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Archbishop Kurtz Provides Initial Response to Revised HHS Mandate Regulations

WASHINGTON–Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that it is issuing an additional set of interim final rules to implement its requirement that health plans, including employer-sponsored plans, provide for sterilization, contraception, and drugs that can cause an abortion. 197 more words

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Archbishop Kurtz provides initial response to revised HHS mandate regulations

Disappointed that regulation will not expand exemption, only modifies ‘accommodation’
Extending ‘accommodation’ to exempted businesses reduces religious freedom
More thorough study and detailed comments to come… 240 more words

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USCCB Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs reasserts commitment to dialogue with Muslims

New statement cites respect for Muslims from Vatican II, popes
Expresses sadness over violence, Christians who reject engagement
Joins Pope Francis in saying dialogue leads to growth, witness and peace… 420 more words

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USCCB president, Archbishop Kurtz, calls for special collection for victims of violence in the Middle East

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has called on the bishops to consider taking up a special collection “to provide humanitarian relief and pastoral support for our affected brothers and sisters in the Middle East.” In an August 19 letter, he requested that the collection be held during the weekend of Sept. 197 more words

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Congratulations to Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ

I am taking a short break from my vacation to share this NCR story about Professor Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ’s acceptance speech at this week’s LCWR annual assembly on the occasion of her having received this year’s Outstanding Leadership Award. 1,243 more words

Archbishop Kurtz urges Obama to aid persecuted minorities in Iraq

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WASHINGTON — Western leaders pressed their governments to increase humanitarian efforts on behalf of persecuted Christians and other minorities in northern Iraq. 459 more words

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Archbishop Kurtz to President Obama: Plight of religious minorities in Iraq requires increased support

USCCB President thanks Obama for aid, protection already provided
Repeats call of Pope Francis for international community to help
Notes U.S. dioceses have set aside August 17 as day of prayer for Iraq… 587 more words

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