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'Grisly discovery' of fetal remains at abortionist's home sparks outrage

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (CNS) -- The Sept. 13 disclosure that the preserved remains of over 2,200 aborted babies had been found at the rural Illinois home of the recently deceased Indiana abortionist Ulrich "George" Klopfer has sparked outrage and demands for immediate investigations by authorities.

Amman parish helps educate refugees, including in Aramaic, English

AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) -- A shy 12-year-old Iraqi refugee boy waited with his parents and younger brother to register for the new school year. Someone measured him for the distinctive school uniform of maroon trousers and white striped shirt.

Busy working mom promotes praying rosary daily 'One Hail Mary at a Time'

FORT WORTH, Texas (CNS) -- She's raising seven children while managing a household, marriage and high-energy career in banking. It's no wonder Kristin Reilly considers prayer -- more specifically the rosary -- her life raft.

Synod to be surrounded by events offering prayer, criticism, support

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Before members of the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon began packing their bags for the synod assembly at the Vatican Oct. 6-27, a variety of groups were announcing side events.

Jenky: Real Presence not 'opinion,' but 'foundational' to Catholic faith

PEORIA, Ill. (CNS) -- Acknowledging evidence that "for several generations" the Catholic Church has not sufficiently taught its core truths, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky has called for all ministries of the Diocese of Peoria to be "intentionally centered" on the Real Presence in the holy Eucharist.

What's your favorite prayer? Irish asked at Ploughing Championships

BALLINTRANE, Ireland (CNS) -- When Pope Francis urged clerics to be so close to their flocks that they had the "smell of the sheep," he may not have had farms in mind.

Renowned journalist Cokie Roberts, lifelong Catholic, dies at age 75

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Cokie Roberts, a broadcast journalist and political commentator who spoke publicly about her Catholic faith and her admiration for the Sacred Heart sisters who taught her, died Sept. 17 due to complications from breast cancer. She was 75.

Court: Christian artists can refuse to make invites for same-sex wedding

PHOENIX (CNS) -- Arizona's Catholic bishops praised the state Supreme Court's Sept. 16 decision upholding the refusal by two Christian artists to create custom wedding invitations for same-sex couples based on their religious belief in marriage as being between one man and one woman.

Ironies in the fire

The eminent sociologist Peter Rossi was a world-class punster whose scholarly accomplishments fed a sometimes-whimsical view of the human condition -- in which, Rossi memorably observed, "there are many ironies in the fire."

Hooray for our side

We began our football season Sept. 7 with a loss in double overtime to Kenyon College, the alma mater of President Rutherford B. Hayes. It was a beautiful day for football. It would have been perfect, but for the score. It left me down in the dumps for about six hours afterward.