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Bishop Coyne of Indianapolis picked to head Vermont diocese

By: CNA Daily News - US
Source: Catholic News Agency: US
Date: December 22, 2014
Burlington, Vt., Dec 22, 2014 / 12:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Auxiliary Bishop Christopher J. Coyne of Indianapolis has been chosen by Pope Francis to be the next bishop of Burlington, Vermont, announced the Vatican Dec. 22. In a Dec. 22 statement, Bishop Coyne voiced joy and thanked the Holy Father for his trust. He told the people of Burlington: “I come to you ready to commit myself completely to the work of announcing the good news of Jesus Christ: He who is ‘the way, the truth, and the life.’” Bishop Coyne thanked the clergy, laity and religious of Indianapolis, reflecting on the archdiocese as “a vibrant and growing family, a place where people truly live their faith and are fiercely proud to bear the name Catholic.” Describing himself as “a Bostonian with a ‘funny accent’ and a ‘strange’ devotion to Dunkin Donuts and the New England Patriots,” he said he is pleased that he will be returning to New En

Investing with Catholic values? Knights of Columbus group to offer guidance

By: CNA Daily News - US
Source: Catholic News Agency: US
Date: December 20, 2014
New Haven, Conn., Dec 20, 2014 / 02:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Knights of Columbus fraternal organization aims to extend its Catholic values and financial expertise into a new subsidiary that will provide investment guidance to Catholic institutions. “The Catholic community has traditionally been served by investment managers with a broad, rather than Catholic, focus,” Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said Dec. 19. “We believe a Catholic firm committed to Catholic values can offer a more compelling solution for Catholic entities.” The New Haven, Conn.-based organization has announced a new subsidiary named Knights of Columbus Asset Advisors, which is currently being registered as a financial advisor. The subsidiary is intended to provide a suite of fixed-income and equity investment strategies designed for Catholic institutional investors, the organization said. Investments will be managed according to guidelines from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishop

A new era for women's health care? This Catholic clinic hopes so

By: CNA Daily News - US
Source: Catholic News Agency: US
Date: December 20, 2014
Denver, Colo., Dec 20, 2014 / 08:19 am (CNA/EWTN News).- While the phrase “women’s health” often conjures up images of artificial hormones, devices, and pills, one natural health care center in the Denver area is hoping to transform the way women receive care – one patient at a time. “Women’s dignity is the forefront and center of what we do,” said nurse practitioner Abby Sinnett, co-founder of Bella Natural Women’s Care. “A woman is beautiful and strong and can do amazing things, which is exhibited when they have a baby – it is beautiful what women can do,” she told CNA Dec. 8, the day before Bella’s grand opening. Bella is a new non-profit medical practice located in Denver, Colo., which provides health care for all women, from adolescence through menopause and beyond. Their hope is to create a holistic approach to caring for women in mind, body, and spirit, dealing with a full range of issues from infer

Pregnant on campus – new website offers information, resources

By: CNA Daily News - US
Source: Catholic News Agency: US
Date: December 20, 2014
Washington D.C., Dec 20, 2014 / 07:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A new website is being launched to help pregnant college students find the help they need to stay in school and have their child. “Becoming unexpectedly pregnant while in college can be a scary situation for so many women,” said Students for Life president Kristan Hawkins in a statement announcing the website, pregnantoncampus.org. She noted that many Planned Parenthood facilities are proximate to college campuses, and that “many of these students have no idea about the resources available to them on their college campuses to help them stay in school and parent their children, which is why this website is so unique and needed.” The website was launched in early December as the latest step in the group’s “Pregnant on Campus” initiative, begun in 2011. It will provide information on resources available for young pregnant mothers such as housing aid, clothing, food, child care, sc

Police and Knights of Columbus join forces to fight the cold

By: CNA Daily News - US
Source: Catholic News Agency: US
Date: December 19, 2014
New Haven, Conn., Dec 19, 2014 / 02:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Knights of Columbus is joining forces with the New Haven Police Department in the Coats for Kids initiative to make winter a little warmer for children and families in need this year. “With Christmas approaching and the weather getting colder, we are pleased to be able to work on this with the wonderful men and women of the New Haven Police Department,” stated Supreme Knight Carl Anderson in a Dec. 18 Knights of Columbus press release. Hoping to continue the success of their Coats for Kids program, the Knights of Columbus have collected coats to donate to the local police department, who will then distribute the coats to the children and families in need that they meet during their regular courses of duty. “Meeting real community needs in efficient and innovative ways is a hallmark of the Knights of Columbus,” Anderson went on to say, believing that this partnership with the police departme

