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  • New Orleans: Forever changed by Hurricane Katrina

    NEW ORLEANS (CNS) -- They are calling it "Kat 10" -- Hurricane Katrina plus 10 years -- which carries with it the double meaning of an ominous meteorological warning. How could a Category 5 storm that engulfed the entire Gulf of Mexico but dropped in intensity to a Category 3 just before landfall on Aug. 29, 2005 -- burying one of the world's most iconic cities in a flood of biblical proportions -- become the watershed moment in New Orleans' nearly 300-year history?

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  • Pop Artist. Provocateur. Catholic. Who was Andy Warhol?

    Washington D.C., Aug 27, 2015 CNA.- Chances are you've heard of the phrase “15 minutes of fame.” And you've probably seen the neon-colored canvases of Campbell soup cans or Marilyn Monroe's face – even if you don't know the artist behind them.

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  • Puerto Rico debt crisis faces crucial date; church opts for jubilee

    AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico -- As Puerto Rico's government marches on toward a critical financial deadline regarding its $72 billion "unpayable" debt, the local Catholic Church, too, has been increasingly feeling the fiscal crunch all the way down to the pews, and there are hopes for a jubilee as espoused in Scripture.

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  • Cardinal Levada arrested in Hawaii on drunk-driving charge

    KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (CNS) -- Cardinal William J. Levada was arrested in Kailua-Kona, on the island of Hawaii, for driving under the influence of alcohol. The arrest was made at about midnight Aug. 19. Cardinal Levada, 79, was released after posting $500 bond. He is due to appear in court Sept. 24.

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  • Katrina evacuees found shelter, relief in Baton Rouge Diocese

    BATON ROUGE, La. (CNS) -- Ten years later the memories still linger for Carol Spruell, as if they happened yesterday but perhaps were a lifetime ago. She remembers the chaos, despair, uncertainty and the cries for help from so many and workweeks that had no end in the days and months following Hurricane Katrina. She also remembers the lines, droves of desperate people who had lost everything in Katrina's floodwater, who were seeking any modicum of relief, whether it was articles of clothing, a bus ticket to a relative's house outside of the area or assistance in finding a place to live.

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  • Labor Day statement: Reflection, action 'critical' for care of workers

    WASHINGTON (CNS) --- "Individual reflection and action is critical" when it comes to improving the conditions of workers in the United States and elsewhere, said Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami, chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, in the U.S. bishops' annual Labor Day statement.

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  • Teachers ratify contract underscoring high schools' Catholic mission

    SAN FRANCISCO (CNS) -- A new labor agreement between the Archdiocese of San Francisco and the union representing teachers at the four archdiocesan high schools states that Catholic teachings must remain paramount in the classroom and that teachers are accountable for personal conduct that could negatively affect their ability to serve the Catholic mission.

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  • One court OKs stay for Little Sisters; another says no to religious agencies

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Two federal appeals courts acted Aug. 21 in cases related to the contraceptive mandate for employee health insurance. One court said the Little Sisters of the Poor and fellow plaintiffs need not comply with its July ruling against them while the sisters appeal to the Supreme Court. The second court ruled against Michigan and Tennessee Catholic Charities agencies, Aquinas College and other church-run institutions, saying that their religious rights are not substantially burdened by a process created by the federal government for opting out of providing contraceptive coverage due to religious objections.

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  • Church leaders, other advocates expect pope to address migration issue

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CNS) -- Pope Francis will arrive in the U.S. in September at the close of what could be called the "summer of immigration." Asylum-seekers landed on Greek beaches and traversed the France-to-England Channel Tunnel, while Berlin announced a plan for moving refugees into container-based housing.

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  • Wise leaders needed now more than ever

    The political season is upon us. About 20 people have announced their candidacy for the office of president of the United States, and by this time next year the battle for the White House and for many other local, state and federal offices will be raging. What should we look for in the people who present themselves for our consideration as leaders?

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  • Knights to launch new national TV campaign about persecuted Christians

    PHILADELPHIA (CNS) -- The Knights of Columbus Aug. 4 announced it would launch a new phase in its efforts on behalf of persecuted Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East.
    To date, the fraternal organization has donated more than $3 million in humanitarian aid to assist them and will to launch a national TV ad campaign to draw more attention to their plight.

