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Franciscan leader in black Catholic ministry named New Orleans auxiliary bishop

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Pope Francis has named Franciscan Fr. Fernand "Ferd" Cheri III, a New Orleans native who currently is director of campus ministry at Quincy University in Illinois, as an auxiliary bishop of the New Orleans archdiocese.

Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the United States, announced the appointment Monday.

Cheri, who turns 63 on Jan. 28, has a background that includes extensive roles in black Catholic liturgy, music and spirituality, in addition to having served on the Franciscans' provincial council and as their director of friar life.

Omaha, Neb., archdiocese's capital campaign tops $52 million

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A capital campaign in the Omaha archdiocese has exceeded its $40 million goal with more than $52 million pledged for three to five years from more than 17,000 pledges.

"I have been overwhelmed by the generosity of Catholics all across the archdiocese," said Omaha Archbishop George Lucas, adding that he is "grateful for this expression of faith on the part of so many."

Miami archbishop warns employees against expressing support for gay marriage

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As Florida became the latest state to legalize same-sex marriage this week, Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski sent a memo to all church employees reiterating that any expressions of support for gay marriage -- even if it's only a tweet or Facebook post -- could cost them their jobs.

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