Kentucky priest returns to ministry after unsubstantiated abuse claim

By: CNA Daily News - US
Source: Catholic News Agency: US
Date: December 19, 2014
Louisville, Ky., Dec 18, 2014 / 07:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Father Ronald Domhoff, a priest of the Archdiocese of Louisville, has returned to ministry after being cleared of sexual abuse allegations. The priest was pastor of St. Peter the Apostle Church. Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville placed him on administrative leave Sept. 25, after police informed him of the allegation. The accuser said the abuse took place in the 1980s. The Louisville Metro Police Department ended its investigation of the priest and the claim against him could not be substantiated, WAVE 3 News reports. “The Archdiocese said a private investigator with expertise in crimes against children reviewed the information gathered, interviewed Domhoff and found no evidence to conclude that any abuse had occurred,” Charles Gazaway wrote for WAVE 3 News. The archdiocese said it reached out to the priest’s accuser but did not receive a report. The archdiocese’s sexual abuse review bo

Israeli dig peers into King David's time

By: CNA Daily News - US
Source: Catholic News Agency: US
Date: December 18, 2014
Jackson, Miss., Dec 18, 2014 / 04:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- New archaeological evidence about Israel and Judah at the time of King David and King Solomon undermines some skeptics who claim that biblical accounts are wrong to say the time period was advanced enough to have an organized state. Jimmy Hardin, associate professor at Mississippi State University’s Department of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures, said that the find of six official clay seals dating to the 10th century B.C. “lends general support to the historical veracity of David and Solomon as recorded in the Hebrew biblical texts.” The find took place at Khirbet Summeily, a dig site east of Gaza in southern Israel. The clay seals, known as bullae, were used to stamp official documents. “Our preliminary results indicated that this site is integrated into a political entity that is typified by elite activities, suggesting that a state was already being formed in the 10th century B.C.,&rd

Gratitude and caution over new Cuba policy

By: CNA Daily News - US
Source: Catholic News Agency: US
Date: December 18, 2014
Washington D.C., Dec 18, 2014 / 02:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic bishops in the U.S. and Cuba rejoiced at the historic announcement of a new relationship between the countries, while some U.S. leaders warned the policy shift could have negative consequences. “Engagement is the path to support change in Cuba and to empower the Cuban people in their quest for democracy, human rights and religious liberty,” said Bishop Oscar Cantú of Las Cruces, N.M., who chairs the U.S. bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace. In a Dec. 17 statement, he voiced joy and gratitude for the announcement of plans to normalize relations between the U.S. and Cuba, which have for decades been marked by an embargo and lack of formal diplomatic relations. “Our Conference has long held that universal human rights will be strengthened through more engagement between the Cuban and American people,” Bishop Cantú said. “We believe it is long

With winter knocking for displaced Iraqis, supplies fall short of needs

By: CNA Daily News - US
Source: Catholic News Agency: US
Date: December 18, 2014
Washington D.C., Dec 18, 2014 / 02:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As millions of displaced Iraqis are caught in the dead of winter, the international community has a long way to go to cover their basic needs, according to a panel testimony before Congress last week. “Indeed, we are not meeting the needs overall. The needs are huge,” admitted the State Department’s Kelly Clements, deputy assistant secretary of the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. “I certainly don’t think it’s realistic as we stand today. Not just for Iraq, but for Syria as well,” added Kristele Younes, director of the International Rescue Committee’s director of U.N. humanitarian affairs. Years of war, sectarian strife, and the recent invasion of the Islamic State have displaced millions in Iraq, and an estimated 5 million are in “urgent need of humanitarian aid,” according to Clements’ testimony. The onset of winter has brought a whole

William May, the prof who renounced his dissent from Humanae Vitae

By: CNA Daily News - US
Source: Catholic News Agency: US
Date: December 18, 2014
Silver Spring, Md., Dec 18, 2014 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- William E. May, a professor who retracted his one-time dissent from Humanae vitae and became an influential pro-life teacher and defender of Catholic moral ethics, died on Saturday. “Teaching was everything to Dr. May,” recalled his former student Kathleen Buckley Domingo. “He treated all of us as though we were so important and sharing his wisdom with us was the most important thing he could do.” “Dr. May never minced words and didn't go out of his way to be gentle. He told you what you needed to hear so that you could go be a better disciple, a better evangelizer,” Domingo told CNA Dec. 17. May died Dec. 13 after suffering from an infection; he was 86. He was a professor of moral theology at Catholic University of America from 1971 until 1991. He then joined the faculty of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family, which is located at th