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New report examines Catholic school closings

A decline in the number of Catholic schools in the United States during the past five years reflects a demographic shift of where Catholics live more than a decline in the demand for Catholic education.

High court accepts second partial-birth case

The U.S. Supreme Court has accepted a second case challenging the constitutionality of the federal law that prohibits the procedure known as partial-birth abortion.

Cardinal McCarrick warns against partisan politics within the Church

Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick sharply warned the U.S. bishops June 15 that

Bishop says synod is ‘new Pentecost’ for Maronites

The Maronite Catholic Church

Conference discusses priest’s position at Mass

Having the priest face east, usually away from the people, when celebrating Mass is not a magic way to ensure that both the priest and the congregation focus on Jesus, said participants at a conference in northern Italy.

Bishops extend collection for retired religious

The U.S. Catholic bishops overwhelmingly agreed June 15 to extend the yearly national collection for retired religious until 2017.

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