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Father Groeschel, beloved author, retreat master and preacher, dies

TOTOWA, N.J. (CNS) -- Father Benedict J. Groeschel, who was a founder of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, a leading pro-life figure and popular author, retreat master and preacher, died Oct. 3 at St. Joseph's Home for the elderly in Totowa after a long illness. He was 81.

Program offers women regimen to reverse RU-486 abortion in first stages

SAN FRANCISCO (CNS) -- As soon as Rebekah Chaveste swallowed the first pill of the RU-486 abortion regimen at a Planned Parenthood clinic, she regretted it.

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.