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New York Catholics hold special Mass to pray for Benedict

As Pope Benedict XVI was officially stepping down on Thursday in Rome, several hundred faithful paid homage to him and prayed for his successor at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York. The special Mass, held under the gaze of a large, specially-installed portrait of the retiring pontiff, was led by…

NY Catholic quits board over Cardinal Dolan’s anti-gay stance

A charity board member of the New York’s Roman Catholic archdiocese resigned from the church on Easter weekend due to Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s lack of a desire to fight for gay rights issues. According to the Associated Press, Joseph Amodeo said he quit the city’s board Saturday after Dolan failed…

Poll says most Americans want churches out of politics

WASHINGTON — Fifty-four percent of Americans think churches should steer clear of politics, according to a Pew Research Center poll announced Wednesday during a presidential campaign tinged with faith issues. Pew said it was the third consecutive poll in four years to reveal that Americans who favor churches speaking out…

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