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Catholic Nurses: On the ‘Front Lines’ of Health-Care Reform (5232)

National Association of Catholic Nurses’ March 1-3 convention will spotlight conscience issues and the spiritual foundation of the nursing vocation.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The federal contraception mandate has sparked a debate over the free exercise of religious institutions that refuse to provide such services in their employee health plans. But there is another battle brewing: the fight for the conscience rights of health-care professionals who will be asked to facilitate practices that violate their beliefs.

As both President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act and market-driven reforms reconfigure the world of health care, nurses — who are already taking over many duties of family practitioners — will be asked to meet with patients to discuss mandated provisions like Plan B, the so-called “morning-after pill.” With their jobs on the...READ MORE

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Same-Sex Wedding Cake Refusal Could Cost Christian Baker (13199)

Even though Oregon doesn’t recognize such ‘marriages,’ the state attorney is investigating the baker.

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PORTLAND, Ore. — The Oregon attorney general’s office is investigating a Christian baker who declined to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.

Aaron Klein, owner of the Gresham, Ore., bakery Sweet Cakes by Melissa, told The Oregonian newspaper he chose not to make the cake because he believes marriage is “a religious institution between a man and woman as stated in the Bible.”

“When someone tells me that their definition is something different, I strongly disagree. I don’t think I should be penalized for that.”

His business, which he co-owns with his wife, could face as much as $50,000 in fines if found guilty of violating the Oregon Equality Act. The law forbids businesses...READ MORE

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Denver Archdiocesan Official: Catholic Health Group Affirms the Unborn (2981)

J.D. Flynn, the archdiocese’s chancellor, says the most important issue associated with last month’s controversy is the necessity to protect children before birth.

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Concerns arose among Catholics in Colorado and elsewhere after media outlets reported late last month that Colorado-based Catholic Healthcare Initiatives (CHI) had argued in court that unborn children aren’t persons, thereby suggesting that CHI might not endorse Church teachings affirming the human dignity of unborn children.

Lawyers representing CHI had made the claim in the context of a lawsuit filed by Jeremy Stodghill against St. Thomas More Hospital, arising from the death in 2006 of his wife, Lori, who was seven months pregnant with twin boys.

In the wake of the media reports, CHI executives discussed the matter with the Catholic bishops of Colorado — Archbishop Samuel Aquila of...READ MORE

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Catholics, Reformed Christian Groups Acknowledge Baptisms (4198)

The U.S. bishops and four Reformed denominations affirm the validity of each other’s baptisms.

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Sculpture in Troyes Cathedral of the baptism of St. Augustine.

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WASHINGTON — Representatives of the U.S. bishops’ conference and four Reformed Christian denominations have publicly affirmed that they recognize each other’s baptisms as valid.

“We are overjoyed at this historic recognition of one another’s baptism and are committed to move forward in a new round exploring a common vision of the church,” said Auxiliary Bishop Denis Madden of Baltimore.

The bishop, who chairs the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, praised the cooperative efforts that resulted in the Jan. 29 signing of the Common Agreement on the Mutual Recognition of Baptism.

The statement was signed by members of the bishops’...READ MORE

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Syrian Bishop Hopes New Patriarch’s Experience Will Save Lives (1492)

Archbishop Louis Sako of Kirkuk, Iraq, was elected Feb. 1 as patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church.

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Emblem of the Chaldean Patriarchate.

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ROME — A Syrian bishop is happy with the election of Archbishop Louis Sako as Patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church because he believes his experience at building dialogue in Iraq could save the lives of many Christians.

Archbishop Sako of Kirkuk was selected Feb. 1 by his fellow Chaldean Catholic bishops as the new Patriarch of Babylon, replacing Cardinal Emmanuel III Delly.

“He is young and involved in conversations with Muslims so we hope we can achieve this in Syria, too,” said Bishop Antoine Audo, the head of the Diocese of Aleppo in northern Syria.

“We’ve lost security everywhere, especially in Aleppo. The situation in the whole country is very bad,” he added in a Feb. 1...READ MORE

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Indiana Catholics Mourn Loss of Bishop D’Arcy (2522)

South Bend’s bishop emeritus, who led the diocese from 1985 until 2009, died at his home on the 56th anniversary of the first Mass he celebrated.

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Bishop John D'Arcy, 1932-2013.

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend is mourning the recent death of its bishop emeritus, Bishop John M. D’Arcy, who led the diocese from 1985 until 2009.

“I am filled with deep sadness at the death of a dear friend and brother bishop. We mourn the death of a good shepherd after the heart of Christ, a bishop who loved the Lord and his people with all his heart,” said current bishop Kevin C. Rhoades Sunday.

“We are comforted at this time by our faith in the Resurrection. As we share the pain of loss, Our Lord’s promise of eternal life gives us joy and hope.”

Bishop D’Arcy died at his home surrounded by loved ones in the late morning hours. Feb. 3 was the 56th...READ MORE

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World’s Largest Marian Statue Unveiled in Bolivia (3719)

Perched on a 12,000-foot-high mountain, the new sculpture is 22 feet taller than the famed Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro.

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Image of Our Lady of Socavon in the diocesan shrine in Oruro, Bolivia.

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LA PAZ, Bolivia — The largest statue of the Virgin Mary in the world, dedicated to Our Lady of Socavon, was inaugurated at a Feb. 1 ceremony in the city of Oruro, Bolivia.

Rolando Rocha, the lead sculptor for the project, told reporters that more than simply “a work of engineering and art,” the monument “is an act of faith that strengthens our traditions.”

Towering at 149 feet, the statue is located on a 12,000-foot mountain south of La Paz, the country’s second largest city. It stands 22 feet taller than the Christ the Redeemer statue atop Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The statue’s unveiling ceremony was attended by both Bolivian president Evo Morales and Oruro mayor Rossio Pimentel.


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Archbishop Viganò’s Apostolic Walk for Life (2207)

An interview with the U.S. papal nuncio at the West Coast Walk for Life.

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Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò

SAN FRANCISCO — For the first time ever, the apostolic nuncio to the United States joined the lineup of Catholic and pro-life leaders at the annual Walk for Life West Coast, which this year marked the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade in San Francisco.

At the rally preceding the Jan. 26 walk, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, named the Pope’s personal representative to the U.S. in October 2011, read Pope Benedict XVI’s blessing to the crowd of 50,000 pro-lifers gathered at the city’s Civic Center Plaza. Then, the nuncio told his enthusiastic audience, "I feel with you that you are the best of the United States of America."

Archbishop Viganò was warmly welcomed by San Francisco’s newly...READ MORE

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