  • Payday lending a top obstacle to financial independence for the poor

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- You've seen the ads that boast of zero percent interest on new-car loans? Well, how would you like to pay back a loan that has 400 percent interest? That's what's happening today in the payday lending industry. The federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is expected to issue some proposed regulations, perhaps as early as the end of February, to rein in an industry that does $46 billion in business each year.

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  • Are wealthy US foundations paying to suppress religious freedom?

    New York City, N.Y., Feb 13, 2015 CNA.- Questions are being raised over two U.S. foundations that have poured more than three million dollars into abortion rights, LGBT activist, and legal groups to push the message that exemptions based on religious beliefs are “un-American” and an abuse of liberty.

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  • Lawyers: Feds don't need to make Catholic entities cover contraceptives

    ATLANTA (CNS) -- A new chapter has been added in the ongoing fight against the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive mandate. Attorneys for the Atlanta Archdiocese, Catholic Education of North Georgia Inc. and the Savannah Diocese joined those representing the Eternal Word Television Network Feb. 4 in back-to-back court cases before a three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta.

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  • Catholics called to do everything in their power to end trafficking

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Highlighting the life, suffering and enduring hope of St. Josephine Bakhita, a Sudanese slave, Washington Auxiliary Bishop Martin D. Holley called for reflection and action to combat modern-day slavery during his homily on the first International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking Feb. 8.

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  • Anticipation building for papal encyclical on environment

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The much-anticipated encyclical by Pope Francis on the environment, expected sometime this spring or early summer, is generating a lot of buzz in Washington and elsewhere. At the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering, a Feb. 9 panel discussion on climate change and other environmental issues had to be moved to a larger room.

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  • Statue of Pope Francis' new saint could be kicked out of US capitol

    Washington D.C., Feb 10, 2015 CNA/EWTN News.- Just weeks after Pope Francis announced his intention to canonize missionary Father Junipero Serra during his upcoming visit to the states, a California legislator has proposed replacing the soon-to-be-saint's statue in the U.S. Capitol – but critics of the move are beginning to speak out.

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  • Assisted suicide bills working their way through states, courts

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Assisted suicide is legal in only four states currently, but several other jurisdictions are considering passing legislation to legalize the practice. If there is a saving grace, it is that no federal legislation to enshrine physician-assisted suicide in law is planned.

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  • A heated debate: Is killing an acceptable end to human suffering?

    Boulder, Colo., Feb 5, 2015 CNA/EWTN News.- Two worlds collided when scholars with opposite viewpoints met in Boulder, Colorado to debate the legalization of physician-assisted suicide.   “We have a right to look at the proper response to someone who wants to commit suicide. We aren’t talking about general morality – we are talking about society and public policy protecting the general welfare,” stated Wesley Smith, a lawyer, author, and senior fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism.

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  • House Speaker Boehner announces Pope Francis will address Congress

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, announced Feb. 5 that Pope Francis will address a joint meeting of Congress Sept. 24. The pontiff's "historic visit" would make him the "first leader of the Holy See to address a joint meeting of Congress," Boehner said in a statement, adding that he was "truly grateful that Pope Francis has accepted our invitation."

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  • At awards event, Cardinal George says he's receiving palliative care

    CHICAGO (CNS) -- Doctors have exhausted all options in Cardinal Francis E. George's cancer treatment and have moved on to palliative care. The cardinal shared that information with news media during a Jan. 30 news conference at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago, following a luncheon where he received the Knights of Columbus' highest honor, the Gaudium et Spes Award.

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  • California bill would legalize assisted suicide for terminally ill

    SAN FRANCISCO (CNS) -- California legislators have introduced assisted suicide legislation modeled on Oregon's assisted suicide law, energized by the heartbreaking story of Brittany Maynard, a young woman with brain cancer, who moved from the San Francisco Bay Area to Oregon to end her own life Nov. 1.

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