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  • Cardinal O'Malley urges senators to defund Planned Parenthood

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley, in his role as head of the U.S. bishops' pro-life committee, urged U.S. senators Aug. 3 to take the federal money that goes to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and instead fund women's health care providers that do not promote abortion.

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  • House limits number allowed in chamber to hear papal address to Congress

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- House members voted July 28 to limit the number of people allowed in the House Chamber Sept. 24 when Pope Francis addresses a joint meeting of Congress. The vote, which was part of a procedural measure, excludes former members of Congress and former House officers and chaplains from attending the papal address. Those allowed to attend include: members of Congress, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, Supreme Court justices, current House officers, the librarian of Congress, architect of the Capitol and department heads. The vote also approved of "other persons as designated by the Speaker."

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  • After small explosion, bishop urges 'increased vigilance' at parishes

    LAS CRUCES, N.M. (CNS) -- Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces has asked pastors, deacons and parish leaders in the diocese "to exercise increased vigilance in our parish surroundings and activities." The bishop's message, posted early Aug. 4 on the diocese's Facebook page, was prompted by a small explosion that occurred Aug. 2 outside Holy Cross Catholic Church during the 8 a.m. Mass.

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  • Post-Chapter 11, 'our focus is on mission,' Milwaukee archbishop says

    MILWAUKEE (CNS) -- The Archdiocese of Milwaukee is "turning a page on a chapter in our history -- a terrible part of the history," Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki said Aug. 3. "Now, we must continue doing the charitable, educational and spiritual work of the archdiocese. Our complete focus is on mission, but we must not forget those who have been harmed," he said about the clergy sexual abuse crisis.

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  • Nuns, guns and the Wild West -- the extraordinary tale of Sr. Blandina

    Santa Fe, NM, Aug 1, 2015 CNA/EWTN News.- Billy the Kid, a notorious bank and stage-coach robber of the Wild West, met his match in the most unlikely of people when he met Sister Blandina Segale. According to legend, and to Sr. Blandina's journal and letters, one of Billy the Kid's gang members had been shot and was on the brink of death when the doctors of Trinidad, Colo. Refused to treat him. Sister decided to take him in and cared for him for three months, nursing him back to health.

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  • Milwaukee Archdiocese reaches $21 million settlement with abuse survivors

    MILWAUKEE (CNS) -- The Archdiocese of Milwaukee has reached a $21 million settlement with abuse survivors, according to an Aug. 4 announcement. The settlement is part of an agreement on a reorganization plan reached by the archdiocese and the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors, which has sought compensation for victims/survivors of clergy sexual abuse.

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  • Cardinal O'Malley Urges Support for Senate Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood

    WASHINGTON--Federal funds should be reallocated so women can obtain their health care from providers that do not promote abortion, Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley, archbishop of Boston, said in an August 3 letter to the U.S. Senate. Cardinal O'Malley, who chairs the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, urged support for S. 1881, which would withhold federal funds from the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and its affiliates.

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  • Congress urged to ensure 'fair and just wages' for all workers

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Congress can promote the common good and contribute to a more just society by ensuring the federal minimum wage promotes family formation and stability, said Miami Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski and Dominican Sister Donna Markham, president of Catholic Charities USA, in a July 27 letter to Congress.

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  • For Dominican, nearly 60 years in order has always been 'what I hoped'

    RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (CNS) -- Sister Margaret Smyth knew at age 15 that she wanted to become a nun. Today, at 75, Sister Margaret remains happy with her decision to answer the call to consecrated life. "It's always been what I had hoped it would be," said Sister Margaret, who, as a member of the Sisters of St. Dominic of Amityville, ministers to Latino immigrants on the East End of Long Island.

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  • Despite successes, Older Americans Act faces uncertain future in Congress

    GTON (CNS) -- The Older Americans Act, under which millions of Americans have enjoyed services in nutrition, health and employment, turned 50 on July 14 with little fanfare. The programs funded under the act -- such as Meals on Wheels, senior centers, health screenings, adult day care, respite services, transportation services, elder abuse prevention and a long-term care ombudsman program -- have become a part of the everyday lives of millions of seniors.

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