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Groups lash out at new opt-out rules for HHS mandate

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Pro-life groups that have battled with the federal government since the first rules were issued on contraceptive coverage in 2012 derided the government's latest rules allowing religious institutions -- and potentially some for-profit companies -- to opt out of the contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act.


‘Catholics Come Home’ series to debut Sept. 4 on EWTN

ROSWELL, Georgia (CNS) — Catholics Come Home, an organization based in the Atlanta suburb of Roswell, will premiere a new TV series that features individuals who have joined the Catholic Church or returned to the Catholic faith after many years away.


With no pope in residence, Vatican opens gardens of summer villa

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (CNS) -- The aisle is paved with stone from an ancient Roman road; the apse is made of carefully trimmed evergreen bushes; the columns are tall, thin cypress trees; and the nave is a lily pond, complete with gold fish.


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