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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.


Pope, in Albania, says killing in God's name is sacrilege

TIRANA, Albania (CNS) -- Killing in the name of God is sacrilege, and religious leaders must denounce the use of faith to justify violence and oppression, Pope Francis said during a one-day visit to Albania.


GAO: Many federally subsidized health plans cover elective abortions

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The U.S. bishops' pro-life chairman Sept. 16 urged Congress to bring the federal health care law "into compliance with the Hyde amendment" and exclude elective abortions from health plans subsidized with federal funds.