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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 lifts order that blocked dioceses from HHS mandate procedures

June 30, 2015 WASHINGTON (CNS) — In an order filed June 29, the Supreme Court lifted a stay that had blocked several religious institutions from having to follow a procedure set out by the federal government to avoid paying for contraceptive coverage. The order in a case filed by the bishops and the Dioceses of…

St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City is seen through a fisheye lens June 29. Pope Francis will lead a vespers service with priests, men and women religious at the cathedral during his Sept. 22-27 visit to the United States. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz) See POPE-USCUBA June 30, 2015.

Mass for archdiocese, visit to prison top pope’s Philadelphia itinerary

June 30, 2015 PHILADELPHIA (CNS) — The first stop for Pope Francis when he visits Philadelphia the morning of Sept. 26 will be the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul to celebrate a special Mass for the people of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The previously unannounced Mass is part of the pope’s itinerary for…

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