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Phoenix Mercy sister 'no longer excommunicated'

Sr. Margaret McBride

December 19, 2011

A Mercy sister who was automatically excommunicated because of her role on the ethics committee that allowed an abortion to be performed at a Catholic hospital in Phoenix in 2009 is back in good standing in the Catholic Church.

Two auxiliary bishops named for Quebec

December 19, 2011

Pope Benedict Dec. 12 named two new auxiliary bishops for the Archdiocese of Quebec: Servite Father Gaetan Proulx, 64, and Father Denis Grondin Jr., 57.

Benedict will visit Cuba, Mexico in spring

December 19, 2011

The Cuban bishops announced that 2012 would be a Marian jubilee year and that Pope Benedict would come to Cuba as a "pilgrim of La Caridad," the popular name for the Virgin of Charity of El Cobre, the country's patroness.

Roman Missal voted top news story of 2011

December 19, 2011

The introduction of the English translation of the Roman Missal topped the religious news stories of 2011, and Pope Benedict was again the top newsmaker, according to the annual poll conducted by Catholic News Service.

To follow Gospel is to follow Christ, pope says

December 19, 2011

Following the Gospel is not adhering to a doctrine or code of ethics but entails truly following the person of Christ in one's life, Pope Benedict said.

Monterrey cardinal moved to Guadalajara

Cardinal Francisco Robles Ortega

December 19, 2011

Cardinal Francisco Robles Ortega has been named archbishop of Guadalajara, Mexico, replacing Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iniguez, 78, whose resignation was accepted by the Vatican.

Human dignity 'a primary doctrine,' says Dolan

December 19, 2011

The dignity of the human person is "a primary doctrine" of the Catholic Church, Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York told an audience at the University of Notre Dame.

Knights restore tomb from old St. Peter's Basilica

December 19, 2011

With help from the Knights of Columbus, the only papal tomb transferred from the old to the new St. Peter's Basilica has been restored.

Rocca succeeds Thavis at CNS Rome bureau

Francis Rocca

December 19, 2011

Catholic News Service announced that Francis Rocca will join its staff as the new chief of the CNS Rome bureau.

African famine

December 19, 2011

A woman walks past carcasses of cattle in the drought-stricken Eladow area in Wajir, northeastern Kenya, Aug. 4.

Focus on money destroys the environment – cardinal

Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga

December 12, 2011

Excessive focus on money is destroying the environment and dehumanizing people, said Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, president of Caritas Internationalis.

Traditionalist says Vatican statement needs changes

Bishop Bernard Fellay

December 12, 2011

The head of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X said a "doctrinal preamble" presented by the Vatican needs changes before it can be accepted as the basis for the group's reconciliation.

Theology can help promote peace, pope says

December 12, 2011

Theology is not simply an academic discipline or a means of explaining the faith to believers, it also has a role in promoting peace and harmony, Pope Benedict said.

Irish dioceses improve at handling clergy abuse

December 12, 2011

Audits of six Irish Catholic dioceses reveal "a marked improvement" in how the Church is handling clerical abuse allegations.

Pope says Orthodox, RCs must work together

December 12, 2011

Pope Benedict said Catholics and Orthodox have a duty to show a united front of mature faith in facing challenges intensified by increased secularism.

Benedict says Asia is field for evangelization

December 12, 2011

Pope Benedict said Asia offers "vast scenarios of evangelization" for the Church, but currently faces difficulties and "true persecution" in some places.

N. Zealand diocese to halve number of parishes

December 12, 2011

The Diocese of Christchurch, New Zealand, will reduce the number of parishes by more than half, Bishop Barry Jones announced.

Christian families part of new evangelization

December 12, 2011

Christian families are called to welcome, demonstrate and spread the love and presence of Christ in the world, Pope Benedict said.

Vatican says seat-belt complaint drew papal smile

December 12, 2011

The Vatican said Pope Benedict greeted with a smile the news that a German citizen had filed a complaint against him for not wearing a seat belt in his popemobile.

Tree from Ukraine

December 12, 2011

The Christmas tree is placed in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Dec. 5.