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  • Luther's goal not schism but reform of 'church he loved,' says bishop

    NEW ORLEANS (CNS) -- It was the seminal event of Western Christianity over the past 500 years. Martin Luther, a German Catholic monk, sent his "95 Theses," or "Disputation on the Efficacy and Power of Indulgences," to the local archbishop Oct. 31, 1517. And he set into motion the Protestant Reformation that four years later prompted his excommunication by the Catholic Church and laid the groundwork for denominational splintering that over the centuries has led to the formation of thousands of Christian churches.

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  • Diocesan tech staffs have concerns about end of Windows XP support

    ALLOUEZ, Wis. (CNS) -- On April 8, Microsoft discontinued support and security updates on all computers using its popular Windows XP operating system. Support also ended for Office 2003. Various media and tech sources report that 11 to 30 percent of computers currently use the Windows XP system. A recent Washington Post article, citing Microsoft, reported that an estimated 10 percent of government computers are still using Windows XP.

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  • Foundation embodies hotelier's admiration for religious, says grandson

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- One of hotelier Conrad N. Hilton's wishes in his final will was to support Catholic sisters all over the world, and in its 70 years, his foundation has helped accomplish this. "Conrad had this lifelong respect and admiration for the sisters," Steve Hilton, the foundation's current president and CEO, told Catholic News Service in a phone interview from California.

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  • Atlanta archbishop will sell new residence at center of controversy

    ATLANTA (CNS) -- Atlanta Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory announced April 5 that he will vacate the archbishop's residence in early May and move into another available archdiocesan property. He said that he has decided to sell the property and "invest the proceeds from that sale into the needs of the Catholic community."

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  • At border Mass, bishops call for compassion, immigration reform

    NOGALES, Ariz. (CNS) -- With the backdrop a few feet away of the rusted iron slats of the 30-foot wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, Boston Cardinal SeŠn P. O'Malley and a dozen other bishops from three countries prayed April 1 for compassion and for a return to ideals that welcome immigrants.

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  • Ruling on Texas abortion restrictions called 'great victory' for life

    AUSTIN, Texas (CNS) -- Texas Right to Life said the March 27 decision by a federal appeals court upholding Texas abortion restrictions has given the state another "historic pro-life victory." A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans upheld sections of a law passed last July that requires abortion clinic doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, and that the RU-486 abortion drug be administered under direct supervision of a doctor according to Food and Drug Administration protocols.

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  • At border Mass, bishops call for compassion, immigration reform

    NOGALES, Ariz. (CNS) -- With the backdrop a few feet away of the rusted iron slats of the 30-foot wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, Boston Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley and a dozen other bishops from three countries prayed April 1 for compassion and for a return to ideals that welcome immigrants.

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  • Two church leaders urge Senate to pass Smarter Sentencing Act

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Two Catholic leaders called on the U.S. Senate to pass the Smarter Sentencing Act, which would reform rigid sentencing policies for certain nonviolent drug offenders. Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami, chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, and Father Larry Snyder, president of Catholic Charities USA, said in a March 27 letter to senators that tough minimum sentences "are costly, ineffective and can be detrimental to the good of persons, families and communities."

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  • Movie execs find 'big challenge' in taking 'fresh' look at 'Noah' story

    NEW YORK (CNS) -- It's not every day that you get to make a biblical epic. "Noah," which debuted in theaters March 28, could be just such a movie, provided people go to see it. "One of the biggest challenges is that everybody comes to the movie with their own expectations of what they think the story is and what they know the story to be. And I think some of those expectations can actually distance them from the story that exists in Genesis," said Ari Handel, who co-wrote the script with director Darren Aronofsky.

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  • Cardinal O'Malley, panelists: Pope Francis' celebrity should turn eyes to Jesus

    BALTIMORE (CNS) -- "Like Pope Francis? You'll love Jesus." It was a well-circulated Washington Post headline in December, but it could have been the tagline for the March 18 "Francis Factor" event held at Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore. As a cardinal, archbishop and four Catholic expert panelists shared insights from Pope Francis' first year, they repeatedly shifted the attention away from the pope and onto the Son of God.

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  • Salvadoran bishop says he expects Romero beatification in three years

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- At a March 15 Mass in Washington marking the 34th anniversary of the killing of Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, Auxiliary Bishop Gregorio Rosa Chavez of San Salvador said there's strong hope and signals from the Vatican that beatification for the man many consider a modern-day saint will come in three years.

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  • U.S. lawmakers invite pope to address joint meeting of Congress

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A bipartisan invitation to Pope Francis to address a joint session of Congress if he comes to the U.S. in 2015 recognizes "the importance of the qualities" the pontiff embodies that resonate with people around the globe, said Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington.

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  • Cardinal George hospitalized to receive treatment for dehydration

    CHICAGO (CNS) -- Chicago Cardinal Francis E. George was admitted to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood March 14 to be treated for dehydration. According to a March 18 press release issued by the Chicago Archdiocese, he was hospitalized after doctors discovered during a routine checkup that he was dehydrated.

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