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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Jr. is one of six Catholics on the nation's highest court. He is pictured in a 2010 photo. (CNS photo/Larry Downing, Reuters) (March 16, 2012) See WASHINGTON LETTER March 16, 2012.

Court reinforces order blocking Pa. dioceses from HHS mandate requirement

July 1, 2015 WASHINGTON (CNS) — In a June 29 order, the Supreme Court continued to shield several Pennsylvania religious institutions from having to provide employees with health care coverage that includes contraceptives. The order in a case filed by the bishops and the Dioceses of Pittsburgh and Erie, Pennsylvania, their charitable institutions and a…

Women finish praying the rosary together at the top of the Philadelphia Museum of Art's iconic steps overlooking the  Philadelphia skyline May 27. Pope Francis will have a similar view, including more than 1 million people, when he celebrates Mass in Philadelphia during his Sept. 22-27 visit to the United States. (CNS photo/Matthew Gambino, CatholicPhilly.com) See POPE-USCUBA and POPE-PHILADELPHIA June 30, 2015.

Pope will visit as ‘pastor,’ not ‘politician,’ says Washington cardinal

June 30, 2015 WASHINGTON (CNS) — Pope Francis will make history during his visit to Washington in September, when he becomes the first pope to address a joint meeting of Congress and he says the first canonization Mass to be celebrated in the United States. Washington Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl outlined details of the pope’s…

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