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Catholic group launches alternative to health insurance

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A Catholic group is launching an alternative to health insurance that enables people to pay their medical expenses without being part of a health insurance plan they feel compromises their religious beliefs.

North Carolina Catholics encouraged not to let faith get 'watered down'

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (CNS) -- Attendance at Mass remains central to Catholics' faith because they must be nourished by Jesus' body and blood or they will not remain strong Catholics, said Bishop Peter J. Jugis of Charlotte.

Work of vocation directors vital to church's future, says archbishop

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. (CNS) -- Archbishop Jorge Patron Wong, secretary for seminaries at the Vatican's Congregation for Clergy, understands the need to affirm, assist and support priests involved in vocation ministry.