50 years hence — Remembering a Presidency

Looking back As president, JFK faced the challenges of a fast-changing world Nov. 22, 2013, edition By Cathy Harasta Catholic News Service A young first family, captivating and chipper, reinvented life in the White House during John F. Kennedy’s 34-month presidency in the early 1960s. The public image was vibrant: with first lady Jacqueline Kennedy’s…

Nation’s bishops urged to make religious freedom a global priority

Nov. 15, 2013, edition By Catholic News Service New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan called upon his brother bishops to champion the cause of people around the world being persecuted because of their faith even as the bishops continue to prevent what he described as infringements upon religious practice in the United States. In his final address as president of the U.S….

Lessons from last effort to fix immigration problems

Nov. 15, 2013, edition By Patricia Zapor Catholic News Service The last time Congress attempted a full-blown fix of immigration law in 1986, the major accomplishments were that a few million people won legal status and some employment verification systems were created, but the legislation proved inadequate to repair systemic problems, according to panelists at…

Something — or something less — for everyone in farm bill?

Nov. 15, 2013, edition By Mark Pattison Catholic News Service The farm bill, already one year late, could be even later if the House-Senate conference committee working on the compromise version takes its sweet time. According to Bob Gronski, a policy analyst with the National Catholic Rural Life Conference, the lawmakers are taking the bill one “title” at a time until…

Viewers asked to urge NBC to air documentary on religious sisters

Oct. 25, 2013, edition By Carol Stanton Catholic News Service Sister Ann Kendrick doesn’t think of herself as a celebrity, but her role in the documentary “Women & Spirit: Catholic Sisters in America” may change that. A Sister of Notre Dame de Namur, she and two other religious sisters arrived in Apopka, Fla., more than…

Berlin light festival goes large

Oct. 25, 2013, edition An image of Mary and the Christ Child is projected on the facade of a hotel and people look at a light installation at the Berlin Cathedral during the opening day of the Festival of Light in Berlin Oct. 9. Several landmarks and tourist spots in the German capital were to…

Pope authorizes leave of absence for German ‘luxury bishop’

Oct. 25, 2013, edition By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service Pope Francis has authorized a leave of absence for a German bishop at the center of controversy over expenditures for his residence and diocesan center. “A situation has been created in which Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst currently cannot exercise his episcopal ministry,” said a statement…

Cardinal Dolan, in Rome, praises pope’s ‘new’ evangelization strategy

Oct. 11, 2013, edition By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service Pope Francis’ recent warning against overemphasizing moral teachings against abortion, same-sex marriage and contraception means that U.S. bishops should emulate his positive approach to evangelization, not shift the priorities of their public policy agenda, said Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York. “What he’s…

Holy Father calls synod session to discuss families, divorce and remarriage

Canon law allows extraordinary move to handle issues speedily Oct. 11, 2013, edition Catholic News Service The predicament of divorced and remarried Catholics will be a major topic of discussion when bishops from around the world meet at the Vatican in October 2014. The Vatican announced Oct. 8 that an extraordinary session of the Synod…

Change in approach results in British vocations bump

Oct. 11, 2013, edition By Mark Greaves Catholic News Service Janet Hopper said that when she started as a novice at the Society of the Sacred Heart, she thought, “This is completely mad.” She had never imagined herself as a religious. Growing up, she felt she was “too independent and mischievous.” She liked soccer and…